We have been involved in many projects over the past few years that have has a positive impact on people in Lancashire. Take a look at some of the projects here: (these projects are now closed for new referrals)
Family Wellbeing/Starting Well
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Through funding from the Department for Health and Social Care, Lancashire Women have supported parents and their families through our Starting Well and Family Wellbeing Service.
Having a baby is a life changing event. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions both positive and negative during pregnancy, birth and up to a child being two years old. Sometimes, it can be really difficult to talk openly about feelings.
Our Starting Well/Family Wellbeing Service offered emotional health and wellbeing support for parents and their families who have experienced neonatal care, neonatal loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for medical reasons, health conditions, foetal medicine/rainbow clinics, pregnancy after loss, or for those experiencing mental health issues in the perinatal period.
We offered 1-1 talking therapy across Lancashire with a team of therapists who are based on the NICU ward and in clinics in Burnley, Preston, Blackpool and Lancaster hospitals. Support can ranged from a quick conversation, or arranged weekly appointments. Our therapists worked in a way that is impartial, open, honest and non-judgemental.
Justice & Safety
Rapid Rehousing Navigators were assigned to rough sleepers who would benefit from tailored support. This support is most suited to those with higher and more complex needs, which are likely to include health-related support needs, and those who have been sleeping rough for a longer period of time. The focus is on developing a relationship with the individual, offering personalised, creative, innovative and effective support, building trust and working in an inclusive and empowering way and acting as a single point of contact.
Through this support they worked on finding a housing solution, but also supported the individual in their recovery to improve their health and wellbeing, find employment, undertake training, develop budgeting skills, cultivate positive social circles and be better equipped to maintain their accommodation and independence and avoid returning to the street.
Recourse - earlier intervention
Justice & Safety
Our RECOURSE Programme provided a commitment to a framework for females across Lancashire driven by three priorities: earlier intervention, an emphasis on community-based solutions, and an aim to make community interventions as effective and decent as possible for those women who do have to be there.
In partnership with Lancashire Police RECOURSE aims to divert both low level and persistent female offenders away from contact with the criminal justice system through community resolutions, conditional cautions and substitutes to penalty notices. RECOURSE provided an alternative to police custody and a route into support services for women who have often experienced trauma in childhood or adult life. This approach addresses vulnerability, follows the evidence about what works in supporting women to turn their lives around, and treats them as individuals of value which has a substantial benefits for victims, families, and wider society, as well as for female themselves.
Lancashire Women staff provided a whole systems approach which allowed women to address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour in a safe and non-judgemental environment, aimed to prevent further offending. The programme includes support with Mental Health & Wellbeing, Employment Training & Education, Finance, Benefit & Debt, Domestic Violence, Accommodation and Restorative Justice.
Building Better Opportunities
Employment & Skills
We are delighted to be part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme in Lancashire which provides specialist employability and skills support. It is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund Support to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. It is tailored to each individuals personal needs and interests, with help provided to overcome barriers and help people move towards work and training. This project is delivered exclusively by social enterprises and community organisations and we are proud to be part this specialist partnership whose work is transforming lives across Lancashire.
Age of Opportunity
Employment & Skills
Age of Opportunity support people aged 50+, and who are currently unemployed or economically inactive, to improve their skills and employment opportunities. Support is aimed at those facing significant barriers to employment, for example caring responsibilities, low skills or mental ill health.
The Age of Opportunity project has been designed specifically to meet the needs of over 50s who would like to work but are unable to without additional skills or support. A core focus for this project is supporting older people who are most at risk of social exclusion, for example; due to mental or physical health difficulties, homelessness or being full-time carers.
Through this project, we work with a number of partners to offer employment support working with participants to understand their interests, aspirations and barriers to work or training. Each individual is then directed within our thematic partner network for specialist support that will help them to engage in work readiness activity.
Employment & Skills
The Changing Futures project focussed 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.
Through the Changing Futures project, we work with each participant as an individual. Our Employability Coaches help each participant to understand their own abilities, skills and interests to identify ways to help address their multiple barriers to economic activity.