Action Towards Inclusion


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Open for participants


York, North Yorkshire and East Riding


Unemployed and econonimcally inactive participants



What is Action Towards Inclusion?

As an employability programme, ATI provides hundreds of fantastic outcomes for its participants: employment, training and job searching.

Better Connect lead on ATI to help and fund our partners and participants to achieve these targets, but also to promote key social goals for participants including improved mental health and financial wellbeing.

Our mission is building a happier and more inclusive Yorkshire.

Our mission is building a happier and more inclusive Yorkshire.


Action Towards Inclusion is part of the National programme Building Better Opportunities which is funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

About Action Towards Inclusion

Action Towards  Inclusion supports people throughout York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

The project is delivered through a partnership of skilled keyworkers and intervention partners who work for organisations in the voluntary and community sector.

Action Towards Inclusion is for adults* who are not working and would love support in getting ready for work or training in the future.  It offers support to those who are the furthest from the labour market due to barriers such as mental health issues, debt and lacking qualifications.

We make sure all participants have the best match based on where they live and their specific needs and are ‘linked up’ with a local keyworker.

The keyworker will meet regularly with a participant getting to understand them and their personal background.

Action Towards Inclusion has supported over 2000 participants and got over 1000 of them into jobs, training or job seeking. The project has just been extended to run until 2023.

Support includes:

  • Money: Creating an action plan based on barriers, needs and aspirations. Help with benefits issues. Working out what job or course they most want. Professional debt advice. Learning how to run a business. Funding essential work/training costs like interview clothes.
  • Wellbeing: Check-ins with mental health and wellbeing. Counselling and other therapies. Wellbeing activities like creative arts.
  • Learning: Training in Maths, English & IT. Many other funded courses – everything from hair & beauty to door security.
  • Support: Regular meetings with their keyworker. Getting to know them and ensuring the project fits their needs and desires. Motivating them so nothing stands in the way of success.

*We can work with some young people under 18 depending on their schooling situation. Please get in touch with us first to check if this applies.

Our mission is building a happier and more inclusive Yorkshire.

News and Case Studies

Mental Health Awareness Week – “I always knew I was different and although I had a big group of amazing friends, I would still sometimes feel that sense of being alone in the world.”

Action Towards Inclusion Blog Internal Meet the Team news item Wellbeing Resources

  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we spoke to Joe, Programmes Manager on Action Towards Inclusion, about his experiences of loneliness and what it looks like across our programmes..   “Feeling alone sometimes is part of the human condition. Everyone will experience some feelings of isolation in their lifetimes. Even people who we

Local Linking Reflections – What will be the impact of the Action Towards Inclusion programme ending?

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In March we ran a series of Local Linking Events. These events were an opportunity for people who are involved or interested in the Action Towards Inclusion or Thriving at Work programmes to come together, network and discuss important problems or issues that they may be faced with. One of the key issues that was

A Farewell from Sam and Introducing our New CEO…

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  Today we say goodbye to our amazing CEO Sam Alexander. Sam has worked for Better Connect for thirteen years, taking over as CEO six years ago. Sam has created an inclusive, positive and exciting place to work for all of the staff here. We will miss her greatly, but know that it is time

Reflections on the Local Linking Events so far

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We have been out on the road again in North Yorkshire! It has felt so good to see people face to face again, to talk in person about real issues our communities are facing and visit amazing local venue’s sampling lots of varied delicious lunch menu’s. Our Local Linking Events are for anyone wanting to

“The essence of working at Better Connect is that we really do enjoy working with each other!”

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  Today we get to meet Alex and Julie and hear about their experience of working at Better Connect and why they enjoy what they do! We loved talking to these two as its clear that we are not only passionate about what we do at Better Connect but we have fun doing it! For

Meet our new Data and Analytics Manager.. Jacky!

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  I joined the Better Connect family in November 2020 after being made redundant from my previous company. When I was made redundant, it was during a difficult time of lockdowns and a lot of people in my position looking for work. This was a time filled with uncertainty and I was naturally feeling a

From Kickstart to ATI Finance – Emilys Better Connect Journey (so far!)

Action Towards Inclusion Blog Internal Kickstart Meet the Team news item

  I started at Better Connect in June 2021, I was referred through the DWP’s Kickstart scheme and was offered the role of ‘Kickstart Assistant’ supporting the programme, employers and young people. Over the 6 months in my Kickstart role, with the help from my amazing manager, I learned what type of work I enjoy

“There was a palpable sense of novelty and excitement from the get-go” – Laura’s experience of working at Better Connect

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What is it like to work at Better Connect? I was lucky enough to join Better Connect in April 2021, at an interesting time, as we transitioned from Your Consortium to Better Connect and underwent an organisational overhaul. Having joined straight out of university following a stint in retail, there was a palpable sense of

“We all want to see each other win” – Joe shares his experience of working at Better Connect

Action Towards Inclusion Blog Careers Internal Meet the Team news item

Better Connect is a uniquely wonderful place to work.   I joined the team in 2017, way back when we were still called Your Consortium. From day one, I could tell this was a very special and unique place to work. It proved to be a fantastically stark contrast with my former workplaces. Before I

Stephen and Mick

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  It was great to catch up with Stephen and Mick recently.  Mick has been taking part in Action Towards Inclusion with support from Stephen  – his York Learning keyworker. They’ve been on quite a learning journey, having to deal with the challenges and changes due to COVID and other hurdles along the way. For

Local Linking Events

Action Towards Inclusion news item Thriving at Work

We are really pleased to announce a new round of Local Linking events across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding as part of Action Towards Inclusion and Thriving at Work. These events are a great networking opportunity – allowing keyworkers, intervention partners, participants and others to get together and share expertise and experiences. For

Celebrating Action Towards Inclusion

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  Better Connect and our ATI partners were delighted earlier this year to learn that we were successful in a second programme extension, taking our final end date to June 2023. Since we began delivering ATI a lifetime ago in early 2017, our partnership has achieved phenomenal results for individuals, moving people with many significant

Talk Money Week – November 2021

Action Towards Inclusion Blog news item

  People in the UK don’t talk about their money enough. Despite the COVID-19 crisis affecting finances, 9 in 10 UK adults – that’s 47 million people – don’t find it any easier to talk about money, or don’t even discuss it at all.   We want to celebrate Talk Money Week and focus on

Fanta’s Story

Action Towards Inclusion

  Today we meet Fanta, who is originally from Gambia and has lived in York now for three years. Fanta accessed the Action Towards Inclusion programme due to experiencing housing issues whilst she was pregnant with her daughter and received keyworker support from Liz at the Opportunity Centre. Fanta has received support with housing, education,

Cleaning Up The Beach

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  Laughter, waves, singing, birds… Just some of the sounds of a Scarborough beach clean. The Opportunity Centre (previously Aspire Igen) is a Yorkshire based social enterprise committed to changing lives for the better through learning and work. On ATI, they work across Scarborough, York and Ryedale to support lone parents. They give them 1-1

Carrie’s Story

Action Towards Inclusion

 Carrie is a recent participant on Action Towards Inclusion – a dynamic programme across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding supporting people into work, training and volunteering. Carrie faced a number of challenges but has made fantastic progress through taking part in the programme. Action Towards Inclusion is funded by the European Social

Making Moves, The Opportunity Centre, Scarborough

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Making Moves features the work of Jeni Golder and the Opportunity Centre in Scarborough. Action Towards Inclusion participants have been benefiting from yoga outside – helping build confidence.

The Team

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Useful Documents & Links



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