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Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland

Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland is one of three projects in Cumbria being jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

This project aims to support and work with individuals who are facing multiple and complex barriers to employment and who are furthest removed from the labour market. It will help them to move towards and into employment by supporting them to play a greater, more productive role in their communities, demonstrate increased skills and confidence and be much more likely to consider employment or volunteering as a viable prospect.

The Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland project seeks to provide support and work with individuals who are facing multiple and complex barriers to employment and who are furthest removed from the labour market. It will help them to move towards and into employment by supporting them to play a greater, more productive role in their communities, demonstrate increased skills and confidence and be much more likely to consider employment or volunteering as a viable prospect.

The project will deliver three particular strands of support focused around:

  • Mental Health: providing support to individuals who experience mental health issues – including a joined up response with the range of agencies who already work with such participants.
  • Financial Inclusion: supporting people to overcome financial and digital barriers to employment by providing financial and money management advice to enable participants to manage their money better and make it go further.
  • Working with the Social Enterprise Sector and wider Third Sector: providing work experience and employment opportunities for participants within social enterprises.

The Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland Project is led by Cumbria CVS in partnership with 17 local organisations across Cumbria.

Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland is funded through the Building Better Opportunities programme. This programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Activities undertaken may  include budgeting workshops, basic IT skills, guidance & confidence building, guidance on how to shop & cook on a budget, use of internet, email & social media, using the internet safely,  CV and applying for jobs online, via one to one,  group sessions and sessions undertaken  in community outreach locations.

To contact a member of the Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland Project Management Team at Cumbria CVS please email info@cumbriacvs.org.uk – inserting BBO-GCTW into subject line.

Cumbria CVS is just one of the 17 partners.  We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project;

Barrow Citizens Advice
Barrow Domestic Appliances CIC
The Birchall Trust
Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS)
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS)
Cumbria Deaf Association
Imagine Independence
Impact Housing Association
Mind
Right2Work (Oaklea Trust)
SAFA Cumbria
Signal Films & Media
South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau
Voluntary Arts England
The Well Community CIC
Women’s Community Matters

Getting Cumbria to Work is one of three projects within the Building Better Opportunities programme across Cumbria and will help people across Barrow and South Lakeland move into or closer to the labour market supporting them to play a greater, more productive role in their communities, demonstrate increased skills and confidence and be much more likely to consider employment or volunteering as a viable prospect.  All 3 Building Better Opportunities projects across Cumbria will run until December 2019.

Lead projects in other areas:

  • Allerdale & Copeland: Groundwork
  • Carlisle & Eden: WEA

For further information on Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland, contact :

  • Laura Cadman on 01768 800350; laurac@cumbriacvs.org.uk (Subject Line: BBO – GCTW)
  • Project Management Team on 01768 800350; info@cumbriacvs.org.uk (Subject Line: BBO – GCTW)