Preston Move Forward

Move Forward in Preston: Your Path to Success!

If you live in Preston, are not currently working and are looking for personal development opportunities or need some support to overcome barriers, we can help you Move Forward.

We will share case studies on the support provided and impacts that have been made throughout the delivery of this project.

Read about the individual impacts achieved through Preston’s Move Forward project here.


Who we can help

Move Forward is our new service supporting Preston residents who are out of work, and held back by multiple barriers to employment – including:

  • No or low skills / work experience
  • Poor physical or mental health
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Lack of motivation, aspiration and trust
  • Experience of criminality
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Experience of domestic violence
  • Poor experience within the care system
  • Benefit dependency
  • Homelessness
  • Financial difficulties
  • Social isolation or loneliness

To be eligible for support, individuals must be:

  • Aged 25 and above
  • Economically Inactive (those not in work and not actively seeking work, unlike unemployed individuals who are actively seeking work).
  • Living in Preston (within boundaries of Preston City Council)
  • A legal resident in the UK and able to take paid employment in the UK.


We know it can be difficult to return to work and are here to help you to Move Forward.

This support is free of charge. We hope to offer this support in additional areas soon, so please watch this space.


How we can help

Move Forward in Preston is delivered by a team of project partners who are here to assist you in finding your path to work, from enhancing your skills, to helping you break down any obstacles that are holding you back.

We can provide access to free opportunities, such as volunteering and work placements to grow your experience. You can also access free training through Move Forward, including maths, ESOL and digital skills courses.

Our network can also help you grow personally and professionally, providing personalised help and guidance.


Our overall aims

  • Supporting you on your journey – from personal growth and development, to securing a new job.
  • Building strong connections with people and organisations around Lancashire.
  • Collaborating with existing services and creating new ways to support you.

If you are ready to make positive changes in your job search journey, Move Forward is here to support you every step of the way.


Get in touch today

For accessing support in Preston please email or call 01772 200690 and ask about the “Move Forward project in Preston”.

Alternatively, project partners can be contacted directly for specific support:


Move Forward Preston’s project delivery partners


Beanstalk is a social enterprise providing Employment and Skills support. Their mentoring and training enables individuals to access employment and training opportunities in an inclusive and empowering environment. Additionally, their Food and Cookery provision delivers valuable job skills and personal growth through cooking and food skills training in communities and educational settings. Beanstalk’s initiatives are driven by community needs and cater to diverse learning preferences.

For support from Beanstalk through Preston’s Move Forward project, call 0300 3655530  or contact Kerry Stevens on  


Lancashire Community Finance       

Lancashire Community Finance is a not-for-profit community organisation working in Preston since 2005. They aim to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people achieve economic, financial and social inclusion, through their person-centred approach to support they provide. We equip our service users with the tools needed to manage independently in the long-term, to be resilient in the face of unexpected events and to appreciate the benefit of accessing support at an early stage should things go wrong in the future.

The people LCF help are residents in the most disadvantaged communities (82% live in the third most deprived areas in England), service users who live with a disability (42% of working-age service users identify as disabled), are either not in work (69% of service users) or employed in low-paid, insecure, precarious jobs.

For support from LCF through Preston’s Move Forward project, contact Adam Wadie on


PHX training  

PHX was founded in 2004 and is a leading training provider in Northwest England. Certified by Matrix, Pearson, NCFE, BIIAB, and Edexcel, they run government funded training schemes including the Adults Skills Budget. A variety of vocational programmes are available from Hospitality to IT, Health and Social Care to Business Admin, each tailored to local industry needs. They also excel in improving functional skills in maths and English, from beginners to level 2, equipping individuals with essential tools for life and work.

PHX Training’s core values of Performance, Honesty, and Excellence drive their commitment to supporting growth, creating jobs, and bridging the skills gap. Their vision focuses on growth, inclusivity, and success, aiming to help individuals in Cumbria and Lancashire build a bright future. As more than just a training provider, they stand as companions on the journey to success, offering opportunities to unlock potential. With government support and guided by their values, PHX Training is dedicated to supporting individuals in reaching their successful future.

For support from PHX Training through Preston’s Move Forward project, call 01772 440969 or contact Amanda Sumner on



Move Forward delivery partners working with Selnet will support eligible residents who are furthest from the labour market, helping them overcome their personal barriers to economic activity. The project will combine and continue some of the valuable and impactful successes that local delivery partners have achieved over the last six years through ESIF projects, the model being an intensive Key worker support project.



Individual Impact


Who are we?

Move Forward is a collaboration between Active Lancashire and Selnet, along with local authorities and other organisations across Lancashire. We have teamed up to make sure you have the support you need to succeed on your journey to finding work.

This project is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). Active Lancashire and Selnet are joining forces with colleges, housing groups, and other partners to make sure you have all the resources you need to move forward in life.




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