European Social Fund – Action Towards Inclusion

  • May 12, 2017
  • Posted by: Rosalie Boyles

Action Towards Inclusion is a £7.4 million project in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding over the next 3 years which is part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

It will see 60+ organisations engage with and provide mentoring and support around health, finances and skills to 2,000 of the most disadvantaged individuals in the community experiencing a range of complex challenges.

Participants will be economically inactive or unemployed and through the project we will support individuals to overcome barriers and move closer towards employment as well as addressing a range of social issues such as poverty and social exclusion.

How will it work?
Long-term mentoring support will be provided by Keyworkers and specific intervention activities will be delivered by Intervention Partners. The combination of this will enable individuals to overcome barriers and move closer to job-search, training, education and employment.

Who is the project for?
People who are economically inactive (80%) and people who are unemployed (20%).
Definitions for these terms are:

  • People who are unemployed
    If someone is unemployed then they are entirely without work, but are available for work and actively seeking work. They will usually be registered unemployed and be in receipt of unemployment benefits.
  • People who may be economically inactive
    If someone is economically inactive then they are not in paid employment or self-employment and are not available for or not seeking work. They may be in receipt of certain benefits (such as Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance) and could also be in training or education of some kind.

Where is Action Towards Inclusion being delivered?
This project will be delivered by a partnership of over 60 locally-based organisations all across the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area. Our Keyworkers based in Northallerton, Richmond and Selby will be providing one-to-one support and we will also be providing intervention activities around Debt, Financial Capability and Voluteering.

How to get in touch
For more information or to get involved please contact 01748 823862 or 01609 776551