Posted: Wed 8th Feb 2017

Cfw Programme That Supports People Into Employment Extended /
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017

It has been announced by the Welsh Government Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant that £29,408,232 of Welsh Government and EU funding will extend the Communities for Work programme in Wales until 2020. The total investment in Communities for Work is £70,575,875. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The programme was launched in May 2015 and is delivered in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through Job Centre Plus and Communities First. Communities for Work is a community based advisory service supported by the European Social Fund (ESF). It works with people in the most deprived communities across Wales to increase the employability of 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and economically inactive and long-term unemployed adults who have complex barriers to employment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To date the programme has helped almost 900 people into work, nearly 1,300 people into further training and another 100 into volunteering roles. Support with qualifications and training is available, as well as one to one support. Locally this support includes: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Community Based Advisers and Mentors
  • Training
  • Barriers Funding

Abi said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Since receiving support from my Communities for Work Mentor, Rachael, I feel more at ease. She has sent emails back and forth to help me sort my housing situation out, which is more than i expected. She has shown me what opportunities are out there in terms of training and i have a plan now of what i’m going to do in the next few months. I’m confident i will achieve this as it is realistic. Go Girls and Enough is Enough projects alongside the beauty training has made me feel positive when i was feeling very negative before. It feels like this help has come at just the right time for me to be able to make the most of it. I am looking forward to my future.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Martin said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I have been very low since being made homeless and I am very grateful to the support that Sharon has given me over the last few weeks. She has contacted many people on my behalf and I am now on my way to obtaining my own accommodation. This means so much as I will be able to see my children on a regular basis. I haven’t found work yet but that is my goal.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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