The Advantage Coast Community Led Local Development [CLLD] programme provided important support to those who most needed it during the COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown. They adapted their services to fit social distancing measures, shielding the most vulnerable from the disease and safeguarding local businesses and employment.
CLLD is a £6.9million investment into the area by the European Structural and Investment Funds and is managed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council, supporting innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and creating jobs.
The programme and its projects had to move online, using emails, texts and video to stay in touch with participants on a one-to-one basis. Several group activities like the Love Local’s business owners’ coffee meets and Activ Business’ exercise classes were kept going using online video conferencing tools.
To support people who had to stay at home, activity packs were created to keep people occupied, supporting home education and promoting good mental and physical health. Many individuals were supported by medical supplies, food and care packages being delivered.
Many of these projects acknowledged that lockdown helped them adapt their ways of working for the better, making them more responsive to participants. They plan to carry on with these new ways of working beyond the pandemic.
Further information about current projects can be found on the Advantage Coast website at www.advantagecoast.org.uk
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