Building Better Opportunities

The Building Better Opportunities project brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF). Run in conjunction with The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the project aims to provide pre-employment support within Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin for disadvantaged people aged 19 and over who are not in work.

BBO Shropshire provides personalised support and guidance to help participants gain skills and develop confidence, as well as opening up opportunities in employment, volunteering, training and work experience.

Are you looking to get back into work?



(National Lottery Funded & European Social Fund)

Building Better Opportunities Shropshire.

Help for job seekers at Beechtree Community Centre

Whitchurch Community Services Association (Beechtree) supports participants with the skills they need to get into volunteering and/or employment.

  • One to one support –helping individuals to set up email and register on recruitment websites:
  • Support workshops – to build personal confidence / self-esteem, develop communication skills and address personal barriers to employability:
  • Social inclusion and volunteering opportunities – Gardening and Walking for Health / Work experience to improve social and communication skills, plus development of daily routines;
  • Advocacy with employers – liaison with local employers: CV writing – support to develop CV’s uploading these to Gov website.
  • Mock interviews – to help overcome phobias and anxieties, and prepare individuals for interviews;
  • Job searching and application support – access to laptops and completing job applications with support.
  • Outreach support addressing rural isolation – access to IT help for those that have transport problems.
  • The programme delivered can be shaped around the needs of individual participants and can focus on gaining skills, boosting confidence and increasing motivation.

This service covers: Whitchurch and surrounding area of North Shropshire, including Prees and Tilstock localities. Contact our Employability Officer Tom Nielsen Telephone 01948 258220 or email