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About the CLLD programme

The purpose of the CLLD programme is to provide sustainable economic opportunities and benefits to areas of Sunderland that face significant challenges. These include social exclusion and multiple deprivation, capacity to access job opportunities, poor health or low levels of employment and entrepreneurship.

The programme brings together local communities to explore, identify and address the challenges and experiences that make it more difficult for some people and communities to find a job, access training and support, or set up a new business. The programme provides an opportunity to develop new and different ways of addressing particular needs and circumstances in a very local area that other programmes and initiatives might not be able to tackle.

Target CLLD area

Funding conditions required that the CLLD area had to target the 10-20% most deprived Lower Super Output areas in a community of no more than 150,000 residents. As such the target area chosen was based on need (identified using the 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation) and proximity to key employment and regeneration sites within the city with the aim of improving connections between those people living in areas of need and opportunity.

The programme is focussed on communities across the Washington, North, East and West areas of Sunderland. The area includes the Sunderland electoral wards of Castle, Millfield, Redhill, St. Anne's and Washington North in their entirety; and parts of the Sunderland electoral wards of Barnes, Fulwell, Hendon, Pallion, St Chad's, St. Michael's, St. Peter's, Sandhill, Silksworth, Southwick, Washington Central, Washington East, Washington South and Washington West.

The target area comprises a population of 146,108 of which 85,588 (or 58.6%) live in Lower Super Output Areas ranked in the 20% most deprived. CLLD investment will target those areas and LSOAs with the most serious disadvantage, particularly those that rank in the top 10% (44,930 people). The most deprived areas include specifically entrenched clusters in Pallion, Redhill, Southwick, Millfield, Sandhill and Hendon and an emerging cluster in Washington North.

Sunderland CLLD map

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 sets out the area's economic problems and potential opportunities and what might be the best way of tackling them at a local level. The strategy is a 5-year programme up to December 2022. 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 sign-posting

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 and social innovation

3.1 Investing in community leadership and capacity-building

3.2 Promoting social investment opportunities

In delivering the above the following local targets must also be met.

European Social FundEuropean Regional Development Fund

2,204 beneficiaries assisted through employability, training and skill development activities

317 potential entrepreneurs assisted to be enterprise ready

419 participants progressing to employment or training after the support155 enterprises receiving support, of which 109 will be new enterprises
259 unemployed participants in employment, including self-employment on leavingAn employment increase of 116 FTEs in those enterprises supported
171 inactive participants into employment or job search on leaving 


CLLD outputsCLLD results
20 VCSE organisations supported to deliver new community-based services5 New social investment / enterprise models and services developed

10 social investment projects supported

10 Existing services improved

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

The Sunderland City Plan

The City Plan sets out ambitions for Sunderland to become a healthier, more dynamic and vibrant city, generating new and better jobs for local people, enhancing skills and earnings, and creating a more connected and sustainable city, attractive to residents, businesses and visitors.

The Plan outlines how over £1bn of public and private investment planned in the city will support economic growth, with the potential to generate in excess of 20,000 new jobs and a forecast £1.8bn of additional Gross Value Added. As part of the Plan, a number of key developments are planned over the next 10 years creating a wide range of economic, social, and cultural opportunities.

The Local Development Strategy for CLLD will aim to make a positive difference to the way that local people, voluntary and community groups and businesses benefit from these opportunities.

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