Getting Cumbria to Work!

Are you hoping to get a job or get back to work but are not sure where to start or what to do? Do you want to improve your wellbeing but are not sure how?

Right2Work can help you feel better about yourself and improve your confidence; we can provide support to help you improve your skills and/or get new ones; try new activities and gain experiences – all helping you towards getting (back) into work.

If you are currently not working, are over 18 years of age and live in Barrow or South Lakeland, then we could provide you with FREE advice and support. Help available includes:

  • One-to-one or group support
  • Mentoring
  • Training
  • Work experience
  • Volunteering and much more.

Contact us and see what we can offer you!

What is Building Better Opportunities?

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) – Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland is one of three partnership projects in Cumbria being jointly funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Building Better Opportunities is a partnership between Cumbria CVS and selected local organisations, including Right2Work.

Staff members (key workers) will be the first point of contact for customers throughout their time with the project. Placement providers will offer time limited periods of work experience, volunteering or employment preparation.

What will it do?

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) – Getting Cumbria to Work seeks to provide support and work with individuals across Barrow and South Lakeland who are facing multiple and complex barriers to employment and who are furthest removed from the labour market.

It will help to move them into or closer to the labour market supporting them to play a greater, more productive role in their communities, demonstrate increased skills and confidence and be much more likely to consider employment or volunteering as a viable prospect.

The project will deliver three particular strands of support focused around:

  • Mental Health: providing support to individuals who experience mental health issues – including a joined up response with the range of agencies who already work with such participants.
  • Financial Inclusion: supporting people to overcome financial and digital barriers to employment by providing financial and money management advice to enable participants to manage their money better and make it go further.
  • Working with the Social Enterprise Sector and wider Third Sector: providing work experience and employment opportunities for participants..

Building Better Opportunities – Getting Cumbria to Work is led by Cumbria CVS and delivered in partnership with six local organisations across Cumbria:

  • Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS)
  • Imagine Independence
  • Right2Work
  • The Well Communities
  • Women’s Community Matters

These partners will provide support and advice tailored to the specific needs of individuals. Activities may include:

  • Budgeting workshops
  • Basic IT skills
  • Guidance and confidence building
  • Guidance on how to shop and cook on a budget
  • Use of internet, email and social media
  • Using the internet safely
  • CV and applying for jobs online

These will be delivered via one-to-one or group sessions, and sessions undertaken in community outreach locations.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please Contact Right2Work initially.

The Building Better Opportunities email address ( be managed by Cumbria CVS staff who can also help further.

Home is where the heart(h) is : making a big difference one small step at a time

A great example of how Building Better Opportunities makes a difference when it comes to the more personal small stuff that we take for granted but which can really make such an impact to an individual comes from R2W Employment Adviser, Peter Key:

“Today I sat in a customer’s house, which was warm and dry. He also had a brand new boiler and gas fire. My customer had just had his hair cut at a hairdresser for the first time in years because he could now afford to go there.”

“He now has £20 a week to spend on himself due to a successful appeal for his PIP claim. He looked well and was engaging in conversation.”

“If we were to go back in time 6 months, we would see that his house was cold and damp. His central heating was broken and hadn’t been working for 2 years. His living room had black mould by the windows and damp on the chimney flue. His gas fire was only working on one bar and was clearly dangerous and needed to be checked.”

“My client had been referred to the Building Better Opportunities scheme we run at R2W via the Job Centre. He is a quiet, polite, mature gentleman who would not cause any issues to anybody. He didn’t want to create a fuss. In our initial meeting, it was clear he needed a great deal of support.”

“We were able to support him with immediate help of a food bank donation and new furniture (from the R2W Furniture Warehouse) as well as planning more substantive support, such as his house for the future.”

“It is not over stating the issue enough to state that if it wasn’t for the direct and supportive actions of R2W staff, this gentleman might not have been here now – due to carbon monoxide issues from his ancient gas fire.”