Inspire Dorset, a part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme

Are you unemployed and looking to find meaningful employment? Have you ever considered self-employment, trying out a business idea or developing an idea to benefit your community, while you learn a new business, employment, and enterprise skills? Inspire Dorset can help you make your project and business ideas a reality. Our flexible programme offers two opportunities:

  • One-to-one coaching – where we will identify what type of work will fulfil you, the barriers currently standing in your way and the support needed to achieve your goals

1-2-1 Case Studies

Tori’s Tigers

“Inspire Dorset helped me realise that with the right support I can overcome my barriers and achieve my goals”

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Life Changing Choices

‘The support I received from Inspire Dorset has changed my life’

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  • A Team Challenge – where we will support a group to organise a community project that solves a local need. As part of the group, you will take a project from an idea all the way through to reality

Team challenge case studies

Louis – Team Challenge

Louis signed up to a Team Challenge where he developed the idea of launching a community coffee shop

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Gillingham Craft & Chat

A group set up for like-minded individuals between 50 & 80 who enjoy crafts & being active

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Throughout the programme, you will develop:

  • Professional skills for business and self – employment; including planning, budgeting, and marketing
  • Self-confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Stress and anxiety management techniques

Please note: to be eligible for the Inspire Dorset Programme you must be over 15 years old, unemployed and have the right to work in the UK.

To find out more call 01305 216411 or email and check out our Facebook page

Our Programme Targets

  • 26 moving into education or training
  • 21 people moving from unemployment into employment including self-employment
  • 41 people moving into job searching
  • 75 people testing and enterprise idea
  • 30 people starting an enterprise
  • Working with 300 participants across Dorset

 The BBO project has received £579500 of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit;