What is Folkestone Community Works?

What is Folkestone Community Works?

To improve social and economic cohesion

Folkestone Community Works runs until 30 June 2023. It supports businesses, organisations, charities, and voluntary groups in delivering projects that boost employment, help local businesses grow, and improve residents’ opportunities. The main focus of the programme is to improve social and economic cohesion in the wards of East Folkestone, Central Folkestone, Folkestone Harbour, and part of Broadmead.

Folkestone Community Works

Folkestone Community Works programme runs until 30 June 2023. It  supports businesses, organisations, charities, and voluntary groups in delivering projects that boost employment, help local businesses grow, and improve residents’ opportunities.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council has successfully secured £2.49m of European funding for a Community Led Local Development programme, with match funding bringing this investment into the area to a total of £4.9m.

The main focus of the programme is to improve social and economic cohesion in the wards of East Folkestone, Central Folkestone, Folkestone Harbour, and part of Broadmead. This will be done by supporting projects that:

  • Help residents to access jobs
  • Help local businesses and start-ups to grow
  • Provide new job opportunities

Folkestone Community Works aims

Folkestone Community Works aims to ensure all wards of the area equally benefit from the existing and new opportunities that are emerging as a result of the significant investment in the local economy.

Aims of the project include:

  • Support 1,000 people – including 350 unemployed, 350 economically inactive, 250 people with disabilities, 75 people from ethnic minorities, and 100 people aged 50 and above
  • Help at least 200 people to enter education or training who were not previously, 160 unemployed to find a job, and 189 economically inactive to find a job or start looking for one
  • Support the creation of 148 new enterprises
  • Help 195 existing businesses to grow
  • Create at least 98 new jobs
  • Help 175 potential entrepreneurs to be ‘enterprise ready’
  • There is also scope to refurbish 400sqm of public/commercial buildings

Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG)

The project is overseen by the Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG), which is made up of representatives of the local private, voluntary, community, and public sectors. LAG members led on the development of the Folkestone Community Works strategy. Currently, the board of members are:

  • Penny Shepherd (Chair)
  • Angela Cross (Resident)
  • Cllr Ann Berry (Folkestone Town Council)
  • Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee (Folkestone & Hythe District Council)
  • Dan Hulme (RDHCT/Shepway Sports Trust trustee)
  • Daniel Sangiuseppe (Folkestone, Hythe & District Hotel & Catering Association)
  • Helen Wathen (Saga)
  • Jennifer Childs (Folkestone Town Council)
  • Jo Olliver (Samaritans)
  • Madeleine Duggan (Resident)
  • Nick Holbrook-Sutcliffe (Folkestone College)
  • Richard Wallace (Go Folkestone)
  • Rob Hancock (Kent County Council)
  • Stephen Shaw (Resident)

The Terms of Reference for the LAG, as well as meeting dates, can be found here.

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