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CEFET will be updating the website in Feb 2012

NEW - EY2010 East Midlands Voices on Poverty

Report of activities and messages on social exclusion and poverty in EY2010

East Midlands EY2010 project - "All in One"

CEFET is involved in our region's exciting project which is part of the UK's activities to mark 2010 as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

Find out how your group and community can take part.

More information in pdf format here and in Word format here

East Midlands Poverty Convention  18th October at Southwell Workhouse, Notts

   press release


Learning Revolutionaries Celebrate Together

CEFET organised the celebration event for the WEA's Learning Revolutionaries event


Around 100 people, most of them project participants, celebrated the achievements of the Learning Revolutionaries’ project on Wednesday 24th March in Nottingham at the Indian Community Centre Association. We heard from some of the many volunteers who took part in the WEA’s Learning Revolutionaries training and also from people running learning circles about health issues, jewellery, felt crafts, Japanese paper art and many other areas of interest. Some of us took to the dance floor to learn some beguiling African dance and everyone enjoyed a tasty feast of Indian food and too many cakes!!

You can catch some of the day at the event blog put together by Ellie Stoneley

DAIN - Tackling Technology Together

DAIN,  the Digital Activist Inclusion Network, is an exciting ESF funded volunteer project working across the East Midlands.  DAIN aims to promote digital inclusion by encouraging people to use technology with the help of volunteers (Digital Activists). Visit the DAIN website at

CEFET is working with DAIN and we are holding a drop-in information session in Lincoln on Friday 7 May for those interested in volunteering with the project or for anyone just interested in finding out more about what the project does.    

Friday 7 May 2010, Ruston Room, Drill Hall Lincoln

Free School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY

9.30am- 1pm

Just turn up!


For more details please contact or ring 0115 933 9022.



ESF Framework - This is the regional strategic document written to direct the use of

                                 European Social Funds (about £30m a year) in the region.

 The whole sector has refused to endorse the new ESF FRAMEWORK.

 CEFET has written to GOEM to express the – very serious – reasons for this.

 GOEM has issued a reply and CEFET made a response.

 You can read the text of the whole correspondence here.


                                   Report on drafting the new ESF Framework here

                                   Community Empowerment in ESF - Background here



                    The House of Lords are holding an enquiry into ESF.

                                     CEFET has made a submission. Please see CEFET Submission.


                                      ESF combating Exclusion The Catalyst Programme of small grants to build

                                      Local social capital... more

                                      Impact of Co-Financing on Exclusion work....more



                   "Preparing for 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty

                                       and Social Exclusion" event  24th Sep Final programme

                                      DWP EY2010 News - here

                                      News of more 2010 activities soon

                                      Local Social Inclusion meetings... more in pdf   more in Word     


see Latest News below for information on

East Midlands Social Inclusion Policy Forum

Research on Sports activities as a means of social inclusion

WEA Learning Revolutionaries Project


CEFET is the East Midlands Third Sector strategic body for the European Social Fund


CEFET particularly works to combat social exclusion, to promote equal opportunities and social capital and to enable grassroots capacity building.

Click here for more information.  


Mailing & Emailing list for information 
CEFET has a database of over 1,500 voluntary and community groups in the region.

To join this database, receive information and email alerts, please send your contact details to or phone 0115 911 0419  We want to hear from everyone on our database about the people they are helping - help us to help you by sending us this information here.


We act as the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) / Third Sector regional representative in the ESF programme, through One East Midlands the regional voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation. See CEFET Policy Register


CEFET is a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Click here for more information.





ESF Community Grants - small grants for community groups to engage people in positive community activity .                                                                 Details of local support for access to Community Grants here


     Download copies of the CEFET Leaflet and Newsletter       ROB's supporting CEFET in a FUN RUN (see below)


Latest News:

How do community sports projects contribute to community integration?

CEFET is involved in trying to give a grass roots perspective to how community sports projects can contribute to community integration. What conditions help those projects come into being and become successful, and what sports bodies need to do to make it easier for participation in sport ?


Have you been involved with – or do you know of any – community projects which have involved sport in any way? If so can you get in touch or let us know contact details for the project – especially if it's still running. We're particularly interested in any that have specific integration, community unity or cohesion aspects to their work, either by design or as it turns out! Thanks.



CEFET are involved in the exciting new Learning Revolutionaries project

more about this WEA project. We are working on the free space offer with EAPN England ... more

Learning Revolutionaries now have a website


Leading up to 2010, the European Year Against Poverty and Social Exclusion.


"Preparing for 2010" event  Thursday 24th September 11.00 - 4.15pm free event

Join us at this event and find out more about plans for 2010 and how, in the East Midlands, we can contribute to the year's aims.  Preparing for 2010 flyer (pdf version).    Preparing for 2010 flyer (Word Version).       Booking Form.

Final Programme


CEFET is working with the European Anti Poverty Network England to help groups from the East Midlands become involved in developing and delivering events and activities to mark the year. More News Soon.


East Midlands Social Inclusion Policy Forum

New regional Social Inclusion Policy Forum

CEFET are working with One East Midlands to build a cross-sector forum in the region to improve work to combat exclusion as we approach 2010, the European Year Against Poverty and Exclusion. We are organising meetings to facilitate the forum and include voices from grassroots. Here are details of the meetings in the region.

Inaugural meeting on July 14th - see Report of the Meeting                     

Speakers note: Anti Poverty Perspective from Katherine Duffy of the European Anti Poverty Network

                         Skills and Employment -Equality and Diversity issues from Jamilah Shah of the Learning and Skills Council

                         Social Cohesion Perspective from Lee Harrison of Leicester City Council's Executive Team



        A grassroots network has started up so that people and community groups in poor and disadvantaged communities across the East Midlands can bring their voice and experience to regional level to help develop better ways of achieving social inclusion.

Click on the grassroots logo above to find out more.



ROB's supporting CEFET in a FUN RUN........zoom....

Rob Hanlon is an energetic (very!), enthusiastic, grassroots CEFET Executive member and founder of AIM (Active Involvement in Mental Health) in the High Peak. He's combining getting fitter with raising funds for CEFET's grassroots networking by taking part in the Great Scottish Run. Visit AIM's webpage here Good Luck Rob, get those handsome pins in training! Go straight to Rob's Just Giving page here   More info

What a hero!! Rob's Run the Great Scottish half marathon      Press release       see Rob on the finish line 


European Social Fund activities in the East Midlands

ESF Innovation, Transnational and Mainstreaming funding

Details of bids that have been successful in this region will be available soon.



Part-funded by the European Social Fund, the Jobmaets programme, started in the region on 23rd June 2008. Its aim is to help people get into employment and the programme needs voluntary and community organisations to become involved to make it work.A core principle of the programme is that specialist service providers (drugs, debt, health etc) and voluntary and community groups and organisations will work together to provide a seamless service to help disadvantaged customers into work. Click here to get more details of Jobmaets, the lead providers, and how you can get involved.


CEFET Survey of Third Sector experience of tendering for ESF co-financing. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey. Click here to read CEFET's report of the survey findings.


CEFET ran the hugely successful Catalyst, Tiger & Tiger 2 small grants Programmes, which enabled excluded people to run activites within their own communities to combat exclusion.


Click the News Letters link on the left to read CEFET’s latest newsletter.


CEFET works closely with the European Anti Poverty Network England and the Third Sector European Network.


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