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Third Sector Challenge Fund

North Lanarkshire Council’s Third Sector Engagement Fund is now live with a range of support services available to help with your journey to work.

All successful providers will be operational from April 2018 until December 2018 and offer a range of bespoke and tailored client support. If you could benefit from any of our partner projects then please see below for an overview and contact details:

Access to Industry

Over view: Supporting unemployed people aged 21+ with current or recent experience of the criminal justice system.


Overview: Support for people with Additional Support Needs 19 – 29 years old and 29 years+.

Love Learning

Over view: Supporting clients furthest removed from mainstream education, employability and travelling through the custodial or care system.

Right Track

Over view: Providing support to disengaged clients from disadvantaged communities, specifically young people and adults with complex support needs.

Street League

Over view: Supporting clients 16-30 year olds with multiple barriers to employment.

Sign up to Positive Returns

Positive returns is a new exciting project for local women who have found themselves to be out of work for a long period of time.  We understand that life can get in the way and whether you have experienced the “motherhood penalty” following time off on maternity leave, have had caring needs or have been ill for some time, we are here to help you take the steps to get back to work.

We are giving women who live in North Lanarkshire the opportunity to access pre-employment support which can include a range of help such as confidence building, training and childcare support.  The next step would be undertaking a 3 month paid work placement with a local employer in which there will be access to flexible working patterns.  The scheme is promoting family friendly hours and would like to make the transition back to work as easy as possible.

If you have been out of work for over 18 months and think Positive Returns could benefit you, call 0800 0730 226 or email to find out more information.

Childcare Support

As part of our Prospects programme we offer childcare support.

We know how it feels to juggle lots of things at once, that’s why we support people with free childcare.

The thought of finding a job whilst having little ones to look after can be enough to put you off, but we are here to help our clients and their families.

Whether it is Airdrie or Wishaw, Kilsyth or Bellshill, we cover the whole of North Lanarkshire. We have close links with trusted registered childcare providers to ensure the pressure, and cost, of childcare is taken away when you start work.

If childcare commitments are the only thing preventing you from getting back to work, we can provide free childcare for your first few weeks of employment to allow you to settle in and not have to face that financial burden.

For more information call 0800 RTW number or email