More Positive Together project scoops award

Lancashire employment project, More Positive Together, has won at the Northern Housing Awards after helping people in the borough access training and employment opportunities.

The project won the award for Resident Employment/Training Initiative of the Year.

More Positive Together (MPT) is a Lancashire-wide project led by Active Lancashire and delivered by a number of partners across the County including housing associations, local authorities and third sector organisations. The award was presented to one of their partners, Newground, and their MPT team. 

The project aims to help Lancashire residents who are furthest from the employment market lead active lives and improve employment prospects. This is done with a person-centred approach; advisors can identify the barriers an individual may have when trying to get in to work. This can be anything from lack of training to low self-esteem.

Since More Positive Together began in 2017, the project has supported over 4,000 people in Lancashire with Newground supporting over 1,000 of these and 573 people going into employment, self-employment and training.

Darren Wright, Operations Manager and More Positive Together project lead at Active Lancashire, said, "We at Active Lancashire are really proud of all the project delivery partners but for Newground to be recognised nationally for the work they have carried out on the More Positive Together Project is a fantastic achievement. The staff have worked so hard to change peoples lives and support them on the employment journey it is a real credit to the team to win this award."

Alison Clews, Skills and Enterprise Coordinator at Newground Together, said, “It is an honour for More Positive Together to win this award and a testament to the hard work of the team involved. The project is all about the people we support and we are honoured to win this award recognising the project.

“Really listening and working with the people we support through our various projects and initiatives, is at the heart of what we do. It is always fantastic to see someone get the job they wanted or improve their personal circumstances and achieve the goals they have set for themselves.”

Find out more about the More Positive Together project here: 

Active Partnerships
Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership
Funded by UK Government Levelling Up