Building Better Opportunities

Bootstrap is a delivery partner in three Building Better Opportunities projects in Lancashire. These are part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme which brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.


Bootstrap can offer a range of support through this programme and can also refer you for specialist support from a partnership of over 60 organisations across the county.





Age of Opportunity: This project engages people who are 50+ and who have low or no skills, to support them in moving towards employment. Age of Opportunity is focused on the barriers to training, work and employment, and addressing these barriers.


For more information and referrals please contact Adele Brindle on 01254 680367


Invest in Youth: supports young people aged 15-24 who are not in employment, education or training, to achieve long term engagement with work or further learning. This may include managing and overcoming barriers such motivational support and health issues.


For more information and referrals please contact Louise Taylor or Angel Spratt on 01254 680367


Changing Futures: Changing Futures supports people who are most at risk of exclusion from the labour market to identify, reduce and remove their barriers to employment. The project will focus on areas where there are high levels of poverty, and target groups most in need of improved support. Participants will build lasting networks of support and help to develop skills to enable them to move towards learning and work. The project also aims to improve participants’ confidence, self-esteem, motivation, health and wellbeing.


For more information and referrals please contact Adele Brindle on 01254 680367



The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and so help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.


ESF interventions help to tackle poverty and support Social Justice. Social Justice is about giving people in our poorest communities the support and tools they need to change their lives around. This means tackling the root causes of disadvantage and the pathways to poverty such as family breakdown, educational failure, worklessness, addiction and debt- through tailored interventions and support across the country.


Comments are closed.