BBO

Helping people help themselves

Vennture is one of ten organisations in Herefordshire, working in partnership as part of the Building Better Opportunities project which is jointly funded by the European Social Fund [ESF] and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

What is Building Better Opportunities?

The project delivers a range of activities to help people gain confidence, learn new skills and move towards and into employment. Building Better Opportunities is investing in local projects across England, tackling the root causes of unemployment, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.
Vennture support is for individuals who without this support will become more vulnerable and disconnected from society.  In time, if not resolved, this could lead to reduced life chances for the individual.

Who is it for?

Individuals must be unemployed or economically inactive. The programme will have a specific focus on those aged 19 or over and people who are most at risk of social exclusion especially those who need a more personalised and long term approach to overcome their individual barriers to finding work.

How to refer?

E-mail the BBO Herefordshire referral form to referrals@vennture.org.uk

What does Vennture offer?

Vennture does not offer a quick-fix short term intervention.  It is a 6 month commitment to journey alongside the individual.
The programme has developed a key worker model, which is based on a proven model of behavioural change, providing personalised mentoring.
An individual is allocated a BBO Link Worker who will stay with them throughout the programme. The BBO Link Worker takes a holistic approach. They respect the individual’s personal story and circumstances and capture it in a visual journey map. This helps the individual identify, and own, their issues and supports them to recognise the things they want, and need to change.

The Link Worker meets the individual weekly. These one hour visits are focused around a structured conversation, and driven by the individual’s goals to change. Each week the individual takes responsibility for a small, achievable step forwards.
By being there with the individual, the Link Workers are able to give hands on practical support and mentoring that helps build on the individual’s strengths to achieve their goals.

A volunteer mentor may also be matched to the individual. The Vennture Mentors have been carefully selected and have received specialist, bespoke training which includes elements such as: how to enable change, safe working and safeguarding.

Areas covered may include

  • Gaining confidence to break out of social isolation,
  • Building personal resilience to better deal with anxiety and worry,
  • Effective planning and goal setting,
  • Finding volunteering, or suitable training opportunities
  • Supporting individuals in attending appointments,
  • Better planning caring responsibilities,
  • Overcoming health, housing or debt issues,
  • Resolving relationship issues – these may be recent or historic,
  • Support in getting on-line, job searching, CV writing and applying for positions online,
  • Building assurance to be able to perform well in interviews,
  • Helping individuals plan their finances to maintain their employment,
  • Growing personal resourcefulness to enjoy the opportunity that work can bring
  • Linking with other agencies or BBO partners

Funding will support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
It is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.