Citizens Advice Services
Citizens Advice services from the Liverpool City Region are leading on the Advice Skills Academy partnership approach to learning and development:Citizens Advice Halton • Citizens Advice Knowsley • Citizens Advice Liverpool • Citizens Advice St Helens • Citizens Advice Sefton • Citizens Advice Wirral
Citizens Advice services are independent and impartial charities helping people to overcome their problems and to come together to campaign on the big issues when their voices need to be heard. Citizens Advice services provide impartial advice on a wide range of issues, including the management of debt, welfare benefits, problems with housing and rent, relationship issues, problems at work and consumer rights.
The Advice Skills Academy is run by a partnership led by The Women’s Organisation, chosen because of their reputation and track record in the Liverpool City Region as well as their capacity, skill and significant experience of project lead and accountable body status through ERDF and ESF for both UK and EU directorate programmes.
Based in Liverpool, the Women’s Organisation works with women from across diverse communities and backgrounds in the North West of England, enabling, assisting and inspiring them to believe in their abilities. Providing training, advice & support, mentoring, and office space, the Women’s Organisation empower women to play an active role in business, in their communities and in society.
Raise is an independent charity that provides advice and assistance with benefits, debt and money advice issues, to people across the Liverpool City Region. Raise visit nearly all of their clients in their homes or in outreach offices, and advisers work together to make sure people get the help they need.
European Social Fund
The European Social Fund is a funding source from the European Union (EU), through the European Commission. ESF is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for supporting growth and jobs across the EU. In the UK the structural funds are made up of ESF, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
People are the focus of ESF funds, and the ESF programme aims to create a more socially inclusive society through providing people with new skills and opportunities. Some of the themes of ESF are: the adaptability of workers, with projects focusing on developing people’s skills: supporting enterprises with new ways of working; and improving access to employment by helping young people make the transition from school to work, or training less-skilled job-seekers to improve their job prospects.