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Action For Community Employment

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give further information on the 100-place enterprise scheme under the action for community employment programme and its progress; and how it will be evaluated.

[holding answer 16 December 1987]: Since the ACE enterprise pilot scheme was launched in May 1987 60 applications have been received. To date 20 candidates have been selected to participate.The scheme will be evaluated by departmental economists to assess the degree to which the ACE network can assist ACE workers move into self-employment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if in relation to the action for community employment and community volunteering schemes, he will give the following information, (a) the annual budget for each of the schemes over the years since they started, (b) the current number of schemes, the places in each and their geographical distribution across Northern Ireland, (c) the number of managing agents in each scheme, the number of places in each managing agency and their location by name of sponsoring agent and address, (d) the categories of work undertaken under each scheme, (e) the criteria by which applications to be accepted on to the scheme as a sponsor are assessed and (f) the criteria by which schemes are evaluated by his Department and the training policy and training budget for each scheme.

[holding answer 16 December 1987]: The information is as follows:

(a)
£ million
ACECVS
££
1981–821·67
1982–835·24
1983–8410·60·3
1984–8513·560·53
1985–8617·840·5
1986–8728·540·6
1987–8828·840·63

(b) ACE 356 sponsors with 6,411 places approved.

CVS 21 sponsors (including 3 managing agents) with 2,024 volunteers.

Geographical distribution

ACE

District council areas

Places

2

Antrim112
Ards59
Armagh118
Ballymena109
Ballymoney2
Banbridge54
Belfast12,529
Carrickfergus141
Coleraine96
Cookstown111
Craigavon242
Derry638
Down235
Dungannon402
Fermanagh135
Larne110
Limavady69
Lisburn148
Magherafelt102
Moyle36
Newry and Mourne541
North Down111
Omagh169
Strabane122

1 Includes Castlereagh and Newtownabbey.

1 At 30 November 1987.

CVS

Jobmarket areas

1

Places

2

Antrim66
Armagh16
Ballymena16
Ballymoney
Ballynahinch
Banbridge16
Bangor108
Belfast995
Carrickfergus46
Coleraine62
Cookstown14
Downpatrick7
Dungannon1
Enniskillen34
Kilkeel57
Larne33
Limavady2
Lisburn115
Londonderry160
Lurgan24
Magherafelt4
Newcastle6
Newry152
Newtownards37
Omagh32
Portadown3
Strabane18

1 When the computerisation of records in Community Projects Branch has been completed all statistics will be provided on a District Council basis.

2 At 31 October 1987.

(c) There are no managing agents in the ACE Scheme. The following managing agents operate within CVS.

Volunteers

Belfast Managing Agent, Bryson House, Bedford Street, Belfast91
Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, Murray House, Belfast410
Waterside Churches for Community Needs, 6 Shipquay Street, Londonderry113

(d) The following are the main categories for work undertaken by each scheme.

Environmental/Conservation

Community Care

Community Arts

Administration/Clerical

(e) Applications are accepted from sponsors who promote projects that satisfy the aims and objectives of the appropriate scheme and who demonstrate to the Department's satisfaction that they have the capability to manage an ACE/CVS project.

(f) Each scheme is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they are managed in an effective and efficient manner and that they meet their aims and objectives.

Sponsors in both ACE and CVS are encouraged to develop and implement comprehensive training and development programmes for workers and volunteers. Costs of ACE workers attending approved external training courses are funded at 100 per cent. Within CVS there is a training budget based on £30·00 per full time volunteer per year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if in relation to action for community employment and community volunteering schemes, he will give (a) the criteria by which applications from the waiting list for each scheme are assessed, (b) the number of people with a registered disability with places on each scheme, (c) the breakdown of males and females on each scheme, (d) the breakdown by religious affiliation on each scheme, (e) whether the two schemes are subject to the rules of the Fair Employment Agency and (f) how he intends to apply the new policy guidelines on fair employment to sponsors of the two schemes and what monitoring arrangements are being set up; and if he will list the sponsoring agents of the community volunteering scheme by name, address and number of volunteer hours, as well as the budget for the community volunteering scheme, broken down into such local areas as is convenient.

[holding answer 16 December 1987]: The information is as follows:

  • (a) The following are the types of projects which are favoured in assessing applications from the waiting list:
  • (i) Projects that promote the development of self sustaining employment.
  • (ii) Projects from areas where the existing level of ACE provision is lower than the local incidence of long term unemployed.
  • (iii) Projects that provide a service to disadvantaged groups in the community.
  • (iv) Projects with an emphasis on unskilled work.
  • (b) In September 1987 there were 32 disabled people in ACE. It is not known how many of these were registered disabled.
    • Information in the form requested is not readily available for the community volunteering scheme.
  • (c) ACE: Male 57 per cent. Female 43 per cent. Information in the form requested is not readily available for the CVS.
  • (d) Information on the breakdown by religious affiliation of participants in ACE and CVS is not held by the Department.
  • (e) Sponsors of both ACE and CVS are subject to the provision of the Fair Employment (NI) Act 1976.
  • (f) Copies of the new policy guidelines have been issued to all sponsors. Although these guidelines are voluntary the Fair Employment Agency is under a statutory obligation to have regard to the guidelines in considering whether or not equality of opportunity has been provided.
  • The information about CVS sponsoring agents is as follows:

    Name and address and volunteering target hours

    Budget £

    Bryson House, Bedford street, Belfast

    Scheme 1 110,00076,000
    Scheme 2 98,00045,000
    (Managing Agency)

    Belfast Women's Aid, 46 Ulsterville avenue, Belfast

    60,00042,000

    Confederation of Community Groups, 2 Bridge street. Newry

    40,00026,000

    Extern, 46 University street, Belfast

    51,00036,882

    The Flax Trust, Flax street, Belfast

    40,00027,923

    Gingerbread, 171 University street, Belfast

    30,00021,793

    North Down Volunteer Bureau, 91 High street, Bangor

    38,00025,500

    NIACRO, 22 Adelaide street, Belfast

    112,00079,235

    NI Women's Aid, 143A University street, Belfast

    29,00010,440

    PHAB, 76 University street, Belfast

    30,00018,022

    Praxis, 143 University street, Belfast

    13,5008,888

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Patrick's Hall, Barrack street, Coalisland

    30,00021,975

    Upper Springfield Family Support Group, 31 Ardonagh parade, Belfast 11

    13,5008,299

    Voluntary Services Belfast, 72 Lisburn road, Belfast

    155,00085,000

    Voluntary Services Lisburn, 50 Railway street, Lisburn

    25,00013,552

    Waterside Churches Committee for Community Needs, 6 Shipquay street, Londonderry

    Scheme 157,00033,500
    Scheme 2 11,00054,500
    (Managing Agency)

    Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, Murray House, Murray street, Belfast

    100,00064,000
    (Managing Agency)

    Conservation Volunteers, The Pavilion, Ravenhill road, Belfast

    12,0009,125