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Action Towards Inclusion


Over £7m of new funding has been secured for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area to allow a new partnership of 61 organisations to ‘connect’ with community members who are furthest away from work and training.

The three-year project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and is managed by Your Consortium based in Knaresborough. Key workers and specialist intervention partners through a range of organisations in the voluntary and community sector will undertake the work on the ground.

This project is one of the largest funding streams secured for a voluntary and community sector partnership in the area. It represents an exciting opportunity for local charities and voluntary organisations within the partnership to demonstrate their effectiveness in supporting those most distant from work, training and volunteering – offering flexible support to help adults overcome physical, psychological, financial and skills-related barriers and progress towards employment, training, education and job-search, whilst at the same time helping to combat a range of social issues including poverty and social exclusion.

Rural Arts is one of the partnership organisations that will be working on Action Towards Inclusion, offering specialist intervention support, our work will be based in Hambleton Craven and Scarborough and we will support well-being by supplying 12 hours of art based workshops. 

This organisation is a delivery partner for ESF Community Grants.  ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.