The Work Live Leicestershire Programme (WiLL) held a Kick-Off meeting, on Friday 24th January, to mark the commencement of its activities in the Melton district. Following the project’s aim of helping people in rural Leicestershire who are unemployed or economically inactive into job search, education or employment, a range of event and services will be organized. These will include a work club, to be held on Mondays, and one-to-one support for unemployed people participating in the project. Hitherto, a number of pilot activities have been organized in the Melton area, but this meeting marks the systematic roll-out of WiLL activities to help project participants in this area. The overall goal is to reach 500 participants across the county.
The Kick-Off meeting was held a Phoenix House in Melton Mowbray and was attended the Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham, and representatives of Leicestershire County Council and a number of voluntary organisations active in Melton Mowbray, including the Rotary Club and the Lions Club. The day's events included a number of key presentations:
- Vista the coordinating partner of the WiLL programme's lead presented the overarching project overview.
- Access All Areas Training, a project collaborator and a specialist in development training, presented their bespoke service.
- There was also the opportunity to hear the experiences of participants, who have already benefitted from the programme. These included some heartfelt stories.
Coincidently, this launch meeting marked the one year anniversary of the project, which was celebrated with a cake.
The WiLL Programme is funded jointly by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, as part of the Building Better Opportunities initiative.