Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire (Craven, Harrogate , Selby and York). The project will also create new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market.

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

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Aims of the project  

The aim of Connecting Opportunities is 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.

Key features of the Connecting Opportunities service

  • It is a service tailored to each individual, not ‘one size fits all’.
  • The service is being offered by ten dedicated, specialist agencies with good knowledge of the specific issues faced by migrants.
  • Wherever you live in Leeds City Region, you access the same service.
  • We ensure the perspectives and contributions of women are included in this project.
  • We are offering English language classes for up to 12 months.
  • There is specialist mental health support available.
  • Local mentors and befrienders help participants become familiar with their local community.
  • Employers are supported to offer work placements.

We hope that the service will lead to these results

  • 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 wellbeing in some of the most economically-deprived areas of the region.
  • There will be increased integration and understanding between local communities and new migrants.

To make a referral or find out more please call 0113 378 8700 (Migration Yorkshire)  or go to

See below links to case studies:

CO Case study – Mental Health


Connecting Opportunities Contacts

Kath Allert Mental Health Support Worker