Your Consortium works with projects to deliver support to young people and those furthest from the workplace through COVID 19.22 October 2020
Action Towards Inclusion offers flexible support to help adults overcome physical, psychological, financial and skills-related barriers and progress towards employment, training, education and job-search, whilst at the same time helping to combat a range of social issues including poverty and social exclusion.
Despite the overnight lockdown restrictions imposed by the government, the partnership adapted efficiently to ensure that all participants continued to receive support on their journey with minimal disruptions to their service. This meant that participants had a place of security and received unceasing support during a difficult time.
Partner organisations worked hard to give participants tools to help manage their mental health and improve their resilience. This included sending resources out to participant houses, and spending more time in 1:1 coaching sessions.
Delivery was adapted to remote working, which varied from classroom style meetings, to smaller one on one coaching sessions. Partners were able to purchase equipment and tools through ATI which helped participants to be able to access these technology-based services.
Priorities changed through the lockdown, with participants having to worry more about housing, finances and childcare than ever before. Through the ATI partnership, participants were connected with organisations that could listen to them and offer advice and solutions to help break down those barriers.
Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme and the aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.
Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities such as:
Disadvantaged geographical areas
People aged 50 and over
People from ethnic minorities
Partners on Community Grants such as Maths Monkeys, Resume Foundation and Yorkshire in Business have been flexible in the way that they have supported their learners during the pandemic. They have adapted their delivery to accommodate learners needs and created inclusive remote environments for learners to thrive in.
Where virtual group work is being held on Zoom the same amount of care and attention has been paid to ‘introducing’ new participants and encouraging socialisation between learners on the courses.
Providers have been working hard to ensure that learners do not feel isolated and alone during the pandemic.
Many Community Grants providers have reported that they have done learning and development themselves during this time to ensure that they are supporting their participants through this pandemic. It has been useful to have spaces where providers can share best practise as they recognise they are all working towards a common goal, supporting their participants the best the can.
Whilst the thought of progressing into employment may be overwhelming for some participants, providers have recognised the importance of doing courses and further education during this time. We have seen an increase in the number of learners progressing into further education during this time on Community Grants.
Maths Monkeys were awarded their first grant funding in February, right before we entered lockdown. They have been successfully delivered their programme remotely to 10 learners, with one learner progressing into employment and two into further education. Maths Monkeys course finishes in December and they are excited to put in another application in the next round.
Throughout the pandemic Your Consortium have launched two rounds of Community Grants funding. In April they awarded grants to the value of £132,000 across 7 different organisations. Your Consortium have recently launched a new round in which we have received 7 applications for new and exciting programmes.
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