Carol Roberts, Policy Officer for Social Inclusion at Stratford District Council writes

I am currently working on a project to deliver education, employment and training opportunities in two areas of Stratford District; Maybird and Bishopton in Stratford-upon-Avon town and Lighthorne Heath. This work is one of a number of priorities identified within Stratford-on-Avon District Social Inclusion Statement to tackle social exclusion across the district. The Social Inclusion Statement, Action Plan and the Social Exclusion Index can be found here

To ascertain the needs of these communities I am working in partnership with Orbit Housing to facilitate focus groups and gather information from frontline professionals to identify the barriers and constraints to education, employment and training opportunities and gaps in services in these geographical areas, collating local anecdotal evidence. This information will be collated into a report which will be presented to Stratford District Social Inclusion Partnership and circulated to all participants.

I would like to invite you to one of the following focus groups, which I will be facilitating with Rosario Somma, Orbit Employment Support Officer.

• Stratford Children’s Centre on Monday 1st December at 1330
• Lighthorne Heath Children’s Centre on Wednesday 26th November at 1400.

Please let me know by Wednesday 19th November if you are able to attend as places are limited.

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