Love London Working is a three year programme which aims to recruit 21,000 unemployed and economically inactive Londoners and place 6,300 into employment. 3,570 participants will be over 50 years of age with 7,350 from ethnic minority groups and 3,150 will participants with disabilities.
Who We Are
Love London Working is an unprecedented partnership of 16 major Social Housing Providers based in London, which seeks to progress those in long-term unemployment and economic inactivity into work by addressing their often multiple disadvantages to employment through a support programme that is both tailored to individual needs and delivered at scale.
The Love London Working programme is funded jointly by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the 16 delivery partners. The ESF contribution is 50% with each of the delivery partners contributing 50% of their individual delivery budgets. The overall investment for this programme is £13,284,998.
The sector partners have extensive presence in deprived communities that are demographically concentrated by ethnic minorities, those over 50 and not working, those with disabilities, and single parents. They will use this unique reach to engage participants in a journey to work that begins with an individual assessment, continued guidance throughout a programme of proven support models addressing each participants’ barriers to work, through to sustained mentoring in the first 26 weeks of employment.
What We Do
Participants will be engaged directly under the Love London Working brand through the network of relationships that the partners have with local organisations in deprived areas, such as mental health trusts, schools and community centres.
To reduce barriers to employment and enable full access to participation in the project, participants will receive counselling and support related to mental health and family/relationship issues, health and lifestyle advice and group sport activities, well-being workshops and courses, financial advice, including “Better off in Work” calculations, support to improve their confidence, self-esteem and motivation, childcare, including access to mobile crèches to enable participation in project activities, and basic skills, IT and ESOL training.
The project will thereby ensure that participants across London receive support that represents best practice in addressing a broad range of different obstacles to employment, which can be effectively delivered through economies of scale. The project will subsequently create a lasting legacy for coordinated delivery across London through cascading best practice support models across the sector, and make this standard practice for Social Housing Providers.
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