Progress Housing Group’s Community Involvement team and their Progress Futures initiative are providing a free programme of community training courses throughout the summer.

The courses, aimed at improving employment prospects, health and well-being and ICT skills, have already started and run until July 2016.

Working in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning College and Preston Vocational Centre, the courses range from Positive Steps for Life and Work, Paediatric First Aid, Introduction to Functional ICT Skills and Improving Confidence – and a whole host of others besides.

Jacky Howcutt, manager of Progress Futures, said: “Progress Futures aims to ensure that Progress Housing Group tenants can access all the help and support they need to be successful in what is an increasingly competitive employment market. It gives people a helping hand to build on their skills and education and provide a springboard into a new career.

“These courses can also be very useful for those who are part of a community group and would like to improve their skills. By providing training programmes and initiatives like Progress Futures we hope to benefit individuals and the wider community as a whole.”

The courses started at the end of April, and are already proving very popular with local tenants.  Kelly Prickett recently started the Paediatric First Aid course and is already appreciating the future benefits.  She said; “I’ve got 4 children, so you never know when these skills will be handy.  A few years ago one of my children started choking on a grape, so to learn how to deal with this sort of thing, and lots of others, is really great.”

These training courses have been made possible through funding from Procurement for Housing (PfH), B&Q’s social fund and the housing group’s own community investment fund.  They will be delivered from Progress Housing Group’s community centres in Leyland (The Base and The Place), Freckleton (Lower Lane) and Lytham St Annes (Saltcotes) and are open to all residents and customers. 

Refreshments will be provided at each session and, if required, transport can be arranged.

To find out more or express an interest in these courses, please contact Progress Futures on 03333 204555, email or visit our website at