Objective One project gives new help to disabled in Cornwall

A project to help people with acquired physical disabilities or brain injury find a way back to work or higher education has been approved for £739,000 in funding through the Objective One programme.

The GUIDE project has been put together by Truro College and also involves the other Cornish Colleges of Further Education (Cornwall College, Penwith and St Austell) and the Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

Over the next three years, GUIDE will offer 400 people with acquired physical disabilities or brain injury a chance of support, free training and help with work placement in order to give them an opportunity to get back into employment or higher education.

The project co-ordinator is David Hill from Truro College. He said: “The project team at Truro College will work in partnership with Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the other Cornish colleges to help beneficiaries make realistic choices and plans that will lead them into part-time or full-time work.”

Mr Hill explained that many people who become disabled need to make major readjustments in their lives, especially with regards to employment. A completely new direction may be appropriate and there may be several options that they may not be aware of.

The emphasis of the GUIDE project is on guidance and support to help people through their pathway back towards recovery, re-training and work.

The aim of the project is to maintain contact and co-operation between medical services, training organisations and employment services, to remove the barriers to recovery and integration for people with acquired disability.

The project will cost a total of £1.64 million. In addition to the Objective One grant, which will come from the European Social Fund, the partners in the project will be providing the remaining £901,000.

At a recent conference in London, the Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities, Margaret Hodge, said that one in five adults of working age are disabled and only one in 10 of these disabled people are working.

She added that there are one million disabled people stuck on benefits who want to work and that early intervention for disabled people is one of the keys to getting them back into employment.

To find out more about GUIDE and the options offered by the project visit the Truro Open Learning Centre at Quay Street, Truro, or call 01872 261151 and ask for David Hill or Sara Owen.

For more details about Objective One, call the programme’s Helpline on 0800 028 0120 or visit the website www.objectiveone.com.


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388