Building Better Opportunities

The Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland project 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 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.

The Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland Project is led by Cumbria CVS in partnership with 6 local organisations across Cumbria.

Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland is funded through the Building Better Opportunities 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 of worthlessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

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.

Women’s Community Matters will be delivering the following specific activities CV writing workshop, Covering letter writing and Personal statements, One to one support around various aspects, budgeting,a 12 week rolling programme covering many topics such as Mindfulness, job searching, Interview skills and Mock Interviews. Creating items as part of the Social Enterprise to sell in the Centre shop. We also have our Beautiful Women and Beautiful Me Personal Development courses. Work experience placements are also available in the centre in the areas of Reception and Admin, Clothes Bank, General Volunteering and in Social Enterprise.

For more information about the Getting Cumbria to Work: barrow and South Lakeland project please contact Paula, please call on 01229 311102 or email paula@womenscommunitymatters.org

To contact a member of the Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland Project Management Team at Cumbria CVS please email info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

Women’s Community Matters is just one of the 7 partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project ;
Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS)
Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services (CVS)
Imagine Independence
Right2Work (Oaklea Trust)
South Lakeland Mind
The Well Communities CIC

Getting Cumbria to Work is one of the three projects within the Building Better Opportunities programme across Cumbria and will help people across Barrow and South Lakeland move into or closer to the labour market 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.

All three BBO projects across Cumbria will run until December 2019.

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