A Birmingham social enterprise that helps the long-term unemployed into work has scooped a major investment from a £150 million Government-backed fund for voluntary and community organisations.
The Nechells Regeneration Project provides training in childcare, catering, conservation and ICT to residents of the deprived inner-city ward of Nechells.
The £870,000 from Futurebuilders England will be put towards the project's £6.2 million development of the Grade II listed Nechells Baths building as a resource centre for the community.
The centre offers English language courses, a cafe and kitchen training facility for disabled and disadvantaged people and has a 54-place children's day nursery.
The Futurebuilders investment - a combination of an £800,000 loan and a £70,000 grant - will help to establish an ICT suite and a heritage workshop at the centre.
Derek Inman, chief executive of Nechells Regeneration Project, said: "This project is addressing a vital need in an area which suffers from very high levels of unemployment and deprivation.
"Local residents who have been long-term unemployed can access training that will help them move into employment, while their children are looked after."
Richard Gutch, chief executive of Futurebuilders England, said: "Nechells are providing a valuable and much-needed public service to their community."