Changing Futures

Lancashire’s Changing Futures 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 the lives of the most excluded and disadvantaged people across Lancashire.

The Changing Futures project is focussed on supporting people facing 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. Hear from some of the people involved in this short film:

Through the Changing Futures project, our partners work with each participant as an individual. Our Transformational Coaches help each participant to understand their own abilities, skills and interests to identify ways to help address their multiple barriers to economic activity. Participation in support through the Changing Futures project is voluntary, free to access and does not affect rights to benefits.

This project was extended due to the success of its first 3 years’ delivery. As a result, the Changing Futures partnership will support 2160 people over the lifetime of the project to overcome multiple and complex barriers and move closer to employment, education or training. This project is delivered exclusively by social enterprises and community organisations and we are proud to be part this specialist partnership whose work is transforming lives across Lancashire.

Our partnership’s most recent quarterly results show that Changing Futures has already supported 1600 people who are ‘hard to reach’ with multiple and complex barriers to work. As a direct result of the support received from this project, 300 people have overcome the challenges they were facing and are now employed, self-employed, in education or in training.

 

Jane’s Story

Before having support from the Changing Futures Project, Jane was unemployed and struggling with multiple barriers, including out of date skills (particularly with IT), ill health, depression and debt problems. Her Transformational Coach worked with her to tackle each one.

 

Changing Futures in Action:

Here are some of our participant’s journeys through this project:

 

Can the Changing Futures project help you or someone you know?

The Building Better Opportunities team at Selnet Ltd are the initial point of contact to answer queries and signpost to the relevant support; call 01772 200690 or email hello@selnet-uk.com  

The Changing Futures 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 £5.8M 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.