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Engage Somerset is a six-month partnership project, running from January to the end of June 2022. It will seek to support people who are not in work who live in the Chard, Highbridge and Glastonbury areas.

This initiative is about social inclusion and combatting poverty, with the underlying key aim of supporting local people from these three Somerset communities towards and into employment.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. Engage Somerset has received £559,678 from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus

Social prescribing

At its heart, Engage Somerset is a social prescribing service. A key part of this is an online platform, called i-Navigator (found by clicking the ‘Access Portal’ button). This is an advanced directory of services, with a range of useful built-in features. Providers across health, social, third and private sectors can make secure, tracked referrals, which are then managed via a dashboard.

Activities delivered through this platform will aim to boost motivation and self-esteem. Planned sessions will enhance health and wellbeing, as well as develop up-to-date employability skills, such as CV writing, interview techniques and effective job searching. Other support is available for individuals with more complex barriers.

Digital inclusion

The partnership will help people use technology to become more digitally independent. They will develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to make smart choices and put them in control of their digital lives.

Tailored digital skills training and support will include topics such as using smartphones, social media, online banking and performing web-based job searches. Digital skills coaching is a fundamental element of this project.

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Community engagement

Extensive community engagement will be taking place. Community coaches will work with people to deliver relevant activities, 1:1 coaching and motivational support. Topics that will be addressed, depending on need, include money management, accessing benefits, housing, healthy eating and leading a more active lifestyle.

Members of the Engage Somerset partnership

Pluss is a community interest company and is part of the Seetec Group that supports over 150,000 individuals each year through programmes funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, the European Social Fund and the National Lottery’s Community Fund.

www.pluss.org.uk.

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) is a charitable trust dedicated to increasing the health and happiness of residents in Somerset through physical activity and sport.

www.sasp.co.uk

Spark Somerset provide information, advice, training and support to the voluntary and community sector in Somerset. We also run the Volunteer Service, inspiring people to get involved and make a difference in their communities.

www.sparksomerset.org.uk

Cosmic is a Social Enterprise which specialises in digital skills training, digital consultancy, IT technical support and website development. 

www.cosmic.org.uk 

Signum Health are a health technology company that build tools for health and wellbeing. By digitally enabling health care provision, Signum Health provides virtual health care services, powered by their in-house developed digital interface.

www.signum-health.com

Serio is an applied research unit based within the Research and Innovation department of the University of Plymouth. It offers specialist evaluation and research services and specialises in the evaluation of publicly funded programmes, to provide evidence for the continuous improvement of services and the strengthening of regional development.

www.serio.ac.uk