The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and so help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.
ESF interventions help to tackle poverty and support Social Justice. Social Justice is about giving people in our poorest communities the support and tools they need to change their lives around. This means tackling the root causes of disadvantage and the pathways to poverty such as family breakdown, educational failure, worklessness, addiction and debt- through tailored interventions and support across the country.