Event launches £2m fund to support people into work as first applications for cash are invited

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jun 2018

A £2 million funding pot to help get people get back into work in targeted areas of Scunthorpe has been launched at an event in the town.

North Lincolnshire Council's Community Led Local Development Scheme Programme aims to support the unemployed and economically inactive to get back into work, while creating new and supporting existing businesses.

Eligible attendees at a launch event held yesterday at The Arc, on the Westcliff estate, were able to apply there and then for a share of the money with the help of officers, who helped guide them through the application process.

A local action group has already been formed to oversee the fund, which will be the accountable body for the programme and be responsible for allocating the money.

The event was attended by representatives of voluntary and community groups and businesses.

Among them was Tim Strawson, managing director of Bradbury Group and chairman of Youth Engineering Scunthorpe, who spoke of how positive the programme could be in getting the unemployed into work as well as changing people’s mindset.


Tim Strawson, pictured at the launch of the Community Led Local Development Programme (Image: Dave Haber)

He said: "We want to help the applicants improve their offerings, give them advice and ultimately help them get where they want to be.

"The only reason I signed up for this is because I am keen to help people try and change their lives to their benefit – and I fully believe this programme can do that.

"We want to get people out of any rut that they may be in and get them into long-term employment, transferable kills and long-term prospects."

Joy Tomlinson and Lorraine Bolton, from the Scunthorpe Central hub in the town centre, said: "It’s all about giving people new opportunities, seeing what they have on their doorstep.

"We want to give them ideas. There is so much on offer here, and maybe if they come down here and say what is on offer then they could get inspired.


The event was held at The Arc, on Scunthorpe's Westcliff estate

"It’s all about giving everyone the tools and opportunities to get into work which of course is great for the whole community."

The programme is being funded by the European Structural and Investment fund and the money is available to help those living in the Brumby, Frodingham, Crosby and Park, Town and Ashby wards in Scunthorpe.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "We held the event so we could tell as many people as possible about this new £2 million funding programme that will support these residents to gain employment.

"There are parts of Scunthorpe that have high unemployment and we want to change that. There are lots of job opportunities available. We want to support people to get the right skills and support to assist them into the labour market and into a job.

"The money will help in a number of way – it will help support businesses to enable them to be more accessible. It will also be used to provide training and improve skills, therefore giving residents a better chance of getting a job.

"It will also help those who may want to start their own business. So there are lots of opportunities to secure here."



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