Local charity Medway Plus has been awarded a Community Grant to launch a new employment outreach service in 6 of the most deprived areas of Medway, where unemployment levels are high and job prospects low.
CXK has awarded the grant through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) under their Community Grants Scheme via European Social Fund funding (ESF). CXK will be allocating grants of more than £600,000 in total over the course of the next year; grants which are available organisations which help those furthest from the job market improve their skills and/or get into work or training.
Medway Plus’s new project will deliver 1:1 employability support and training; primarily supporting migrants, the older community and those suffering social isolation and unwilling to visit town centre establishments. The new initiative will provide support with CV preparation and job searching. It will also help individuals to build the confidence and direction they need to move towards employment.
The service will be delivered in a local community setting. This means that customers won’t have to travel far, and can access the service in familiar and comfortable surroundings.
Peter Vogel, Chief Executive at Medway Plus, said: “From our work in our other projects, we have identified a distinct skills shortage, particularly in neighbourhoods where there is a high density of non-English residents living. During focus groups meetings, one constant theme is the wish of the residents to be in a position to compete for real, meaningful employment. This outreach project looks to support them to achieve that.
“Medway Plus are delighted to have the opportunity to take this project to a number of diverse neighbourhoods; to meet beneficiaries on their own patch, in a more relaxed environment. The support and guidance provided by colleagues at CXK has been first class.”
Medway Plus delivers services and support to develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged community of Medway, helping them to participate more fully in society. To find out more about the Medway Plus outreach programme, visit: medwayplus.com.
For further information about the ESF Community Grants programme, visit: www.cxk.org/community-grants