Almost £900,000 funding for DEAP

ANGUS people who are furthest removed from the job market are being given an added incentive to get back into work as the Dundee Employment and Aftercare Project (DEAP) receives two awards from the Big Lottery Fund totalling £870,944.

DEAP is the first group in Scotland to be awarded two grants from BIG’s Investing in Communities fund after submitting simultaneous applications for two separate projects.

Mary Hamilton, DEAP director, said: “We are delighted to be awarded two grants from the Big Lottery Fund. The funding will make a significant positive impact to the lives of a wide range of individuals throughout Dundee and Angus.”

Over 400 young people will benefit from an award of £461, 318 for DEAP’s Next Steps project. This will support these young people to progress into employment, education or training and will work in partnership with organisations including Barnados, to provide help and guidance for young care leavers.

Mary added: “This funding will help to empower vulnerable young people to make positive informed choices about their lives and help them progress into a positive destination.

The Next Steps project will engage with 450 young people and support them in their transitional journey from being looked after towards independence.”

The second successful project, Steps to Success, will provide support and training for 500 people in Angus who are out of work and not accessing relevant support services.

Welcoming the £409,626 award Mary said: “The Steps to Success Project will empower people who are furthest away from the labour market, to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to help them to progress towards employment or other positive destination of their choosing.”