Community Matters

Community Matters Deaf Employment Job Club 



Zebra Access is pleased to announce that a new Job Club for Deaf people will be launched on the 8th November 2016. This will run for 3 years, offering regular drop-in support 2 days a week, as well as a series of 9-12 workshops aimed at supporting Deaf people who want to;

  • improve their confidence,
  • get involved with volunteering,
  • start training in order to develop their skills,
  • obtain employment or become self-employed/start their own business.

The weekly drop-in sessions will start from 8th November 2016 (Wolverhampton) and 11th November 2016 (West Bromwich).

Details as follows:

Tuesdays  - 10am to 5pm 

Blakenhall Community and Healthy Living Centre (The Bob Jones Centre), Bromley St, Wolverhampton WV2 3AS

Fridays - 10am to 4pm 

Sandwell Deaf Community Centre, Sandwell Deaf Community Association, Dagger Lane, West Bromwich B71 4BB


The Job club sessions won't be running week commencing 19th December 2016 or over the festive  period, but will resume on the 10th January 2017.


For more details, please contact Marian White   on: 07761096732 (SMS)

Facetime: (Tuesdays and Fridays 10am to 4pm only). 


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

Community Matters is one of four projects within this programme across the Black Country and will help those in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into employment by developing their skills and confidence. 

The project will be delivered by the Heart of England Community Foundation in conjunction with 23 local partner agencies across the region that provide tailored support to improve the lives, living conditions and raise the aspirations of marginalised individuals. 

Zebra Access is just one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; Access to Business, Age UK Walsall, Ashley Community Housing Ltd, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Groundwork West Midlands, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Kids in Communication, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, Summit House Support, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall Adult and Community College, Walsall Housing Group, WELL Associates and Workers Educational Association (WEA). 

Target areas in all four boroughs have been identified, and some of the projectís activities will be delivered across the Black Country while others will take a more localised approach, focusing on a specific borough, town or estate. 

Activities will include basic skills training and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), accredited training, weekly jobs clubs, employment/self-employment information sessions, targeted employability programmes and literacy, numeracy and financial skills workshops. 


For more information about the BBO Community Matters Project please contact Chris Beech on 01902 421919 or

To speak with a member of the Programme Management Team at Heart of England Community Foundation please email or visit