Building Better Opportunities

Background

logoesf_col_portrait big-lottery-logoThe European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund are funding four projects in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. You can find out more about the programme here.

The four projects will work together to support people who are socially isolated, financially excluded or who have complex and multiple barriers to preparing for, finding and sustaining work. Each project is being delivered by local partnerships, working together to make sure participants are supported as effectively as possible by the right project at the right time. The funding is available for March 2016 to December 2019.

You can find out more about each of the projects below. If you want to refer a customer, but are not sure which project would be best, please just get in touch with one of them as they will help work it out with you.

Community Connections North

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Community Connections is a partnership of 15 specialist organisations working together to help those not in employment break down the barriers that are preventing them from achieving their goals, getting closer to securing a job and improving their life chances.

Partners in the project offer their specialist support to help those who are not able to access the labour market because of for example a learning difficulty or disability, caring responsibilities, homelessness, transport barrier. Support will be tailored to the individual to enable them to overcome issues they are facing, partners will use their respective specialist support to do this and work together to combine their offer to meet individual needs.

There is no defined length to an individual programme, the aim is to support individuals to get a step closer to work and be able to better access more formal services in the future to help them realise their goals.

Eligibility

Aged 15 years and over, unemployed or economically inactive, at a distance from the labour market – disadvantaged socially or economically.

Where?

Northern part of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership area,  especially  Peterborough, Fenland including Wisbech, March, Chatteris and Kings Lynn.

Who is involved?

Lead partner: The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd known as TCHC

Other partners include: FACET; Cross Keys Homes; The Rosmini Centre; Papworth Trust; Prince’s Trust; Kickstart; Keystone Development Trust; Hanseatic Union; Ferry Project; Pre-school Alliance; CWRC; Sharing Parenting; and, Headway

Find out more

You can contact them via CC@tchc.net or for participant referrals please call 01923 698456.

Community Connections South

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Community Connections South brings together experienced partners, with a focus on changing lives.

How? By delivering a step by step, steady journey that will help to move individuals, who are the hardest to help, closer towards their aspirations.

The three-year project aims to deliver a reputable, unrivalled service, primarily in Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire, where individuals are seen for what they can do.

There is no defined length to the support we will offer on the project, but we are looking to engage with diverse participants through every walk of life and ultimately offering choice through learning and employment support.

The aim of all this is to support individuals to overcome barriers, move closer to work and to be able to better access more formal services in the future to help them realise their goals.

Who is involved?

Lead partner: Papworth Trust

Other partners include: Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills Team; Camtrust; CHS Group; GAP Learning CIC; Groundwork East; Illuminate Charity; New Meaning Foundation; Realife Trust; Reboot CIC; and, WEA.

Eligibility

Community Connections South will work with people who are unemployed or economically inactive, who have the right to work in the UK.

Where?

South of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership area covering the districts of Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City; Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury in Suffolk.

Find out more

You can contact them via jason.gosling@papworthtrust.org.uk or 0300 456 2425.

eMploY-ABILITY

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‘eMploY-ABILITY’ is a brand new programme designed to support those furthest from the labour market back into work.

The person-centered programme is designed to offer a unique  approach, investing the time to recognise the specific needs of individuals – to offer innovative, relevant, personalised support with a tailored package of barrier busting interventions, designed and commissioned with participants.

Participants will work on a 1 to 1 basis with skilled, committed organisations at a pace that enables them to build confidence and develop to reduce both social and economic exclusion.

Through a network of over forty Peterborough Plus members, community organisations and businesses, eMploY-ABILITY aims to create a positive experience and progression for participants – building community and business links, leaving a legacy of opportunity, understanding and commitment to continue the good work.

You can find more detail at http://www.peterboroughplus.co.uk/building-better-opportunities/

Eligibility

eMploY-ABILITY will work with people who are furthest away from the labour market, unemployed or economically inactive, who have the right to work in the UK.

Where?

The project will work across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership area – specifically in Peterborough, Kings Lynn, West Norfolk and Fenland.

Who is involved?

Lead partner: Peterborough Plus VCSE Consortium Limited

Other partners include: CP Learning Trust; Ferry Project; Peterborough Regional College; West Norfolk Carers; and, YMCA.

Find out more

To find out more email employability@peterboroughplus.co.uk or call 01733 342683.

New Horizons

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Delivered through eight partner organisations, New Horizons will help people make sense of their money, get on-line and find routes into employment. Our coaches are based with organisations who have strong histories of working with people to help them make real change in their lives.

Each participant will receive on average 20 hours of one to one support from their coach to help them to set realistic goals and take the necessary steps to meet them.

We will be able to lend people internet devices with time-bound internet access to help them get on-line.

Our website will be a resource for front line staff and project participants and will include easy to understand information on money matters, work and getting on-line as well as a navigable map showing other local support services.

Eligibility

We will target our services on people who are furthest from the labour market and are at most risk of social exclusion and who: are struggling to make ends meet; have accessed crisis support e.g. foodbanks; have significant priority debt; live in households in which no-one works; will be affected by benefits changes and/or are likely to struggle when Universal Credit is introduced locally.

Where?

Our core hubs are in Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Cambridge and Peterborough with mobile outreach for disadvantaged groups outside those areas, including into rural areas.

Who is involved?

Lead partner: CHS Group

Other partners include: Axiom Housing Association; Broadland Housing; Centre 33; Citizens Advice Rural Cambridgeshire; Cross Keys Homes; Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau; Papworth Trust; and, Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research who are providing an action research function.

Find out more

You can contact them via newhorizons@chsgroup.org.uk