£1 million grant for former mining communities in Wakefield

Six local projects, given a share of funding from the EU and Wakefield Council, will focus on unemployed residents who are hard to reach and tackle their barriers to work.


The areas to benefit from the funding have high levels of unemployment and health deprivation. The six local projects are Airedale, Castleford and Ferrybride, South Elmsall, Havercroft and Ryhill, South Kirkby, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam and Hemsworth.

Councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration and the Chair of LAG, said: “The projects we have awarded funding have shown a connection to and understanding of the communities they will be working in.

“The projects that have been chosen will benefit people who face more challenges than most when it comes to finding employment and those whose needs are not being met by mainstream services.

“It’s another step in the right direction of having a skilled workforce and supporting people to set up their own businesses that can boost the local economy and create opportunities.

“We are always striving to create a better future for all our residents and this project is important in ensuring that we are reaching people who are all too often overlooked or whose needs are not met by current services.”

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