Previous employment support and other mainstream provision have worked well in supporting residents with complex needs and barriers to find and sustain employment. However, for residents who are not actively seeking work, not engaged with Jobcentre Plus, and living in some of the regions most deprived neighbourhoods, these opportunities are not visible to them and the challenges and barriers they face mean that they simply cannot access mainstream support programmes.
Working Well: Support to Succeed, funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, is designed to identify, engage and support economically inactive Greater Manchester residents who are furthest away from the labour market, to address barriers and achieve positive outcomes. The programme is driven by the need to reduce inequality and social isolation, ensuring all residents can fulfil their potential regardless of, for example, their background, upbringing, location, or personal challenges.
The £8m service delivered by The Growth Company will provide support for up to 4,500 residents between January 2024 and March 2025. Using a keyworker based delivery model, participants will receive personalised, continuous support from a dedicated key worker and have access to over 80 different interventions provided by Greater Manchester’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) such as training, workshops and services to promote better wellbeing, confidence and increase skills.
The Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy outlines a vision for older residents in Greater Manchester to be able to contribute to, and benefit from, sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life. One of the strategic priorities for this is to increase economic participation amongst residents aged 50+. This programme also has a dedicated offer for economically inactive residents aged over 50 who experience age-related challenges, with interventions exclusive to the 50+ cohort.
Visit Working Well: Support to Succeed (gcemployment.uk) to register. Eligibility criteria applies.