LONG-TERM and vulnerable unemployed residents of Solihull are set to benefit from a £73,000 grant secured today to support them into employment.
The Colebridge Trust successfully applied to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund (CEF) for funding to deliver their ‘Building a Healthy Futures’ Project.
The project will offer a programme of activities to help people overcome barriers to employment and will provide opportunities including construction industry training, work based placements, volunteering, and motivational and employability training.
The Trust will engage with local employers to seek job opportunities and to support them to have a deeper understanding of the circumstances of the people they recruit.
The funding has come from the HS2 CEF, one of two funds, with a combined total of £40million, that are available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of HS2 between London and the West Midlands. HS2 Ltd added: “To date over £7million has been distributed from the Community and Environment Fund, and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF), with 118 projects in total benefitting.
“Alongside the Coleridge Trust, the Three Trees Community Centre in Chelmsley Wood has also been successful in their application for a project that will improve the centre, creating conservatory activity space, additional offices and improving safety measures at the centre.
“The £75,000 award will transform the facility and make it more welcoming and accessible for the local community that use it.”