ESF Works

ESF Community Grants: 2014 - 2015

Below are 2 case studies from Round Five and Six of ESF Community Grants, the information given is generally a snapshot during the course of the project:

Round Five

Case Study - Tandem Theatre, Manchester

Round Six

Case Study - LOOSE, Widnes, Halton


Below are 4 beneficiary case studies showing how the funding awarded to community groups went on to help them individually:

Case Study 1

Linda battled anxiety and isolation and is now helping others like her.

Linda was lost, socially isolated, scared of people/crowds, and disengaged.  On the course she overcame her anxiety, spoke in front of the group, gave feedback to other women, took part in volunteering activity, learned to push boundaries, enrolled on two other courses and changed the language she was using about herself. She felt that she had gained confidence and self-belief to engage in other learning. Linda is currently engaged on a pottery and jewellery making course and has recently also completed a volunteering course. She has begun volunteering at a women’s centre and aims to share her new skills with other women and to become an Ambassador for women who are in a similar situation to hers at the start of the programme. If it weren’t for the project she would still be disengaged from society, having no interaction, experiencing anxiety attacks, not involved in learning, not progressing.

Case Study 2

Paul has found a renewed sense of community from being involved in this project.

Before the project, Paul described his situation as being ‘stuck in a rut’ in which he spent most of his days sat at home watching TV. He had been looking for employment for some time but had continually been knocked back and slowly watching his confidence drop as time went by. Paul initially saw the project as a way to get out of the house but as the project progressed he started making friends and felt he was given an opportunity to network and develop skills that he never knew he had. Paul is working as a volunteer with the organisation that ran the course and will be applying for vacancies as they arise. He is also looking to source funding to develop a new community initiative which creates garden furniture for elderly residents in the area using recycled wood.

Case Study 3

Vincent has been given the skills and confidence to make his entrepreneurial dream a reality.

Vincent had been unemployed for over 10 years and had been in and out of the criminal justice system. On the course he explored the opportunity to set up a mushroom growing business that would specialise in three types of mushrooms grown in coffee waste. The project allowed him to explore what resources he would need to make this a reality, research what already existed for this type of business, the set up of costs he would need and gave him the knowledge to develop his business pitch. After the project, Vincent felt confident about his business idea and created a robust business plan with costings. He also confidently pitched his idea to a group of local business people. He is now meeting with local growers and carrying out more in-depth market research.

Case Study 4

Learning English and about the UK has provided Shanaz useful skills and a career direction

Shanaz took an ESOL course, which was aimed at developing English skills for women from ethnic minority communities. The class helped Shanaz to overcome some of the main challenges of moving into another country with a foreign language. Making new friends on the course inspired her to learn. In particular, she learned a lot about the UK healthcare system. Shanaz claimed that the course brought out many skills in her that she did not know she had. It helped her with future and further learning too. She is planning to take further training to become a child minder.


ESF Community Learning Grants: 2011-2013 

Below are 22 case studies, the information given is generally a snapshot during the course of the project, but of the 7 case studies that mention specific figures for outcomes:

  • 4 people have become self employed
  • 25 have gone onto paid work
  • 36 are doing regular voluntary work
  • 51 have gone onto further training

Round One
Case Study - Apex Trust, St. Helens (ex-offenders)

Case Study - WHISC – Women’s Health Information & Support Service, Liverpool

Case Study - Rotunda College, Liverpool (long term unemployed)
Round Two
Case Study - Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre, Sefton (long term unemployed)

Case Study - Liverpool Arabic Centre (Refugee and BME women)
North West:
Round One
Case Study - Dial House, Chester (learning difficulties)

Case Study  - East Lancs Women’s Centre, Blackburn

Case Study  - 3R Restore Rochdale (women’s enterprise)

Case Study  - DACE - Disability Action Carlisle & Eden, Carlisle

Case Study  - Just Drop In, Macclesfield (homeless young people)

Case Study - Impact for All, Manchester (BME communities)

Case Study - GAP Unit, Manchester (Refugee and BME women)

Case Study  – Portraits of Recovery, Oldham (drug and alcohol abuse)

Case Study  - All FM Radio, Manchester (learning difficulties)

Case Study  - Signal Films, Barrow (creative industries)

Case Study  - Carlisle Eden MIND, Penrith (mental health)

Case Study  – NESTAC – New Step for the African Community, Rochdale (Refugee and BME women)

Case Study - Spotlight (on Falinge), Rochdale
Round Two
Case Study  - Northmoor Community Association, Manchester

Case Study  - Ladybarn Community Association, Manchester

Round Three

Case Study  - Deeplish Community Centre, Rochdale

Round Four

Case Study  - Al Hayat Languages, Blackburn