Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council in partnership with G2G Communities has been awarded funding for one of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) Gateway Projects. The project started on the 1 April 2011 and will last until July 2012.
The Engagement Gateway Project project will remove barriers to participation for men/women returners, single parents, care workers, people aged 50+ seeking employment and people with work-limiting health conditions by delivering a more flexible learning experience that fits in with the individuals life and preferred learning style. Using a blended learning delivery methodology will enable learners to access help and advice, training materials and support at times and locations that suit their individual needs. Access to over 200 Learndirect e-learning courses will be available and a range of flexible support systems in place. Links with the Open University ‘Openings’ courses and Colege Harlech OCN courses have already been established and these will open up more opportunities for accredited courses as the project develops.
Moira Lockitt – Managing Director said ‘Technology is revolutionising to way people work, the jobs they do and the environment in which we all live. A large proportion of the jobs people do today did not exist three years ago. This project will deliver individuals that are creative, flexible and confident in an ever changing world’.
John Watkin – DVSC Chief Executive Officer said “DVSC is delighted to be working in partnership with G2G Communities CIC, a new, flexible and dynamic social enterprise bringing creative learning opportunities to communities within Denbighshire. We can see G2G expanding to meet the ever increasing demand for learning. We look forward to continuing to support and work in partnership with them over the long term“.
Volunteering opportunities will be available through DVSC volunteer centre and other organisations such as Denbighshire Countryside Services, Keep Wales Tidy, Rhyl in Bloom and Rhyl Environmental Association.
Due to the flexibility of the offer available to learners we are hopeful in securing a higher participation rate of under-represented groups including, carers, 50+, women returners, people with work-limiting health conditions and lone parents. The target groups are people living in Rhyl which is one of the highest areas of deprivation in Wales. However, additional learners from within Denbighshire may wish to take advantage of the innovative delivery, flexibility, support and range of subjects on offer.
More information regarding the courses, volunteering experiences and support will be advertised on the G2G Web site, handouts, posters and news items so please keep an eye out for these oportunities.