Three Fenland charities will be getting a share of £280,000 to help people get back to work.
The Ferry Project, Reuseful UK and the Rosmini Centre will each receive £40,000 from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership’s £1 million Prize Challenge Fund.
Each project will be reviewed and could receive an additional £50,000 to expand in 2017.
Wisbech’s The Ferry Project will spend the money on running more frequent job clubs and a job fair with a regular programme of speakers. It will also offer greater support, including transport and special ESOL qualifications.
Reuseful UK in March will use the grant to create jobs and work placements for the long-term unemployed by re-manufacturing uniforms and corporate workwear. Money made from this process will be invested back into the project.
The Rosmini Centre at Wisbech highlighted the challenges local mothers face with securing appropriate childcare – particularly short notice and out of hours’ care. The team will offer a four-tier childcare scheme to improve options for local families.
The project will provide training to improve English language skills, as well as training and qualifications that will support the migrant community’s integration with the existing local community.
Claire Higgins, VCSE member of the LEP Board, said:“Each of the organisations have demonstrated a unique insight into their local community, and have designed projects that will meet their specifics needs.”