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…



ATI Celebration Event 2018
A really big thank you to all who came along to the event and made the celebration a real success.  Thank you to all the participants  and Keyworkers who were brave enough to get on stage and share their stories.
The feedback we got from the event was overwhelmingly positive and we’ve collated the responses into a short report which you can download in pdf format here…
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


Stories of ATI – Lizzie’s Story
“There is a stereotype that Domestic Violence happens to certain people, but Domestic Violence happens everywhere”
Follow the link below to meet ATI participant Lizzie.  She has been recovering from experiencing domestic violence with support from ATI partners Aspire Igen and Kyra Women’s Project.
See her inspiring story of change 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…