06 Jul Basildon Council secures funding to give extra support to help people get back into work
Basildon Council has secured funding of £74,000 to work in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on a year-long project to help residents overcome the barriers that hinder them from getting a job.
This funding supports the work of two new Community Engagement Officers who will help people who have found themselves long-term unemployed for a variety of reasons, for example, a lack of skills or life experience, a period of ill health, substance misuse, or uncertainty over housing.
Cllr Andrew Baggott, the Leader of Basildon Council, said: “When you have been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, there can be lots of barriers in your way to get to the stage of applying for jobs. That’s where our Community Engagement Officers will be invaluable in helping guide and support people to get them where they want to be.”
The Community Engagement Officers will be partly based in the reception area of the Basildon Centre as well as providing an outreach service to those that need it.