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A partnership of 8 voluntary and public-sector organisations led by local sight loss charity Vista have been awarded £2.4million funding from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund through the Building Better Opportunities programme.
The Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL) partnership will help over 500 people who are unemployed or economically inactive and living in rural Leicestershire move into job search, training, or employment.
After consulting with over 200 people across rural Leicestershire, the programme will focus on filling gaps in current services, providing access to holistic, tailored support and break down the barriers to people entering work or learning.
Working across rural Leicestershire, the programme will help people to improve their health and wellbeing, gain skills and work experience, and have improved confidence, motivation and social engagement.
The programme will also work with employers to identify and develop supported employment opportunities and to embrace inclusive recruitment. As well as helping people move into job search, training or employment, the programme will also enable and facilitate local people to start their own business through a business advice programme.
The programme will run from January 2019 to June 2020