Sheffield job skills initiative wins £500,000 funding

Gleadless Valley Community Forum held an open day after receiving a �500,000 grant.
Gleadless Valley Community Forum held an open day after receiving a �500,000 grant.
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Community leaders are celebrating after winning a grant of almost £500,000 to improve the employment prospects of people living in southern Sheffield.

The Big Lottery Fund has handed over £472,684 to organisers from Gleadless Valley Community Forum to help them run their Inspire to Aspire project.

The scheme, aimed at people living in Gleadless Valley, Jordanthorpe, Lowedges and Batemoor, is a four-year initiative that will offer courses in useful skills such as ICT, Maths, English, First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Learning champions will offer advice, information and support, and money from the grant will also be used to promote community involvement through encouraging locals to take up roles as volunteers.

Cash will also be used to help address problems of isolation among senior citizens in the south of the city.

The initiative will aim to make elderly residents more informed about activities taking place locally and encourage them to participate in courses that may be of interest to them such as Sugar Craft or Family History.

Steve Rundell, chief executive officer of the forum, said: “This very welcome grant will be a great benefit.

“I’m very pleased the Big Lottery recognises the value of the work being done to support local people to achieve their ambitions and reengage with learning.

“It is the foundation for so much in life, not just employment but also community spirit, cohesion, and social inclusion.”

To celebrate the cash being granted, a drop-in event was held at the GVCF Online Centre on Blackstock Road, where visitors were given information on how they could benefit.