Leicester and Leicestershire’s Community Organisations work together to tackle social and economic exclusion

We are pleased to announce and launch a new community led partnership to tackle social exclusion and economic exclusion.

Maximising Economic Potential (MEP) is an amalgamation of Leicester and Leicestershire community organisations  that have a long history of working together through joint projects, referrals and informal working arrangements to provide a wide range of employment related services and help for individuals (and especially, those who are furthest from the labour market) to find and retain work.

Led by Highfields Community Association, members of the MEP partnership include Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland, Saffron Resource Centre, Shama Women’s Centre, Bangladesh Youth & Cultural Shomiti, Pakistan Youth and Community Association, mosaic: shaping disability services, Somali Development Services, The Cooke E-learning Foundation, and The Race Equality Centre. These community organisations have now come together through a formal partnership established in 2014 to improve the lives of people across the City and County who are socially excluded.

Cllr Sue Waddington, forBeaumont Leys Ward and Leicester City Council’s Assistant Mayor with responsibility for Skills and Employment said:

“I welcome the MEP partnership, which represents voluntary and community based organisations serving diverse communities and groups in Leicester and Leicestershire. One of the aims is to help those furthest from the labour market to find and retain employment. This requires a range of interventions and sustained support to enable people in danger of social and economic exclusion to gain the skills and self-confidence needed to seek employment. Such support is best delivered at a local level and organisations like Cooke E learning, which is based in my own ward of Beaumont Leys are in a good position to do this. The MEP will enable expertise from the member organisations to be shared to support vulnerable communities.”

Priya Thamotheram, MEP Project Board Chair said:

“Maximising Economic Potential (MEP) is an exciting and unique partnership that has the potential to make a big impact and make a very positive difference for Leicester and Leicestershire’s disadvantaged and socially and economically excluded communities. With our partners who have considerable and proven track record of successfully delivering on various employment related projects throughout the city and county, we are currently working on proposals to lever in investment to support the delivery of work through MEP.”

For more information about Maximising Economic Potential, please contact

Priya Thamotheram, MEP Project Board Chair, 0116 253 1053 or email priya.thamotheram@highfieldscentre.ac.ukcropped-orange-mep.png

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