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Medway's social regeneration successes

Date: 10/01/2008           Category: Social Regeneration

Medway Council’s flagship Social Regeneration project called Re-Ignite will be celebrating its successes at an awards event on Tuesday 15 January at the New Art Centre, 272 High Street, Chatham. It will be opened by Mayor of Medway Cllr Val Goulden and starts at 2.30pm. You are invited to send a reporter and/or phographer along. The event is being organised to celebrate the achievements of residents in the Brook Lines neighbourhood in Chatham, which is one of the five areas receiving support from Project Re-Ignite. Certificates will be presented to those who have successfully completed training, and there will be presentations from Brook Lines residents who have benefited from the employment support services and opportunities provided. Project Re-Ignite, which has been running in Medway since November 2006, aims to improve the employability of people who are either economically inactive, unemployed and/or on low incomes. Local people are encouraged to access local jobs by improving their employment prospects, addressing their own barriers to employment and identifying their skills to prepare them for future employment opportunities resulting from Medway’s major regeneration programme. In the Brook Lines neighbourhood, key partner organisations playing a significant role in making this a success include Jobsmatch Medway, JobCentre Plus, Kent Police and the Brook Lines Resident Action Group. Project Re-Ignite is funded and supported by SEEDA, the EU ERDF Interreg 3A programme, Medway Council and Church in Society. The five Re-Ignite neighbourhoods in Medway are All Saints and Brook Lines in Chatham, Twydall in Gillingham, Melville and Brompton, and Strood South. For further information on Re-Ignite, residents can contact Medway Council’s Customer Services on 01634 333333.