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Great News!! BBO GCtW receives Emergency Extension Funding

Good News!

Good news is always welcomed and especially so as we approach the end of this tough, challenging and difficult year! As lead partner on the Building Better Opportunities; Getting Cumbria to Work (BBO GCtW) project, here at Cumbria CVS we are pleased to share that the European Social Fund (ESF) and the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), in response to the surge in unemployment resulting from the pandemic, have provided Emergency Funding for six months for all BBO projects due to close before October 2021 to enable them to continue to deliver these projects, which tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and increase 'job readiness'.

This is most welcome news for Cumbria CVS and the BBO GCtW partnership and means we will continue to deliver tailored support in Barrow-in Furness and the South Lakes improving employability for the most disadvantaged and those furthest from the labour market, with multiple and complex needs, as well as supporting the recently unemployed due to Covid-19. The BBO GCtW partnership are delighted and excited as this allows us to retain skilled staff and provides additional time to build on our successes and achievements especially from this year, ensuring those facing challenging barriers are not 'left behind' in these uncertain and difficult, social and economic times.

In the New Year, the BBO GCtW partnership will review and further develop the delivery plan to incorporate learning from our evaluation report, to increase support to project participants, in particular to improve their mental health, forging stronger partnerships with mental health specialists locally.

As we approach the close of 2020 and reflect back over the past year, I am left with a strong feeling of gratitude, respect and absolute admiration for the whole BBO GCtW partnership staff team- Cumbria CVS, Cadas, The Well Communities, Women's Communities Matters and R2W, who have continued to deliver much needed interventions to our participants with dedication and passion whilst circumnavigating some tough working and personal conditions – not least home working whilst taking care of and educating children at the start of the pandemic, caring for elderly parents and relatives, meetings being interrupted by internet issues and belligerent cats and dogs as well as managing their own mental health and resilience. They have worked together to ensure that the most vulnerable of communities know they are cared for, valued and do not have to face the challenges brought on by Covid-19 alone. Amazing!

Dare I say it?……. Bring it on 2021- we are ready for you!

Natalia Wealleans-Turner
BBO GCtW Project Manager

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