Helston and Lizard Works recognised in Parliament


HLWLogo.jpgThe successful Helston & Lizard Works Project, co-ordinated by Inclusion Cornwall and managed by Helston Town Council, has been held up in parliament as a leading example of an innovative organisation that provided meaningful, measurable and positive outcomes for its community.

In July, Derek Thomas MP spoke to members in parliament about the community based Jess S outside.jpgproject and how it could be used as an example of bringing businesses and community organisations together to make a difference to jobseekers in their local areas. After meeting with Inclusion Cornwall’s manager, Andrea Gilbert, and the Mayor of Helston, Derek was able to share the success of the project, which has not only supported 104 people back into work (far exceeding its target of 40) but has also given jobseekers the connections and support to take control of their own futures.


“It’s been an amazing privilege….” Derek Thomas MP talks about supporting people with disabilities to live full lives and enjoy meaningful employment. He talks about Helston & Lizard Works at 9:41:39. LISTEN/WATCH HERE.



The Helston and Lizard Works Project recognises that being jobless is not just an individual’s problem but is a businessIMG_3289.JPG and community issue and can be helped by a business and community solution. Local businesses give their time to inspire and support jobseekers and community projects allow jobseekers the chance to get involved and to feel valued by making what may seem small scale interventions to the life and fabric of their community. Support could include a business offering a work placement or a community group or parish council requesting a churchyard tidy up.

The Team in Action 'flash mobbing' in the local community to promote Helston & Lizard Works

The Team in Action ‘flash mobbing’ in the local community to promote Helston & Lizard Works

The project was initially funded by the Flexible Support Fund (Jobcentre Plus Devon, Cornwall & Somerset) and Inclusion Cornwall and Helston Town Council have ensured it continues to provide positive outcomes for communities and its jobseekers. Local businesses are encouraged to get involved and show their support through a window sticker display.

Andrea Gilbert commented “After meeting with Derek Thomas MP we were pleased that he too was able to recognise the positive impact of the project on the local area and take this onto a national stage. It is a testament to the businesses, organisations and town council in Helston and the Lizard that this project has been held up at the highest level as a leading example of a community coming together to provide a solution for its jobseekers and wider community members.”

H&LW – a snapshot:

  • Jobseekers given the connections and support to inspire and take control of their own futures.
  • Community identified projects carried out by Jobseekers.  Recognising that being jobless is not just an individual’s problem but is a community issue and can be helped by a community solution.
  • Jobseekers feeling valued when helping the community i.e. painting, litter picking, renovations.
  • Local businesses giving their time to inspire and support Jobseekers.
  • The project has been led by Helston Town Council the first Town Council in the Country to want to work with Jobcentre Plus to support Jobless people in their community.
  • Working alongside the Jobcentre supporting customers into work and training.

HLW is thriving, working with over 100 jobless people, businesses and community groups.

Keep track of how to get involved via twitter and our web-site. Whether you are a business wanting to offer advice and inspiration to a jobless person or a community group that needs some help with a spruce up in your area we are here bringing everyone together. There could even be a flash mob of Helston Town Council raising support for Mental Wellbeing. Contact bwilson@cornwall.gov.uk for more information.


July 2016