Pluss win Building Better Opportunities in Cornwall

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A partnership of six Cornish organisations has secured a grant from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to help Cornwall’s most socially excluded communities. 

The first programme of its kind in South East Cornwall, ‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), will help over 1,000 individuals who are out of work to build their confidence and overcome the challenges they face. The programme will be personally tailored to individual needs and may include help with personal development, health and wellbeing, and to master digital technology.

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 £4 million programme in June for the next three years. The partners are Pluss, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, Active Plus, Addaction and Pentreath.

Pluss’ Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “Positive People will support hundreds of people across South East Cornwall to overcome a range of barriers and build a brighter future.

“Securing the funds to deliver this programme is a proud moment for all six 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 people from local communities, Cornwall Council, 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 South and East Cornwall including St Austell, Liskeard, Looe, Saltash, Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula.