28 Mar 2017
On Tuesday March 7th at WCVA’s inaugural gofod3 event, the Active Inclusion Fund celebrated the life changing benefit EU funding has on individuals furthest from the labour market. Here is a report from WCVA’s Catrin Davies.
As attendees at the Active Inclusion Fund workshop sat down for
presentations little did they know that the presenters were in fact
former participants of Active Inclusion funded projects.
For many, the idea of public speaking is daunting enough.
However, for Active Inclusion participants - many of whom
lack confidence, have experienced mental or physical health
problems and have faced difficult barriers that have impeded their
journey to employment - standing up in front of a room full of
people, and delivering a presentation is beyond their wildest
This amazing feat of courage, knowledge and confidence clearly
demonstrates the distance travelled by each participant.
The three projects at the workshop included CAIS's At Your Service project,
Neath Port Talbot CVS's Next
Steps project and Rewise
Learning's Learn Thru Music - each project individually
tailored to meet the specific needs of their participants.
However, these three projects are not the only ones; scores of
organisations across Wales are engaging in activities funded
through the Active Inclusion Fund and supported by the European
Social Fund in order to help individuals in their journey to
employment and reduce economic inactivity in Wales.
One such project in West Wales is doing just that. ReallyPro's Bounce
Back project delivers support, accredited skills in IT,
creative technology and media, through 1-2-1 support workers,
skills and small group training session, work tasters and green
spaces to embed employability skills and has worked with over 110
Of those, 94 attained a recognised qualification, 23 entered
volunteering, seven went into further education and 10 went into
sustainable employment. Earlier this year, we commissioned a short
film, which was shown for the first time at gofod3, introducing us to
four participants, each with their own inspirational story to tell
about their journey to employment and volunteering thanks to the
help of the Bounce Back project and EU funding.
For each individual in this film and many more, the Active
Inclusion Fund has changed the course of their lives for the
better. Helen, Franco, Nick and Amanda's positive testaments go
hand in hand with the result of a recent survey conducted on WCVA
members on the topic of Brexit. When asked if the EU funds received
by the third sector in Wales have made a difference, almost three
quarters of respondents believe they have made a big