Existing cross-sector network ofwomen– SMEs, education, localgovernment, health, arts, charitiesUnemployed women who wereisolated and not able to accesswider networks and ‘hidden’opportunitiesSought to connect them to ournetwork and get to know localemployers and organisations
ESF Communities Grant of£12k funded pilot Network toWork projectThirteen unemployed womenwanting to work or becomeself-employed but isolatedthrough unemploymentProgramme includedworkshops, mentors from ournetwork, workplace visits
Initial evaluation –Feedback from participants - support and interaction waslifeline – most were despondent and feeling hopeless orfrustrated; morale boost, confidence regained7 got full or part time employment during or shortly after3 took significant steps towards self-employment
Saw a need – young parentsdesperate for work but noconfidence or experienceKeen2Cater – 9 weeks for 15unemployed women andmenExperience roles inhospitality industry;practice and try out skills;work experience in ourrestaurant and with localemployersFunded with £8.5k ESF grantKeen2Cater Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC
• Both take advantage of an existing asset – a maturenetwork; a restaurant business• But as new social enterprise organisations no real trackrecord so difficult to access funding• Both projects are experimental, pilots• Both needed small grants - £8k - £12k; cost-effective,minimal overheads• Both developed around the needs and aspirations andwith the involvement of the beneficiaries• Both grassroots - we all live and work in the samecommunity; are able to respond to what we see andhear, develop ideas with participantsKeen2CaterWhat have the two projects got in common?
• Benefits to the CICs - both projects build our capacityto design and deliver relevant initiatives;• Strengthen the original assets for further benefit –Network to Work extended our relationships withemployers and organisations; Keen2Cater enabled usto initiate our social impact activities very quickly• Support from Rural Kent to present coherent proposalsand manage the administration and reportingprocesses;• Both projects became a stepping stone to possibleLifelong Learning projects• Both projects leave informal legacies – continuednetworking and support for beneficiaries• Would not have happened without ESF fundingKeen2Cater