“If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW!” Cheryl J Barclay
Merseyside Expanding Horizons is an Industrial and Provident Society that for 20 years has worked with people who experience isolation and social exclusion in their communities. We support people to develop their confidence, skills and experience, empowering them to realise their potential through enterprise, employment and active citizenship.
Merseyside Expanding Horizons' vision is a socially inclusive society that supports and enables people from all backgrounds to flourish.
To address this challenge, we deliver a range of programmes that aim to inform people and enable them to broaden their life choices and achieve personal goals. Our projects cover 4 key areas, these are; Enterprise Development, Employment support, Health & Wellbeing and Volunteering.
With our primary goal being to support vulnerable people to make positive and lasting changes in their lives, MEH are committed to being part of the COVID -19 recovery!
We are running 2 ESF funded programmes throughout the Liverpool City Region: New Horizons and Enterprise Hub Skills and we are recruiting for 2 new, fixed term (18 months) roles to join our employment and enterprise team.
If you have excellent coaching/mentoring/training skills, experience of supporting people to move into employment and develop their entrepreneurial spirit and skills and are passionate about empowering people to reach their potential then we would love to hear from you.
The 2 full time roles are
ESF Enterprise Hub Skills: Enterprise Connector/Trainer, Reference Number: MEHEHS001. (please find job description and person specification here)
ESF New Horizons: Community Employment Specialist; Reference Number: MEHNH002 (please find job description and person specification here)
To apply for either role please send your CV and a covering letter (1500 words max) detailing how your skills and experiences demonstrate the person specification and job description. Please ensure that you clearly state which post you are applying for, by stating the job title and reference number at the top of the covering letter. If you would like to be considered for both roles, please send separate applications for each vacancy. Please note these roles will be initially on an 18 month fixed term contract.
Please send your cv and covering letter to
If you would like an informal chat about the vacancy, please call Joe Hemington on 07539786999.
Closing date for applications is 26th March 2021.
The Big Onion: A Multi Layered Approach to Social & Economic Inclusion.
Earlier this year Power to Change published a study which suggested that the key to revitalising high streets in the UK was community ownership. “Community ownership is not just vital for the future of our high streets. It is a crucial part of any credible response to some of the big economic and social issues facing many parts of the country.”
The impact of COVID 19 is being felt throughout our country. However, it is widely recognised that people from more disadvantaged communities will be disproportionately impacted by the social, and in particular, economic effects of the pandemic (Baldwin & Weder di Mauro 2020). It is also acknowledged that these communities will take longer to recover and adapt following the relaxing of the lockdown and social distancing measures put in place by the Government.
With our primary goal being to support vulnerable people, to make positive and lasting changes to their lives, Merseyside Expanding Horizons are committed to being part of the recovery!
The Big Onion project is a new enterprise incubator hub in Bootle Strand Shopping centre. Managed and run by Merseyside Expanding Horizons, but working in partnership with the Strand Management team, The Big Onion has three layers
• Retail Incubator
• Employment Hub
• Community Activity Space
Rowland Parry, The Strand’s Centre Manager commented:
“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Merseyside Expanding Horizons on this exciting new project; The Big Onion. It will be a valuable asset to the Strand Shopping centre, bringing new businesses into our community and providing much needed support to retailers and community members in what has undoubtedly been a very difficult year.”
The Retail Incubator enables us to provide incubation and ‘hothouse’ support to up to 22 start-up and recovering businesses and social enterprises, providing them opportunities to train, trial and trade within a supportive environment, with affordable rent and flexible terms, which will ultimately enable them to consider progression onto bigger units beyond the Big Onion.
Further to this it will house an innovative employment hub which will provide one to one and group support to people looking to access the local employment opportunities. It is innovative as we will co-locate and work alongside Jobcentre+, employers and other employment support providers to ensure that the jobseekers we support are able to develop their skills and realise their potential.
Finally, and at the heart of the Big Onion, is the community space which will provide individuals and community groups a place to create learning and community activities such as yoga, connect with other likeminded people, and contribute through volunteering and peer learning to their local community.
“Opening The Big Onion is really exciting and important for us at Merseyside Expanding Horizons as it gives retail and other local entrepreneurs a real solution to the challenge of finding affordable and flexible high street units, hot desks and training space, it also marks a new era for us at MEH. It embodies our core values of innovation, inspiration, collaboration and integrity, and enables us to support people throughout their enterprise/employment journey, whilst making a valuable contribution to the community in Bootle, the place where we first started, as well as across the whole Merseyside area.”
The Big Onion opens its doors on the 4th December 2020, for more information please contact us on