Funded Projects

This section contains information about organisations which have been successful in obtaining ESF Community Grant funding in Rounds 1, 2 and 3.


Abdullah Quilliam Society

The project will provide a structured training and volunteering programme targeting Muslim women who both currently use the Abdullah Quilliam Centre for social and faith activities and those that don’t use the centre, and support them to improve their key skills, levels of confidence and employment prospects.

Centre 63

To build the self-esteem and confidence of lone parents/young women and raise their aspirations to become economically active.  Help with functional skills, provide a structure to often chaotic lifestyles, encourage peer support, to support with Universal Job Match and employability skills.

Coaching and Community Support

This programme will develop employment and life skills that will help participants feel more able to return to the work place with greater confidence.

Fazakerley Community Federation

To prepare and motivate local economically inactive people of all ages for sustainable employment and training readiness in the field of health and social care by providing personalised learning and work readiness routes into employment and training and enhancing the capabilities people need to find and keep work.

First Take

FILM FUTURES is a filmmaking and new media project for unemployed people in recovery with complex issues. They will learn industry standard techniques in a safe, supported and creative environment. It gives technical, basic transferable, creative and practical skills and provides excellent opportunities for employment and further training.

Florence Institute Trust

Our aims are to improve skills, self-confidence, career and job prospects for local young people from disadvantaged communities aged 15-17 years. All participants will receive training in cooking, serving, maintaining a catering kitchen and will gain an accredited Food Hygiene in the workplace certificate.

Independent Initiative

To offer people with substance misuse and other complex problems the opportunity to build the confidence, motivation and skills to move closer to or re-enter the labour market through a combination of one-to-one and group based learning.

Kaalmo Youth Development Limited

A pre-employment programme for young members of the Somali community that will increase their confidence and self-awareness, identify their strengths, their transferable skills, and those skills they need to develop to become more economically independent.

Knowsley Disability Concern

Will support people with disabilities to enable them to move closer to the labour market by building confidence, developing communication, leadership and volunteering skills and, critically for many of our participants, the insights into behavioural norms and boundaries within the workplace vital for realistic engagement with the world of work.

Liverpool Homeless Football Club

Support people experiencing homelessness to move towards employment, further training or volunteering through learning techniques for managing stress, building up their self-esteem and confidence, developing practical catering skills, gaining qualifications in Basic food preparation and food hygiene and opportunities for work experience.

Merseyside 3TC

Beneficiaries will acquire the Managing Information, Communicating, Transacting, Problem-solving & Creating Basic Digital Skills (BDS) within an employability context; access free online apps; and learn how to exploit the functionality of devices they already possess. In doing so they will acquire the skills, means & training to boost their employability.

Merseyside Arts Foundation

To provide a programme of high-quality learning opportunities to unemployed and economically inactive individuals who are seeking to establish micro-businesses and/or engage in freelance work within creative and digital industries, which have been identified by Liverpool City Region Skills for Growth Plan 2015 as authentic routes into the sector.

Merseyside Youth Support Trust

Our project aim is to enable local people who are unemployed following redundancy to assess their skills and passions, investigate whether self-employment could be an option, and then gain the knowledge and skills to start their business, or find other employment.

Merseyside Refugee Support Network

To support the integration of vulnerable refugees in a customised 1-2-1 guidance and casework approach to engage them and build confidence to break down barriers which will enhance their ability to access and participate in mainstream employment and training opportunities and services.

Netherton Park Community Association

To provide targeted employment/progression opportunities for economically inactive people locally through a) the development of work-readiness skills relevant to the visitor economy and health care sectors; b) their specific skill/competency development needs; and c) the provision of direct work / volunteering opportunities for individuals to access pathways to employment.

One Latin Culture

To deliver a series of accredited and unaccredited courses in event management and personal development which will include group learning, coaching & mentoring and production of a personal e-portfolio.

participants will be able to learn through real life projects. Targeting people from economically deprived areas.

