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Family Matters at Pre-School Learning Alliance


Family Matters is a three-year project to help people across the Black Country build the skills and confidence to get into work and is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Family Matters is one of four projects within this programme across the Black Country and will help people across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into or closer to employment by developing their skills and confidence.

Family Matters is managed by the Black Country Together CIC in pertnership with 19 local organisations across the Black Country.

Pre-school Learning Alliance is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project;

Aspiring Futures CIC, Barnardo's, Bloxwich Community Partnership, CHADD, Changing Lives, Community Footprints, Family Action, Gazebo Theatre in Education, Gloucester Street Community Centre, Groundwork West Midlands, Lunch on the Run, Manor Farm Community Association, Phase Trust, Sandwell Consortium, Trident Reach, Walsall Citizens Advice Bureau, University of Wolverhampton, Black Country YMCA.

Family Matters will work with people one-to-one to understand their goals and their challenges, and then offer all the support that’s needed to help them meet those goals. If you are aged 16 or over, and are out of work then Family Matters could help you.

Our aim is to engage families who are in poverty and or disadvantaged who have children under 5.  We will offer a range of family learning workshops to begin to engage with prospective participants. These workshops are informal and will assist our participants to recognise their existing skills and experience and also to build on them.  Our project also aims to support parents who have children with SEN/disabilities to access appropriate childcare places to enable their parents to access learning workshops. We will be offering employment readiness workshops and accredited courses.  Volunteering opportunities will be actively encouraged and training will be offered to fulfil specific roles, either within our own organisation or in partner agencies.

Preschool Learning Alliance have worked extensively and successfully with families across Birmingham for a number of years and have developed strategies to engage families who may be initially reluctant.  We work with building confidence, esteem and ensure that they are ready to engage in formal learning before beginning that journey.