Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund
Meet the socio-economic, environmental and health needs of disadvantaged people from BME backgrounds.
Building Better Opportunities: The Changing Futures Project
Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund
Preston Muslim Forum is a delivery partner in the Changing Futures project in Lancashire. Changing Futures is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities program, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.
The Changing Futures project is focused on supporting people facing multiple and complex barriers to employment. All participants are unemployed or economically inactive and are at high risk of social exclusion, such as people from BAME communities, people with physical or mental health problems and people with learning difficulties. The project in Lancashire is managed by lead Selnet.
This also is a consortia project with Preston CAB as nominated lead. The partnership includes five well established organizations providing support services to help people with money matters.
Digital Freedom and Digital Inclusion
We were successful in becoming a DigitalFreedom 50+ Distribution Partner, scheme launched by Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership and administered by Selnet. Our role is to support the recipients to learn how to use their digital device.
In addition, we provide one-to-one support to help anyone struggling with computers, digital devices or the internet. We use a range of free online resources and specialist expertise to plan and deliver a free learning programme tailored to each individual person.
Government’s job creation scheme for young people 16 -24, we are part of a partnership of 19 organisations led by Youth Action to create at least 30 jobs between us. We have expressed creating 2 positions – Youth & Community Support Worker and Marketing and Communications Assistant
Gambling Harm Support
PMF will be working with The Beacon Counselling Trust in raising awareness, increasing engagement and reduce gambling related harm. This will be a FREE confidential help, support and advice service in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati.
We have recently partnered up with Preston City Council through the Community Champions scheme to deliver a wide range of measures to protect those most at risk from COVID-19 and boost vaccine take up. We will deliver a wide range of measures to build trust, communicate accurate health information and ultimately help to save lives. This will also include developing new networks of trusted local champions.
Through the Changing Futures project, our partners work with each participant as an individual. Our Transformational Coaches help each participant to understand their own abilities, skills and interests to identify ways to help address their multiple barriers to economic activity.
Within 3 years, the Changing Futures partnership aims to support 1000 people over the age of 15 to overcome multiple and complex barriers and move closer to employment, education or training. We are proud to be part this specialist partnership of social enterprises and community organizations’ whose work is transforming lives across Lancashire.
Our partnership’s most recent quarterly results show that Changing Futures has already supported 867 people with multiple and complex barriers to work. As a direct result of the support received from this project, 85 people have overcome the challenges they were facing and are now employed, self-employed or in training.
For more information about the Changing Futures project please contact Ayub Bapu on 01772 889431 or contact us online.
Funded by Preston City Council
Help people with a wide range of financial and money concerns including financial literacy and money management.