‘Building Better Opportunities’ to help disadvantaged people in South and East Cornwall

A partnership of nine Cornish organisations has been successful with a stage one application for the ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme covering South and East Cornwall. 

Building Better Opportunities is a project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The new proposals, called ‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), will help Cornwall’s most socially excluded communities return to employment, education and training.

The partnership plans to support over 1,300 individuals who are out of work and face a range of barriers to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with disabilities and mental health issues, ex offenders, homeless people and people over 50. Support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology, and preparation for work including job search.

The programme aims to benefit local communities by reducing poverty and anti-social behaviour. It will also contribute to the growth of the local economy with employers having access to a pool of people with the relevant skills to meet their needs.

Lead partner Pluss will now work with the team of partners and other key stakeholders on the stage two bid which, if successful, will allow them to access £5 million in funding to deliver the programme over three years. The partners are Pluss, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, Active Plus, Resource/Addaction, Pentreath, Pirate FM, Cornwall Voluntary Sector and Cornwall College.

The partners will also work closely with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Cornwall Council, communities and participants to co-design the programme.

Pluss’ Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “The partnership is aiming to support hundreds of disadvantaged people across South and East Cornwall into sustainable employment.

“Working with the Big Lottery Fund is a proud moment for all nine organisations. This result confirms that our Cornish partnership has the potential to deliver significant positive social change at a time when local devolution means Cornwall is taking on more responsibility for its own future.”

A successful outcome at stage two will see delivery of this programme begin in early 2017.

For more information please contact Geraldine Scott-Smith, Communications Manager, on 07766 367267 or at geraldine.scott-smith@pluss.org.uk