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Community fund supports employment project


Published by sbhlthompson for Livin in Housing and also in Communities

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£10,000 has been awarded to an employability project to help job seekers in South Durham boost their chances of finding work.  

The Reach Project run by the Cornforth Partnership was awarded funding after applying to ‘the livin communities fund’ run by homes and communities organisation livin.

The project, which aims to raise aspirations and improve access to learning and employment opportunities started in June this year and has already supported 37 people from Spennymoor, West Cornforth, Chilton, Ferryhill and Trimdon.

Over the next three months the project aims to support over 100 people and will hold training courses in first aid, confidence building, employability skills, food safety and customer care awareness. As well as offering one-to-one mentoring support, carrying out regular job searches for clients, helping to produce CVs, application forms and interview techniques.

Karen Lynn, chief executive of the Cornforth Partnership, said: “The funding from livin is brilliant as it enables the partnership to offer key services where they are needed. Local people are often isolated from training, support and employment opportunities and don’t know where to go to for help.

“The project is delivering support directly to the local communities in accessible venues where residents will feel safe and comfortable.”

Tracey Jackson, head of communities for livin, said: “Without jobs, individuals, households and communities struggle and with unemployment levels being high it’s become harder for people to find work.

“The Reach Project is an excellent example of a project that is targeted at helping local people by offering real opportunities.”

In addition to offering training and mentoring the project offers help and support with a wide range of issues that are often a barrier to progression including family breakdowns, drugs and alcohol abuse, low confidence, debt management, benefit enquiries, domestic violence; anger management, literacy and numeracy and childcare.

Anyone interested in finding out further information about training opportunities or mentoring support please contact Catherine on 01740 652000 or

If you have an idea that could help improve your community or are looking for funding to support a local project contact livin on 0845 505 5500 and speak to a member of the communities team or visit to find out more about the livin communities fund.


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