Solent Community Grants Programme Award


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce that grant awards of £79,616 have been made to  community groups working on the Isle of Wight, under Round 2 of the Solent Community Grants Programme. The programme has been created by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), HIWCF donors, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.

Grants of up to £30,000 have been awarded to the three organisations listed below for projects which reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, particularly those from areas of high deprivation in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area:

Grants received on Isle of Wight include:

  • Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC, £12,122
  • Central Eltham Youth Project (CEYP), £30,000
  • Wheatsheaf Trust, £29,996

The second round of grants are in addition to first round funding totalling £82,739 made to Isle of Wight community groups in December 2016, meaning a total of £162,355 has now been awarded by the Solent Community Grants Programme on the Island.

Wheatsheaf Trust, Newport Isle of Wight

The Wheatsheaf Trust has been awarded £29,996 for its project in the Newport area designed to move economically inactive participants of all ages closer to the labour market by tackling social isolation issues, increasing participants’ self-confidence, improving their mental and physical health and co-designing an Employment Progression Plan. Firstly, Community Mentors will engage with residents to discover their needs, interests, and to fully understand their physical and emotional barriers to participation. Working alongside a Professional Advisor they will then aim to engage participants in positive activities to achieve mental and physical health benefits, helping to tackle the issues preventing progression towards employment.  This stage of the project also provides an opportunity for the project members to meet as a group of peers.

During stage two, the Mentor and Advisor will identify individuals wishing to search for a job, engaging participants in activities to improve their employability and identify how they can best position themselves to apply for local jobs. Duncan Breckell, Development Manager at the Wheatsheaf Trust said “It is imperative that we understand the needs of the participants and what skills and knowledge they have in order to build a CV, identify any skills development that may be required and identify any personal employment preferences. Participants may start with volunteering and work experience to help with preparation for work and they will still attend wellbeing activities to ensure they receive the help they need. We plan to work with local employers to encourage participant progression and to consider how to progress to meet the needs of the individual; offering a personalised approach to preparing people for the employment market”.

Jakes Ferguson, Chief Executive of HIWCF said: “We are delighted that with the help of our HIWCF fundholders, the Solent Community Grants Programme is providing vital opportunities for those in need in our community to find their way into work. HIWCF has administered £236,890 of grants in total to the Isle of Wight during 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 and this funding increases the prospects of vulnerable people living in our communities and will make a lasting difference to their lives”.

Wheatsheaf Trust, Engaging with Participant on Employment Progression Plan

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