PRESS RELEASE – Community Connections Launches in Cambridgeshire

Community Connections arrives in Cambridgeshire to help people get a job

bbo-pr_0An exciting new project to help those furthest from work back into employment is due to be launched in Cambridgeshire in late autumn 2016.

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment has fallen by 0.7% in the last year. However, the remaining 1.64 million unemployed are the most likely to find it particularly difficult to secure sustainable employment.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF) (funding of £970,000 awarded), Community Connections (South) Project is a partnership designed to improve employment opportunities for people who are furthest from the job market and who aren’t on any existing employment programmes.

Some people find it particularly difficult to take steps to help them find the right job. What some of us may take for granted such as, knowing what our skills are, having the confidence to apply and interview for roles, listening to guidance and support to help us understand what employers are looking for, does not come easy to some.

The Community Connections (South) Project is here to support the long term unemployed, or those who’ve never worked before, including; disabled  people, carers, lone parents, ex-offenders, homeless or those not in secure housing, those with long-term health conditions, migrants and those with low educational achievement.

The partnership is being led by leading disability charity Papworth Trust and is ideally placed to provide support in the community, resulting in improved employability, greater independence and confidence and a reduction in social isolation for people with additional support needs.

Our research has shown that barriers faced include; finding the application process difficult, zero hour contracts, age, disabilities and the cost of looking for work. This Project is designed to help individuals overcome these barriers, supporting each individual, building their confidence, improving their skill set and helping to build up trust with employers, assisting where necessary with applying for suitable roles.

The partnership of experienced and trusted local partners who will assist people back into employment includes:

  • Papworth Trust (project lead)
  • Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills Team
  • Camtrust
  • CHS
  • GAP Learning CIC
  • GET Group
  • Groundwork
  • Illuminate Charity
  • New Meaning Foundation
  • Realife Trust
  • Reboot CIC
  • Worker’s Educational Association.

Services are to be delivered across the county in accessible community settings, including; Haverhill, Cambridge City (Arbury, Abbey, East Chesterton and King’s Hedges), St Neots, and Huntingdon (North and East), however, other areas will be considered subject to demand.

Partners will provide services to help people progress towards employment, with informal community learning, structured and accredited learning opportunities, vocational training, coaching and counselling and employment programmes.

If you’d like further information about the Community Connections (South) Project, please contact Una Davis on 01733 314747 or email

Notes to Editors:

If you would like any more information regarding this press release, please contact Kelly Linay, PR Manager at Papworth Trust, on or 01480 357 263.

About Papworth Trust:

Papworth Trust offers essential support and care to disabled and older people, their families and carers. We help people of all ages to live independently in their own homes, to learn new skills, and to find and keep jobs that are right for them. To find out more about the charity please go to

Building Better Opportunities

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project has received £970,000 of funding from 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 (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) 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

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