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What is Positive Progressions?

Positive Progressions is a project which is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BFL) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The project is being delivered in Selby, Craven, Harrogate, York and the rural villages around these areas.

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How Does Positive Progressions work?

Long-term mentoring support from Keyworkers and intervention activities from Intervention Partners will help 130 of the most disadvantaged individuals and families in the community who are experiencing a wide range of complex challenges. Together, they will help participants to overcome barriers and move closer to job-search, training, education and employment. Keyworkers will be the main point of contact for participants throughout the project and they will provide initial engagement, assessment and ongoing support. We will do this by:

  • Providing outreach activities to engage participants
  • Having a holistic assessment of each individual's needs, followed by tailored support
  • Sign-posting and referrals to mainstream and other services
  • Offering support to access services for overcoming health-related barriers
  • Providing accessible support to become work-ready

Positive Progressions aims to:

  • Improve coping skills and increase resilience
  • Increase participant's confidence to support themselves and their families and to access support from other support services
  • Improve mental well-being
  • Reduce reliance on support services as participants become more ‘job ready'

Who is eligible to take part in the Project?

Someone is eligible to join the Project if:

  • They are legally resident in the UK and able to take paid employment in the European Union member states, and they are unemployed or economically inactive
  • The participant in the family is aged 18 and over
  • They have a goal to move towards gaining employment

The Interventions Partners involved in the Positive Progressions project include:

  • York City Council
  • Home Start
  • Citizens Advice Service in Harrogate and Craven districts
  • North Yorkshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills Service
  • York College
  • North Yorkshire County Council Children and Families Prevention Service

Our Intervention Partners can provide a range of activities which may include:

  • Skills development in Maths, English and ICT
  • Vocational training
  • Employability skills and job search facilities
  • Volunteering or work experience opportunities
  • Managing finances and debt advice
  • Counselling and emotional well-being activities
  • Mindfulness and resilience
  • Family learning sessions
  • Household management
  • Healthy eating on a budget
  • Introduction to sourcing childcare
  • Digital awareness and computers for beginners
  • Pre-ESOL

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How do I refer a participant?

If you are aware of a person who might benefit from the Positive Progressions Project, please contact:

Craven, Harrogate, York and Selby areas - contact 01756 693 310 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.