A new fund dedicated to those facing barriers in employment

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The Active Inclusion at Work Fund will be managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and potentially supported by funding from European Structural and Investment Funds. It aims to reduce underemployment or absence rates for employed individuals with work limiting health conditions (including substance or alcohol misuse) and/ care or childcare responsibilities.

WCVA, as an Intermediate Body, acting on behalf of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), offers funding for applicants across the third, public and private sectors in the West Wales and the Valleys region.

The funding pot addresses the priority 'tackling poverty through sustainable employment'. By working with underemployed people who face barriers to full employment due to their health or family situations, your project will make a significant contribution to tackling those structural difficulties that the WWV economy and labour market faces.

 To make this contribution you will support participants to:

  • return to work after a period of absence due to their work limiting health condition or disability;
  • improve their labour market situation, eg… by increasing their hours, or rates of pay; or improving their employment terms such as permanence and duration of contract

whilst:

  • being supportive to enable the overcoming of barriers to employment such as work limiting health conditions, discrimination, social and digital exclusion, mental health issues, disabilities; welfare dependency; lack of confidence or knowledge of available support; caring responsibilities and the lack of affordable childcare

You may also support micro, small or medium enterprise (SME) employers to:

  • improve their existing equality and diversity strategies or adopt new ones, comply with legislation about flexible working and disability discrimination, receive help with HR solutions and practices, gain recognition through the 'Disability Confident' and other schemes and maximise the input and morale of employees.

We are not prescriptive in the type of activity that can be delivered - it is up to you to show that you know what works best, with the people you want to work with, in the areas in which you operate. The activities offered could include aspects of the following:

  • Peer support and mentoring; supporting staff to act as mentors or 'buddies' to others in similar circumstances
  • Support to Help employers to achieve 'Disability Confident' accreditation
  • The provision of 'total HR solutions' to SME employers
  • Help with budgeting and managing finances
  • Advocacy and mentoring

There will be one invitation to apply for funding, during which it is planned that the entire fund of approximately £1.5 million will be allocated.

An indicative timetable for the application process is as follows:

Eligibility questionnaire process opens: 1 October 2017

Eligibility questionnaire deadline: 1 November 2017

Invitation to apply for grants opens: 16 November 2017

Grant application deadline: 23 December 2017

Projects' start date: 1 April 2018

For more information, contact the Active Inclusion Fund team on activeinclusion@wcva.org.uk or Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329

All EQs must be submitted through the online e-tender system: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/home.html