EU funding to support unemployed

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A south east Northumberland based social enterprise has secured a grant from the European Social Fund to support people who want to take steps to change their life.

Following the success of a pilot programme last year, Morpeth and Bedlington based Stepping Up (North East) Ltd, have secured funding to help more people looking to move towards future employment.

Project Co-ordinator, Sue Brind, said: “This isn’t about getting people back to – it is about helping people who simply want to move forward.

“It could be someone who feels stuck and wants a confidential and supportive place to discuss their options.

“He or she might be a carer who have been looking after a loved one or someone who has been ill wanting to get back to normal life.

“Thanks to this funding we can offer free support to people who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week.

“As a result of the pilot programme, several people returned to work, started volunteering and went into further training to improve their skills – some even went on to start their own businesses.

“The programme is about giving support where it is needed.

“Sometimes it is the safe and confidential space that our coaches create that makes all the difference.”

The programme is co-funded by European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency and is administered by the Community Foundation.

The grant will allow Stepping Up to offer free coaching to eligible people living in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

To find out more about the project, call Sue on 07931 348081 or email