Making it Work in Inverclyde

Through our support, three projects in Inverclyde focused on getting people off benefits and back into work have secured £419,713 from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund. These projects, delivered in partnership with locally based organisations will use a variety of tools to support and engage with local residents in one of the most economically deprived local authority areas.

branchton sign lang classBranchton Community Centre

Funding was secured towards a part-time employability skills worker and towards the delivery of SQAs in partnership with local colleges and Inverclyde CL&D, crèche provision and health and movement classes for over 55’s.

Kevin Rodgers, the project coordinator said:

“Branchton Community Centre and learners from across Inverclyde will benefit from our new two year learning program from the People and Communities Fund , this partnership application with Oak Tree Housing Association and Community Links Scotland will establish Branchton as one of the main centres for running accredited learning courses in Inverclyde.

“Branchton has a new buzz about the place. People are already taking part in some of the more informal classes and we have a list of learners for the main programs starting in September. Keeping the focus of the classes to areas we felt the whole community would benefit from is already working in our favour with organisations from all aspects of community life contacting us and coming along to our Inverclyde Practitioners Forum in anticipation of our courses.

“All this is going on while in the middle of our Playschemes which is always our busiest time of the year so we have never been busier which is great. Also helps the future sustainability of our centre as far a core funding is concerned.

“A huge thanks to Ali and the team in Clydebank for meeting all the deadlines and supporting our bid!”

achieve inverclydeFinancial Fitness

Funding was secured for two new staff members to deliver a Better off in Work service and practical life skills training programme to move local people forward on the employability pipeline.

Achieve Inverclyde

We’re working in partnership with River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Community Development Trust and In Work, the project provides a series of waged employability initiatives that will provide unemployed residents with six months training and skills development in environmental works, together with support in access future employment.


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