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Getting Cumbria to Work - National Lottery Funded - EU Social Fund

Building Better Opportunities

Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland is one of three partnership projects in Cumbria being jointly funded by the The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

Project Outline

The Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (BBO-GCtW) project is funded through the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

The project has been allocated £1.3 million of funding from the Building Better Opportunities programme, a part of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) European Funding Programme. The scheme sees the Big Lottery Fund matching funds from European Social Fund, which look to provide investment in local projects that increase economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.

Find out more about the Building Better Opportunities programme here.

Find out more about the fund here.

Project Aims

The BBO-GCtW 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.

Project Participants

Participants of BBO-GCtW must be over 18 years of age and live in Barrow and/or South Lakeland. They must be unemployed or economically inactive and there is a specific focus on people who are most at risk of social exclusion. This includes, but is not limited to: people with disabilities or experiencing mental and/or physical health conditions; those unemployed for three years or more; lone parents; carers; older people; ex-offenders; young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Project Activities

The project will aim to provide advice and support that’s right for participants and is tailored to their specific needs and may include training, advice, 1-1 support, placements and volunteering.

All support will be delivered through the project partners and where possible this will be offered in community outreach locations.

For further details on services offered by individual project partners, please click here.