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20/09/2018
City Deal ‘Working Together’ – A Celebration of Success

The City Deal ‘Working Together’ project held a Celebration Awards event at Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Stadium on Tuesday 18 September 2018 to recognise and celebrate some of the customer achievements from the past 4 years.

City Deal ‘Working Together’ is a pilot project which aims to increase the employability and employment of 2,800 long-term unemployed and economically inactive Black Country social housing tenants, and move 900 of them into work over a three-year delivery period.

Over the past 4 years, the project has achieved 2,865 customer engagements and 500 job outcomes with a sustainability rate of 70%. They have also delivered over 7,000 soft outcomes including digital inclusion, increased confidence, skills and qualifications.

>>Hear more about the project achievements in this short video<<


Jacki Lakin – City Deal Project Director said:

“We are proud of all the successes delivered by team, community connector and delivery partners and thank everyone who has been involved in the project for what they have achieved.”


There were four area winners recognised at the celebration event, including:

  • Kim Scott (St Thomas’s)
  • Sophie Mansell (Princes End)
  • Angela Davies (Darlaston South)
  • Jon Gamston (Bilston East)


Sophie Mansell (see image) was selected as the well-deserved and Overall Winner of the City Deal Excellence Award.

In addition to the customer awards ceremony, the event welcomed guest speaker Lord John Bird (co-founder of the Big Issue), who shared experiences of his early life and how he got to where he is now.


Lord John Bird Tweeted after the event:

“It was a privilege to join you at yesterday's event and awards. Keep up the great work”.


A raffle draw also took place at the event, raising £75.00 which will be donated to Shelter, Accord Group’s charity of the year. 


>>>Watch the highlights from the Celebration Event here<<<


Going forward

The project officially finishes on the 31st October 2018.

The team will then be carrying out an evaluation, maximising tracking and counting outputs; as well as closing down the project for the next few months.

They would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported this project in the past 4 years.


For further information, please contact Jacki Lakin, City Deal Director, on 01902 571201.


Photo (L-R): Dawn Bodley Community Connector, Sophie Mansell, Jacki Lakin.

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