Help into work
Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum is one of 11 Cornish organisations in a partnership created to help Cornwall’s most socially excluded communities return to employment, education and training.
‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People) is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and aims to help over 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This includes people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and those 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 project 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. It will cover the Coast to Coast region of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Lead partner Pluss will begin to deliver the £5million programme in early 2017 for the next three years. The partners are:
- Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change
- Cornwall Marine Network
- Active Plus
- Lizard Pathways
- Pirate FM
- Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum
- Cornwall College
Positive People is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme and has been co-designed by a range of stakeholders including representatives from local communities, Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.