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Objective One funds groundbreaking employment programme for Penryn and Penwerris

The Rural Economic Partnership and the Carrick Integrated Area Plan team are celebrating after receiving approval of almost £100,000 from Objective One for the 'SureStart for Employment Project'. Seven staff will be employed by the project for one year, working with residents of Penryn and the Penwerris Ward in Falmouth to enable individuals to gain employment.

The team will work from 21 Higher Market Street, Penryn and will offer surgeries in Penwerris from the Beacon Community Resource Centre and the SureStart office in Acacia Road. The funding will cover the employment costs for the seven staff, the setting up of an office and the provision of a 'Back to Work Fund', which will be used to offer grants to individuals to help them overcome barriers as they move back into employment.

The SureStart for Employment team has an adviser seconded to the Cornwall Action Team, the local employment advisory service, who will work alongside the existing adviser to provide back to work assistance for Penwerris Ward.

Specialist support will be available to the communities, through two employment advisers, who will be available to offer advice and guidance on employment issues, such as overcoming barriers to employment, writing CVs and applications, and even help with interview techniques.

These advisers will also have access to the 'Back to Work Fund' that can offer cash assistance to those trying to gain employment. There will be an additional adviser who will offer advice and guidance on benefits, budgeting, debt reduction, and obtaining grants for the home - such as energy efficiency measures. Additionally, the team will include two Community Development Officers, who will help with the establishment of self-help groups, or with already established groups.

The project is aimed at enhancing the quality of life of residents in the Penryn and Penwerris Ward, through a variety of interventions. In the long-term the project will play an important part in helping the County's economy through enabling more people back into the workforce and helping residents to have increased prosperity in two deprived areas within Cornwall.

The £232,688 project, is being led by the Rural Economic Partnership and is part funded by Objective One, SureStart Pebbles, Job Centre Plus and Penryn Vision. The project is also working with the Beacon Community Regeneration Partnership.

Gaynor Astbury, newly appointed Operations Manager for the project says: "I have worked with Cornwall Action Team for two years, and it has long been a concern that equally deserving residents in Penryn did not have access to back to work assistance. Now that this project is in place, I am excited about the prospects for both Penryn and Penwerris. We have an excellent team, who are warm and welcoming, and they are committed to working alongside the community and our partner agencies to build a better future for each individual."

The project is the seventh successful Objective One project for the Carrick IAP Team who are responsible for working closely with the private, public and voluntary sector to develop successful Objective One projects that will regenerate the local area.

If you wish to find out more about the SureStart for Employment Project contact Gaynor on 07966 862505 or if you would like further information about the Objective One projects under development within the Carrick area please contact the IAP Team on 01872 224428.


Editor's notes:

The total project cost is £232,688. of which Objective One (European Regional Development Fund) will provide 40%.

Carrick's IAP Team is funded by Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and Carrick District Council. The team are employed and managed by Rural Economic Partnership Ltd which is a subsidiary of Cornwall Enterprise, a local authority company controlled by Cornwall County Council.

The Carrick IAP Team comprises a Programme Manager, an Office Assistant and four IAP Development Officers who are each responsible for covering the following geographical areas and act as a first point of contact for project ideas:

North Coast Area - George Collinge, 01209 891783
Truro Area – Mel Richardson (Part-time), 01872 224604
Falmouth Area – Sarah Kerkin (Part-time), 01872 224568
Penryn & the Roseland Area – Ben Menadue, 01326 376171
Area wide - Sally Menadue, 01872 224428

The IAP Officers work from offices within the community whilst Martin Searle, the Programme Manager, and Helen Parsons, the Office Assistant, are based at Carrick House in Truro and can be contacted on 01872 224428, or via e-mail at Further information can be found on-line, click here to visit the SPIDER website.

For further information:
Martin Searle, Carrick IAP Programme Manager or Sarah Kerkin, Assistant Programme Manager on 01872 224428


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

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