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East Lancashire employment group’s joy at £30,000 grant
9:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in East Lancashire
A GRASSROOTS group that helps disabled people overcome barriers to business was one of the winners of a national Government grant.
East Lancashire Into Employment Company Ltd, a Burnley based organisation that recently celebrated its 15th birthday, was awarded £30,000 to help continue its most recent project to help residents set up shop from their training base behind Queen Street Mill, Briercliffe.
The cash, from the Department of Work and Pensions, was given out as part of a round of awards to Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs).
The scheme, which focuses on developing self-confidence by focusing on the development of practical skills, has so far turned the hobbies of 14 people into their vocation based at the business and craft centre.
Staff work initially on a one-to-one basis with those who have struggled to find or get back into employment due to a physical disability or mental illness before encouraging them to attend workshops and then offering start-up business advice and support.
The grant will go towards developing work and art spaces as well as extending workshops and advice.
Rachel Greenword, development worker, hopes the grant will enable them to offer new career prospects to even more people.
She said: “The aim of the project is about empowering people who may have struggled in other forms of employment.
“Working for themselves enables them to work around their disability rather than against it, and this new funding will allow us to help more people.
“At the centre we teach people how to set up online businesses or use our in-house equipment.
“But we also offer intermediary support for 120 people who just need to get their confidence up or learn a skill but don’t have any firm plans to start their own business.”
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