Reaching Out, Improving Lives

The Active Inclusion Fund is managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) supported by funding from European Structural and Investment Funds. It aims to reduce economic inactivity in Wales and improve the employability of disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market.

WCVA, as an Intermediate Body, acting on behalf of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), offers the following areas of funding.

  • West Wales and the Valleys for participants who are over 25
  • East Wales for participants who are over 25
  • West Wales and the Valleys for participants aged between16 and 24
  • East Wales for participants aged between16 and 24.

The funding pots address the priority 'tackling poverty and social exclusion' by increasing labour market participation and helping people to access sustainable employment (for over 25s) and 'youth employment attainment' (for 16-24 year olds).

The fund will work with those who are designated long term unemployed or economically inactive and have complex barriers to employment (for over 25s) or are not in employment, education or training (for 16-24 year olds). 

Active Inclusion will be delivered through two complementary strands:
Include   Achieve



Over a year since the launch of the Active Inclusion Fund, it's important to celebrate some of the amazing achievements of the projects and participants which the fund is in place to support.

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Watch the  inspirational story of Helen, Nick, Franco and Amanda whose lives have drastically changed thanks to the intervention and support of the Bounce Back project.


Gene's note

Gene had been unemployed for 15 years whilst being the main carer for her elderly mother.Thanks to the LifeSkills2 projectGene gained the skills and confidence to enter the world of employment. Read the heartwarming story behind the note written to the project here.





When Alice first met the mentors at Educ8 Training, she was shy, quiet and clearly lacked confidence. Educ8 training, who run an Active Inclusion funded project, backed by European Social funds turned Alice's life around and made her aspirations of completing a course and establishing a career come true. Thanks to the project, she is now confident, outgoing and is ready to chase her career with her trusted guide dog, Philly by her side. Read her full story here.





Janine Downing, who is now the manager of the Third Sector European Team at WCVA started her career on an EU funded supported employment programme. She now supports organisations to deliver the amazing opportunites she was fortunate to experience. Read about Janine's European journey here.