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Stories from some of the people we help.

This project is receiving up to £38.72 million of funding made up of £19.36 million from the European Social Fund and £19.36 million from the Youth Employment Initiative, plus match funding of up to £19.36 million from the National Lottery Community Fund and partners.

Making a difference to lives of 16 to 29 year olds

Engage, rise and achieve

The difference the project is making is best explained by the people that it helps:

“I am really happy with the help I’ve received. Without the help I have received I wouldn’t of been able to do the courses due to being unable to pay for my uniform and equipment needed. I also had help with travel when I couldn’t afford to get to college.”
“When I was unemployed I felt like I lacked purpose and prospects. When I tried to change my circumstance it felt like a vicious cycle where I could not get the opportunities I needed to do the job that suits me. And now, the Black Country Impact has got the young person’s interest at its heart, encouraging young adults to embrace their interest and get a job out of it.”
“I think the project is really good. It has been really helpful for me. I always have someone to talk to and turn to if I need help. I think Aneet [a Black Country Impact worker] is really nice and I have built a trustworthy relationship with her. Thank you.”

Testimonials from participants benefiting from the Black Country Impact.

Black Country Impact ensures that individuals have the best possible opportunity to overcome the range of barriers they face, to improve their readiness for work. This is achieved through traineeships, apprenticeships, work placements and many other options that may work for the individual.