The Routes partnership of Community Works, The Hangleton and Knoll Project, Workers Education Association and Brighton Housing Trust (The Whitehawk Inn) has been awarded an additional £412k for the continuation of its work until 2021.

It operates in the Coast to Capital LEP area to help people on their journey into learning and employment with work placements, local learning opportunities and employability focussed information and advice. The Routes project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.


With the start of Phase 2 of the project, the partners will have secured a total of £842,000 to support their communities since 2016. To date, this partnership of four high impact voluntary organisations in Brighton and Hove, along with The Bridge Community Education Centre (now closed) have successfully supported 171 people engage in learning, training and work placements with 20% moving onto further education and 14% moving into employment or self-employment. Working in the coastal areas of Brighton & Hove, Worthing, Littlehampton, Mouslecoomb, Chichester and Bognor the partners have developed community-based approaches that have boosted the confidence, skills, employability, and well-being of those furthest from the labour market.


Jess Sumner, CEO of Community Works, said:


"Community Works is delighted to continue to lead this successful partnership into its second phase. This is an exciting opportunity for the partners to continue building on their successes through continued collaboration, shared learning within their communities and to continue to make a greater impact on those furthest from the labour market. Together with our partners, we have very strong and well-established relationships with stakeholders across the voluntary, business and public sectors that are essential to the success of this initiative, and which has been key in building a successful community-based platform for tackling local unemployment."

An evaluation of the programme to date can be found at:


For more information please contact Jayne Ross at

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