Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough
Cambridgeshire, Uttlesford in Essex, North Hertfordshire, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Forest Heath, St Edmundsbury, Peterborough, Rutland. £5,000,000 of Building Better Opportunities funding will be invested in the area.
There is an intergenerational cycle of unemployment and poverty in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area. More than 16,000 children in Cambridgeshire grow up in poverty, with over 11,000 in Peterborough alone. In Cambridgeshire, 75 per cent of these children are in workless households compared to 42 per cent nationally. There are significant pockets of extreme deprivation, both in rural areas – which also suffer issues of isolation – and in market towns and cities. This is exacerbated by lack of access to transport and the consequent lack of access to services.
Community Connections North is a network of local specialist support organisations, led by TCHC, with a wide range of expertise to help build skills and confidence to get into employment. The programme is tailored specifically to individual needs, whatever and however complex they may be. Each participant will have a mentor to support them. Participants will be actively encouraged to engage in community events and take on volunteering roles to help them develop their confidence, gain experience and feel connected to their community, with the ultimate goal to help them find employment.
The Community Connections South project offers flexible support to build the skills and confidence to make that step into work. The Papworth Trust’s Community Connections South brings together experienced partners that focus on changing lives and communities for the better in the whole of south Cambridgeshire, Cambridge, Cambourne, Huntingdon, St Neots and Ely, along with Newmarket, Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
New Horizons helps people make sense of their money, get on-line and get closer to the job market. The project is aimed at those who are struggling to make ends meet or are facing financial changes. Over 360 participants will each receive an average of 20 hours of one to one support from a coach, who will help them to set realistic goals and take the necessary steps to meet them. Whilst the primary focus for most participants will be around managing their money, participants will also have help to get on-line, and to start to look for work, or get into training or education. Those who need it will have access to debt management services.
This general employment programme takes a personalised approach with a tailored package of support interventions, with participants involved in planning their own route. Services include coaching & mentoring, financial advice & guidance, structured and accredited learning, work placements, volunteering, employability support, and practical interventions such as providing transport, childcare, equipment and interview clothes. Support is specifically targeted at underrepresented groups and those with additional barriers to participation.