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    St Paul’s has picked up 1 of 7 Job Coaches in Worcestershire- Lisa Hudson. She will be based at St Paul’s Hostel but takes external referrals to her service. The information below explains the funding route.

  • Up to £1m could be made available in Worcestershire to help the county’s long term unemployed into work.

    The Big Lottery and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has announced that Fusion, a consortium of 24 Worcestershire based not for profit organisations, had added to its success from earlier rounds of funding and developed proposals for a further investment of £1m of Lottery and European Social Investment Funding to help long term unemployed return to work.

    The Worcestershire Building Better Opportunities has been shaped by Worcestershire LEP and is part of the European Social Investment Fund 2014-2020 programme to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

    Gary Woodman, executive director of Worcestershire LEP, said: “We have been working with the local voluntary sector and housing providers to develop ideas on how best to use this funding and we are delighted they have been successful in a further bid. Businesses in Worcestershire are committed to bringing prosperity to the county and all its residents. This investment will ensure those furthest from the labour market, will receive the right support to help them into sustained employment so they can both contribute and benefit from the growing economy.”

    In Worcestershire the principal housing associations and Redditch Borough Housing came together with a range of local and specialist voluntary sector organisations, Heart of Worcestershire College and the Health and Care Trust to form Fusion. By working together, Fusion can help those needing extra support into work. This includes people with disabilities, adults with learning disabilities, long term unemployed, ex-offenders and young people with no work experience.

    Clare Huyton, chair of fusion and executive director housing, care & communities with Fortis Living, added: “This further success is great news, as it will enhance the work already commenced by Fusion partners to help some of the most vulnerable people into employment. We are delighted that the collaboration between the Worcestershire voluntary organisations and housing partners is being recognised as a model to receive external funding, which will allow us to help more people.

    Building Better Opportunities is a programme to refer all those claimants who are keen to move into work but need that extra time and helping hand. It is a key opportunity for those claiming ESA who want to return to work but are unsure of their next steps

    The Job Coach can help with Creating or updating  CVs and covering letters Completing online paper and application forms, Carrying out job search activities Improving interview techniques Improving basic Maths, English and IT Skills Accessing the internet Confidence and motivation building Identifying training, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

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