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Age of Opportunity- Lancashire

Over 50 and want to get back in work?

No matter how long it’s been, it’s not too late for a fresh start.

Sometimes not having a job can lead to a loss in motivation and feelings of isolation. If you struggle using a computer, it can be hard looking for a new job or training course. We are here to provide practical support and help you make a plan tailored to your needs.

Under the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, we offer free one-to-one support to help you gain confidence and overcome any barriers to employment or training.

How we can help you

One of our friendly keyworkers will get in touch and arrange to meet to get a full understanding of your situation. If you prefer, you can arrange a telephone discussion instead. Then they will explain the ways in which we can help you. Everyone’s situation is different, but together we can make a plan tailored to your individual situation.

We can help you:

  • tackle barriers such as finances and wellbeing to give you peace of mind
  • refresh your CV, focusing on your experience and transferable skills
  • use a computer to search for jobs and apply online
  • find suitable courses if you’d like to update your skills or train for something new
  • find a volunteering role to build your confidence by helping others
  • with practice interviews, so that you know what to expect.

Our keyworker will continue to meet you and support you as you progress through each stage. And don’t forget – it’s all free and does not affect your rights to benefits.

Success Stories 

John, Lancashire

John was made redundant at 52 after working for many years as a Warehouse Operative. He was worried that he wouldn’t be able to find another job and his self-esteem sank lower and lower.

After 12 months John was classed as long-term unemployed, and he was referred by the Jobcentre to us for support under the ‘Age of Opportunity’ programme. We worked with John to develop his CV, exploring what experience he had, including any transferable skills he had such as cleaning.

We spotted a job opportunity as a cleaner at a Covid test site and helped him prepare for job interviews, so that he knew what to expect. John was successful and is happily working 30 hours a week. He now has recent employment on his CV, the knowledge and confidence to apply for further jobs, and a wider social network.

John said “I am very grateful for all the support I received. I would not be in work today without it.”

Charles, Preston

Charles from Preston is 53, an ex-alcoholic with learning difficulties and diabetes. He lost his job following a road traffic accident. Charles was referred to us for support as he had little motivation, and poor wellbeing, with “nothing to get out of bed for”.

We helped Charles apply for training courses in customer service and IT; he also joined a voluntary horticultural scheme run by Preston City Council, to boost his confidence.

He is taking better care of himself now and has lost 6 stone in weight. He is considering more training courses to build his employability skills, and is much more positive about his life and prospects. Charles put his thoughts across very simply: “Without your help I would be in bed”.


What some of the people we helped had to say

“Thank you so much for your continued help and support over the times we have spoken, you always had faith I would find work and I did. It is now time for me to go out, yet again, into that big wide world and make an impact.”


"Thank you so much for your time and patience. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for your support!"


How to get in touch

If you would like to know more about the ‘Age of Opportunity’ programme or would like to self-refer for help, there are many ways you can get in touch with us.


Find out more about Age of Opportunity programme

Need help?
Minimum age – 50 years old

Project and Funders

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a nationwide programme in which The National Lottery Community Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. BBO projects are being delivered in Lancashire by a partnership of 45 social enterprise and community organisations, led by Selnet (the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network).

The Age of Opportunity project supports people who are over 50 and out of work to improve their skills and employment opportunities.

Our partnership’s most recent quarterly results show that Age of Opportunity has already supported over 1500 people over 50 who have multiple and complex barriers to work. As a direct result of the support received from this project, over 270 people have overcome the challenges they were facing and are now employed, self-employed or in training.

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