12 February 1999

 

SCHEME TO COMBAT SOCIAL EXCLUSION LAUNCHED

 

A partnership forged between the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and social agencies in Hull is bringing real benefit to the people of Hull.

 

Five projects set up with funding from local agencies and the European Single Regeneration Budget will help get local people back into education, develop childcare provision and improve the lot of youngsters with behavioural problems.

 

Don Blackburn, Head of Social Work at the university, is working with Social Services, Education and local groups on initiatives worth £200,000.

 

“We are working in partnership with schools, social services, the education authority and parents to help groups in Hull,” said Mr Blackburn. “We are delighted to be involved as we are committed to the city and its people.”

 

In collaboration with Cornell University in the United States and local social services, Mr Blackburn and his team have begun a £15,000 scheme to evaluate how staff effectively support children in care.

 

All the projects involve improving the circumstances for groups who may have been marginalised in the past.

 

From September, parents on the Orchard Park and Bransholme estates will have the chance to work alongside their children and develop a greater understanding of their children’s educational development in a £140,000 project with local schools.

 

A joint venture with other regional universities is widening access into higher education for communities to encourage adult returners and young people who might not otherwise have thought of higher education as an option for themselves.

 

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Media enquiries to Sam Hendley, Marketing (Media Relations) on 01522 886042.

Don Blackburn can be contacted on 01482 464129.