Progress Housing Group is a delivery partner in the Age of Opportunity project in Lancashire. This is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities scheme which brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

The Age of Opportunity project engages people who are 50+ and who have low or no skills, to support them in moving towards employment. Age of Opportunity is focused on the barriers to training, work and employment, and addressing these barriers.

What is Building Better Opportunities?

Building Better Opportunities is a national programme from The Big Lottery Fund who are matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Selnet is leading three partnerships of over 60 primarily Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Organisations to deliver specialist support for key groups across Lancashire.

Over three years, 3270 disadvantaged people will benefit from support tailored to their individual needs and interests to overcome complex barriers and move towards work and training through three specific projects: Age of Opportunity, Invest in Youth and Changing Futures.

Please visit the Selnet website for more information.

Age of Opportunity

The Age of Opportunity is a project designed specifically to meet the needs of over 50s who would like to work but are unable to without additional skills or support

Age Of Opportunity

The Age of Opportunity is one of the projects in the Building Better Opportunities programme which is designed specifically to meet the needs of over 50s who would like to work but are unable to without additional skills or support. A core focus for this project is supporting older people who are most at risk of social exclusion. 

Under this project, ‘Navigators’ work with participants to understand their interests, aspirations and barriers to work or training.  Each individual is then directed to one of the partners for specialist support that will help them to engage in work readiness activity.  The Navigator team at Age UK Greater Lancashire is the first point of contact for participants under this project.

What happens next?

Once you have met with the Navigator and provided the information needed for participants you will be referred to one of the delivery partner’s for support to help you identify and overcome any barriers to employment, as well as supporting you with improving your employment prospects and with applying for vacancies.  Progress Housing Group is one of delivery partners for the Age of Opportunity project so you may find that you are referred to us for support.

 What can you help me with?

  • Creating a CV
  • Finding work experience placements
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Help with looking for and applying for jobs
  • Regular support meetings to discuss your circumstances and progress

For further information or to refer yourself to the project, please call one of the Navigators at Age UK on 01257 444413 or email navigator@ageuklancs.org.uk

Invest in Youth

Invest in Youth supports young people who are aged 15–24 and who are not in employment, education or training (NEET)

Invest In Youth

This project supports young people who are aged 15–24 and who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). This includes young people at risk of becoming NEET and ‘hidden’ NEETs (i.e. young people who are NEET but not formally recorded as such).

Under this project, participants receive intensive support from an Invest in Youth Key Worker to be able to engage in work readiness activity. Following an initial assessment of each participant’s interests and the barriers they face around entering work or further learning, the Key Worker guides the participant to achieve milestones agreed within their personal action plan.

For details about Invest in Youth, please contact the Building Better Opportunities team at Selnet Ltd as your first point of contact. They will be able to answer any initial queries and signpost you to the relevant support.

Selnet can be contacted on 01772 200690 or by emailing bbo@selnet-uk.com 

Changing Futures

The Changing Futures project is focussed on supporting individuals who face multiple and complex barriers to employment

Changing Futures

The Changing Futures project is focussed on supporting individuals who face multiple and complex barriers to employment. All participants are unemployed or economically inactive and are at high risk of social exclusion, such as people from BAME communities, people with physical or mental health problems and people with learning difficulties.

The Changing Futures model prioritises the holistic needs of the individual. Using an asset based approach, participants are supported through Transformational Coaching to understand their abilities, skills and interests and identify ways to address their multiple barriers to economic activity.

The Building Better Opportunities team at Selnet Ltd are the initial point of contact to answer queries and signpost to the relevant support. 

Selnet can be contacted on 01772 200690 or by emailing bbo@selnet-uk.com