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Aims and results of Connecting Opportunities


Connecting Opportunities aims to support the most vulnerable and marginalised new migrants in Leeds City Region to integrate and to increase their employability and become economically active members of the wider community. We recognise that some of the skills, strengths and potential of new migrants could remain untapped if we do not take action to address some of the many barriers they can face. 

We hope to engage with approximately 1000 migrants over the 2 years of the project.

Some key features of the service

  • Tailored to each individual.
  • The same service, wherever you live in Leeds City Region.
  • English language classes for up to 12 months.
  • Specialist mental health support.
  • Inclusive of the perspectives and contributions of women.

The first 2 months 

Connecting Opportunities opened its doors at the beginning of July 2017. 

In July and August, we received 80 referrals, of which:

  • 52 are refugees and 28 are other migrants
  • 47 are men and 33 are women
  • 7 are age over 50
  • 13 are age 21 or under

While most of the referrals came from Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale, we also had some from Kirklees and Craven.

What we're aiming to achieve over time

We anticipate these outcomes from the Connecting Opportunities service:

  • Participants will feel more confident, speak better English and have a greater understanding of the British workplace.
  • Local employers will know more about the communities living locally, will feel supported to connect with new potential employees and will promote economic well-being in some of the most economically-deprived areas of the region.
  • There will be increased integration and understanding between local communities and new migrants.


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Connecting Opportunities is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme.



Page last updated: 07/11/2017 16:15:55

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