Helston and the Lizard Works

Now in our third year Helston and the Lizard Works continues to grow, with over 100 participants.   We are planning our next community project to break down people barriers.  We have teamed up with Active Plus and their Work Dares Works (lottery funded) approach.

Helston & the Lizard Works scoops national accolade

Helston and the Lizard Works recognised in parliament – click here

Helston and the Lizard Works selected as finalist for national award Local Council Outstanding Project of the Year

Helston and the Lizard Works, funded by the Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset’s Flexible Support Fund, is helping 200 people who are out of work to gain skills, work experience and enhance their CVs through projects that will benefit communities across Helston and the Lizard Peninsula, as well as Goldsithney, Leedstown, Carnkie, Gweek and The Helford.

It is driven by the Helston and the Lizard Works Partnership which includes Jobcentre Plus, local councils, Cornwall College, Volunteer Cornwall, Inclusion Cornwall, Helston Community College, Active Plus and Lizard Pathways and managed by Helston Town Council.

One Year of Helston and the Lizard Works watch the Video

Andrea Gilbert, Helston and the Lizard Works Co-ordinator, said, “The whole project is tailored to what individuals need. We are working with businesses and public and voluntary sector organisations to use everyone’s strengths within the community. For instance, in some cases a business might offer a work placement. In another a community group or parish council might want a churchyard tidying up. If we decide to do that we will then ask businesses whether they can provide paint, shovels and so on.”

Helston Mayor, Mike Thomas, said, “I am very happy that this project is going ahead as it will offer many opportunities for the people of our town and surrounding area. I wish it well.”

Carolyn Webster, District Business Manager for Jobcentre Plus said: “This is the first time we have invested Flexible Support Fund in a project led by a Town Council and we are keen to see the added value that brings in terms of delivering against local needs and circumstances. With the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance falling to pre-recession levels, Helston and the Lizard Works will be helping people on a range of other benefits to gain up to date skills and work experience.”

Local businesses are encouraged to get involved and will show their support through a window sticker display.

Active Plus has launched a Work Club which is also funded by Jobcentre Plus Devon Cornwall and Somerset’s Flexible Support Fund to complement the activities in the area. Tim Cocks, Active Plus Director, explained, “Our injured veterans have all experienced unemployment and can relate to the group’s needs. The work club is a great environment to share their skills and knowledge for the benefit of others and hope they can inspire many of the group to progress into volunteering, benefitting themselves as well as the community.”

If you would like to know more about Helston and the Lizard Works contact Andrea Gilbert on 07973813669.  We have all sorts of opportunities from community projects to work placements.  We join in with the community to support the community and Jobseekers.  From Porthleven Food and Music Festival to putting up Christmas Lights.

One of our partner organisations commented: “I used to worry when I got a referral in that area (H&L). I don’t anymore. Now that H&LW exists I don’t feel alone. Bev and Andrea are very helpful and don’t have any agenda besides helping the customer. It really makes a difference.”

Some of our Community Projects

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HLW digital champions support Porthleven Neighbourhood Planning

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Alan Jorgensen, Porthleven Town Council and Chair of the Porthleven Neighbourhood Plan Group

HLW participants, who have recently been trained as digital champions through the project, used their new skills to support the development of Porthleven’s Neighbourhood Planning. For its second year Porthleven Neighbourhood Planning carried out a residents survey, looking at their priorities for the village as well as views on housing, the  landscape, parking and the coastline.  Our HLW digital champions and volunteers used their newly acquired skills to input and upload all of the data from the questionnaires onto the computer system for analysis.

HLW participants were delighted to help Porthleven and their input not only gave them a feeling of completing a worthwhile task and contributing to the community, but also gave them valuable skills and experience for their CV as they look for work.

Inclusion Cornwall Manager and Helston and Lizard Works Coordinator, Andrea Gilbert, commented “It’s great to see one community project supporting another whilst at the same time equipping local job seekers with experience and skills that will benefit them and their community on-going. It’s a true example of the ethos and success of the Helston and Lizard Works project which is a two way process where individuals enhance their own employability skills by supporting local communities and businesses.”

Flash Mob!

As part of our launch of Helston and Lizard Works we were out and about visiting villages and towns as part of a flash mob.


The Team in Action

The Team in Action

Related Documents

  1.  Pour myself a cup of ambition
  2. FSF HLWJune 15 Report
  3. Evidence HLW
  4. HLW participant postcard
  5. HLW stakeholders&partner postcard 
  6. HLW window sticker 
  7. HLW Derek Thomas parliament speech

Some photographs on this page have been funded by the European Social Fund and are courtesy of Simon Burt Photography