Paddington Development Trust unveils new projects to support long term unemployed and Job Seekers in North, Central and West London boroughs.
There was plenty to smile about at Paddington Development Trust this week with the launch of two new, large projects to help unemployed people find work and training.
For the next three years PDT and seven partner organisations will be funded by the National Lottery (£1.8 million) and ESF London Councils (£900, 000) to support those who struggle to find jobs and training to get into paid work. The projects will cover large parts of West, North and Central London. They will focus on women and black and minority ethnic communities, women who have never worked or can only work part time (including those who have traditionally stayed at home) and people who have been unemployed for long stretches of time and want to return to work and start earning a living wage. Specialist partners will focus on the needs of people who have been homeless, who are dealing with mental health challenges or who are recovering from drug or alcohol related problems.
PDT’s CEO, Neil Johnston says: ‘This is a strong partnership of community-based organisations bringing specialist knowledge to advise and guide disadvantaged groups and families to a better life. These new projects will create ‘first steps’ including work trials, skills training courses, work placements and part time jobs. They will work for people facing social exclusion, multiple socio-economic barriers, child care responsibilities, health problems or are making a first step back to work’.
PDT will facilitate a partnership formed by Equi-Vision, ELATT, Get Set, Belina Consulting, Urban Partnership Group (UPG), Mind and St Mungos. The partners, all of whom helped develop the two bids submitted to the Big Lottery Fund and London Councils ESF, will work with hard to reach communities from Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Haringey, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The partnership will work with over a thousand people, helping them find opportunities to engage more fully in social life, health care, learning, and creative activities. This will include leadership training, enabling participants to represent their own communities and take the lead in future initiatives.
Notes to Editors: Big Lottery Fund is match funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.
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