Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a nationwide programme in which The National Lottery Community Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Bootstrap is a delivery partner in all three BBO projects for Lancashire. The projects are part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

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Three Building Better Opportunities projects in Lancashire are being delivered by a partnership of 45 social enterprises and community organisations, led by Selnet (the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network)

Services cover the whole county and delivery partners have been selected to meet the specialist needs of the people that will receive support.

Over three years, these three specialist partnership projects will help transform the lives of 3270 disadvantaged people, providing support tailored to their individual needs and interests to overcome complex barriers and move towards work and training:


The Age of Opportunity project supports people who are over 50 and out of work to improve their skills and employment opportunities.

 The Invest in Youth project supports young people aged 15-24 who are economically inactive, including those not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET, to improve their skills and employability.

 The Changing Futures project supports individuals who over the age of 15 and at risk of exclusion from the labour market to overcome multiple and complex barriers and move towards employment and training.

In September 2018 we reached a huge milestone; in 2 years our partnerships had engaged 2000 people to help them address and overcome barriers. 200 people who were previously struggling with multiple barriers had started a new job or begun training.