Work scheme set to wind up

A SCHEME to help people find work in the Chesterfield area is set to wind up next month due to a lack of funding.

Since 2006 the Communities That Work project has helped over 1,000 people search for jobs.

Funded by Chesterfield Borough Council and run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust the project helps unemployed people facing economic, social and health barriers in their search for work.

Paula Newbert, who manages scheme, said: “While we are sorry to see it go, the project was only ever intended to last for three years and, in the end we have been able to extend this for an additional 12 months with fewer staff.

“We are confident that by the end of March when we close, we will have achieved our target of getting 112 people to start jobs during this year, which is a good record to finish on.”

Based at Grange Court in Chesterfield, with an outreach office in Lounsley Green – the project has helped people in deprived areas of the town and has addressed long term unemployment, low self esteem, health issues and debt problems, in a holistic way.

Leader of the borough council John Burrows, said: “It is a real shame that this excellent scheme has come to an end.

“The borough council has allocated £1,156,631 to the Communities That Work project over four years.

“Unfortunately, we have no ability to attract any further Working Neighbourhoods Fund funding as the Government has now shifted its resources to provide support for the Work Programme.”

The six staff employed by the project are being offered support to find new roles either within Derbyshire Community Health Services or externally.