Following a successful procurement process, AFC Fylde Community Foundation has been appointed to deliver an exciting new project aimed at providing direct support and interventions to individuals aged 19 and above who are currently economically inactive.

This initiative has been made possible following approval of Fylde Council’s allocation from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It complements the existing ‘Fylde Focus’ project, which is funded by the UKSPF and focuses on individuals aged 16 to 19.

Residents in the Borough who are economically inactive often encounter various obstacles that hinder their access to essential skills and employment opportunities. If you’re someone who is seeking employment but isn’t sure where to start, this project offers a fantastic opportunity for specialised engagement, support, and motivation to help you overcome barriers and progress into the labour market.

AFC Fylde Community Foundation brings a wealth of experience to this field, providing well-documented, positive employment outcomes for individuals between the ages of 16 and 65. Their knowledge and skill can benefit Fylde residents who are the farthest from the workplace, helping them gain confidence and skills. If this sounds like you, let the Foundation help you on the road to employment.

Wes Partington, Director of AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: ‘We are once again delighted to be working alongside Fylde Council on another project to support our local community. Our dedicated and passionate team will provide unemployed and economically inactive individuals with the support and guidance they need to build their confidence, increase their skills, and ultimately find employment.’

Councillor Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, added: “’This project is a significant step towards fostering economic activity within our community. We are committed to supporting our residents in their journey towards employment, and AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s involvement is instrumental in achieving this goal.”

To learn more about the ‘Supporting the Economically Inactive 19+’ project or if you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Chris McNally at AFC Fylde Community Foundation at 01772 598856 or via email at

To read more about Fylde Council’s UKSPF programme, including the approved Investment Plan, visit the Fylde Council website.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit


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