Cash boost for Wirral charity's employment scheme

First published in News

A WIRRAL charity has secured funding for a new programme which aims to help hard to reach unemployed people into long-term and sustainable employment.

Involve Northwest, which has offices in Birkenhead and Tranmere, has been awarded the £960,000 contract to run the ReachOut programme by Wirral Council with match funding from the European Social Fund.

The programme will initially run for one year with the option to extend for a further two years.

Involve Northwest has run the ReachOut programme in Wirral since 2006,  helping more than 3,700 people into jobs.

The services include employment support, welfare benefits, debt management advice and support, social inclusion initiatives for young people and a mediation service for housing associations, homeless young people and tenants affected by anti-social behaviour.

Justine Molyneux, the organisation's chief executive, said: "Involve Northwest has become an essential lifeline to thousands of hard to reach, vulnerable and unemployed people.

"The ReachOut programme has been a fantastic, innovative way of engaging, with our advisors going out to homes and meeting people in youth and community centres.

"We have knocked on the doors of more than 120,000 homes across the region, in a bid to connect with and help unemployed people that other agencies could not service.

"This informal and friendly approach has enjoyed great success, engaging hundreds of people who have previously felt neglected or threatened by other agencies' more formal approaches.

"Many third and fourth generation unemployed families have been assisted through the programmes, with family members and friends referring each other to Involve Northwest.

"We do this by working with our specialist partner agencies to remove all barriers to work, and guide people through any problems they may have with finding employment.

"We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue our work and to get more people into sustainable jobs and careers."

The ReachOut programme will be run in conjunction with a range of partners, including Remploy, Advocacy in Wirral, Inclusive Access, The Social Partnership and Wirral Change.

Cllr Pat Hackett, cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said: "Wirral Council has a track record of working with partners to remove barriers to employment and link local people to the jobs that are available in our area. 

"By working with the ReachOut Partnership we are confident that track record will continue. 

"ReachOut offered the best value in terms of delivering a service in the heart of the communities that need it most and by providing access to over 20 Work Clubs a week in a range of community locations and at a range of times.

"People within our most hard to reach communities will no longer find they are on the outside looking in when it comes to applying for jobs."

Involve Northwest has positively impacted on the lives of more than 8,000 Wirral residents.

The charity has set up 22 Work Clubs per week across the region, giving unemployed people access to job search and CV building support, free internet and help setting up email accounts.

Justine said it is vital to understand that for many people the Internet and online job applications can be a daunting process – through Involve Northwest’s Job Clubs people get the right support to tackle these issues.

“Among our staff are many local people who had also been previously unemployed and we pride ourselves on being able to connect with people on a grass-roots level.

"It is our philosophy to create and offer jobs wherever possible to local people who can use their personal experiences to give something back to the community."

For more information visit www.involvenorthwest.org.uk or call 0151 644 1100.

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12:07pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Spiffy says...

I thought this was the Jobcentre was for ?
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No wonder the country is going bankrupt and people can't find jobs when all the emphasis is on paying "charities"... to employ each other...to employ people...to "find work" for other people...who "need" charities to find jobs for them...because the country is going bankrupt and they can't find jobs...and the emphasis is on paying "charities....
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A self-serving cycle going nowhere. : /
I thought this was the Jobcentre was for ? ... No wonder the country is going bankrupt and people can't find jobs when all the emphasis is on paying "charities"... to employ each other...to employ people...to "find work" for other people...who "need" charities to find jobs for them...because the country is going bankrupt and they can't find jobs...and the emphasis is on paying "charities.... ... A self-serving cycle going nowhere. : / Spiffy
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6:19pm Wed 10 Oct 12

council officer says...

The Council has just stopped £1 million of community funding so how did this not get affected? However, If it delivers jobs then it will be worth it. I have heard of this project an believe Involve NW are a good well run organisation. It looks like the others are a box ticking job. Wirral change - who are they and what do they actually do? Just looked them up, they provide cultural diversity!
The Council has just stopped £1 million of community funding so how did this not get affected? However, If it delivers jobs then it will be worth it. I have heard of this project an believe Involve NW are a good well run organisation. It looks like the others are a box ticking job. Wirral change - who are they and what do they actually do? Just looked them up, they provide cultural diversity! council officer
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6:23pm Wed 10 Oct 12

antisthenes says...

'A self-serving cycle going nowhere'.Too true Spiffy.

Reach Out like many other Poverty Industry Outfits makes overblown claims such as gaining entry to 3700 jobs for unemployed people on Wirral.

The truth is that the majority people who find work would have found work in any case.

The greater truth is that the its jobs in Reach Out and other similar POverty Industry Outfits that are being protected.

Here on Wirral we have Work Programme providers Deloitte et al, Raach Out and Job Centre Plus all chasing down the same clients and double counting those who get jobs.

Wonder where the £400k or so ESF Match Funding was found in our cash strapped Council.

