Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

West of England Works

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About the project

If you are unemployed, the West of England Works project can help you breakdown your barriers to help you find employment, education or training.

West of England Works is led by Weston College and is a collaboration of locally based voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working across the West of England.

This project receives financial support from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. The project has helped over 130 participants since it launched in January 2017.

We are the lead delivery partner in South Gloucestershire, working in partnership with specialist VCSE providers. The project will be delivered until 31st December 2019.

An Employment and Skills Development Coach from Southern Brooks Community Partnerships will support people you to design a plan and help achieve it.

How We Can Help

One-to-One Support

Our employment and skills coaches will create a personalised plan to guide you into employment, education or training.

Work Experience

We can help with work placement and trials to gain valuable experience through our network of employers.


We can put you in touch with a range of organisations in South Gloucestershire such as debt management.

Job Preparation

We provide a range of services such as CV writing and interview techniques.

Transport Costs

We can help with the costs of public transport to ensure they can attend interviews.

Skills Development

We can help develop skills such as confidence, self-esteem and personal development.


We offer a range of internal and external volunteer opportunities.

Access to Training

We can help with accessing training, apprenticeships and colleges.

Child Care Costs

We can assist with child care costs and what entitlements are available when returning to work.

How Does It Work?

  • We can receive referrals through an organisation or you can refer yourself using the buttons below or phone us on 01454 868572.
  • An Employment and Skills Development Coach will get in touch to arrange an initial meeting at a time that suits you.
  • If you are eligible then we will work closely with you to create a personalised support plan.
  • We can offer a range of services and support to help you into employment, education, volunteering and training.

Eligibility Criteria

Before they can participate in the programme, they must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Is currently unemployed (If claiming JSA then you must have been unemployed for at least 12 months) or economically inactive
  • Aged 15 or over
  • Lives in South Gloucestershire
  • Legal right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Face multiple barriers into education, training or employment (at least one from the list below)

Do you have any of these barriers?

  • people with parental or carer responsibilities
  • women
  • people with health issues, mental health and disabilities
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (BAME)
  • people aged over 50 with few or no qualifications and not in employment
  • low income, single-earner households with children where at least one partner is not working
  • those out of contact with the labour market
  • offenders and ex-offenders
  • refugees and recent migrants
  • homeless people
  • people with low or no skills
  • young people aged 16-29 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or if they are at risk of becoming NEET.
  • troubled families including those involved in crime, children absent from school and/or experiencing problems relating to emotional and mental health, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol misuse
  • carers and care leavers
  • People with multiple and complex needs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to participate in the project?

There is no cost to participants involved in this project and the support is completely free as it is funded jointly by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

How long can a participant stay on the project?

The project is funded until the December 2019, we can work with participants until the project ends. We will work with the participant for as long as needed to enter into employment, education or training.

Will taking part affect my benefits?

Unless you start working then your benefits should not be affected but you may need to keep the job centre updated on your involvement with the project.

We can provide a letter to your Work Coach to confirm that you have started on the project.