COMMUNITY groups who help to find people jobs could benefit from a £50,000 grant made available by the EU.
The role of such organisations is more important than ever - the shadow of recession continues to hang over the borough. Now, Solihull Community Foundation (SCF) is urging local groups to apply for funding.
Portions of the EU’s money will be dished out to projects which help jobless people - particularly those in Solihull’s most deprived communities.
SCF director Eric Baptiste said: “Community groups are uniquely placed to reach people that mainstream organisations often miss.
“As a result of this funding, some of society’s most disadvantaged members can get the same opportunity as everyone else - to stand the best chance of getting a job.
“The scheme helps local groups deliver basic employment skills and experiences such as confidence building, presentation or communication skills and accredited learning for those who cannot be reached by any mainstream provision.”
The SCF’s role is to help out more than 200 voluntary groups across the Solihull area.
They match donors with groups and are tasked with distributing grants - the money from the European Social Fund being the most recent.
Among groups they support are Solihull Leisure Opportunities (SoLO) and the Solihull Young Carers Project.
Groups who qualify for the EU grant, or would like support from the foundation, can call Sharon Pinnock on 0121 700 3934.