Award nod for radical Melton social service

Me and My Learning - the logo for the Melton Council service which enables people to live more independent lives and helps unemployed people get back into work EMN-150210-144039001
Me and My Learning - the logo for the Melton Council service which enables people to live more independent lives and helps unemployed people get back into work EMN-150210-144039001
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A ground-breaking Melton service which has enabled more than 350 people to live more independent lives this year and helped 53 unemployed residents get back into work has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Me and My Learning, which has brought together under one roof partner organisations which assist those who face multiple barriers in their lives, is a contender for the Midlands Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Social Impact Project of the Year.

The scheme, which is based at Phoenix House on Nottingham Road, has transformed the way services have traditionally been delivered by providing holistic and co-ordinated support to help people become digitally, financially and socially independent.

Ronan Browne, people and place manager at Melton Council, which is funding the project in partnership with the European Social Fund, said: “We are really pleased to have been shortlisted for the award.

“Being shortlisted is a credit to all the partner organisation both public, private and voluntary that have ensured that this project is actually making a positive impact in people’s lives in the borough.”

In the last year, 533 borough residents were referred to Me and My Learning and, of these, 362 have used services within the scheme. The project has helped 53 unemployed individuals get back into work.

The scheme cost £780,000 to operate last year, with the council’s contribution £395,199, but a cost benefit analysis has revealed that for every £1 spent on delivering the service there are returns of between £2.38 and £10.02 for the community.

The service is expanding in the county with Blaby District Council adopting the approach this year.

The Me and My Learning team will find out if they have won the award they are shortlisted for at an event in Birmingham on October 22.