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£1,660,900 awarded to help young people’s employability in Suffolk

We are pleased to announce £1,660,900 of grant funding for project providing targeted and intensive support for young people in Suffolk who are long-term unemployed or economically inactive, to gain and sustain employment and education.

Community Action Suffolk is the lead partner of a partnership with 8 other organisations across Suffolk who will jointly deliver the ‘Minding the Gap’ project.

The project has been supported through the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF).

Community Action Suffolk is delighted to be working alongside the following organisations to ensure disadvantaged young people in Suffolk have the best opportunities for progression available to them:

Access Community Trust

Lapwing Education

Realise Futures

Green Light Trust


Red Rose Chain

Phoenix Rising

Great Yarmouth & Waveney MIND

Involve Active Ltd


The project will take place between February 2017 and September 2019 and will include provision throughout urban, rural and coastal communities.  Individualised programmes will be delivered according to needs of the young people on the project with a focus on personal development as well as education and employment.

What is Building Better Opportunities?
Building Better Opportunities aims to tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. For more information on Building Better Opportunities please see the Big Lottery Fund website:

For further information on the project in Suffolk, please contact Hannah Reid, Senior Manager VCSE Sector Development at Community Action Suffolk:

Building Better Opportunities: Notes to editors

·         The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.

·         It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

·         Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.

·         The project has received up to £1,660,900 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and 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. For more information visit

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