Press statement from Inclusion Cornwall

The Village Works programme is taking referrals, covering Cornwall Council Community Network Areas for Helston and the Lizard and Bude and Camelford

Village Works is a clever new initiative designed to work at a local level to get the most economically excluded and unemployed better skilled, more confident and with more self-esteem, and so  make the most of what they have to get into, or back into, work. Where someone is not ready for work there are still lots of opportunities open to them.

It is funded by the European Social fund (ESF) through the Department for Work and Pensions and will be run largely by Inclusion Cornwall and disAbility Cornwall. They will work with others for their shared customers so that they receive all that Cornwall has to offer.  There is also a barrier-busting fund that is very flexible.

It’s a new coming together of expertise but is not taking a punt into uncharted waters because much of the thinking behind it and evidence for it has already been trialled in rural and coastal communities around the county. It has been proven to work, to work sustainability and to work anywhere where such problems and barriers exist.

At its heart is a desire to get stuck in locally, to meet up and engage with the people, to understand their often complex and individual issues and then work to sort their specific barriers by teaming them with the right local help so they can live and work independently and well.

The key players in all this will be…

  • The Inclusion Cornwall Hub – central to sharing opportunities
  • The Village Spotter – on the lookout for participants and skills
  • The Village Coach – supporting you for as long as needed and
  • The Online Support Worker – support for all levels and in lots of different ways.

To find out more, give the Inclusion Cornwall hub a call on 01872 326440. They are happy to attend team meetings or smaller groups to share this opportunity.

Village Works – Thriving Together

Could you offer your support by:-

  • Promoting the project across your partners and customers
  • Offer a workless person an opportunity in your organisation through:-
    • Volunteering
    • Work experience
    • Gaining skills
    • Gaining confidence

In return:-

  • This will help your community engagement.
  • Working together to make people and communities thrive.


Projects cover Bude and Camelford  Areas, and Helston and the Lizard Peninsula, including wider areas of Goldsithney, Leedstown, Carnkie, Gweek and The Helford River (Covering Cornwall Council Community Network Areas for Helston and the Lizard and Bude and Camelford).

The project is driven by Inclusion Cornwall which includes Jobcentre Plus, Local Councils, disAbility Cornwall, Kernow Credit Union

You’ll find them at the Inclusion Cornwall Hub on 01872 326440. You can call for a referral form or find one on the website

 Village Works is part funded through the European Social Fund