Devon Community Foundation is delighted to be involved in Positive People, a partnership of seven local organisations designed to help Devon’s most socially excluded communities return to employment, education and training. We know for some people, opportunities to further their skills or find a job that pays the bills are far and few between. As a Community Foundation, nurturing communities is at the heart of what we do.
The new programme, will help over 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation, including people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50. Support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology, and preparation for work including job search.
The programme aims to benefit local communities by reducing poverty and anti-social behaviour. It will also contribute to the growth of the local economy with employers having access to a pool of people with the relevant skills to meet their needs.
Devon Community Foundation and Pluss will begin to deliver the £5 million programme in early 2017 for the next three years. The core partners are Pluss, Tomorrow’s People, Westward Pathfinder, Cosmic, Devon Community Foundation, Torbay Community Development Trust and Plymouth Octopus Project.
Positive People has been co-designed over the past six months by a range of stakeholders including representatives from local communities, Devon County, Plymouth City and Torbay Councils, Devon District Councils and the Heart of the South West LEP.
Positive People (part of the Building Better Opportunities programme) is a new project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.