Building Better Opportunities: Community Connections South.

The Community Connections South Project launched in the autumn 2016 and the WEA are working in partnership to help those furthest away from employment back into sustainable employment. Community Connections South is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Community Connections South Project supports the long-term unemployed, those wanting to return to employment after time away or those who’ve never worked before. The project supports residents who meet the following criteria: 

· Live in the project area

· Aged 15+

· Not currently working.

· Interested in moving into the workplace either through applying for work, setting up their own business or entering further training/education.

· You may be claiming Universal Credit, JSA, ESA, Carer’s Allowance but this is not a requirement of the project.

The Community Connections South Project covers the whole of South Cambridgeshire, including Cambourne, Cambridge, Huntingdon, St Neots and Ely, and in Suffolk, including Newmarket, Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds.  

Project activities will be catered to individual needs. The project uses a combination of one-to-one work and small group activities as a basis to develop a programme that’s right for the individual, which will include developing personalised plans. The starting point is to look at what motivates the individual and the barriers they face. We provide support, information, advice and opportunities to develop so that individuals can realise their goals, in a friendly environment.   

The WEA has lots of experience in equipping people with skills for development, so we are perfectly placed to support this project with Community Connections.

We can help you to:-

· Develop your employability skills

· Apply for jobs and prepare for interviews

· Find work-based training

· Set up your own business

· Move into further training/education.

Community Connections South is made up of five partners, who have a wide range of specialist knowledge and experience, who all aim to support participants to reach their individual goals.

The WEA focusses on Willingham, Northstowe and the A1 corridor.

For further information, please contact Tanis Paulin, tpaulin@wea.org.uk or telephone 07385463335.