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The Local Development Strategy, Vision, Objectives and Actions

A Local Development Strategy was developed by a wide range of community partners in 2016. This was approved by Government in 2017 and the first call for projects was launched in November 2017. The LDS Vision is as follows:

To improve the connections between areas of need and opportunity by responding to community and resident priorities in the target CLLD area of Sunderland, by engaging and empowering local people and stakeholder groups, by investing in enterprise, employability and skills support, and by building community capacity, leadership and resilience.

The Strategy aims to make a positive difference to the way that local people, voluntary and community groups and businesses benefit from opportunities in the city and those as set out in the City Plan and the Community Wealth Building Strategy.

The 6-year programme will support community-led project activities up to March 2023. In total, £2.75m of European funding, through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, has been approved to deliver the programme. This funding also requires £2.45m of other match funding to deliver the following objectives, actions and local targets.

1. Enhancing employment and skills provision

1.1 Effective engagement, finding and signposting

1.2 Support towards, into and during employment

2. Boosting enterprise and entrepreneurship

2.1 Inspiring an enterprising community

2.2 Creating sustainable enterprises - pre-start up and start-up support

3. Improving community capacity, partnership working

3.1 Investing in community leadership and capacity-building

3.2 Promoting social investment opportunities and social innovation


Further information on the definitions and evidence requirements for the outputs can be found in the project guidance/how to apply sections.

In delivering the above the following local targets must also be met:-

  • 2,204 beneficiaries assisted through employability, training and skill development activities
  • 419 participants progressing to employment or training after the support
  • 259 unemployed participants in employment, including self-employment on leaving
  • 171 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
  • 20 VCSE organisations supported to deliver new community-based services
  • 10 social investment projects supported
  • 5 new social investment / enterprise models and services developed
  • 10 existing services improved

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