A new fund dedicated to those facing barriers in employment

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The Active Inclusion at Work Fund will be available to third, public and private sector organisations that can support employed or self-employed participants facing barriers such as ill health, work limiting health conditions or disabilities, caring or childcare responsibilities.

Projects will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants. Through activities and support such as mentoring, coaching, advocacy, representation, sign posting and implementing change, participants will be better equipped in overcoming the daily challenges they face in their employment. By increasing their hours, or rates of pay; or improving their employment terms such as permanence and duration of contract, the support received should ultimately improve their labour market situation.

Projects can also be funded to support micro, small or medium enterprise (SME) employers to implement and improve their current procedures and provisions. For example, projects can support SME employers to improve their existing equality and diversity strategies or adopt new ones, comply with legislation about flexible working and disability discrimination, receive help with HR solutions and practices, gain recognition through the ‘Disability Confident’ and other schemes and maximise the input and morale of employees.

It is planned that the entire fund of approximately £1.5 million will be allocated to projects in the West Wales and the Valleys region only.

Indicative timetable
Eligibility questionnaire process opens: 1 October 2017

Eligibility questionnaire deadline: 1 November 2017

Invitation to apply for grants opens: 16 November 2017

Grant application deadline: 23 December 2017

Projects’ start date: 1 April 2018

For more information, contact the Active Inclusion Fund team on activeinclusion@wcva.org.uk or Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329

https://www.wcva.org.uk/funding/funding-latest/2017/10/a-new-fund-dedicated-to-those-facing-barriers-in-employment-(1)

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