Also worth noting that Reach Out run by Involve North West is based in Phil Davies' ward; very cozy!
'A self-serving cycle going nowhere'.Too true Spiffy. Reach Out like many other Poverty Industry Outfits makes overblown claims such as gaining entry to 3700 jobs for unemployed people on Wirral. The truth is that the majority people who find work would have found work in any case. The greater truth is that the its jobs in Reach Out and other similar POverty Industry Outfits that are being protected. Here on Wirral we have Work Programme providers Deloitte et al, Raach Out and Job Centre Plus all chasing down the same clients and double counting those who get jobs. Wonder where the £400k or so ESF Match Funding was found in our cash strapped Council. Also worth noting that Reach Out run by Involve North West is based in Phil Davies' ward; very cozy! antisthenes
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8:37pm Wed 10 Oct 12

council officer says...

antisthenes wrote:
'A self-serving cycle going nowhere'.Too true Spiffy.

Reach Out like many other Poverty Industry Outfits makes overblown claims such as gaining entry to 3700 jobs for unemployed people on Wirral.

The truth is that the majority people who find work would have found work in any case.

The greater truth is that the its jobs in Reach Out and other similar POverty Industry Outfits that are being protected.

Here on Wirral we have Work Programme providers Deloitte et al, Raach Out and Job Centre Plus all chasing down the same clients and double counting those who get jobs.

Wonder where the £400k or so ESF Match Funding was found in our cash strapped Council.

Also worth noting that Reach Out run by Involve North West is based in Phil Davies' ward; very cozy!
Question... If the Governments flagship Work Programme is already operating in Wirral then why do we need this project as well?
[quote][p][bold]antisthenes[/bold] wrote: 'A self-serving cycle going nowhere'.Too true Spiffy. Reach Out like many other Poverty Industry Outfits makes overblown claims such as gaining entry to 3700 jobs for unemployed people on Wirral. The truth is that the majority people who find work would have found work in any case. The greater truth is that the its jobs in Reach Out and other similar POverty Industry Outfits that are being protected. Here on Wirral we have Work Programme providers Deloitte et al, Raach Out and Job Centre Plus all chasing down the same clients and double counting those who get jobs. Wonder where the £400k or so ESF Match Funding was found in our cash strapped Council. Also worth noting that Reach Out run by Involve North West is based in Phil Davies' ward; very cozy![/p][/quote]Question... If the Governments flagship Work Programme is already operating in Wirral then why do we need this project as well? council officer
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9:09pm Wed 10 Oct 12

antisthenes says...

Council Officer...

Question... If the Governments flagship Work Programme is already operating in Wirral then why do we need this project as well?

Answer...It isn't and neither does Job Centre Plus and nor will Reach Out.

Conclusion..We dont need this project.
or any of the other pseudo enabling employability focused nonsense schemes that proliferate in the absence of real world jobs.

The only jobs that result from such programmes are those of the workers employed to get the jobless into jobs.

Dont believe a word of the spin that eminates from these agencies nor the headlines in the local press.. Wirral Jobless Figure Fall etc.

Its all thoroughly bogus!

You may recall the £millions squandered via the Working Neighbourhoods Programme.

Poverty industry make work schemes gained hundreds of thousand of pounds in funding with the Council creaming a management fee off the top.

And the net result?

People who would have found they way back into work did so of their own volition and those who had resigned themselves to a life of benefit dependency are still claiming today.
Council Officer... Question... If the Governments flagship Work Programme is already operating in Wirral then why do we need this project as well? Answer...It isn't and neither does Job Centre Plus and nor will Reach Out. Conclusion..We dont need this project. or any of the other pseudo enabling employability focused nonsense schemes that proliferate in the absence of real world jobs. The only jobs that result from such programmes are those of the workers employed to get the jobless into jobs. Dont believe a word of the spin that eminates from these agencies nor the headlines in the local press.. Wirral Jobless Figure Fall etc. Its all thoroughly bogus! You may recall the £millions squandered via the Working Neighbourhoods Programme. Poverty industry make work schemes gained hundreds of thousand of pounds in funding with the Council creaming a management fee off the top. And the net result? People who would have found they way back into work did so of their own volition and those who had resigned themselves to a life of benefit dependency are still claiming today. antisthenes
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10:01pm Thu 11 Oct 12

JADEE1 says...

reach out will only help unemployed people get into work providing it costs no more than £100.per person,?? so if your after a stacker truck licence or any licence,to get you back into full time work you got no chance !!,but theres allways plenty of money for brand new & very expensive cars for the people who run this org.do they help unemployed people,??,!! if theres any dispute on what i have written, then give us a list of services courses & what cost per client ,your org is prepared to spend on a per person basis, to get them back into full time work,?? ie hgv licence /stacker licence etc ,your a reg ,charity,not a private company, so this request will be no problem,!! thank you ..!
reach out will only help unemployed people get into work providing it costs no more than £100.per person,?? so if your after a stacker truck licence or any licence,to get you back into full time work you got no chance !!,but theres allways plenty of money for brand new & very expensive cars for the people who run this org.do they help unemployed people,??,!! if theres any dispute on what i have written, then give us a list of services courses & what cost per client ,your org is prepared to spend on a per person basis, to get them back into full time work,?? ie hgv licence /stacker licence etc ,your a reg ,charity,not a private company, so this request will be no problem,!! thank you ..! JADEE1
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7:44pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Positive thinker says...

By the looks of it no one is happy
By the looks of it no one is happy Positive thinker
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