The £10.6m Building Better Opportunities grant has been awarded to the Cheshire & Warrington LEP area to deliver a new project to support almost 3,000 people moving them closer to the employment market.
With no less than £2.2 million of the fund being allocated to Cheshire West and Chester, Weaver Vale Housing Trust have been allocated just under £1m to deliver a unique tailored service to support those furthest away from the Employment market making employment opportunities more accessible. Weaver Vale Housing Trust are delighted to be a key partner providing mentoring, training and money advice support to people across the Cheshire West and Chester area.
Having provided a successful employment support service to people living in Trust properties for the past 3 years the Trust’s Work & Enterprise Team have supported over 600 WVHT customers, with 189 moving into employment and 305 supported to become work ready.
Having great links with partners such as JCP and Work Zones, the team had requests from partners to provide the same support to non customers, knowing the benefits the service has realised the Trust were keen to secure funding that would enable us to expand this service to people living in the wider community, supporting economic growth and prosperity.
Cheryl Quine, Work & Enterprise Manager said: “We started discussions around the potential to deliver the BBO programme across Cheshire and Warrington in November 2014, it has taken a lot of hard work and time to get us to where we are today. The Trust are keen to ensure people have the support they ned to fulfil their potential and have a number of teams offering excellent support services to access health and well being services, manage finances and progress into training and employment. Having had a great track record in relation to positive outcomes for our customers the BBO funding will enable us to replicate these services and deliver to the wider community. We employ staff that are passionate about improving the lives and opportunities of local people, and are thrilled to be working with a broader range of partners, expanding the current team to deliver the New Leaf programme across the area enabling us to do even more”.
The funding is through the Building Better Opportunities programme, a key part of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) European Funding Programme. The scheme sees the Big Lottery Fund matching funds from European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020, to provide joint investment in local projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Over the next few years the funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, find out more on their website.