‘Positive People’ to help Cornwall’s most disadvantaged people into work
A partnership of 11 Cornish organisations has secured a Big Lottery Fund grant to help Cornwall’s most socially excluded communities return to employment, education and training.
The new programme, called ‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), will help more than 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with substance misuse issues, disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50. Support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology and preparation for work.
The programme aims to benefit local communities by reducing poverty and anti-social behaviour. It will also contribute to the growth of the local economy with employers having access to a pool of people with the relevant skills to meet their needs.
Addaction and Pluss will begin to deliver the £5 million programme in early 2017 for the next three years. Addaction is a leading national behaviour change charity providing drug and alcohol recovery services across Cornwall.
The partners are Pluss, Addaction, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, CHAOS, Active Plus, Pentreath, Lizard Pathways, Pirate FM, Cornwall Voluntary Sector and Cornwall College.
Addaction Cornwall’s Head of Employability, Jackie May, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this partnership. Over the next three years we will be able to deliver an innovative and rounded programme that will support the people with the greatest challenges to realise and reach their full potential.”
Pluss’ Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said: “Positive People will support hundreds of disadvantaged people across Cornwall into sustainable employment.
“Securing the funds to deliver this programme is a proud moment for all 11 organisations. Our Cornish partnership will deliver significant positive social change at a time when local devolution means Cornwall is taking on more responsibility for its own future.”
Positive People has been co-designed over the past six months by a range of stakeholders including representatives from local communities, Cornwall Council, and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP.
Positive People (part of the Building Better Opportunities programme) is a new project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
The programme will cover the Coast to Coast region of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Press release supplied by Addaction