Currently, over 9,000 individuals in Fylde are considered economically inactive, a figure that is 3.6% higher than pre-pandemic levels, raising deep concerns.
Fylde Council say that unemployment and inactivity carry significant consequences for individuals, the economy, and society at large. To alleviate this an exciting new project with the potential to positively impact the lives of Fylde’s residents is set to commence. This project is thanks to funding provided by the UK Government through Fylde’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund allocation.
In the coming weeks, the Council say that a tender process will be initiated to select a highly experienced organisation to deliver direct support and interventions to individuals aged 19 and above across the Fylde region.
This newly announced project is part of a comprehensive support programme designed to cater to individuals of all age groups throughout Fylde. It complements the existing support provided by Fylde’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which focuses on 16–19-year-olds through initiatives like the ‘Fylde Focus’ project run by AFC Fylde Community Foundation. Tailored specifically for individuals aged 19 to 64, this project aims to assist economically inactive residents of Fylde facing complex life challenges, particularly those who are furthest removed from employment and training opportunities.
Fylde Council Leader, Cllr Karen Buckley, said: ‘There are many reasons that lead to someone being economically inactive, such as following a period of ill health, redundancy, or having to care for a loved one. It can result in a loss of confidence and a feeling that the job market is out of reach. This project will offer personal help to overcome these barriers and empower people to find the right job or training that is just what they need. Through collaboration with local partners, I believe this project will make a significant difference in the lives of Fylde residents.’
Collaborating closely with local Job Centres, colleges, and other partners, the plan is to offer one-on-one support to individuals, helping them address the difficulties and challenges hindering their path to meaningful employment, training, or volunteering. Through mentoring, training, advice, and targeted guidance, participants will receive comprehensive assistance. They will also be connected to new opportunities and potential partners who can provide work placements and volunteering options.
FYlde Council say that the tender process is expected to commence shortly, with more details to follow once the service provider has been selected.