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Opportunity and Change



opportunity change



We are a partner organisation in a large project led by Framework and funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.  This is called Opportunity and Change.  We are the mental health lead offering participant support groups, counselling, workshops and group supervision for navigators in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.

Improving Lives also has a Navigator who will work with up to 20 participants over a two year period with the aim of supporting them to resolve their complex needs and move closer towards employment. All participants will be people with multiple and complex needs which, for this project, are defined as homelessness, mental ill-health, drug and alcohol problems, repeat offending and domestic abuse.  Those supported by Opportunity and Change will be facing two and usually three of these conditions.

Referrals will be accepted from potential participants and agencies as long as the person has the right to live and work in this country but they are not working at the moment. The person needs to be motivated to attend training or accept support that will improve their access to employment. As well as receiving support from Improving Lives, and if necessary other partnership agencies, all participants across D2N2 can take part in a single, bespoke training programme Skills Plus for Change. The modules will cover key aspects of three topics – managing a home, wellbeing, and being in the workplace.

To refer someone for support please complete our referral form  View or Download

Further information is available by contacting the office.


Two Trees

This is our new project funded by Big Lottery.  We are supporting people who are in or leaving secondary mental health services without support in place or their support needs are not being met by their current care package.

We have two part time workers employed on the project and we aim to work with up to 45 people a year and can continue to work with them for up to 18 months.

Referrals will be accepted by secondary mental health teams and adult social care mental health teams.

To refer someone for support please complete our referral form  View or Download


No Going Back

Our new project working with the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion team, funded by Henry Smith Charity offers support to people who are going through the court process and also have complex health and social needs.  We aim to work with up to 35 people a year.

We have a part time worker who will take referrals from the CJL and D team and can work with people for up to 18 months.


It is pretty difficult to get across in words quite how different experiences of the mental health system are as a service user versus as a professional. So we must always always ask those whose views matter most esp those whose opinions challenge us and make us uncomfortable.

Myth #4... there’s no free food provision for the homeless in Nottingham. The photos below speak for themselves. No one ever needs to go hungry in this City.

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