National award accolade for Helston & the Lizard Works

The award is collected by Inclusion Cornwall Manager, Andrea Gilbert and Helston Town Councillor, Mike Thomas (second from right).

The award is collected by Inclusion Cornwall Manager, Andrea Gilbert and Helston Town Councillor, Mike Thomas (second from right).

Trail blazing, back to work community and business project, Helston and the Lizard Works, has been awarded a Local Council Outstanding Project of the Year runners up award at a national award ceremony.

 

The project, which tackles local unemployment with a business and community led solution, is run by Helston Town Council and co-ordinated by Inclusion Cornwall. It beat hundreds of entries from around the country to finish in the top three at the Star Council awards run by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 19th October.

 

Jess supported jobseekers with advice on starting their own business

Jess supported jobseekers with advice on starting their own business

Its success has seen 104 unemployed local people move into work in its first year with the original target being 40. Local businesses give their time to inspire and support jobseekers and community projects provide opportunities for jobseekers to get experience and confidence through contributing to the community. This has included bunting making with Parc Eglos School, footpath clearing in Cury and painting local community facilities.

 
The judges recognised the importance of the initiative, stating that, “Helston is the first local council in the country that has worked closely with national agencies such as Jobcentre Plus and local businesses to support unemployed people in their community” as well as saying it was a shining example of a local council moving beyond their traditional delivery of services.

 
It’s not the first time Helston and Lizard Works has been recognised nationally, with Derek Thomas MP recently using the project in parliament as a leading example of an innovative organisation that provided meaningful, measurable and positive outcomes for its community.

 
Inclusion Cornwall Manager, Andrea Gilbert, commented: “It is a testament to the businesses, organisations and town councils in Helston and the Lizard that this project has been held up at the highest level and is a leading example of a community coming together to provide a solution for its jobseekers and community members.”

 
Town councillor, Mike Thomas, was delighted to accept the award at the ceremony in Birmingham and commented, “This award showcases the success we have had in Helston and surrounds, bringing together community projects, job centre plus and local businesses to benefit jobseekers in our local area. Over 100 unemployed locals have found work so far as part of the initiative and this will continue to rise.”