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Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland

Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (GCtW) is funded through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) 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. It is one of three projects in Cumbria being jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. including one in  Allerdale & Copeland led by Groundwork and one in Carlisle & Eden led by WEA. All three BBO projects across Cumbria will run until December 2019.

Aims
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.

Support
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.

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.

Partners
GCtW is led by Cumbria CVS in partnership with 6  local organisations across Cumbria, who will work together to deliver the project. The partners are:

Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (Cadas)
Imagine Independence
Mind
Right2Work (Oaklea Trust)
The Well Communities CIC
Women’s Community Matters

To find out how this project can help you, please see the attached Flier or visit the new GCtW website: www.gettingcumbriatowork.org.uk

Contact
To contact a member of the Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland Project Management Team at Cumbria CVS please email bbo@cumbriacvs.org.uk – inserting BBO-GCTW into subject line or call 01768 800350