Ealing Council has launched a new project to tackle child poverty across the borough by helping parents to get back into work.
Ealing is one of 10 local authorities across England chosen by the government to trial a new two-year initiative aimed at helping the parents of children living in poverty gain confidence and get into work. The council, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, is introducing dedicated employment and skills coordinators and Jobcentre Plus personal advisors into three children’s centres across the borough.
The children’s centres involved in the pilot are Limetrees children’s centre in Northolt, Dormers Wells children’s and community centre in Southall, and South Acton children’s centre.
The advisors will be able to help with re-training, finding a job for the first time and other important information, such as advice on childcare and tax credits. Officers will evaluate the benefits of having a trained employment advisor based in children’s centres and explore other ways of engaging with parents who may not normally access employment and training services.
Councillor Ian Gibb, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “So many parents find it hard to get work, either because they haven’t worked in a long time, or because they’ve never had a job. This scheme aims to help parents in an informal setting and support them to find employment and training in a way which suits their needs.”