Active Plus leads new £3.3 Million project in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

March 24, 2017

Who Dares Works in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Active Plus, the Community Interest Company that uses the skills and experience of injured military veterans to help and inspire others, has successfully led a new partnership to secure £3.3 million investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly-based Who Dares Works Partnership will help people who face the biggest challenges to participate in training, education and work to overcome their barriers, building motivation, confidence and skills to connect or reconnect with the labour market. Who Dares Works will deliver across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Tim Cocks, Managing Director of Active Plus, said:

This is a great vote of confidence by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund in Active Plus and our Partnership of 17 fantastic social enterprises.  The Who Dares Works delivery model makes the best use of the expertise of each partner and begins with the support provided through the skills and experience of the Active Plus injured military veterans, who will motivate and inspire participants to take up the wealth of mentoring, specialist support and work related activity that is available to them.”

Carolyn Webster, Project Manager for Who Dares Works, said:

“It is the skills and talents of people that drive successful economic regeneration and we are delighted to be delivering a project that unlocks the potential of groups who are often under-represented in the labour market, including people with disabilities, offenders and people experiencing mental health issues. We have worked extensively with project partners and potential participants to ensure the design of Who Dares Works will really make a difference for the people who need it most.”

Who Dares Works is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020. Led by Active Plus, the partners are Addaction, Pentreath, CHAOS, ECCABI, Dyslexia Cornwall, Rebuild South West, Cornwall Food Foundation, United Response, Surf Action, CRASAC, CLEAR, Rosemellin Gooseberry Bush, RJ Working, School of Cornish Sardines, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Whole Again Communities.

The project starts on 1 April with the first “Who Dares Works” course running in Penzance on 26 April. For more information call 01872 300236

The Building Better Opportunities programmes recognises the complementary aims of the Big Lottery Fund and ESF and by bringing together investment from both funds, helps people who are most disadvantaged in the labour market to overcome barriers to participation; promoting social and economic inclusion through training, education and work.