Open 360

By identifying Participants psychological barriers with diagnostics and devising individual action plans detailing their support and timescales, addressing confidence, self-esteem, greater Health & Wellbeing, awareness of Money Management & Budgeting, enhanced digital & employability skills and to realise those transferable, we will create educational, volunteering, work experience, employment, self-enterprise opportunities.

Phoenix Community & Youth Project

To enable beneficiaries to reach their fullest potential through a structured individualised programme of activities, aimed at enhancing self-esteem, communication, confidence and teamwork skills, whilst developing CV’s, job search and interview skills, underpinned with Asdan Awards, making them more employable and renewing their enthusiasm for further education or training.

Positive Futures

Young people with mental health problems will develop strategies they can use for employment or training. Through Clear Mind they will receive 1-2-1 and group mentoring aimed at overcoming barriers to employment. The aim is to take those furthest away from the job market and through engagement and 1-1 support develop them to become work ready.

Safe Regeneration

To use a variety of arts, environment and well-being participatory approaches to provide a range of activities that support those that are unemployed and often excluded to demonstrate progress in moving closer to the labour market by improving their access to meaningful employment, training and skills provision.


The project will deliver training to unemployed women giving a basic understanding of engineering skills and build confidence through the example of aquaponic engineering and 3D printing of components. The purpose is to encourage learners to seek work/study qualifications required for engineering employment and gain an insight into community aquaponics.

Utopia Project CIC

Will deliver an accredited City & Guilds Employability Skills programme for unemployed individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety with a core element of the programme focusing on personal and social development to gain and improve transferable life skills.


To improve the learning, development and employment chances of women who face barriers to achieving in the Merseyside area by increasing knowledge and skills, improving confidence,  giving opportunity to have practical experience in a working environment and opportunity to achieve BTEC Work skills / NVQ 2 Customer Service or Open Awards credits in Women’s Health Training

Writing on the Wall

Through creative exercises learners written and verbal skills will be developed with a particular emphasis on those that increase employability and which will allow entry to further learning opportunities. Through group methodologies and a personal development programme, isolation will be overcome and levels of confidence and aspiration will be raised.



Apex Charitable Trust

To provide information, advice & guidance through face to face and outreach services to offenders. Fulfilling their aims by working with individuals not adequately supported elsewhere.

Brouhaha International

‘Roots to Employment’ aims to build participant capacity and capabilities, providing people with new skills, knowledge and experiences that better enable community learners to access employment; re-engage in further education/training and or develop micro enterprises within the arts and cultural sector.

Mencap Liverpool

The aim to give 24 people a much-improved chance of gaining employment: firstly by enabling them to physically reach places of work and/or study; and secondly, through improving their confidence, self-belief and life-skills.

Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre

Many hard-to-reach groups have low confidence, skills, are unable to access digital-by-default services; are far from employment; with lives centred around their local neighbourhood; so 3tc will deliver Digital Job Clubs in local community venues, providing beneficiaries with the skills, means and training to become job-ready.

Methodist Centre

The Breaking Down Barriers project aims to identify and work with women from the black and minority communities who face barriers to entering the labour market as a result of skills deficits, lack of access to information and an absence of support in applying for and taking up employment opportunities.

NSC Training

To support unemployed and disadvantaged adults to train as Teaching Assistants, gain vocational qualifications, and complete on-the-job training via work placements in schools where there is a need for additional teaching support, and therefore a high likelihood of being retained as a paid staff member at the end of the project.

Sefton Play Council

To raise the skills, confidence and aspirations of residents age 19 plus from areas of extreme deprivation who are economically inactive or unemployed, leading to their engagement in voluntary work, further training or employment in play/youth work or forest school. This will increase children’s access to high quality play opportunities.

Sheila Kay Fund

The Open Door Project will enable Liverpool adults to build their own ‘doors to opportunity’ by providing the framework, tools and connections to high-quality educational and employment opportunities they need to significantly increase their skills and access to employment.

