Communities for Work

Communities for Work aims to tackle poverty through sustainable employment. 

Created by the Welsh Government to look at the most deprived areas, the programme focus on reducing the number of people aged 16-24 who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) and increasing the employability of economically inactive and long term unemployed adults who have complex barriers to employment.

Communities for Work Plus

Communities for Work Plus will provide the infrastructure to support the ongoing delivery of Communities for Work. It will take forward the learning from the Lift Programme, and enable Lead Delivery Bodies to enhance their employment focused support for those, often with complex barriers, who are furthest from the labour market.


The programme will support individuals who are in, or at risk of poverty, consistent with the obligations under the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales Act). 

The programme will also look to provide support for participants who fall outside the currently tightly defined geographical boundaries and eligibility criteria of Communities for Work and other ESF (European Social Fund) programmes.

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New Website!

Communities For Work have recently launched a new website to showcase the work they do and share some success stories. 

Meet the Management Team!

Rob James
Senior Community 
Employment Manager
Rhian Padfield
Employment Programmes
Delivery Manager
Greg Paulsen
Senior Community 
Employment Manager

Our office locations


Abertillery Library

Station Hill


NP13 1TE

Tel: 01495 355254



Communities for Work Office

107-110 Worcester Street


NP23 4JP

Tel:  01495 367532

Ebbw Vale


69 Bethcar Street

Ebbw Vale

Blaenau Gwent

NP23 6HW

Tel: 01495 304352



Aneurin Bevan House
40 Castle Street, Tredegar
Blaenau Gwent    

NP22 3DQ


Tel: 01495 367531