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18.03.03
First grants awarded to local projects

The Objective One funded Community Futures Fund recently awarded its first grants to local projects. The first two projects approved were the New Connection Project and the Crossover into Employment Project.

The New Connection Project in conjunction with Real Base Training will provide hands-on mechanical training for 10 homeless or otherwise excluded individuals. The expected benefits of the project include increased motivation, self-esteem and confidence, hopefully leading to brighter futures for the individuals involved.

The Crossover into Employment Project offers a variety of training initiatives and childcare support for parents in the Camborne area. The training available covers: ICT skills, self-esteem and assertiveness skills and stress management. Additional support is available to help complete job applications and create CV's.

Catherine Roberts, Fund Manager for the Community Futures Fund said, "It's great to see groups and individuals who need help being able to benefit from Objective One and other money."

If anyone has a project that will help people progress towards employment or formal training that would be completed by July 2004 they should contact the Fund Team for more information. Grants of 100% are available towards projects that cost no more than £6,000.

The Fund Team can be contacted on 01872 322869 or visit the website www.ruralcornwall.co.uk.

If you live in an area covered by the Cornwall Action Team for Jobs you can also contact your local adviser on 0800 085 5170.

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Editor's notes:

The Community Futures Fund is financed by: the European Social Fund (Objective One), JobCentre Plus, Cornwall County Council, Cornwall Enterprise and the Magnet Fund (Sport England/ Sport Action Zone).

The Cornwall Action Team for Job Wards are as follows:

Penwith: Hayle Gwinear & Gwithian, Marazion, St Ives North, Penzance East, West & Central

Kerrier: Helston South, St Keverne, Grade Ruan and Landewednack, Camborne North & West, Illogan South, Redruth North & South

Carrick: Penwerris

Restormel: St Enoder, St Blaise, St Mewan, St Stephen, Treverbyn, Trevarna, Rock

North Cornwall: Bodmin St Petroc's & St Mary's, Altarnun, St Breward, Trigg

Caradon: St Cleer, St Ive, St Neot & Warleggan

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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