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Supporting the local communities with regeneration post Covid-19 by providing support towards the pathway to employment and learning

by Meyoma Usen in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Who are we and why are we needed?

Reach South Sheffield is a local charity actively championing for the social, environmental and economical regeneration for the communities in which we work in. We work and support communities across South Sheffield where people face significant barriers to gaining qualifications, training, securing employment and living a lifestyle that supports physical and mental wellbeing. These communities are made up predominantly of large social housing estates, with significant levels of deprivation, unemployment, children accessing free school meals, and health inequalities There are high rates of both physical and mental health disorders, as well as high obesity levels and lack of physical activity. Many residents are elderly, lonely and isolated, with no family, friends or local social connections. Gleadless Valley is the 8th most deprived ward of the 28 wards in Sheffield (Source: Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015) and 35.4% of people in the area are economically inactive (Source: 2011 Census, ONS).

What do we do?

We work closely with local communities to help overcome these inequalities by supporting them to build confidence and resilience, so that they can make positive changes for themselves, their families and their communities.

Our Covid Response

In response to current global Covid-19 pandemic the local authority has entrusted Reach with the responsibility of managing the community hubs in the areas in which we work, which have been set up to support local people through this crisis, especially those who are most vulnerable. 

The current Covid-19 crisis unemployment and uncertainty in regards to employment has become a national concern as much as it is a local issue. Unfortunately Reach South Sheffield have recently lost funding for part of our employment support project and as such are unable to deliver service within the community at a time when it is most needed.

Our Project Aims

The project aims to work with individuals 16+ and NEET (not in education, employment or training) or 18+, residents communities in South Sheffield by providing a needs-led programme for unemployed and economically inactive adults with multiple, significant and often complex barriers to employment, particularly those with long-term physical or mental health problems, disabilities or behavioural issues.

We aim to respond to the range and nature of issues and barriers that people joining the project will face. We will offer at the very least:

• Personal mentors to design, connect and facilitate participants’ pathways to education employment or training,

• Skilling and progression – motivational, life skills, basic skills and vocational training

• Additional support for excluded Ethnic Minorities groups

• Labour market insight to inform and support realistic goal setting,

• Debt, benefit and financial advice will be available to anyone with those issues taking part in any element of the programme

 Keyworkers will support the identification of needs and specific interventions for each participant and the development of an individual pathway or plan that a range of actions and interventions. We have proven experience of working with the particular client group that will access support in achieving outcomes which enable access to the labour market, Education/ training or lead directly to employment including self-employment.

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