Sola Arts

A 9-month programme for BME and disadvantaged adults (18+) with mental health difficulties supporting progress into employment or volunteering in the creative industries, using the vehicle of a creative studio to gain self-confidence and project development, team working and creative skills to run a sustainable, financially viable creative employability option.

Squash Nutrition

Food Biz will be a new and exciting women focused Food Training Enterprise that will address the inequalities that women in the wider Liverpool community face and will provide opportunities for women to take the next steps into employment or further training in the Visitor Economy more confidently.

St Andrews Community Network

The Volunteer Investment Project seeks to develop SACN’s ability to offer structured skills and learning programmes to its volunteers and other organisations working with volunteers.  To validate the existing skills and knowledge of 45 volunteers, and deliver new training, against a Community Development standard – upskilling and improving the employability of volunteers. Lay the foundations for volunteer employability and further learning by providing core competencies embedded in community development practice.  Train a core group of 5 learning mentors to NVQ Level III who can subsequently offer mentoring, training and validate the skills of volunteers.

The Foundry Church

To help rebuild, reskill, and reinvent people from the most difficult to reach environments, empowering them to be work ready through training, mentoring and skills application in a Job Club and Community Café.

Transform Lives Company

To support 22 long term unemployed people into or closer to employment through a structured programme of supported volunteering in prestigious venues, underpinned by our Positive Workology training programme, mentoring, coaching and quality employer ‘mentor’ volunteers.

Viking Sports Foundation

Senior Pro aims to offer an enriching weekly programme of activities based from Halton Stadium which will equip participants with the skills and confidence to progress to work, volunteering and new social opportunities which will enhance their mental, physical and emotional wellness.

Voice of Nations

To tackle inequality and improve employment/self-employment and training opportunities for unemployed/economically inactive men and women aged 15-55 in Liverpool. By identifying and highlighting their key strengths and uniqueness, we will deliver an intensive/bespoke mentoring and employability support geared towards enhancing existing strengths, self-esteem/confidence; and gaining new/work skills.



Agent Academy

The project aims to increase diversity in the digital and creative industry workforce through efforts to reach, engage and educate young people (18-29) so that they can gain meaningful employment in digital and creative jobs.

Connector Media CIC (The Sewing Rooms)

Using the art of sewing as an intervention in getting those people most removed from the labour-market into taking the first steps into employability, the aims are to stimulate, motivate and upskill vulnerable individuals inspiring confidence and belief in their ability towards achieving a positive outcome.


Excellent facilities and knowledgeable staff will support personal development through creativity – Music! Film-making! Arts! Drama! Comedy! to inspire, motivate, build confidence, improve communication skills, and develop transferable skills to help overcome barriers to employment, training, further education, or volunteering in the community.

Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre

3tc is seeing basically digitally literate beneficiaries that unfortunately lack an in-depth knowledge of key office programs, hampering their attempts to find work. 3tc will address this skills gap, with flexibly designed provision to meet their individual requirements, setting them on the path towards employment and accredited Level 2 qualifications

Parenting 2000

The programme  is a community based 9 week course for women recently released from prison and/or supervised by the Probation Service; the course is aimed at vulnerable/disadvantaged women to prevent offending behaviour and move them closer to the labour market.

Personal Success

The project aims to enable local long term unemployed adults and young people aged 15+ who are interested in volunteering to gain recognised qualifications and training that will enhance their chance of paid employment. The project will combine volunteering training and employability training to maximise the skills and knowledge needed to be more proactive in the employment search market.

Power In Partnership Construction

To take referrals from local housing associations, from those adults in the community, who are lacking any formal qualifications, to upskill in Plastering skills by creating workshops followed by employability, personal social development and interview techniques aimed to improve aspirations in the aim to improve skills, life chances and employment.

Transform Lives Company

To support long term unemployed people into or closer to employment and structured volunteering through a structured Positive Workology 10 week programme with mentoring, coaching and quality employer ‘mentor’ volunteers.