As part of the wider City Deal offer the ‘Working Together’ project 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 3 year delivery period.
The City Deal Working Together project is now in its second year. Four new business partners will help deliver year two of the City Deal Working Together programme. The delivery partners are Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Walsall Adult Community College and Bilston Resource Centre. We deliver in Princes End, Darlaston South, Bilston East and St Thomas’s (Dudley).
In the first year we have provided support to over 900 people and moved over 70 people into work, many of these have sustained their jobs. We have delivered nearly 2000 soft outcomes including nearly 100 qualifications, over 500 additional skills including digital inclusion and increased confidence and optimism.
The programme will offer individually tailored support services actually in the community in order to help social housing customers and those privately renting to find employment opportunities. This year we have extended our reach to also include those who privately rent. This is great news for the programme and means we can support lots more people in the four areas!
Our delivery partners also work with specialist providers to offer advice on areas such as budgeting and health and wellbeing. We can deliver most things, and offer a wide range of advice and support – so if in doubt – call one of our community connectors for a free appointment or discussion.
Dawn Bodley – 07977 426586
Sarah Richards – 07713 313240
We hold lots of fun events in the heart of the community to promote our services and for you to meet the team and find out more – look out for our forthcoming events in your areas.