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