The GREAT Project

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) manages this £2.1m Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) Project in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The project is a partnership of 5 organisations, led by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, and offers a holistic, person-centred service which is tailored to to help individuals in families to move towards work or training.

The project aims to help people who are:

  • Over 18 and not currently in paid work
  • Willing to participate
  • Living in Leicester or Leicestershire
  • Eligible to work legally in the UK
  • Part of a family as one of the following:
    • A parent with children living at home, or;
    • A parent who has contact with their children of school age or below, or;
    • An adult living with parents or other family members

The project offers support for individuals who experience barriers to work, such as:

  • Lack of confidence or motivation
  • Lack of skills, experience or qualifications
  • Disabilities and health conditions
  • Mental health or anxiety
  • Lack of job skills
  • Language barriers
  • Lack of access to childcare
  • Worried about the effect on your benefits if you start work
  • Lack of opportunities
  • Time pressures at home
  • Other family members
  • Transport or cost of transport

The GREAT Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

Visit the GREAT Project site