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A RECENT National Employability Day partnership saw Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) celebrate their help towards offering career and health services available across East Staffordshire.

Working alongside ‘Steps To Work’, the event was hosted at East Staffordshire’s Burton Library, where staff from BACT, Ground Work, Beacon Vision, Burton Mind and Citizen Advice were present to target people aged 16+.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.  It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes such as the sessions that are ran by BACT. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around.12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Dan Brooks, Building Better Opportunities Evolve Coordinator, said: “The aim of the day was to increase the awareness of all local services who are working together in partnership. BBO Evolve provides the opportunity to move individuals towards employment, education or further training. It could be something as simple as building confidence to enhance interviewing techniques. The end result is to eventually lead individuals to greater opportunities of success by creating or updating current CV’s, IT and job search support or just with help completing application forms”. 

One to one mentoring sessions are available at various locations including Burton Albion Community Football Centre (Pirelli Stadium) or Community Hub (Casey Lane), along with drop in sessions provided at The Burton Library, Job Centre and Community Cafes.

Other health-related sessions which are provided through the BBO Evolve Programme include ‘Head For Goal’. A FREE football therapy session taking place every Tuesday between 2pm-4pm. The session aims to enable participants to improve their mental health and wellbeing, and lead a healthy and active lifestyle through the support of playing football.

Female Only session, ‘Evolve U’, is also available on a Thursday between 1pm-2.30pm, where participants are given the opportunity to increase confidence, engagement and socialising skills through walking therapy sessions. Other workshops and activities are available with developing employability skills.

Both of the above sessions are held at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre and include a hot/cold drink and biscuit on arrival. For further information or to book an appointments or session, please contact 01283 440041 or email . For more information visit on The Big Lottery Fund   –