Child Action Northwest is a delivery partner in the Invest in Youth project in Lancashire.
Which is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities scheme which brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.
The project aims to transform the futures of young people aged between 15 and 24 who have issues in their lives that are getting in the way of them finding employment. It will focus on participants with mental or physical health difficulties, who are homeless, have disabilities or may be full-time carers.
What are we aiming to do?
This is a three year programme with the ultimate goal of working with 770 young people in Lancashire to help them into work or training. However, the project is designed to achieve far more than this as we hope that along this journey, our specialist partnership of support will address a whole range of obstacles that combine to frustrate their hopes of improving their lives.
How will we do it?
To deliver this programme we have formed a partnership of 45 mostly community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations across Lancashire who who will work directly with each participant, providing a range of guidance, information, volunteering, training, employment and enterprise activities. The range and scope of the partnership means that whatever the participant’s need in whatever part of Lancashire, we can help.For some people, it can be about knowing where to go for support, or increasing motivation and self-esteem for those who lack positive role models and relevant skills and experience.