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Working Progress Project Offers Holistic Support into Work

Northamptonshire based organisations are working together to provide holistic support to people across the county. Commsortia has partnered with the University of Northampton to deliver this £1.4 million Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, helping people back onto the path into employment. Working Progress offers rounded support to participants, which could vary from confidence building and mentoring, to CV writing and money advice; all of which focuses on the needs of the individual.

Project Details:

Who are our beneficiaries? Anyone who is unemployed can take part, but we focus on those with additional barriers to work who often fall into these categories: Disabilities, Over 50's, BAME Groups, (Ex-)Offenders, and Carers.

How many people will take part? We are aiming to support 720 people during the lifetime of the project, and have 16 Commsortia Members who are delivering that support. See the full list below.

How long will the project run? The project officially started in October 2016 and is due to be completed by September 2019.

Who is funding the project? The project is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme and is funded by European Social Fund with match funding from Big Lottery.

Our Business Liaison Officers role works to bridge the gaps between the Voluntary Sector and Businesses whilst breaking down some of those barriers many people face in joining the workplace.

Find your local Delivery Organisation...

If you are interested or know someone who may need support get in touch with one of the projects local Delivery Organisation or send us a refferal.

Access Corby is a Consortium of Voluntary Sector Organisations working in Corby and can support people in that area. The Consortium is made up of many organisations; those delivering this project are - Accommodation Concern, Age UK Northamptonshire, and Teamwork Trust. See more about these organisations below.

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Accommodation Concern is the only dedicated, independent, anti-poverty, housing advice and homelessness organisation in North Northamptonshire. They operate at least seven advice surgeries each week, both drop-in and appointments for support with housing issues.

Action Support offers volunteering based training with the opportunity to gain skills such as gardening, furniture repair and property maintenance. Support is based on the individual’s needs and interests and is underpinned by the development of soft skills such as confidence, self-esteem and sociability which are essential for employability.

Age UK Northamptonshire support people aged over 50 in various settings. Through this project they’ll be identifying people that are hoping to return to work and offering them 1:1 support and advice, as well as volunteering opportunities to gain new skills.

Aimhigher provide support into the next level of learning, employment or training. They offer all participants a chance to gain accredited qualifications with AIM awards, and also link with local work experience placements such as The Good Loaf café.

Northamptonshire Carers provides all round support for Carers and ex-Carers across the county. They can provide Clarity4D, which is a self-assessment tool used for understanding personality ‘colour’ profile. Along with this they will also support development of interview skills and provide job shadowing within their organisation.

Citizens Advice Central & East Northants (formerly CAB), provide advice on a range of issues including benefits, debt, energy, housing, pensions and much more. They can also provide IT training, Universal Job Match support and Literacy & Numeracy tests.

Community Law Service offers comprehensive advice and representation in the fields of welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment law and immigration.

Deafconnect provides a range of support for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people. They hold a regular Job Club, where participants can access support with CV writing, employability skills sessions, interview practice and confidence building.

Delos Community ­supports people with learning disabilities to lead independent lives. Services include residential care and support, day services, supported living, educational programmes and volunteering opportunities.

Dostiyo is an organisation set up to support predominantly Asian women with a variety of support based on an individual’s needs. They run activities and courses from their premise in Northampton varying from Yoga to English classes and also support groups that have set up themselves to run activities.

Daventry Volunteer Centre is the Local Infrastructure Organisation for the Daventry district. They offer volunteering opportunities for people locally and support people to develop skills through volunteering.

Goodwill Solutions Learning Academy CIC provide social inclusion for ex-offenders, the homeless and disadvantaged youths, as well as any other long term unemployed individuals. They offer work experience and vocational training in the logistics sector, including warehousing and distribution.

Groundwork Northamptonshire use the environment to support people through a variety of projects. The Green Patch is a friendly hub in Kettering that supports a number of different projects including; after school clubs for mainstream and disabled children; young people and adult employment programmes; alternative education; and supported adult volunteering.

Service Six offers community and youth support predominantly for young people aged 16-24. They provide counselling and psychotherapy services along with personal support either 1 to 1 or in groups. They also offer Vinspired accredited youth volunteering and opportunities for Young Leaders to develop employability and life skills.

Teamwork Trust support people with learning disabilities though volunteering in real work situations. They can also access education, activities and counselling services to help achieve their goals, maintain well-being and increase skills. They offer a friendly ‘person centred’ supportive environment where people can make new friends and regain self-esteem and confidence.

Voluntary Impact Northants provides support into volunteering positions across the county. They offer face to face support to search for suitable opportunities for each individual and can support them into other services that may help their progress.


For more information about the project please contact our Project Coordinator, Rebecca:

e: t: 01604 625 791


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