Local charity All Saints Community Project has been awarded a Community Grant to fund online learning opportunities for people in Chatham who are trying to get back in to work.
The First Byte project will involve investment in new computers at the Magpie Centre. As a result citizens will be able to complete online courses to help them get back into work. The computers will complement sessions delivered at the centre every fortnight by the National Careers Service; which support individuals to identify learning opportunities and find the right career for them.
The project will also provide training to individuals on computer use, making the most of social media, and will provide support with completion of online job applications.
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 to organisations which help those furthest from the job market improve their skills and/or get into work or training.
Danielle Day, Project Lead at All Saints Community Project, said; “All Saints Community Project is delighted to have a been awarded a SELEP ESF Community Grant. This project will provide vital support in helping local, unemployed people to move towards finding a job. It will also provide free access to computers and the internet from our centre.”
“The local area of Chatham in which All Saints Community Project operates is a recognised area of high deprivation. Two of the Council Wards (Chatham Central and Luton & Wayfield) nearest the Magpie Centre are ranked within the 10% most deprived nationally. This funding will ensure that better facilities are available to unemployed local people to help them move forwards.”
For further information about All Saints Community Project, visit: allsaintscommunityproject.org.uk.
For further information about the ESF Community Grants programme, visit: www.cxk.org/community-grants