Social Inclusion

Community Grants Programme
(lead organisation Futures)

Jointly funded by the SFA and the European Social Fund, Community Grants give small voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market. The grants will support participants’ progression so that they are confident in their ability to move into employment.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity, including initial help with basic skills; taster work experience including voluntary work; training, advice and counselling; confidence building; job search assistance and other help necessary to secure employment; first contact engagement activities.

Eligible Learners must be unemployed; over 16; have the right to live and work in the UK; not engaged in any other government funded training scheme.

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate an ability to meet the LEP Priorities and target participants who are: over 50; with learning difficulties and disabilities; from ethnic minority backgrounds; are women; unemployed for over 6 months; furthest removed from the labour market with significant barriers to employment.

Programme end date - July 2021

Contact: Futures website

Building Better Opportunities

The National Lottery Community Fund has matched funds from the European Social Fund 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.  The projects range from those improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs, to improving financial literacy.  Three Building Better Opportunities projects have been funded in D2N2 – Money Sorted, Opportunity & Change, Towards Work.

The three projects undertake annual evaluations.
Year one evaluation reports: Money Sorted, Opportunity and Change, Towards Work
Year two evaluation reports: Money Sorted, Opportunity and Change, Towards Work
Year three evaluation reports: Money Sorted, Opportunity and Change, Towards Work

The Building Better Opportunities programme finishes in 2022.

Money Sorted in D2N2
(lead organisation Advice Nottingham)

Money Sorted in D2N2 provides support and personally tailored interventions for people experiencing financial difficulty. It can help you take control, build your confidence and skills and help you tackle barriers and problems in order to improve your financial well-being for the longer term.

The project is aimed at anyone who is experiencing financial difficulties and worries and would like some support. It is for people living in either Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham or Nottinghamshire.  You need to be of working age and either unemployed or not in paid work at the time of starting.

What does the project provide?

  • A personal worker working with you (a ‘Personal Navigator’)
  • Assessment of your financial well-being
  • Personal action plan
  • Help to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence with different money issues, (topics such as budgeting, banking, debt, credit, saving). This is tailored to your needs through one to one or group sessions.
  • Option of a Money Mentor
  • Support (or referrals) with your current financial circumstances, (such as benefit, debt, banking).
  • Support getting into employment, training or job search

Contact details
Emma Bates - Project Co-ordinator
T: 0115 9081534

Opportunity and Change
(lead organisation Framework)

Opportunity and Change, led by Framework, is an employment-related support project for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. It is delivered by a partnership of community-based organisations across D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire).

The project supports unemployed or economically inactive individuals, referred to as participants, experiencing at least two of the following issues:

  • Being homeless or vulnerably housed
  • Problematic substance or alcohol misuse
  • At risk of offending or reoffending
  • Mental ill-health
  • Domestic Abuse

The project aims to help individuals address their complex needs and become socially and economically included through access to education, training and employment.

Contact details
Claire Eden - Programme Manager
T: 0115 970 9549

Towards Work
(lead organisation Groundwork Greater Nottingham)

The Groundwork Greater Nottingham Towards Work project is part of the national Building Better Opportunities Programme.  Jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund & the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s European Social Fund allocation; the programme is delivered throughout Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire by a partnership of local organisations who specialise in supporting people into work.

The project aims to support with those first vital steps towards gaining employment through a personalised service and support to overcome barriers an individual may face.

Towards Work offers bespoke, personalised and tailored solutions to support an individual’s journey towards personal progression and employment.  Individuals are linked with specialist local support and benefit from continued In-Work services, resulting in job retention.

Contact details
Penny Halewood - BBO Programme Manager
T: 07850 503125

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