Age of Opportunity

Are you over 50? Would you like to work, gain new skills or be self-employed? If you are over 50 and unemployed or economically inactive, the Age of Opportunity project offers free support based on your needs and interests.

ESF LogoThe Age of Opportunity is a project supporting people over the age of 50 who are unemployed or economically inactive to improve their skills and employability.

The primary aim of the Age of Opportunity project is to improve the skills and employability of 1500 people in Lancashire. Age of Opportunity’s team of ‘Navigators’ work with each individual to understand their interests, aspirations and barriers to work or training. Each individual is then supported within a specialist network of 31 partner organisations.

This partnership is mostly composed of community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations across Lancashire. Together they offer tailored support around each individual, providing a range of guidance, information, volunteering, training, employment and enterprise activities.

What are the benefits?

The range and scope of the partnership means that this project will achieve more than increased employability; it will address a wide range of issues that will help to improve participants’ circumstances and overall wellbeing.

There are a wide range of often complex barriers that are specific to the over 50 age group that this project addresses, including: poor health, lack of confidence, outdated skills, age discrimination and caring responsibilities.

For some, gaining work might mean acquiring new skills, for others it may mean gaining the confidence to go out of their front door for the first time in years. A core focus for this project is supporting older people who are most at risk of social exclusion.

Who is it for?

People over 50 who face barriers to employment, self-employment or training. For some people, it can be about knowing where to go for support, for others it can be about increasing motivation and self-esteem after years of being out of work or suddenly being made redundant.

How do I find out more and apply?

The Navigator team at Age UK Greater Lancashire is the first point of contact for participants under this project.

If you know someone who is over 50 and keen to work but is experiencing multiple and complex barriers to achieving this who might benefit from Age of Opportunity, please contact the Navigator team at Age UK Greater Lancashire as your first point of contact. They will be able to assess eligibility and answer any initial queries.

Phone: 01257 444413

Email: navigator@ageuklancs.org.uk

Visit: www.selnet-uk.com/bbo

Additional information

‘Age of Opportunity’ is one of three ‘Building Better Opportunities’ projects, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. For this project, Selnet and partners have secured £2,910,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

Building Better Opportunities is a national programme from The Big Lottery Fund who is 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 (Lancashire’s social enterprise network) is leading a partnership of over 64 Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Organisations to deliver three projects across Lancashire; Age of Opportunity for over 50s, Invest in Youth for 15-24s and Changing Futures for people with multiple and complex barriers to employment and training.