Age of Opportunity

Lancashire’s Age of Opportunity project is delivered exclusively by social enterprises and community organisations. As Lancashire’s social enterprise network, we are proud to lead this specialist partnership whose work is transforming lives of older people across Lancashire.

The Age of Opportunity project has been 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, for example; due to isolation, digital barriers, mental or physical health difficulties, homelessness or being full-time carers. Hear from some of the people involved in this short film:

Through the Age of Opportunity project, delivery partners work with participants to understand their interests, aspirations and barriers to work or training. Each individual is then directed within our thematic partner network for specialist support that will help them to engage in work readiness activity. Participation in support through the Age of Opportunity is voluntary, free to access and does not affect rights to benefits.

The Age of Opportunity project was extended due to the success of its first 3 years’ delivery. As a result, the partnership will support 2504 people over the age of 50 through the project’s lifetime to overcome their barriers and move closer to employment, education or training.

Our partnership’s most recent quarterly results show that Age of Opportunity has already engaged 1250 people over 50 who are ‘hard to reach’ and have multiple and complex barriers to work. As a direct result of the support received from this project, over 200 people have overcome the challenges they were facing and are now employed, self-employed or in training.

 

Claire’s story: From breakdown to business owner

Claire had to leave her professional career after 15 years following a nervous breakdown. Her anxiety, lack of confidence and confusion about what to do next was holding her back from a fresh start. Through the Age of Opportunity project, Claire was supported to improve her confidence, skills and knowledge to set up her own business:

 

Age of Opportunity in Action:

Here are some of our participant’s journeys through the Age of Opportunity project:

 

Can the Age of Opportunity project help you or someone you know?

For details about the Age of Opportunity project, 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: call 01772 200690 or email hello@selnet-uk.com

The Age of Opportunity project is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. Following an extension to the project, it will now receive £4.9M of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.