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Social Fund Projects

Reaching Out Across Durham (Building Better Opportunities) 
Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. In County Durham, Groundwork is leading a partnership of 12 VCS to deliver the £2.4m Reaching Out Across Durham (ROAD) project. ROAD will be delivered 2016-19 and will engage 625 of the most disadvantaged in Durham, who are furthest from the labour market and who experience significant barriers to work.

DurhamWorks (Youth Employment Initiative)
Funded under the European Social Fund, DurhamWorks is led by Durham County Council with 18 partners. Running until July 2018, DurhamWorks will engage approximately 5,800 15-24 year olds who are unemployed or economically inactive. Groundwork will be delivering across all three strands of DurhamWorks programme; engagement, support and skills. We will be targeted on sustaining progression of participants into education, employment or training.

Choices (Building Better Opportunities) 

Choices brings together a partnership of 12 well-respected voluntary and community sector organisations, with a wealth of experience in supporting people with complex needs in West Cumbria, enabling them to address their key barriers, build their confidence, develop skills, and progress towards or into the labour market.