We know that some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Folkestone are disconnected from economic opportunities.
People - especially young people and the over 50s - can find it hard to get local jobs. Other personal circumstances can also present extra challenges.
Folkestone Community Works funds projects which help residents and businesses to make the most of existing and new opportunities.
What is Folkestone Community Works?
The programme aims to improve social and economic cohesion in the east, central and harbour areas of Folkestone by funding projects which:
◼️ Help residents to access jobs
◼️ Support residents to become entrepreneurs
◼️ Assist local businesses and start-ups to grow
◼️ Provide new job opportunities
F&HDC successfully secured £2.49m of European Structural and Investment Fund funding, which means - that with match funding - a total of £4.9m is being invested in these wards.
The programme runs until 2022 and aims to help 1,000 unemployed or inactive residents, support 195 businesses including start-ups and create 98 jobs. There are two strands:
Can the projects help me?
Employability projects are open to unemployed or economically inactive people who live in the Folkestone Community Works area.
Business and enterprise projects are open to any business or start-up located in Folkestone Community Works area. Residents who are thinking about starting a business including a sole trader can access business support
This project recognises that multiple factors impact on residents' ability to be enter the job market or undertake training or education.
This new service supports residents who want to enter the job market but need support to become job ready and find suitable work; or helps residents realise their aspirations to start a training course or return to education.
The project offers tailored one to one support from a skilled advisor who guides/coaches/mentors the resident on their personal journey.
This project provides support to social enterprises and small and micro businesses in Folkestone. It offers 12 hours of tailored one-to-one support, as well as guided practical workshops.
Who can apply for project funding?
Organisations, charities and businesses can apply for funding.
The Local Action Group - made up of local businesses and community leaders - looks at all projects put forward and recommends those that should be funded.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council is the accountable body and will administer the project application process and delivery of the programme.
Where can I find out more?
For more information, visit www.folkestonecommunityworks.com