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 these local organisations across Cumbria:

  • Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS)
  • 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.

Annual Report for BBO 2020-21

BBO Annual Report 2020-2021 Final

“I’m a completely different man now!”

A great example of how BBO works – Introducing Sam

Sam, a young man from Ulverston, has described how the Building Better Opportunities Getting Cumbria to Work (BBO GCtW) project has completely changed his outlook on life and working.

Sam Huck, 23, has a diagnosis of autism and also has a long-term medical condition.

He described how this sometimes made him struggle with the routine demands of life and how his medical condition meant he would wake up on some mornings feeling anxious.

Read about how BBO had a real impact here:

BBO GCtW Sam Huck Case Study-Final

Man in motion – just roll with it:

July 2021: Sam’s on this tribute to BBO GCtW that all the partner organisation’s have created!….just click on the link….

“Cooking up” a big change of menu….thanks to BBO

A Kendal man who was made redundant and was struggling to find another job has praised the Building Better Opportunities Getting Cumbria to Work (BBO GCtW) project for changing his life. Former chef Edward Wilkinson is now happily employed in the warehouse at Lakeland in Kendal. Eddie, 58, was a chef for more than 40 years, working in the hospitality sector in Windermere and Ambleside, but was made redundant in January 2020.

Go see his story here BBO GCtW R2W Edward