New Anglia LEP Community Challenge Fund "...and ACTION!" project

WEA Eastern secures New Anglia LEP funding for innovative employability project

The eastern region of the educational charity Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has been awarded £20,000 by New Anglia LEP through their Community Challenge fund to help the most disadvantaged people in Norfolk and Suffolk become job ready or find work.

…and ACTION! aims to support those individuals living in disadvantaged areas who are looking for work, to explore local employers and jobs by creating a short film. The film will then be used to showcase the types of work and available, the skillsets required and the potential employers in the area.

Filmabilty Students

In addition to the basic filmmaking skills, participants will also develop communication skills, team working, project planning and the ability to work to deadlines. Everyone will get mentoring support throughout the project and will have the chance to develop their creative talents through the film making process.

Over the next year the WEA aims to engage 60 people living in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn and Watton and support them to develop the skills and confidence to find work or move on with further learning or training.

Sharon Watson

Sharon Watson, Regional Education Manager, said: “We are really delighted to be successful in the New Anglia LEP Community Challenge. The WEA is committed to adult education for social purpose and to achieve social justice. ….....and ACTION!  is first and foremost about moving people on to a positive outcome, whether that’s re-engaging in education or getting a job. Film making provides a powerful medium for local unemployed people to uncover and explore issues and opportunities that are important to them.”

Some examples of the students' work can be found at the foot of this page - and you can see all of the Filmability videos on the WEA Eastern Youtube channel - https://tinyurl.com/kyef6y6

If you would like to register your interest for taking part in the project within the above locations, please contact either Adam Bracher (Norfolk Organiser) on 07919144217 / abracher@wea.org.uk or Clive Mobbs (Suffolk Organiser) on 01986 798465 / cmobbs@wea.org.uk.

If you are an employer who would like to support the project either through being part of the film process or by offering possible progression opportunities, please contact Adam or Clive on the above details.

For information about other courses that the WEA provides, you can contact the Eastern Regional Office on 01223 417328 or email: eastern@wea.org.uk or visit our website www.wea.org.uk/eastern.

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