More on our Levelling Up launch in Basildon
Friday (March 4th) saw us visit Basildon for the latest of our local Levelling Up launches.
At the Basildon roadshow we announced a range of community-focused schemes to benefit the area, totalling more than £600,000.
There will be a major investment of £500,000 to support active, healthy and greener communities. These are co-funded by Essex County Council and Sport England and focusing on three new projects.
Three new community hubs will be developed in Lee Chapel at Janet Duke School; in Laindon at Somercotes; and at Briscoe School in the Felmores Estate. A new youth worker will support the three hubs.
A youth crime and violence reduction project will use sport to educate and prevent young people from engaging in criminal activity.
A new Growing Together project for the estates of Basildon to enable local residents to improve the green spaces in their neighbourhoods will be launched.
Lifelong Learning is a key element of Levelling Up and we have already been working in partnership with Basildon Council to strengthen partnerships between education and business.
At the roadshow we also announced targeted educational support for the most vulnerable schoolchildren in Lee Chapel, Laindon and Vange.
A strategy for lifelong learning will be published soon focusing on key skills needed for the future of the Essex economy and for our public services.
We are providing £50k investment, which will be match funded by the Government's Strategic Development Fund, for a new employers hub in Basildon. This will be based at South Essex College. It will focus on growth sectors in Essex, including the Green Economy.
Basildon has been identified as a priority area in our Levelling Up strategy.