Working Neighbourhoods Fund

Getting a job can be tough at the best of times. Having the confidence to apply for a job, having the right experience and being able to get to work are all things that we have to contend with when trying to find work. Well over the last three years we have been working with a wide range of partners to make this process easier for our residents. Using our Working Neighbourhoods Fund we have commissioned over twenty projects to create jobs; help local people with their health, training and transport needs; provide advice on welfare benefits, personal finance and debt management; help to raise the confidence and aspirations of our residents; and to help people set up their own businesses to suit their interests, skills and lifestyle. Through these projects we have helped over 1,000 people into work!


To celebrate the success of some our projects we have produced four short films which demonstrate how people have benefited from the support they have received.

If you have difficulty viewing the films from this page, please use this external link.

Other films:

Apprenticeship Programme video Raising Aspirations video Intermediate Labour market programme video

More about the Working Neighbourhoods Fund

The Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) focuses on the most deprived areas of the country and supports local authorities and communities in their efforts to tackle worklessness and other elements of deprivation. The Department of Communities and Local Government’s introductory report for the Working Neighbourhoods Fund explains the purpose of the Fund in more detail.

The Working Neighbourhoods Fund in Bolsover

Bolsover district qualifies for WNF because more than 20% of its Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) fell within the most deprived decile on the overall Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2007.

Bolsover District Council was allocated WNF of £7 million for the period of 2008/09 to 2010/11. The majority of this is focused on directly reducing the number of people claiming ‘out of work’ benefits in the worst performing areas (formerly National Indicator 153). A Core Worklessness Group has been established by the District Council to move this agenda forward. The District Council also allocated £3 million of its total budget to Bolsover Partnership to commission initiatives focused on preventing future worklessness.

In May 2009, the Working Neighbourhoods Fund Strategy for Bolsover was published. This was the result of a series of consultation events to identify key priorities and potential intervention projects. The WNF Strategy will drive the delivery of the programme over forthcoming years and will be used as the basis for commissioning activity.

Details of activities commissioned from Bolsover district's WNF allocation, including current services, contact details, case studies, progress reports and outputs can be found by clicking the links to the left of this page.
Additionally, progress updates on initiatives, the overall WNF programme and its impact in Bolsover district can be found in our quarterly reports.