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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 a series of employability workshops together with on-going coaching and mentoring support throughout the job search process and further support when initially starting work.The workshops include; small group work, 1:1 sessions, motivation and confidence building, personal and CV development, interview skills, job search and job application support; all focusing on individual needs and a journey into employment, ideally paid employment. Additional specialist advice is signposted and sourced from other project partners.


Autism East Midlands offer a specialist autism specific, person centred approach, where they can support individuals to achieve their full potential. Their Employment Coaches work with individuals to develop a bespoke programme of vocational activities, tailored to their specific needs and aspirations within a structured and supportive environment. They support the journey into work by providing a service that offers choice and control.


Daventry Volunteer Centre help to identify the hurdles which are preventing people from starting out, or returning to employment. Whether they have been away from the workplace due to family commitments, illness or disability, time in prison, or have never had a paid job. The support offered includes; Training, Coaching and Mentoring, CV writing, Skills development, Confidence building, Job searching and applications, Counselling through difficult issues, and identifying and supporting voluntary placements.

Deafconnect is the only specialist Job Club service for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people in Northamptonshire. All staff are able to match people's preferred language whether is is British Sign Language/Sign Supported English/Spoken English. Services provided include; CV development, job search and job application support, confidence building, debt management, health and wellbeing support. Deafconnect can also provide in work support once employment is gained.

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 premises in Northampton & North Northamptonshire varying from Yoga to English classes and also support groups that have set up themselves to run activities.

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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 Support includes: Money advice, Coaching & mentoring, CV writing, Volunteering - with either ourselves or other charities, Boosting self-esteem.

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Teamwork Trust are specialists in supporting people with Autism, Learning disabilities, Physical disability and with Mental Health issues . Their Working Mentors can also help develop a tailored person centred plan to help you gain the confidence to make those steps towards employment. They can provide volunteering in real work situations; help building a CV; support with applications; interview skill training; support at interviews; identifying training opportunities or accessing education. Their aim is to help achieve your goals and maintain your wellbeing.


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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