Brandwood Centre gets big boost from the Big Lottery Fund

The Brandwood Centre received the excellent news that they have been awarded over £100,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop their ‘Train to Gain’ project.


The ‘Train to Gain’ project aims to help the long term unemployed and single parents gain the skills that are necessary to apply for and secure a job. The project will deliver a comprehensive training programme to enhance their C.V. in order to improve their opportunities in life and increase their employability prospects.


The Brandwood Centre is already a Jobcentre Plus Host, through this role the Centre offers unemployed people a placement which sees them shadow a member of staff and assist them with the running of the Centre and the various activities it holds each week. The development of the ‘Train to Gain’ project will build on the already excellent work the Brandwood Centre does with the community in helping people get back into work.


Patricia Watson, Centre Manager, said:

 “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the long term unemployed and single parents to become more engaged and receive relevant training to enhance their career prospects.  The funding will enable the Brandwood Centre to become a recognised and accessible training venue in the local community.  The project will also involve networking and supporting other agencies within the local area"

Steve McCabe, local MP, said:

“I was thrilled to find out that the Brandwood Centre had been awarded this money by the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Programme, local schemes are often best placed to deliver such programmes and help offer support to those hard to reach sections of the community.


“Against a backdrop high unemployment and a double-dip recession it is really great news that the Big Lottery are funding projects like this that can help equip people with the skills they need to get back into the job market.”

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