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Flagship social regeneration project showcases successes

Date: 04/02/2008           Category: Social Regeneration

The achievements of Medway Council’s flagship social regeneration project Re-Ignite will be showcased at a special event in Rochester’s Corn Exchange on 14 February from 1.45pm. The council has spearheaded the creation of project Re-Ignite as part of its strategic goal that everyone should benefit from Medway’s regeneration. Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth Cllr Jane Chitty will introduce the event and make presentations to five people who benefited from the project. They will also each tell their individual stories of how Re-Ignite helped boost their employment prospects. Over 400 local people have benefited from the £0.5 million project to date, accessing skills training, qualifications and other local services. A number of people have gained new employment as a direct result of the project. There will be an opportunity to take photos of Cllr Chitty and the five beneficiaries at about 3pm. Please advise the Media Office if you plan to attend so that arrangements can be made. Local managers from each of the five Medway neighbourhoods in which Re-Ignite operates will also describe their achievements and challenges in making the project a reality. Cllr Chitty said: “This Event will celebrate the extremely positive impact that project Re-Ignite has had on local people who have been experiencing some of the greatest difficulties accessing jobs or higher value employment. “The council has worked very hard over a number of years to establish the funding and partner relationships that has made Re-Ignite such a success. I’m pleased that all that effort has paid off so well.” Medway Council has dedicated a great deal of time and effort to setting up project Re-Ignite in order to improve the job prospects of communities from some of Medway’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The council is leading a highly effective local partnership involving Church in Society, All Saints Community Project and other community organisations. Along with Medway Council, they are offering an employment outreach service in the heart of the neighbourhoods, working with local people to remove barriers to employment. Re-Ignite provides employment support for people who are either unemployed or on low wages in five neighbourhoods: All Saints, Brook Lines, Melville and Brompton, Strood South, and Twydall. Each has its own Neighbourhood Manager responsible for recruiting local residents, identifying the barriers to their employability and devising an action plan to overcome them. Re-Ignite has forged strong links with both statutory and non-statutory agencies, including community, voluntary and resident organisations, to address the training, employment and personal development needs of residents. It is funded and supported by Medway Council, the South East England Development Agency, the European Union ERDF Interreg 3A programme, and Church in Society. For further information, residents can contact Medway Council’s Customer Services on 01634 333333.