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Work. Live. Leicestershire

Tackling unemployment in rural Leicestershire - providing volunteer support and opportunities for people to gain experience and confidence.

The Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL) programme will help people who are economically inactive or unemployed who are living in rural Leicestershire to move into job search, training, or employment.

The WiLL (Work.Live.Leicestershire) programme is an employability partnership project to help support people living in rural Leicestershire (Hinckley and Bosworth, North West Leicestershire, Melton and Harborough).

The project is delivered by 9 delivery partners:

    • Vista (lead organisation)
    • CASE
    • De Montfort University
    • Leicestershire County Council
    • Prince’s Trust
    • Rural Community Council
    • Voluntary Action LeicesterShire
    • Workers’ Educational Association
    • B Inspired

The programme is focusing on filling gaps in current services, providing access to holistic tailored support and breaking down the barriers to people entering work, education and training.

Working across rural Leicestershire, the programme will focus on filling gaps in current services, providing access to holistic, tailored support and breaking down the barriers to people entering work or learning. The project will also help people to improve their health and wellbeing, gain skills and work experience, and have improved confidence, motivation and social engagement.

VAL will also work with VCSE organisations to empower them to successfully recruit, manage and retain volunteers. The team will ensure organisations have appropriate management systems, policies/ procedures and role descriptions. All organisations will have access to the VAL volunteering website to register interest and organise opportunities with a key contact person supporting them through this. If you want to find work but don’t have enough experience, volunteering is a great way to get new roles on your CV.

To read some of our case studies to see the difference our project is making, click below:

Getting into Employment 
Volunteering into Employment
Building Confidence – Carl’s Story   
Raising money for VAL and the WiLL Project
WiLL Project – Matt’s Story

WiLL Project Volunteer Stories – Charlotte’s Story

Building my confidence – Zac’s Story

Volunteering outdoors to improve mental health

Getting back into Employment – Rachel’s Story


Find out more

For more information about the project please contact:

Ling Li – Project Advisor
will@valonline.org.uk/ 07786 835817

Zuli Stannard – Development Officer
zuli.s@valonline.org.uk / 07552 386312

Natalie Steiner – Development Officer
natalie.s@valonline.org.uk / 07888 375701

Stuart Wain – Development Officer
stuart.w@valonline.org.uk / 07787 158604

Email: will@valonline.org.uk
Website: https://www.workliveleicestershire.org.uk/
Twitter: @workliveleic

The Work.Live.Leicestershire project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.