Police grant towards village jobs programme


A ground-breaking organisation which helps young people get into full time education or jobs has received a funding boost from the police.

The Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, working with charity Tomorrow’s People, has received a grant of £5,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund. Tomorrow’s People is a national employment charity that aims to help disadvantaged adults and young people get and keep a job.

Heathfield Works! is a ten-week course that specifically helps youngsters living in isolated rural areas to gain access to the job market. The Fund provides grants up to £5,000 to local organisations and projects that deliver a lasting and positive impact on the local community.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, who accepted the grant award on behalf of The Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, explains how the funding will help reduce crime in Heathfield.

He said: “We are delighted to have been given this grant which will make a valuable contribution and help us find jobs or further education for local young people. It helps them take charge of their own lives and gain confidence. Since starting the project the lack of public transport in the area has been highlighted. So the youngsters can get to their work or training the programme has embraced the County Council’s Wheels2work scheme which means they have access to motorbikes or scooters, training, equipment, insurance and maintenance. Although it costs extra this ensures some have been able to get to places which were inaccessible before.” He also pointed out that Heathfield Works! has so far helped 150 young people into work or full-time education of the type which can deliver employment opportunities.

Katy Bourne said: ““I am responsible for commissioning county-wide safety and crime prevention programmes. Heathfield Works! is a great example of an innovative local project that helps make communities safer. Since December 2013, more than 100 local projects have received grant funding totalling over £600,000. This tells me organisations and community groups care about – and are committed to – helping keep Sussex safe.”

Tomorrow’s People works with those facing the greatest barriers to employment and provides intensive, one-to-one support focused on the individual. Programmes are run for young people including working in prisons, GP practices, isolated villages and estates. Work also investigates roots of unemployment and comes up with new solutions as well as establishing the value of their work.

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