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This project is spearheaded by Medway Council, together with a
number of local neighbourhood community partnerships.
The total funding for this significant flagship project stands
at £751,000, with the majority (£579,000) from SEEDA, alongside
contributions from the European Union's Interreg IIIA programme
(£50,000), Church In Society (£22,000) and Medway Council
(£100,000) which will all benefit disadvantaged neighbourhoods
Project REIGNITE (Realising
Economic Inclusion of
Employment Support Measures) aims to assist people
aged 16 years or more who are economically inactive, unemployed
and/or on low incomes. The five target neighbourhood areas across
Each target area has its own Neighbourhood Economic Inclusion
Manager responsible for recruiting local residents, identifying
barriers to their employability and implementing with them a plan
of action to overcome those barriers.
Reignite has also forged strong links with both statutory and
non-statutory agencies across Medway to address the training and
employment needs of people who are the most disadvantaged by
Among the partners involved in the project are:
Up to 648 people across Medway have benefited from information
advice and guidance (IAG) offered on employment, skills training
and voluntary service opportunities within 24 months.
Some of the areas of support given to beneficiaries include:
- childcare training
- construction skills development
- security industry accreditation
- provision of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN)
Neighbourhood Managers across the project area have undertaken
Level III OCN accredited training to become certified Information
Advice and Guidance (IAG) deliverers, with one manager having
already attained Level IV accreditation.