#Focus5 Project

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Eat That Frog helping young people in the South West

The #Focus5 project provides in-depth support to young people aged 15-18 across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area to move towards education, employment and training. The project will work with 490 young people and support them to develop their employability skills focusing on the five areas of: communication; customer service; organisation; problem solving; team work. Young people will work with a Key Worker to develop their own plan and can also access support from our Specialist Partners on the project. The #Focus5 project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

CSW Group has received £1,706,400 to help these vulnerable young people make a positive move towards education, employment and training. There are 14 Specialist Partner organisations, including Eat That Frog. Participants will include those with mental health issues, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), lone parents, and care leavers, who will receive ongoing individual help from an identified key worker who will build a personalised package of support. Specialist provision will be identified and sourced from the partner organisations to ensure that these young people get the crucial support they require.


Big Lottery Fund:

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year we awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project received £1,706,400 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
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