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From exclusion to employment A model for “impossible to reach” groups under the European Social Fund in Wales, UK.’

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Presentation given by Sian Tomos, Chief Executive, GISDA, Wales, at the 2015 FEANTSA Policy Conference, "Homelessness, A Local Phenomenon with a European Dimension: Key Steps to Connect Communities to Europe", Paris City Hall, 19 June 2015

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From exclusion to employment A model for “impossible to reach” groups under the European Social Fund in Wales, UK.’

  1. 1. ‘From exclusion to employment A modelfor “impossibleto reach”groups under the EuropeanSocialFund in Wales,UK.’ Sian Elen Tomos Chief Executive of GISDA Partner of Places of Change Cymru
  2. 2. Context of Presentation • Representing Cyrenians Employment and Training successful ESF project • Wavehill Independent Evaluation • 2014-2020 Places of Change Consortium  GISDA  Caerlas  Shelter Cymru
  3. 3. Wales
  4. 4. Cyrenians Cymru • Charity limited by guarantee • Awarded funding in 2009 under the ESF Priority 2 for the Swansea Bay area of Wales to increase employment and to tackle economic inactivity • £3.8 million ESF funded project
  5. 5. Cyrenians Employment and Training Employment Employment Support Agency Emplyment Practice Projects ResaRec Celfi Life Skills and Training Projects Community Centre Dragon Arts
  6. 6. ESF Convergence Priority 2- Theme 1 (2007-2013 programme) • Helping People into Sustainable Employment • Provision of Specialised outreach engagement projects
  7. 7. Wales European Funding Office targets and contract • 860 to move into sustainable employment • 1,176 gaining qualification • 3,360 gaining other positive outcomes • 2,520 people entering further learning • 1,181Engagment and Provision of support to BME • 1,848 Engagement and Provision of support for people with work limiting health condition • 2,184 engaging in environmental awareness activities
  8. 8. Community Centre • Life Skills • Soft Skills • Progression towards the labour market • Reaches out to street homeless people • Drug and alcohol misuse • Chaotic lifestyles
  9. 9. Community Centre • Housing Support • Counselling • Washing facilities • Use of phone • Debt Management • Professional Medical Treatment • Help with access to see their children • Somewhere safe to go • Drug rehabilitation support
  10. 10. Quotes on Community Centre • “ I can eat here, there’s health care and they’ve sorted my benefit out. I’m on the way to get a new tenancy agreement. I was on methadone before prison, I’m now having liver function tests and I’m going to start Naltrexone which is a blocker”
  11. 11. Case Study • Client A is a 27 year old female who came from a very dysfunctional family home where as a child she suffered sexual abuse and remained under social services care. On enrolment at CCC she was 24, homeless, a victim of domestic abuse, a long term heroine user which she funded through sex work and petty theft and she had no work history or qualifications. A accessed support through CCC and was referred to methadone prescribing, was housed, supported and encouraged and motivated into taking part in activities and gained a qualification. She was helped to create a CV and supported to actively job search and gained employment with British Home Stores. Today she remains drug free, in full time employment with Toys R Us and is happy living her dream as she often stated that she ‘just wanted to be normal’.
  12. 12. Dragon Arts • Life Skills • ICT • Vocational Training • Therapeutic work • Maths and numeracy • English lessons • Music classes • Photography • Glass making • pottery
  13. 13. Employment Support Agency • Volunteering and Employment Support • Intermediate Labour Market • Overcoming barriers to employment • CV writing • Where to look for jobs • Help with Computers • Interview skills • Help with benefit • 1:1 support
  14. 14. Social Enterprise ReseREC • Recycling • Training Centre • Reuse • Crafts • Selling used furniture
  15. 15. Results • 8,416 enrolled this was 10% over the target • 1,279 gained a qualification – this was 7% under target but was expected to the unreasonable high target set at the beginning • 1,533 entered employment at the end of their support – this was 3% under but well within the 15% variance set by WEFO target but again a very high number for impossible to reach service users
  16. 16. Results • Further Learning was 50% over target • Other positive outcomes – although there is no target set up, Cyrenians recorded 119 positive other outcomes.
  17. 17. Many Parts Model • Natural Progression • Clear Pathway • All in-house service – clear communication between projects • Multiple skills • Non threatening, inviting and friendly environment.
  18. 18. Video • You tube link 4 minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaHFF4ilOo
  19. 19. Diolch yn fawr / Thank you Sian Elen Tomos 22/23 Y Maes Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 2NA 01286671153 sian@gisda.co.uk

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