The Acorn Centre is a charity working to support local people, particularly the marginalised
and disadvantaged, in the Todmorden area. It delivers a wide range of training, education,
personal development and enterprise programmes. Through Community Grants the Acorn
Centre is providing a Job Club and workshops, providing support in job search, CV
building, interview skills, role play, mentoring and IT access and training. Sixty
learners, drawn from the local community, specifically the Muslim and Polish communities,
are benefitting from the project, with individual assessments to identify current
and future learning needs, leading to an Individual Development Plan. A mentoring
system will also support each learner in identifying any additional assistance needed
to gain employment, thus increasing employability.
Artlink West Yorkshire is a community charity based in Leeds, specialising in arts
and health initiatives. It provides quality artistic initiatives for vulnerable members
of the community, including mental health service users, teenage mothers, women’s
groups, Asylum Seekers and Refugees. The grant is funding mental health service users
to access creative learning sessions, generating artistic ideas and leading to the
planning and delivering of an exhibition of work. Over seven months the project is
helping up to 20 participants develop transferable skills such as organisation and
presentation skills, and personal skills including communication and self esteem.
Bangladeshi Youth Organisation
BYO is a voluntary youth organisation based in Bradford, developing innovative initiatives
to address issues affecting people in the community, including worklessness. BYO
is using its Community Grant to deliver a ‘U Can’ programme for people from ethnic
minorities, involving accredited training, skills workshops, group and individual
support and guidance for unemployed young people. Learners will work in small groups
over a 12 month period. The programme aims to instil self confidence, raise aspirations
and improve employability.
Bridge-It Housing Ltd is a social enterprise based in Bradford, which provides temporary
accommodation, support and training for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness,
including refugees, victims of domestic violence, black and ethnic minority to gain
practical skills and secure employment. The Community Grant has funded a ‘Life’ project
consisting of courses and workshops for 20 homeless people over 12 months,
including financial management and sessions with business advisors, to develop confidence
and basic and key skills, helping participants to develop skills to acquire more
permanent accommodation, secure employment or start their own business.
CARE is a voluntary and community organisation, aiming to enable members of refugee
communities to overcome barriers to gain employment and emotional and economic independence.
It offers support on resettlement issues, including employment, health and housing
advice, and social and sports activities, and training. For the course of a year
the Community Grant is funding a range of group sessions, including IT, ESOL, CV
writing, telephone and interview techniques, job searching and analysing vacancies,
and one to one mentoring, for 60 female refugees in south Leeds. Taster sessions,
e.g. in self employment will also be offered. The project aims to increase women’s
chances of moving in to work, making them more able to compete for work and gain
Cloth Cat Studios is a charity and not for profit social enterprise which uses music
training and events to help local people living in disadvantaged circumstances in
inner city Leeds to gain skills, empowerment and confidence, enabling them to gain
control over their lives and find avenues into employment. Community Grants has funded
a series of music based learning sessions for 90 homeless people and people with
mental health difficulties, incorporating a range of learning methods with individual
and group work, with the aim to produce a band, recorded music and possibly an event.
110 two hour music based sessions are running at six locations across Leeds over
9 months. Participation will foster a sense of achievement and social cohesion, leading
to improved confidence, motivation and skills.
Connect in the North is a charity based in Leeds providing training, research and
consultancy to improve the quality of life of people with learning difficulties.
Community Grants has funded a project in which learning disabled trainers train 30
unemployed people over eight months to work with people with learning difficulties
as personal assistants. The project improves employability through Personalisation
of Social Care Services, enabling people with special needs to commission high quality
services to better meet their needs and foster improve independence and well being.
Deafinitions is a not for profit company providing deaf adults and young people information
for health, financial and employment issues, and training. West Yorkshire’s deaf
community has a 45-50% unemployment rate. The Community Grant is providing workshops
for up to 100 deaf and BSL users for a year, covering looking and applying for jobs,
writing CVs and the interview process. Participants will be empowered to know how
to ask for an interpreter at an interview, and how to explain their deafness to a
potential employee. The overall aim is to improve deaf people’s knowledge of, and
confidence in, looking for and applying for work, and empower them to cope with mental
health problems related to being unemployed.
‘It was a bit hard at first but the tutor showed me that I had done these things
in the past and could use them to really sell myself’.