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…


We are very pleased to announce that we shall be hosting the first ATI Conference in York on Friday the 28th September.
Tickets are going very fast so please click here if you would like to join Your Consortium, ATI Delivery Partners, Participants and external stakeholders and agencies to reflect on some of the project’s successes to date.
The Agenda will include:
  • A review of achievements on ATI to date
  • Stories from ATI delivery partners and participants
  • Powerful video case-studies
  • An update from the BIG Thinking group
  • Exciting activities led by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
  • A glance at the future of ATI
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 Tour – Participant Events Spring 2018
The Big Thinking Tour is a series of participant engagement events run by Inspired Youth across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.  Participants receiving support through the Action Towards Inclusion programme joined key workers from across the programme delivery area to explore participant challenges, aspirations and overcoming barriers.  Each session asked participants to reflect on internal challenges  – such as stress, anxiety and isolation and also to highlight external issues and factors that are barriers to ‘moving on’.
We are pleased to publish the feedback report on the tour and you can download a pdf version here…


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


Broken Yet Beautiful…
Case Study – Kyra Women’s Project
Kyra Women’s Project is a volunteer led charity based in the centre of York, UK. We support women to make positive changes in their lives by providing a safe and welcoming space where any woman can relax in a non-judgemental environment.
They are a keyworker delivery partner on Action Towards Inclusion and their work features in our new case study here…



Meet Mark and Vinathe…
Case Study – Selby CAB
Vinathe is an ATI keyworker who has been supporting Mark for nearly a year.  She is attached the Selby CAB and works across the Selby and Tadcaster areas in North Yorkshire.  Mark has really ‘moved on’ in his life due to the work done through Action Towards Inclusion and check out Mark telling his story here…


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…


Case Study – St Nick’s
Friends of St Nick’s Fields are one of the delivery partners for Action Towards Inclusion.  They offer a range of projects and activities to help people facing barriers and challenges to improve their practical skills, social skills and mental well being.  Inspired Youth recently produced a video highlighting their work and you can see it here…