Commsortia in partnership with The University of Northampton have been successful in securing £1.4 million worth of funding from the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to run a new back to work scheme across Northamptonshire.
The ‘Working Progress’ scheme will offer a wide range of support, including skills training, CV workshops, and interview skills. Working with The University of Northampton, Commsortia will be able to provide support to over 700 people in the county who are not currently working.
Support services will be tailored to each person’s individual needs, taking into account both their current situation and aspirations, with Commsortia’s members poised to offer support in communities across the county.
Professor Simon Denny, Director of Research, Impact and Enterprise commented "Working Progress is a great project and we are excited to be working with the members of Commsortia. The project is an excellent example of how we can use European money to support unemployed people to realise their ambitions."
Jane Carr, Chair of Commsortia commented "We are delighted to be partnering the University of Northampton in this successful bid. It will allow us to provide some really localised support for people who have multiple barriers to overcome to gaining employment. It is the first time we have had the opportunity to access European funding in such a collaborative way as the voluntary & community sector for Northamptonshire and the beneficiaries we support."
· The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
· It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
· Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
· The project has received up to £1.4 million of funding from the Big Lottery 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 https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding