Positive People – South and East

Positive People workshop

Delivery organisation – Pluss

Project contact – Zena Gardener  | zena.gardener@pluss.org.uk | 07442 497186 | Unit 23-24 Scott Business Park, Beacon park Road, Plymouth, PL2 2PQ

Pluss is an award-winning social enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move towards and into employment each year. Our vision is simple: to inspire people of all abilities to achieve a career.

Project summary

To promote social inclusion and combat poverty. We aim to tackle multiple needs to improve employability. We work with people who face multiple barriers and/or multiple disadvantages in the labour market. We will tackle youth unemployment where the risk of young people becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) is high.

This is a Big Lottery, Building Better Opportunities project funded until December 2019.

Participant eligibility – The focus is on individuals who are economically inactive. Unemployed participants should have been unemployed for more than 12 months. This includes, but is not limited to: people with disabilities; people aged 50 and over; people who are homeless or in housing need; people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; offenders (not in custody) or ex-offenders; people with caring responsibilities; people who are financially or digitally excluded; people with drug and alcohol dependency; people with educational attainment issues (particularly lack of basic literacy and numeracy and English for speakers of other languages skills); people with family, parenting and relationship problems; people with health problems (including mental health); people operating in the informal economy; young people where the risk of young people becoming NEET is high.


Referral routes – The majority of referrals will be as a result of community engagement through the Change Coaches. They will engage, assess, co-produce action plans, co-ordinate delivery and reviews. They will deliver engagement strategies, bespoke interventions in the area and supporting best practice with partners.

Delivery Partners

Active Plus – Danny Daniell danny@activeplus.org.uk 01326 567174
All disadvantaged groups including military veterans. A Community Interest Company that helps people reach their potential through helping others. Activities build motivation and confidence, life-skills, wellbeing and employability, unlocking the potential of people with a broad range of needs and challenges. Delivery is by injured military veterans who have themselves experienced unemployment, isolation and poor mental health.

Addaction– Jackie May – jackie.may@addaction.org.uk
Substance misuse – particularly for disadvantaged groups. Supporting individuals with substance misuse and related issues. Combatting poverty and promoting communities. Activities include employability support, recycling services, training, volunteering and work placements.

Cornwall Marine Network – Amanda Bryant – Careers and Enterprise Manager
amanda.bryant@cornwallmarine.net / 01326 211382
Job Brokerage for disadvantaged groups. Employer led not-for-profit organisation to support sustainability of the local marine industry.

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change – Kerry StLeger – kstleger@cn4c.org.uk
All disadvantaged groups. Charity transforming lives by working with disadvantaged individuals and communities providing choice and opportunities. Services delivered include health / well-being, training, job support and community cohesion activity.

Pentreath – Gina Price gina@pentreath.co.uk
Pentreath Ltd. exists for people living with mental health and emotional difficulties. We offer support to help people believe in their own potential and achieve their vocational goals, whatever challenges they face. Pentreath is an award winning charity that was founded in 1990 and offers a unique approach to support. Many of our team have lived experience and our projects are designed with recovery as a focus.

Visit the Positive People website.

Investment & Outcomes


  • ESF – £4,043,400

Project Outcomes