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Partnership Opportunities – Flexible Support Fund

16 Sep 2011 - 09:56 by michelle.foster

From April 2011, Jobcentre Plus Districts have had more discretion to design, influence and deliver services to help customers to move off benefits and into employment sooner than would otherwise be possible.

District Managers will continue to engage with local public and voluntary organisations, particularly where this joins up collective efforts and stimulates solutions for improving employment and skills.

District Managers also have some scope to support local partnership working to improve employment outcomes or prospects of future employment, for communities and individuals facing barriers to work. Managers will prioritise the use of resources, including supporting appropriate partnership work, in line with local needs.

Greater Manchester Central & Cheshire District is now able to consider awarding grants to not for profit organisations, especially in the voluntary and community sector, to support activities, which align with the Department’s objectives of improving employment outcomes and prospects for individuals or communities, and which:
• make effective links between public services – health, housing, transport, employment and skills etc. – and providing related support
• supplement existing, or new partnership activities, which support DWP’s objectives
• are likely to achieve greater effect and better value for money (where appropriate), by aligning or pooling money with other funding from local partners to achieve common purposes which have identifiable employment gains in line with DWP’s objectives, or
• support DWP’s contribution to wider government initiatives in support of social justice
The aim of the Grant Award is to contribute to GMCC District Priority of placing customers into work, through facilitating and working in partnership assisting customers to overcome barriers and promptly progress into sustainable employment.

For further details, see below.

For further information and to apply, contact 0161 912 6024, or email: gmcc.externalrelations@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk. Or contact Thorsten Mayer, Economic Development Unit at Manchester City Council, on 0161 234 1515, or email: t.mayer@manchester.gov.uk.

Deadline: Friday 30 September 2011

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