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Building Better Opportunities - Opportunity and Change

As part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme, AWAAZ is working with BME (Black, Minority and Ethnic Groups) Communities in Nottingham who face multiple challenges and barriers in their life.

The programme brings opportunities to people who are furthest from the labour market - opening up doors for training, volunteering and employment in their local area.

We are part of the D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) programme. We aim to support BME Individuals over the next two years.


The service will support BME people who are not working and face challenges in two or more of these areas:

  • Mental Health

  • Drug and/or Alcohol Issues

  • Homelessness

  • Repeat offending

  • Domestic abuse

If you know someone who you think may be eligible, please email

Service We Offer

One-to-one advice and mentoring 

A Personal Navigator will spend time with each person helping them to address and resolve their complex issues, and to talk about what's preventing them from getting a job. The Navigator will provide personalised advice and support. 

We will help people to access other culturally specific internal services that could help them - for example a personal budget, housing, tenancy support, welfare rights, debt management multiple complex needs specialist training in healthy living, and employability. We will also signpost to external services dependent on individual needs.

Discretionary Fund

Each person will be able to apply for the Discretionary Fund for things that will help them tackle their barriers to moving forward. They can spend it on things like travel costs, training, equipment or clothes.

Access to work and training

We have links with training providers who can offer people training, work placements, volunteering or help to secure a job.



About Building Better Opportunities

Opportunity and Change is part of Building Better Opportunities, a national programme which is funded by the European Social Fund and The Big Lottery Fund.

The partnership across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is led by Framework Housing Association.