The Active Inclusion fund is managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) supported by funding from European Structural Funds. It aims to reduce economic inactivity in Wales and improve the employability of disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market.
Active Inclusion enables us to work with people who do not reside in Community First designated wards, this means that Mon CF is now able to offer employment support to residents throughout the Isle of Anglesey.
Through the Active Inclusion project we are able to assist people aged 18 - 24 who are not in education or employment. Additional people who are eligible are those aged 25 or over who have been on Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for 12 months continuously or those who are economically inactive.
Communities for Work Plus is designed to support the ongoing delivery of Communities for Work and take forward the learning from the Lift Programme. All individuals who are eligible for Communities for Work, and who are able to provide satisfactory evidence confirming their eligibility, will be referred to that provision in the first instance unless Communities for Work Advisers and Mentors’ caseloads are full. Communities for Work Plus enables us to work with people who do not reside in Community First designated wards, this means Mon CF has another programme that is now able to offer employment support to residents throughout the Isle of Anglesey.
The eligibility criteria for CFW+ is as follows;
- 16 and 17 year olds who are not in education or training living outside of a Communities First ward on Anglesey.
- 25+ year olds who work 0 to 15 hours and live on Anglesey.
- 25+ year olds who have been claiming JSA or Universal Credit for under 12 months and live on Anglesey.
Communities for Work (C4W) is a voluntary programme to help those adults furthest away from the labour market into employment. C4W is a Welsh Government programme tackling poverty through sustainable employment and is a high profile national backbone ESF Operation to deliver to all 52 (CF) Communities First clusters in Wales operating as a separate but complimentary programme, integrated with the existing CF activity in each cluster.
It builds on our existing programmes to tackle poverty to help get people into work.
The programme focuses on our most deprived communities, to provide 1-to-1 support, guidance and training.
The target groups, for this first phase, are people living in a Communities First cluster who are over 25:
- with low or no skills
- with work limiting health conditions
- with care or childcare responsibilities
- from jobless households
- from a Black Minority Ethnic group.
Support will include:
- community based advisory support
- training barriers funding to help people into training or employment
- an Innovation Fund to support new ways of working.
The first phase has been approved by the Welsh European Funding Office and provides a £30m investment in employment support in the 52 Communities First Clusters – this includes £18m of European Union funds.
Part 2 of the programme will focus on supporting and reducing the number of 16–24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training, (NEET), as well as increasing the employability of economically inactive and long term unemployed adults who have complex barriers to gaining employment.
The programme is co-sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.