A FIRST FOR DUNDEE AS LOTTERY
HELPS PEOPLE INTO WORK
Dundee group receives two grants worth Ł870k
People in Angus and Dundee furthest removed from the job market are being given an added incentive to get back into work as the Dundee Employment & Aftercare Project (DEAP) receives two awards from the Big Lottery Fund totalling Ł870,944.
DEAP, which is one of 12 Scottish groups sharing in Ł5.9 million, is the first group in Scotland to be awarded two grants from BIG's Investing in Communities fund after submitting simultaneous applications for two separate projects.
Announcing the awards Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Alison Magee,
said: "It is to DEAP's credit that it has been successful in securing Lottery funding for these two fantastic projects. Both the Next Steps and Steps to Success projects were assessed on their individual merits and were found to be a good fit with our funding priorities. I am delighted that DEAP will now be able to offer young people in Dundee the next step into training, employment and education while giving people in Arbroath the skills, confidence and self belief that they have something special to offer the workplace."
DEAP is an employability project which works with a range of people who face more barriers than most when seeking employment. Director, Mary Hamilton, knows only too well what a change the money will make in both areas. She said: "We are delighted to be awarded two grants from the Big Lottery Fund. The funding will make a significant positive impact to the lives of a wide range of individuals throughout Dundee and Angus."
Over 400 young people in Dundee, including those leaving care, will benefit from an award of Ł461, 318 for DEAP's Next Steps project. This will support these young people to progress into employment, education or training and will work with in partnership with organisations including Barnados, to provide help and guidance for young care leavers.
Mary, said: "This funding will help to empower vulnerable young people in Dundee to make positive informed choices about their lives and help them progress into a positive destination. The Next Steps project will engage with 450 young people in Dundee and support them in their transitional journey from being looked after towards independence. We will work in partnership with a wide range of key agencies to ensure a holistic, client led service is provided for these young people."
The second successful project, Steps to Success, will build upon a pilot project by providing support and training for 500 people in Angus who are out of work and not accessing relevant support services.
Welcoming the Ł409,626 award Mary, said: "The Steps to Success Project will empower people who are furthest away from the labour market, to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to help them to progress towards employment or other positive destination of their choosing."