Three projects in Lincolnshire are set to share over £164,000 secured from Government, which will support vulnerable young people and boost community integration and education.
Lincolnshire County Council has successfully bid for the money from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund, designed to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration.
“This funding will help support a care leavers project and two community projects in Boston and Spalding aiming to boost integration and education for migrant families”, said Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services.
“It’s important that we support vulnerable young people and their families, help them with their education so that they can access services and also help them to integrate and contribute to the communities where they live. And our care leavers project will give young people much needed support to access education and develop their skills for future careers.”
Funding has been awarded to the following three projects:
· £75,553 for Little Talkers: Learning for Life in Boston
This is aimed at supporting communication development of children aged 0-5, alongside improving parents’ English skills, access support services that they are entitled to as well as improve their future. It will include dual language borrow bag resources, translation support for settings and translated welcome and information packs for families in four key languages.
· £55,647 for Education and Employment support to care leavers who were former Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
This will fund a co-ordinator to support 18-21 year old UASC care leavers, helping them to access sustainable education, employment or training, ensuring they all have an Education and Employment Plan. It will also serve as a pilot with a view to rolling out to all care leavers in the following years. Nationally, care leavers have poorer educational outcomes than their peers, but this trend is thankfully changing.
· £33,699 for a Grow and Share Project in Spalding
The project will work with migrant families to support integration in the community by learning to grow their own fruit and vegetables on a shared allotment site, with support centred on language, skills and working together in a healthy, productive way. Recipes and ideas will be shared to produce a community ‘Grow It and Cook It’ book that celebrates cultural richness. The project will develop learning and understanding of different cultures and promote interaction, positive community cohesion and integration.
The Controlling Migration Fund was first announced in November 2016 and the latest allocation of £28m across the country supports 123 projects in total.