Changing Futures

Are you out of work? Do you face multiple and complex barriers to employment or training? Changing Futures supports people to engage in work or learning by overcoming problems associated with disadvantage.

ESF LogoThe Changing Futures project supports individuals facing disadvantage who are unemployed or economically inactive. Through this three-year programme 1000 people in Lancashire will receive tailored support to move towards work or training.

The project is delivered by a partnership of 36 mostly community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations across Lancashire. Together they offer individual guidance, information, volunteering, training, employment and enterprise activities.

What are the benefits?

Changing Futures works with each individual, understanding their abilities, skills and interests and then identifying ways to address their particular barriers to economic activity. This could mean working to improve self-esteem following redundancy, accessing training, support in dealing with discrimination, disability, mental illness, or other kinds of disadvantage that restrict opportunities.

In addressing the barriers to work and training that disadvantaged people face, the specialist support provided through this project will help to overcome many other obstacles, improving the opportunities and wellbeing of those involved.

Who is it for?

Changing Futures is targeted towards people who face multiple and complex barriers to employment, therefore all participants are unemployed or economically inactive and at high risk of social exclusion.

Examples of the multiple and complex barriers of people facing disadvantage can include physical disability, discrimination on the basis of gender or ethnicity, mental health issues, learning disabilities, a criminal record, those affected by domestic violence, or with childcare or caring responsibilities.

How do I find out more and apply?

If you know someone who is facing disadvantage and keen to work but is experiencing multiple and complex barriers to achieving this who might benefit from Changing Futures, please contact the Selnet Office in the first instance who will signpost you to the most suitable delivery partner.

Contact the Building Better Opportunities team about the Changing Futures project;

Additional information

‘Changing Futures’ 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 £3,622,200 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

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.