Framework to lead multiple needs employment programme

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30 Aug 2016
by Neil Skinner

Framework has been chosen to lead a ground-breaking project to help people with multiple and complex needs into employment.

Framework, which supported more than 11,000 people across the East Midlands last year, has been chosen by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to lead the project in partnership with 31 other organisations.

Part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, the project will be called Opportunity and Change – A Pathway to Work. It will work exclusively with people who have multiple and complex needs – combinations of substance misuse, repeat offending, mental ill-health and homelessness.

The project, which will commence on October 1st, will operate in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and deliver support to a minimum of 650 people over the next three years. Funding of £4.6million has been made available to fund the delivery of the project, including staff recruitment.

Participants in the scheme will be referred by a network of partner organisations and, after a full assessment of their needs, assigned a personal ‘Navigator’ who will provide ‘end-to-end’ support throughout an individual’s participation in the project. 

Claire Eden, Head of Employment and Special Projects at Framework, said: “This project is about helping the most disadvantaged people – men and women who exist on the fringes of our society rather than contributing to it. I firmly believe that the best way to engage people in our society is to support them into paid employment and allow them to experience the workplace.

“But this is much more than an employment programme. It is fundamentally about improving the lives of individuals and also bringing benefits to the communities they live in. People may ask why we are dedicating such resources to a relatively small group of people, but the potential benefits far outstrip the investment that is being made here. By reducing people’s isolation, tackling their substance misuse or offending we are also brining considerable savings to the public purse.” 

The project will target those hardest to reach and furthest from the labour market.  This includes some BME populations, those living in pockets of deprivation and certain rural localities.  As part of the project’s overall impact, it is expected to break cycles of child poverty, poor educational attainment, neglect, poor mental health and low self-esteem that lead in adulthood to unemployment, substance misuse, offending and repetitive negative life experiences.

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