Finding a route back into employment can be difficult for many. But, for ex-offenders, the challenge can be even greater.

Now an innovative programme being delivered by AFC Fylde Community Foundation is coming to the aid of those in need with encouraging results.

Positive Pathways focuses on working with ex-offenders, helping their rehabilitation back into normal life. The ultimate aim is to support participants to find a route back into employment by working with them to develop CV writing, interview techniques and general employability skills.

Delivered in partnership with the Lancashire and Cumbria Rehabilitation Company, the team at the Foundation have been working with the  latest cohort of participants for just two months but already seeing remarkable results.

One recent graduate has gone on to secure full-time employment within the Blackpool Community, much to the delight of the team at the Foundation who are committed to helping turn lives around on this ground-breaking programme.

But, not willing to rest on its success, the AFC Fylde Community Foundation is now determined to produce more uplifting case studies from the Positive Pathways programme by helping more ex-offenders to find  their way back into employment within the local community.

Foundation Extended Services Officer Charlie Hay is understandably proud of the difference the programme is making to lives.  He said: “The Positive Pathways is something I take great personal pride in being involved in. It’s a programme in which your hard work really pays off. We witness unbelievable change in people. They come through the door lacking confidence and, in many cases, belief in themselves. But that can all change. The fact that one of our participants has landed a full-time job is proof that the programme works. It’s a great achievement that we all celebrated – the graduate and the Foundation team.”

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