Face Forward is an innovative project in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme to help the most disengaged individuals into work.

Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund.

What Do We Offer?

Our co-produced model allows us to offer a tailored service to each of the Face Forward members.

Face Forward will

  • Provide 1:1 support sessions
  • Help members to gain self-confidence in life skills
  • Engage through experiential and practical activities
  • Advise on career and educational options
How Does It Work

At the heart of Face Forward are four locally focused peer led engagement teams. Each team consists of two Face Forward Apprentices, supported by a Face Forward Advisor and Locality Coordinator. 

What impact do we have?

Cassie Started Face Forward being socially isolated, struggling with her mental health and not having anything to do.

Through Face Forward and the Horserenity project she was able to build up her confidence and find her passion for animals. She now has future career aspirations to get back into education and to work in health care or with animals. Watch to hear more of Cassie’s journey.






Who Is Eligible?

Face Forward is aimed at young adults who are isolated, vulnerable and marginalised form mainstream activity due to personal or circumstantial barriers.

Participants must comply with the following criteria;

  • Young adults aged 15-24
  • Reside in Dorset
  • Young people aged between 15-18 who are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • Unemployed or economically inactive
  • The right to live and work in the UK
How To Make A Referral

If you are a young person, organisation, parent or carer and wish to make a referral to our programme, you can contact us on [email protected]