Building Better Opportunities
Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (BBO GCtW)
Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (GCtW) is funded through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme. This programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the National Lottery Community Fund who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. It is one of three projects in Cumbria being jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. including one in Allerdale & Copeland led by Groundwork and one in Carlisle & Eden led by WEA.
This project has recieved Emergency Funding and so will now continue until October 2021.
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.
It 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 is delivering 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.
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 writing and applying for jobs online, via one to one, group sessions and sessions undertaken in community outreach locations.
GCtW is led by Cumbria CVS in partnership with four local organisations across Cumbria, who are working together to deliver the project. The partners are:
Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (Cadas)
Right2Work (Oaklea Trust)
The Well Communities CIC
Women’s Community Matters
This project has had a large number of success to date – please read the attached Case Studies to see how participants have been helped and how this project may be able to help you:
- Eddie’s Change of Career
- Faten Plans her Next Steps
- Joanne Builds a Better Life
- Lina Finds her Purpose
- Mahmoud Finds His Way
- Sam’s Success Story
How to find out more
To find out how this project can help you or someone you know, please see the attached Flier, visit the new GCtW website: www.gettingcumbriatowork.org.uk or contact a member of the Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (BBO GCtW) Team at Cumbria CVS: email firstname.lastname@example.org – inserting BBO-GCTW into subject line or call 07462 055134.
The BBO GCtW partnership created a film during 2020 to celebrate all of the wonderful work the project undertakes with the participants and showcase our successes.