Action Towards Inclusion



We are very pleased to announce the Your Consortium has been successful in securing over £7m of new funding has been secured for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area to allow a new partnership of 61 organisations to ‘connect’ with community members who are furthest away from work and training.
The three year project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
This project is one of the largest funding streams secured for a voluntary and community sector partnership in the area.  It represents an exciting opportunity for local charities and voluntary organisations within the partnership to demonstrate their effectiveness in supporting those most distant from work, training and volunteering – offering flexible support to help adults overcome physical, psychological, financial and skills-related barriers and progress towards employment, training, education and job-search, whilst at the same time helping to combat a range of social issues including poverty and social exclusion.
The work on the ground is undertaken by key workers and specialist intervention partners through a range of organisations in the voluntary and community sector.
For a project information sheet in pdf format please click here…
Action Towards Inclusion is clearly making a real difference in the lives of people across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding.  The ongoing support is beginning to make profound and positive changes and we are very pleased to publish the impact of the programme so far.  Over 900 people are formally registered on the programme with more joining every week and increases in outcomes being reported all the time.
To download a report in pdf format please click here…
Fore more information about the personal impact of the programme why not visit the Big Thinking blog here…


We are really grateful to all at Art Therapy Yorkshire for their work as an intervention partner in the Scarborough area.  They recently forward information about their work with a participant and we’ve put the material together in the form of a short pdf case study here…
It is a very positive read and it is fantastic to see the improvement in confidence and sense of self worth after the support they and the participant’s keyworker have given.
The impact is clearly summed up in the participant’s final statement:
‘’The support from this programme has given me the opportunity to reflect & accept the changes in my life, and look forward not back. As my mental health has improved my physical one has – I’ve found myself feeling more confident & optimistic about my future & abilities, I have begun to take more exercise and have so many more interests and things to enjoy.’’


Jill’s Story
We recently visited the beautiful landscape of North Dalton to tell the wonderful story of Jill Harrington, a recovering Alcoholic who through support from Action Towards Inclusion is realising her dream of running her own company.
We’ve just published the new video case study about her remarkable story and you can see it here…
You can see more Stories of ATI on the Big Thinking website here…


A big thank you to all who attended our series of ATI Financial workshops.  It was great to meet you and we hope that you found the sessions useful.  We have put a feedback report together from the sessions so pleas  click here to see the feedback information.
We’ve just finished putting a series of short videos together  – looking at the subjects covered at the workshop.  Please follow the links below to check them out.
If you are interested in referring a person to the Action Towards Inclusion or would like to self refer then please contact Lorna Watson on 01423 795303.  Before getting in touch please download our introduction guide in pdf format here to check that you are eligible to take part.



The Big Thinking Board
The Big Thinking Board is a participant engagement panel dedicated to ensuring inclusion and participant experience stays at the heart of the Action Towards Inclusion.  For more information about the board please visit


Making a Difference…
Case Study – Northallerton
 Making a Difference is a co-ordinated joint delivery by a group of ATI partners and other key players in the Northallerton area to provide support for adults looking to ‘connect’ with the world of work.  Hambleton & Richmondshire CAB, Activ8 Learning and Rural Arts offer a 12 week  programme that aims to develop English, Maths, ICT and financial capability skills to set up and run a market stall selling plants they have grown and garden art they have made with contributions made to a local community gardening project.
The project in Northallerton also works in partnership with Secret Garden and NYCC Adult Learning Skills Service.
We have produced a case study featuring staff and participants and you can see the video here…