Our Projects

Why our projects are different

We design and lead innovative partnership projects that transform the lives of people across Yorkshire.

It’s not what you do, but how you do it….

We get regular feedback from participants and delivery partners that our projects are different to anything they have experienced before. Better Connect projects make people feel like they matter and that their voice is important.  

People involved in our projects feel empowered to make decisions, supported to try new things and valued just for being themselves.  

This is fundamental to our mission and hardwired into everything we do.  

We work with partners, not sub-contractors.

We support participants, not recipients.

Our leadership is about empowerment and co-creation, not instructing and enforcing.

Since our inception in 2007, we’ve designed and led dozens of different programmes working with hundreds of partners and transforming the lives of thousands of people.

We are excited to share more information about our current projects and the difference they make to people, businesses and communities.

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Action Towards Inclusion

Action Towards Inclusion is a life changing programme that offers support to adults in York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding and helps people into employment and training. The partnership is now established but if you are interested in accessing the support then follow the links below to find out more.

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  • Partnership:

    Closed for new partners

  • Participants:
    Open for participants
  • Location:

    York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

  • Audience:

    Unemployed and econonimcally inactive participants

  • Deadline:

    Ongoing

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Kickstart

Kickstart provides real job placements for young people aged 16–24 currently claiming Universal Credit, to gain experience, skills, and confidence. Employers receive funding for placements of 25 hours/week on the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage depending on the young person’s age. Better Connect works as a gateway organisation offering employers offer exciting opportunities for Young People.

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  • Partnership:

    Open for new partners

  • Participants:
    Open for participants
  • Location:

    York, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire & East Riding

  • Audience:

    Businesses, non-profit organisations and unemployed young people

  • Deadline:

    17th December 2021 (for any new employers)

    31st March 2022 (for vacancies to be filled)

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Thriving at Work

The project aims to support more people to thrive at work. It has a particular focus on supporting inclusive workplaces that can unlock the potential of staff who are neurodiverse, disabled or experience mental health challenges. Delivered through a network of specialist partners, we can offer 3 packages of support to businesses and people: Inclusive Workplace, Diversity Training, Workplace Support. All support is free to access and available across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

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  • Partnership:

    Closed for new partners

  • Participants:
    Open for participants
  • Location:

    York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

  • Audience:

    Businesses, non-profit organisations and employed participants

  • Deadline:

    Ongoing

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ESF Community Grants

Delivering transformational support to unemployed and economically inactive people across York and North Yorkshire.

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  • Partnership:

    Open for new partners

  • Participants:
    Open for participants
  • Location:

    York and North Yorkshire

  • Audience:

    Small and medium sized charities and social enterprises

  • Deadline:

    27th October 2021