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Over £7m of new funding has been secured for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area to allow a new partnership of 61 organisations to ‘connect’ with community members who are furthest away from work and training.
The three-year project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and is managed by Your Consortium based in Knaresborough. The work on the ground will be undertaken by key workers and specialist intervention partners through a range of organisations in the voluntary and community sector.
This project is one of the largest funding streams secured for a voluntary and community sector partnership in the area. It represents an exciting opportunity for local charities and voluntary organisations within the partnership to demonstrate their effectiveness in supporting those most distant from work, training and volunteering – offering flexible support to help adults overcome physical, psychological, financial and skills-related barriers and progress towards employment, training, education and job-search, whilst at the same time helping to combat a range of social issues including poverty and social exclusion
Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Selby & District is one of the partnership organisations that will be working on Action Towards Inclusion, offering keyworker and specialist intervention support. They will bring their knowledge and relationships with local organisations, communities, businesses and services to this programme, opening up development opportunities at a local, grass roots level and working with local communities to create innovative solutions where there are gaps.
Carol Shreeve, CEO at Citizens Advice HR&S said ‘we are looking forward to working in partnership with Your Consortium and other providers across North Yorkshire. Our main focus will be those people who have additional needs due to rural living be that transport, internet or isolation. Individuals and communities will play a big part in developing local opportunities for people and we are pleased to be part of the team which can achieve real change by working together.’