Foyle Community Work Programme



The Foyle Community Work Programme (FCWP) was developed by the Derry/Londonderry Social Investment Fund Steering Group (SIF) in line with OFMDFM aimed at tackling the systematic issues linked to poverty & deprivation, building pathways to employment, increasing community based services and addressing dereliction and promoting investment in physical regeneration of deprived communities.  The FCWP represents one of a number of projects that have received funding as part of the £80 million Social Investment Fund.

The GSAP was appointed the Programme / Lead Delivery Organisation by OFMDFM & the SIF Steering Committee, and is responsible for managing a total funding package of £3,334,200 for a period up to March 2019

The Derry~Londonderry Social Investment Fund (SIF) Zone Steering Group which comprises the Foyle area identified the Community Work Programme (CWP) as one of its strategic priorities.  SIF is aimed at tackling the systemic issues linked to poverty and deprivation, building pathways to employment, increasing community based services and addressing dereliction and promoting investment in the physical regeneration of deprived communities.

The FCWP approach has been founded upon recent labour market research, learning from best practice in Sheffield and South Africa, the high level socio economic need within the DCC area and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency’s market statistics (released 20th Feb 2013) which illustrated the labour market impacts of the economic recession on Northern Ireland and highlighted that it is being ‘hit harder’ by the recession than other UK regions across nearly all measures of labour market activity.

The Foyle Community Work Programme is directed at young people aged 16-24 not in education, training and employment, and adults who are long term unemployed or economically inactive who are disengaged from the labour market, with few or no qualifications and who may have additional barriers to accessing and remaining in employment. A minimum of 80% of eligible participants must reside within the top 10% most disadvantaged Super Output Areas as per Multiple Deprivation within the Foyle Area and top 20% most deprived in one or more eligible domains of income, employment, education and health.

The FCWP will, over the course of the programme provide a minimum of 100 eligible participants with mentoring, accredited educational support programmes, accredited, vocational training programmes and a pre-apprentice level-subsidised 2-year work placement programme. The FCWP aims to ensure all participants on the programme achieve accredited educational and vocational training programmes tailored to their specific needs. It also aims to provide the individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to fully participate in the project whilst enhancing their attractiveness to future prospective employers.

Following a competitive tender process, managed by the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), Customized Training Services (CTS), based in Strabane & Derry were awarded the contract to deliver the FCWP.  CTS commenced their contract with us on 1st July 2015 until 31st December 2018. The FCWP is a new collaborative approach to address worklessness at a local level within the DCC area.  The project is community based; community led and will be embedded within the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods throughout the target area. 

Following a concentrated recruitment process throughout the (old) Derry City Council Area, a total of 353 participant applications were made and a total of 86 local employers expressed an interest, offering more than 180 positions to participants on the Foyle Community Work Programme.

During the lifetime of the project we worked with up to 44 Host Employers (FCWP_Host_Employers.xlsx). Since the beginning of the Foyle Community Work Programme 119 participants have taken up paid work-placements for up to 104 weeks.

98 (83%) participants were from or lived in NRA’s within the Top 20% of income, health, training and education domains of the Multiple Deprivation  Measure.

As of the 31st March 2019, 

69 (58%) having gained employment,

69 (58%) still in employment after 6 months.  

8 participants (7%) went on to further education/training

104 out of 117  (89%) registered for training achieved education qualifications.

108 out of 117  (92%) registered for training achieved vocational qualifications.

51 participants gained essential skills (Literacy/Numeracy/ICT) qualifications.


FCWP Participants on Placement


Check out the final presentations and evaluation reports Feb 2019








Check out the latest Foyle Community Work Programme Newsletters:-

April 2018- FCWP_Newsletter_APRIL_2018.pdf

September 2017Foyle_Community_Work_Programme_Brochure.pdf

March 2017March_17Foyle_Brochure_WEB.pdf

August 2016August_16_foyle_Newsletter_PRINT.pdf

Check out the Foyle Community Work Programme Interim Evaluation Reports



Check out the latest Foyle Community Work Programme Summary Update Dashboards










Check out the photos at the FCWP Celebration event in the Guildhall 28th February 2019