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Social Fund Projects

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.

Building Better Opportunities Programmes

Building Better Opportunities Programmes are jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of their investment in local projects that tackle the root causes of poverty and promote social inclusion.

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people

The Building Better Opportunities project has received up to £300 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.  For more information click here.

Reaching Out Across Durham (ROAD)

ROAD is an exciting employment programme which helps the unemployed, aged 25 and above in County Durham to improve their employability skills. Working alongside programme lead Groundwork NE & Cumbria and 12 voluntary and community sector delivery partners who are specialists in employment, financial and digital inclusion and volunteering, ROAD will support 625 long term unemployed people into or towards employment in its duration until July 2019.

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Choices Cumbria

Choices is an exciting new employment programme in Allerdale & Copeland working with the disadvantaged in West Cumbria until September 2019. Groundwork NE & Cumbria acts as host, in partnership with 12 voluntary and community sector delivery partners who are specialists in employment, financial and digital inclusion and volunteering, Choices will support 450 long term unemployed people into or towards employment.

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