Village works

Village Works is an action research project that seeks to pilot a community development outcomes led approach to working with the most economically excluded, unemployed and disengaged residents of working age in rural coastal villages in targeted areas in Cornwall.

It seeks to develop an approach that can be sustainable and replicable in other locations and which will progress the hardest to engage along a Life Ladder into personal and skills development moving towards employment, training and job search programmes.

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It is intended to fill a gap in provision which sits below Building Better Opportunities (BBO) and provides the very first steps for those who are not even on the radar of initiatives and who have multiple and complex needs that are barriers to engagement. It has developed from the work of practitioners partnering this project who work day to day with this participant group and have identified a need, which existing support systems
do not meet.

It targets three rural locations (Community Network Areas) in Cornwall; Bude, Camelford and Helston and the Lizard.

Uniquely, partners in this project have direct access to potential participants for Village Works and can work quickly to make it happen. The remainder of customers regarding fuel poverty will form the control group receiving just the Inclusion Cornwall Hub Conversation. 

Our partners include Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC), disAbility Cornwall, Cornwal Council Digital, Kernow Credit Union and the Winter Wellbeing partnership.

The work will help to tackle wider determinants funded by £588k of ESF to support a minimum of 414 participants with complex barriers that impact on their health and wellbeing (mental health/physical health etc).  The aim is to improve healthy life expectancy and linkages to our Cold Homes Toolkits.  

If you'dlike to find out more about the project or how to get involved please visit Inclusion Cornwall website or call 01872 326440.