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Grant Funding for Shrewsbury job-seekers

Severnside Housing is celebrating after being awarded over £145k grant funding to help and support Shrewsbury people into work.

The grant is part of a successful £3m bid to secure Building Better Opportunities (BBO) funding for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF). The programme is investing in local projects across England, tackling the root causes of unemployment, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Marie MacMichael, Sustainable Communities Manager, Severnside said “We are absolutely delighted to have secured BBO funding to help local people who find it difficult to move into employment. With over 4,300 people in the Shrewsbury area claiming job seeking benefits we will use the funding to help the people in most need of our support.”

Severnside will focus its support on people aged 19 or over, targeting those who are at most risk of social exclusion, including:

  • People with disabilities;
  • People who are 50 or older;
  • Homeless people;
  • People with mental health issues;
  • People from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, particularly those from the Gypsy Roma and travelling communities;
  • Families with multiple and complex needs;
  • Lone parents;
  • People with caring responsibilities; and
  • People living in areas of deprivation.

Support is offered at Severnside’s job clubs and drop-in sessions. Assistance is given with CV writing, interview techniques, job searching and applying for positions online.

  • Every Tuesday 11am – 1pm, at the Digital Den, Measbrook Road, Meole Brace, SY3 9NL
  • Every Wednesday/Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Castlefields Digital Den, 69 Park Road, Castlefields, SY1 2LE
  • Every Friday, 10am – 12pm at Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Crowmere Road, SY23 5JJ



Building Better Opportunities Funding

  • The project has received up to £147k of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
  • The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.
  • Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.
  • For more information visit: www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding


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