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Directions: Case Study

Directions was set up to support residents within the Liverpool City Region to explore and build pathways to employment. The programme was an innovative partnership of 15 local organisations, working collaboratively to tackle the diverse issues faced by women, people from BAME backgrounds and those living with a disability, across the area.

In our role as Managing Partner and Programme Support, The Women’s Organisation co-ordinated all 14 partner organisations and provided a central contact point to those looking for ways to take their next step forward.

What did Directions do?

Directions was a collaborative support programme that provided a range of activities supporting those living in the Liverpool City Region to build their confidence, develop their skills and improve employment opportunities.

Part-funded by European Social Fund, the project was a central contact point to those looking for ways to take their next step forward and improve their employment opportunities.

Partner organisations and roles

The Women’s Organisation

Provided management, guidance and programme support to the Directions project partnership.

Joseph Lappin Centre

Raising awareness of Access to Work with local employers to change perceptions surrounding the employment of young people and those with disabilities.

Innovative Alliance

Providing education, learning and skills and improving the employability of long-term unemployed people. Offering support leading to employment for those facing disadvantage in the labour market.

Ladders of Life

Focus its provision of support into job search, training and employment for adults with ADHD and related conditions, such as Asperger’s syndrome and autism.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH)

MEH project is an innovative, customer focused programme offering a package of holistic and bespoke advice and guidance, supporting disadvantaged individuals into employment. MEH specialises in delivering services for those living with a disability.

Mencap Liverpool and Sefton

Mencap will help move adults with a learning disability closer to the labour market, in a sustainable way, that will enable beneficiaries to benefit equally from mainstream employment programmes.


SOLA is a local organisation supporting people to move forward in their lives through arts and mental health programmes. Mainly working with displaced people or those experiencing mental distress or isolation.

The Brain Charity

Offering nationwide help for people affected by neurological conditions. Providing three core services, emotional support, practical help and social activities.

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral

For women aged 18+ focusing on providing a soft approach for women who need to build on themselves personally before developing their skills and seeking employment.


Supporting disadvantaged women to realise good mental health and physical wellbeing, empowering them with information, psychological support, and activities combating isolation.

Wirral Development Trust

Wirral Development Trust aims to create a dynamic, sustainable and diverse local economy where high-quality services, support and opportunities protect and promote the wellbeing of residents.

Writing on the Wall

Delivering ‘Write to Work’ as a highly successful and innovative course aimed at helping unemployed learners to develop specific writing techniques for the world of work and beyond. Writing on the Wall has significant experience of working with BAME people.

For More Information

Telephone: 0151 706 8111

Email: hello@thewo.org.uk

How was Directions funded?

The project was part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) was the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helped local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

Find out more about our current Directions support here.