Accelerate holds Celebration Event
Over 70 people gathered at the Coventry Rugby Club recently to celebrate the achievements of Accelerate participants and partners.
“When we launched Accelerate, we wanted to change the way the most disadvantaged are supported back into work or how they gain additional skills and training,” explained Mandy Bygrave, who is leading the project on behalf of Coventry and Warwickshire CDA.
“The same mechanisms and initiatives were failing so we decided to rip up the rule book and try something different. The answer was to bring together 21 local partners – all offering specialist support and advice – together through one single access point.”
She continued: “We are well ahead of our targets and the celebration event was held to say thank you to staff and partners and to say a massive well done to all the individuals that have taken part and are now in employment or ready to get back into work.”
Councillor Kevin Maton praised the impact of the programme during the two-hour event, which also showcased films and speeches detailing some of the personal stories and achievements of people that have taken part.
All partners – including Groundwork West Midlands, Heart of England Mencap, Coventry Cyrenians and Volunteer Centre Nuneaton and Bedworth – were at the event to help appeal to possible participants and representatives from the Big Lottery and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership were also in attendance.
Accelerate offers people from Coventry and Warwickshire individualised employment advice and support to break through some of the common barriers holding them back.
Mandy concluded: “We have also enjoyed success in engaging with hard to reach groups, outstripping targets for helping people with disabilities, individuals over 50 and those from an ethnic minority background or deprived wards in the county.”