A partnership of 11 Cornish organisations has secured a Big Lottery Fund grant to help Cornwall’s most socially excluded communities return to employment, education and training.
The new programme, called ‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), will help over 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This
will include people with disabilities, 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 begin to deliver the £5 million programme in early 2017 for the next three years. The partners are Pluss, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, CHAOS, Active Plus, Addaction, Pentreath, Lizard Pathways, Pirate FM, Cornwall Voluntary Sector and Cornwall College.
Pluss’ Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “Positive People will support hundreds of disadvantaged people across Cornwall into sustainable employment.
“Securing the funds to deliver this programme is a proud moment for all 11 organisations. Our Cornish partnership will deliver significant positive social change at a time when local devolution means Cornwall is taking on more responsibility for its own future.”
Positive People has been co-designed over the past six months by a range of stakeholders including representatives from local communities, Cornwall Council and and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP.
Positive People (part of the Building Better Opportunities programme) is a new project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
The programme will cover the Coast to Coast region of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
About Building Better Opportunities
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. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
The BBO project has received up to £300 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 www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.