People aged 60 and over are being supported back into the workplace by an innovative new scheme.

Launched by AFC Fylde Community Foundation, working in partnership with Selnet UK and other organisations across Lancashire, the life- changing project is already up and running.

The programme is designed to support over 60s in one-to-one sessions, helping them to learn and familiarise themselves with computer technology, digital skills and overall helping them towards building a pathway towards employment.

The main focus of the ‘Age of Opportunity’ programme is to work with those adults currently not in employment and helping them to develop, strengthen and improve valuable skills such as the ability and confidence to use a computer comfortably.

The delivery of such a ground-breaking programme would not be possible without the generous funding and help from both the Big Lottery and the EU Social fund’.

AFC Fylde Community Foundation Extended Services Lead, Chris McNally, is delighted the programme is up and running. He said: “The Age of Opportunity programme is a great way of helping adults get back into employment. The opportunity to work collaboratively with Selnet on this programme is greatly valued by everyone at the Foundation. Our ambition is to encourage and support all the participants involved to feel better equipped and more positive about taking a new direction in the future. ” 

Foundation Director Tom Hutton is delighted with the work the Foundation are carrying out in the local community and said “ The Age of Opportunity programme is something I’ve been eager to get rolling with for a while now and to see it kick off to a great start is brilliant”.

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