EU funding of £11.5m made available to Welsh charities

The Welsh government has allocated the money to organisations that work with disadvantaged people

The funding is focused on training and job placements
The funding is focused on training and job placements

The Welsh government has made £11.5m in European Union funding available to charities and other organisations for work with disadvantaged people.

The funding will be made available via the Active Inclusion Fund, which is managed by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and will finance projects until 2022.

It will focus on job placements, training opportunities and activities to build skills and confidence among people who might be excluded from the job market.

These include the long-term unemployed, young people, people from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds and people with health issues.

The fund has run since 2014. The charitable projects it has funded have helped 10,000 people into employment and allowed more than 60,000 people to develop their skills.

Funding of up to £400,000 per scheme is available, although more could be allocated in certain circumstances.

Jeremy Miles, Brexit minister for the Welsh government, said: "We’ve already seen how successful the Active Inclusion Fund has been in working with people to remove barriers to employment.

"This is so important, not only to the economy, but also in lifting the confidence of communities across the country.

"This is a great example of how Wales still benefits substantially from EU funds and I’m delighted this investment will be supporting the futures of so many people."

Ruth Marks, chief executive of the WCVA, said: "We are extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to continue building on the success of the Active Inclusion Fund and EU funding in Wales, which remain as important now as they have ever been.

"As the country goes through a period of uncertainty, it will be reassuring for everyone that the opportunity remains to reach out and improve the lives of those furthest from the labour market in Wales."

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