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Working Progress Project Offers Holistic Support into Work

Northamptonshire based organisations are working together to provide holistic support to people across the county. Commsortia has partnered with the University of Northampton to deliver this £1.4 million Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, helping people back onto the path into employment. Working Progress offers rounded support to participants, which could vary from confidence building and mentoring, to CV writing and money advice; all of which focuses on the needs of the individual.

Project Details:

Who are our beneficiaries? Anyone who is unemployed can take part, but we focus on those with additional barriers to work who often fall into these categories: Disabilities, Over 50's, BAME Groups, (Ex-)Offenders, and Carers.

How many people will take part? We are aiming to support 720 people during the lifetime of the project, and have 8 Commsortia Members who are delivering that support. See the full list below.

How long will the project run? The project officially started in October 2016 and is due to be completed by December 2021.

Who is funding the project? The project is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme and is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Our Business Liaison Officers role works to bridge the gaps between the Voluntary Sector and Businesses whilst breaking down some of those barriers many people face in joining the workplace.

Find your local Delivery Organisation...

If you are interested or know someone who may need support get in touch with one of the projects local Delivery Organisation or register your interest. 

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Aimhigher provide support into the next level of learning, employment or training. They offer all participants a chance to gain accredited qualifications with AIM awards, and also link with local work experience placements such as The Good Loaf café.


Autism East Midlands is leading autism charity who exist to ensure autistic people can live their lives with dignity, choice and independence. They were started on the initiative of a group of parents in 1968 and today they are still led by the parents and friends of autistic people.

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Northamptonshire Carers provides all round support for Carers and ex-Carers across the county. They can provide Clarity4D, which is a self-assessment tool used for understanding personality ‘colour’ profile. Along with this they will also support development of interview skills and provide job shadowing within their organisation.

Deafconnect provides a range of support for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people. They hold a regular Job Club, where participants can access support with CV writing, employability skills sessions, interview practice and confidence building.

Dostiyo is an organisation set up to support predominantly Asian women with a variety of support based on an individual’s needs. They run activities and courses from their premise in Northampton varying from Yoga to English classes and also support groups that have set up themselves to run activities.


Daventry Volunteer Centre is the Local Infrastructure Organisation for the Daventry district. They offer volunteering opportunities for people locally and support people to develop skills through volunteering.

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Teamwork Trust support people with learning disabilities though volunteering in real work situations. They can also access education, activities and counselling services to help achieve their goals, maintain well-being and increase skills. They offer a friendly ‘person centred’ supportive environment where people can make new friends and regain self-esteem and confidence.


Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire works to improve the quality of life for all of Northamptonshire’s communities by supporting voluntary and community action across the county. They provide a wide range of support and services to groups, helping those that are starting up, as well as organisations that are already established.  Also they support individuals, particularly volunteers by offering regular drop-in surgeries to help find volunteering opportunities.

For more information about the project please contact Bronagh Hawkin on 01604 625794 or

or contact Jaime Norris on 01604 238869 or


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