LIVE Programme

Learning, Independence, Volunteering, Employment

We understand that those who come to Better Pathways are unique individuals with hopes, dreams, and aspirations for a full and rewarding life. On our newly launched, person-centred Learning, Independence, Volunteering and Employment (L.I.V.E.) vocational pathways programme, our team of dedicated professionals work alongside people, utilising their strengths, building their confidence, and developing their skills and knowledge to help them achieve their goals.

The programme (for adults 18+):

12-Week Work Experience Pathway

  • a gentle introduction to the structured work environment
  • designed to build the confidence, skills, knowledge, and the resilience required to succeed in employment, education and training
  • structured activities within our social enterprises:
    • packing, assembly and light engineering (Digbeth)
    • woodcraft, including making crafts and larger items for sale (Digbeth)
    • sign-writing, engraving, laser printing, badge making (Solihull)
  • external work-experience placements are built into the 12-week pathway
  • case-working provided by our inhouse employability team from the first week to begin employer engagement and the onward journey into work

Participants must:

  • have external support in place, such as a social worker, carer, CPN, or primary care case worker
  • need the specialist support of Better Pathways to achieve their aims
  • be reasonably dexterous and able to understand and take instruction given the nature of the social enterprise activities they may undertake

Meaningful Day Activities Pathway

  • for participants for whom employment, education and training is not appropriate or desired
  • designed to build social skills, resilience and the confidence needed to engage fully at home and in our communities
  • included are: 
    • activities undertaken in our social enterprises
    • arts, crafts, basic digital skills to enhance activities of daily living
    • local group events, eg, art galleries, community gardens, seasonal events

Volunteering Pathway

  • for participants for whom employment, education and training is not appropriate or desired
  • designed to help participants feel a sense of purpose and that they are giving back to their community, including supporting other participants on our pathways
  • participants will be a core part of our production team, helping to deliver services to our commercial partners 

Our Vocational Pathways Team

Participants will be supported by a dedicated team of professionals with extensive experience of working with people who need support to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. Our team has experience in supporting  participants from diverse backgrounds and with a range of complex needs, such as poor mental health, learning disabilities and difficulties, and with a range of associated complex needs, for example, ADHD, autism, ASD.

Building Access

There is wheelchair access, but an assessment of mobility will be necessary following referral because our buildings do have some accessibility limitations.

Managing Risk

Participants presenting with high risks, e.g., addictions and aggressive behaviours, will not automatically be excluded. Instead, a risk assessment will be undertaken with referrers and mitigations agreed. It will not be feasible to accept participants if they present with significant risks to themselves or others that cannot be mitigated.

How to Refer

Fees apply. Please download our Referral Form, and send to:

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about what we do, please contact us at:, or please call on 0121 773 1455.