Project will help hundreds into work or training

A project that aims to help hundreds of residents into work or education is looking for people to sign up.


Social Enterprise Kent's Working Together scheme is part-funded by the Folkestone Community Works programme, following a successful bid by Folkestone & Hythe District Council for £2.5m from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. The money is to help people in the qualifying wards develop their skills.  

Working Together, which is also funded by Social Enterprise Kent, aims to support residents in the East, Central and Harbour wards of Folkestone to feel more prepared to find work through mentoring and coaching.

Emma Woodward, Working Together programme manager, said their target was to work with 400 residents.

It's an ambitious target but we have run similar projects before and we are able to use what we have learnt to make this scheme a real success.
We understand that finding work often isn't as simple as just applying for jobs and we want to work with people to help them increase their confidence and achieve their goals
Thanks to our work with partners we're also able to support people with their individual circumstances, whether that's debt issues or housing or learning new skills.Emma Woodward, programme manager for Working Together

Two specialist employment advisers will work with residents on CV writing, job searching, and interview techniques, while also helping them to identify goals and an action plan.

The project is one of six chosen from the first call for projects by the Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG). The LAG is made up of local business and community leaders.

LAG chairman Terry Cooke-Davies said the group was looking forward to seeing the scheme's results.

People who have been out of work or training for some time can often feel disheartened or disillusioned and this project has ambitious plans to tackle that by supporting each individual to reach their goals.
I would urge anyone who feels it may benefit them to get in touch and find out how it could help. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Terry Cooke-Davies, chairman of the Local Action Group

Folkestone Community Works currently has grants available to organisations wanting to deliver business support services, or create office space for new and start-up businesses.

Business support projects should help potential and existing entrepreneurs, self-employed people and existing firms within the Folkestone Community Works area to grow and develop their businesses. The minimum grant is £20,000 plus £20,000 match-funding by the applicant, and the maximum grant is £225,000. Smaller innovative projects will be considered.

Projects to create good quality, flexible office space and business accommodation, or creative space for individuals and teams, can apply for a grant of up to £525,000. The minimum for individual projects is £100,000, plus £100,000 match-funding.

More detail can be found on the Folkestone Community Works webpage

For more information on Working Together, see or call 01227 200120.

Published on 16 April 2019