The CLLD Local Development Strategy seeks to create added value and have a positive impact on a number of beneficiary groups:

  • those individuals seeking work and access to training and skills support
  • vulnerable individuals who require more intensive support
  • VCSE organisations delivering new projects for key target groups
  • the wider community in general
  • potential entrepreneurs
  • the existing business community.

The added value that the strategy will create will take a number of forms:

  • It provides a medium term investment opportunity of up to 5 years, with the benefits of investment staying in the target area;

  • It will empower local communities to identify priorities in their area and develop innovative local solutions;

  • It will improve the alignment of funding and activity, enabling the introduction of new projects that respond directly to community needs;

  • It will lead to increased community resilience by investing in projects that tackle social inclusion through targeted employability and skills support, community enterprise activities and capacity-building.

As well as delivering a range of wider performance indicators, the strategy will aim to achieve the following outputs and results:

  • Over 2,200 beneficiaries assisted through employability, training and skill development activities;

  • 419 participants progressing to employment or training after the support;

  • 247 unemployed participants in employment, including self-employment on leaving;

  • 160 inactive participants into employment or job search on leaving;

  • 317 potential entrepreneurs assisted to be enterprise ready;

  • 155 enterprises receiving support, of which 109 will be new enterprises;

  • An employment increase of 116 FTEs in those enterprises supported.