A healthy improvement and positive future thanks to the collaborative work of the Reaching Out Across Durham (ROAD) programme

32 year old Terry joined the ROAD programme with limited literacy and numeracy, but having attending a literacy course at Stanley hub, made excellent progress. Taking a major part in caring for his young daughter on a daily basis, they both supported each other in developing their reading skills.

Since his Father’s passing for whom he spent several years caring, Terry began to seek employment, and worked hard to develop his work-related skills.

Working closely with the Navigator here at Finchale Group, and Health Trainer, Mary Taylor at Leisureworks, Terry worked consistently to improve his strength and implement new methods of movement to improve his health. Having had significant problems with poor diet, he has also developed a knowledge of nutrition and diet which has shown in his healthy weight gain and an increased confidence when working with ROAD Staff.

Terry worked with staff to apply for vacancies in his home area and as a consequence of the improvements requested a referral for voluntary work at a garden centre near his home, however, before this could be established, Terry discovered that his application for a part-time cleaning post he had found had been accepted.

Terry is over the moon with his new role and although part time for now the Company has promised to offer him additional hours as and when they become available.

ROAD is a Building Better Opportunities Programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of their investment in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty and promote social inclusion.

  • 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. Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people

The Building Better Opportunities project has received up to £300 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

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