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Community Support Fund (CSF)

What is the CSF?

The Community Support Fund (CSF) will support the most vulnerable within our communities, including those who’ve suffered disproportionately due to COVID-19. The project aims to provide the vital first step towards learning, training and work.

This new £1.5m programme is a key part of the West of England Combined Authority’s Recovery Plan. It will support those who face the greatest risk of negative social, health or economic consequences as a result of the pandemic.

The projects and proposals supported through the CSF must also help individuals access other programmes, projects and services, including: Employability and skills portal; Adult education budget; Digital Skills Investment Programme; Future Bright; Workforce for the Future; and the Careers Hub

They should also support key partners like local authority ‘one front door services,’ Restart, Kickstart, Work and Health Programme, JETTs and local initiatives.

If applicants need documents in another format, the West of England Combined Authority is happy to provide an alternative format. Please contact skills@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

Community Support Fund

Programmes we are funding

We are already funding a number of programmes through the Community Support Fund. You can find out more about these programmes here:

Eastside Community Trust are offering two skills development programmes in the Easton and Lawrence Hill area of Bristol. A Volunteering Programme for adults living in the local community to develop new employability skills alongside volunteering opportunities. Plus a Playwork Programme aimed at young people (aged 19-25) offering training and work experience to build towards employment opportunities in the playwork sector.

More details coming soon

Empire Fighting Chance are offering a boxing and careers programme that integrates non-contact boxing training with a range of careers activities to support young people (aged 19-25) from areas in East Bristol (Ashley, Lawrence Hill, St Judes, Barton Hill, Easton). The programme offers boxing sessions alongside personalised 1:1 careers support, employability training and opportunities to meet employers.

More details coming soon

The Peer Academy is designed to enable socially excluded people to undertake accredited Peer training, and use lived experience to provide peer volunteering roles. Facilitating participation in digital skills, employability schemes and routes to employment. The project intends to produce a toolkit for community organisations to launch their own Peer Support Service.

More details coming soon

To engage refugee and marginalised BAME groups (focus on young adults) in employment skills and training that strategically aligns with the employment demands of the region.

More details coming soon

A training programme tackling unemployment that builds financial resilience, providing education in income maximisation, on to work experience and readiness to work in the care sector, where there is a labour shortage.

More details coming soon

Support marginalised young people (NEET) in overcoming barriers to accessing, engaging in and sustaining EET opportunities.

More details coming soon

Step IT up will use the architecture of the “Horumar Somali Women’s Programme”, to create an inclusive peer programme for women from minority groups or those furthest from employment in Bristol and Bath to gain employability skills.

More details coming soon

Focusing on improving health and wellbeing of young people into the Prince’s Trust support system for further progression in employment and skills. This will operate with brand new themes, activities and modules for young people experiencing low mood, anxiety, with a loss of motivation and healthy lifestyle.

More details coming soon

Voscur will deliver a 10-month programme engaging women from marginalised communities and supporting them with volunteering opportunities and starting-up social enterprises.

More details coming soon

Growing People programme proposes to run courses, placements and activities for people experiencing mental health challenges. These will be based in supported outdoor environments at one of four city farms in Bristol, in different locations to bring down barriers such as travel or unfamiliar environments.

More details coming soon

The project’s aim is to offer adults gardening sessions that combine therapeutics and expertise with a view to building emotional resilience and confidence in new skills.

More details coming soon

Bath City Farm is launching a new programme of work experience opportunities, related to its new community café and 2-acre edible garden that will serve the farm café and shop.

Participants will be able to gain knowledge and experience of food preparation, front of house, and customer service. They will also be offering horticulture and food growing training as well as site maintenance.

Staff with technical knowledge will provide accredited awards to help people furthest from the jobs market to develop skills and confidence to gain control in their lives. They will focus on developing programmes that support people recovering from mental illness and support people with learning disabilities to participate in meaningful work-based activities.

The natural landscape of the farm provides a welcoming and nurturing environment for people to take these vital steps.

For more information please contact: helen@bathcityfarm.org.uk

Creativity Works will deliver a bespoke, newly developed 18-week programme of training, delivered in blocks of 6 weeks, with wrap around support. Creativity will be used as a tool to support individuals to overcome multiple barriers which prevent them from gaining employment.

The programme will increase self-employment opportunities for participants to work creatively in community settings - delivering creative workshops, creative commissions and using creative tools to consult with communities. The training programme aims to build confidence, capacity and resilience within our communities and progress participants into further work, training or volunteering.

Participants may go onto to train, volunteer or work in a creative sector or into health and social care, play work, youth work, mentoring or other community development or community support roles.

To take part in the programme individuals will need to be unemployed, underemployed, economically inactive, and have an interest in creativity, but do not need to be artists or wish to work as artists. Priority will also be given to people who identify with one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Young People (19-25)
  • Women
  • Lone parents
  • Black, Asian or ethnically diverse individuals
  • Disabled People / Long Term health conditions (including mental health) / Learning disabled people

More details coming soon

Community Support Fund (CSF)

Applications

Applications no longer open.

There have been 2 funding rounds as part of this project. They are currently no longer live, but information on funded projects can be found on this page.

If you have further questions about the fund, if you want to be added to the communications list or want further information on and the programmes please contact Skills@WestofEngland-Ca.gov.uk with CSF in the subject line. “

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Further information

Details of further community and/or localised funding can be accessed through the local councils: