Along with VOLA, Sefton CVS and other partners, Torus Foundation is recognised for the delivery of important digital project.

 

The wider team behind Include-IT Mersey has been awarded as the ‘Team of the Year 2020’ by Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the national body which campaigns for high quality services for the UK’s jobseekers and low earners.

Include-IT Mersey is a digital inclusion project funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery Community Fund. The initiative supports people who are digitally excluded and out of work living in the Liverpool City Region, to learn essential IT skills to help them get into or closer to work.

Led by Sefton CVS in partnership with VOLA Consortium, the project is delivered by Torus Foundation alongside another 13 key partners.

The Foundation’s Digital Officer providing digital sessions to Torus tenants and members of the wider community, have seen the positive impact being, Participants are improving basic ICT and online skills, enhancing confidence and progressing towards employment or further training to become more job-ready.

Collectively, the project has supported 1,299 socially and digitally excluded residents to upskill and move on in life in a more positive direction, with 563 participants who have progressed to work, further training or active job search.

Project Manager Stu McGrory said,

“My Board, members, funders and strategic partners always tell me that we never shout about ourselves enough for the excellent, crucial work we do to support the city region’s most disadvantaged residents; and we have certainly never applied for an award before.

But in recent months, with the challenging circumstances presented by the Coronavirus crisis, the way I have seen my project team – at all levels – proactively spring in to action to change the ways we work to ensure continued remote support for learners during the lock-down, has just inspired and encouraged me, and filled me with pride. I have genuinely thought what a team.”

Torus Foundation’s Financial and Digital Inclusion Manager, Mark Jory adds:

“Through our dedicated team of Digital Officers and projects like Include-IT Mersey, the Foundation is committed to increasing the number of digitally included households across our neighbourhoods. It’s important more than ever to ensure our communities have the IT skills and resources to stay connected, and have the support needed to take those next steps into employment.”

The 14 partners include: Age UK Wirral, Alt Valley Development Trust, Big Help Project, Everton Development Trust, Greenbank College, Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Independence Initiatives, Rotunda College, Speke Training and Education Centre, St. Helens Chamber, Torus Foundation, Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, Good Things Foundation, Worker’s Education Association.

The Include-IT Mersey project has received £3,290,600 of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding and more detailed information about the project is available from www.includeitmersey.org.uk

If you’re a Torus tenant or live within the Liverpool City Region and would like to increase your IT skills, get in touch with our team via the details below.

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