Funding boost for South Ayrshire

Over the next three years the lives of many people across South Ayrshire will be improved thanks to a grant of £238,163 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Working in partnership South Ayrshire Council, Access to Employment Ayr Ltd and the Skills Towards Employment Project (STEP) change people’s lives by helping them into training or employment.

The grant has been secured by Access to Employment Ayr Ltd, who will work with their partners to support people in South Ayrshire who have a community pay back order (previously known as community supervision order) to move on from offending and find work.

John Reid, Access to Employment Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from the Big Lottery Fund. It will enable us to work with the South Ayrshire Criminal Justice Team and the Skills Towards Employment Project to provide an integrated job seeking service.

“Getting a job can help to break the cycle of deprivation by reducing the risk of social isolation and offending. Through the process of early intervention and meeting individual requirements, the project will equip beneficiaries with the skills, attitude and motivation to perform successfully in an increasingly competitive job market.”

Over the next three years the project will work with 150 people from across the region to help them identify and overcome any barriers which may be preventing them from getting a job or accessing training opportunities.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “This funding will be put to very good use supporting people who need to gain new skills and find the confidence and enthusiasm to move into employment.

“Being employed is something many people take for granted. For those in our communities who have faced difficult times and been unable to take part in training or find employment projects such as these can make a real difference to them and their future.”