The Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has received £2.89m of European Social Funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project. The funding will enable a programme of support that will help people improve their employability skills and progression into employment. The investment is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

The project, which is called, ‘Working Together Atlantic and Moor’, aims to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people.The project will focus on the North coast of Cornwall and Bodmin Moor area. Eligible people must be 18 years or over and either unemployed and economically inactive.

Participants of the project can expect support from one or more of the 56 partners who bring a huge wealth of experience and expertise and are aiming to support 750 people over the next three years. This will be delivered through a variety of workshops and one-to-one support tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Andrew Green, Chief Executive of the The Learning Partnership for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, said: ‘We are very excited to be delivering Working Together through our well-established partnership. We are a specialist in delivering ESF projects, having supported over 30,000 people through the previous programme of EU-funded projects. Participants can expect a supportive and nurturing environment, enriched with a challenging, inspiring and fun activities including sport and forest school.’

Sandra Rothwell, Cornwall Council’s Head of Economic Growth and Development and Chief Executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said: ‘Skills development is hugely important for everyone in Cornwall but particularly so for those who face challenging circumstances. If this project can help those facing poverty and social exclusion then we can not only support people into employment, but also improve their quality of life for them and their families.’

If you are 18 or over and live in the North Cornwall and Bodmin Moor area and would like to access the Working Together programme or you know someone who would, please contact lcjenkins@cornwall-learning-partnership.org.