Cornwall Neighbourhoods For Change
builds on success of Neighbourhood Pathways' innovative employment
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change's (CN4C's) Neighbourhood
Pathways employment initiative has received investment of
a further £1.4 million to continue the programme to
help 1500 more people over the next two years.
The Pathways initiative was created by CN4C and Jobcentre
Plus. The first programme was launched in 2001 in Penwith.
Two years later it was extended to include wards in Kerrier
and Carrick, and the latest investment will extend its reach
into North Cornwall.
Pam Sekula CN4C's head of employment explained: "Our
approach has been proven to work. Over the past four years
we've helped nearly 2000 people. Almost half of them went
into work and a further 20% started training. It's a voluntary
programme and participants go at their own pace. They get
one-to-one guidance from skilled employment advisers to create
a personal action plan and on-going support as they overcome
the barriers which make it hard to re-enter the labour market
or join it for the first time.
"We work in the community holding drop-ins and even
taking a mobile unit to some remote areas. Community development
plays an important role. For many people their first meeting
with us has been at a community event. For others the first
step on their particular pathway has been to take on some
Clare Beard, Jobcentre Plus manager for Cornwall said: "Effective
partnership working is vital in helping us achieve our aim
of providing the help and support that jobless people need
to help them return to the labour market."
Neighbourhood Pathways has helped its clients in many innovative
ways. They've given small grants to buy suitable clothes for
work and funding to tide them over between coming off benefits
and getting their first wage packet. They even bought someone
a bicycle when he was offered a job which required him to
start before the first bus arrived.
The new programme will continue this work and will also see
the appointment of a specialist adviser from partnership organisation
Pentreath Industries to help individuals who have mental health
problems find rewarding work.
Over the next few weeks the new extended Pathways programme
will be holding a series of launch events in Truro, Redruth
Thursday 14 April Truro City Football Club
Friday 15 April Redruth Community Centre
Tuesday 19 April Penzance Astro Park
Pam Sekula, Head of Employment, CN4C: 01209 219246
Objective One has invested ESF resources within the Jobcentre
Plus Cornwall District to provide a framework for helping
jobless people back to work.
Neighbourhood Pathways programmes are delivered by CN4C, run in partnership with
Jobcentre Plus , and are financed by Jobcentre Plus and the
European Social Fund through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Objective One Programme.
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change
(CN4C) is a community-based regeneration company working
with some of the most deprived communities in Cornwall, focusing
on the residents of often long-neglected housing estates on
the edges of Cornwall's towns and villages. As part of
the wider CN4C network, Neighbourhood Pathways is able to
link into other community-based projects such as community
safety initiatives, learning opportunities and specialist
Jobcentre Plus is an executive
agency of the Department for Work and an executive agency
of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Launched in
April 2002, Jobcentre Plus brought together the Employment
Service and parts of the Benefits Agency that delivered services
to working age people.
Jobcentre Plus contributes to the Government's aim of
tackling poverty, reducing worklessness, promoting growth
and opportunity, and modernising Government.
Working with a range of partners, we promote work as the
best form of welfare, helping unemployed and economically
inactive people of working age move closer to the labour market
and compete effectively for work, while providing appropriate
help and support for those without work.
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