Community Matters Employment Project

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by The National Lottery Community 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 people across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into or closer to employment by developing their skills and confidence. Community Matters is managed by the Heart of England Community Foundation in partnership with local organisations across the Black Country.

Zebra Access is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; Access to Business, Accord Age Matters, Bilston Resource Centre, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, SWEDA, TLC College and WELL Associates.

Zebra Access will be delivering the following one to one and drop in support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in:

  • CV writing and completing application forms
  • Applying and become involved with volunteering
  • Exploring training, apprenticeships or educational courses to gain further skills
  • Improving your confidence in interviews
  • Becoming self-employed, or start your own business 
  • English Tutorials 

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please contact Chris Beech by Telephone 01902 421919, Text.FaceTime 07761096732 or Email

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