Alternative Futures Group celebrates a decade of supporting people in East Lancashire

On Monday we celebrated a decade of supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in East Lancashire.

To mark the occasion a special event was held at the Fence Gate in Burnley where many people who are supported, their friends and families, AFG staff and wider stakeholders joined together to showcase some of AFG East Lancashire’s successes over the past 10 years.

Lorraine Riley community services director, AFG said:

“I joined AFG when the charity was just moving into Lancashire. It was an exciting opportunity to be involved with something from the start and I’m delighted to see just how far we’ve come and how we’ve made a real difference to the lives of the people we support.”

Alternative Futures Group now supports over 200 people in East Lancashire and employs over 500 people in the region.

Jolene Swain, area manager, AFG said:

“The team has really grown in the five years since I joined. We’re really proud of what we do here in East Lancashire and so an event like this is the perfect opportunity to highlight the excellent work our staff do every day.”

The event featured displays from staff and people living across the region, highlighting their achievements, progress and some of the things they do for fun.

Sarah Bailey, community administrator, AFG said:

“It’s been all hands on deck in preparation for the event. It’s been great seeing everyone pull together and the results have been great.”

Despite the growth of the organisation; AFG remains person centred, by building the support package around the individual which has proved to be a real success.

Lorraine added:

“Since we launched here, we’ve seen lots of the people we support grow considerably in skills and confidence. Some people have now reached goals that no one ever thought would be possible and that’s fantastic. I’m very proud of my team and everything we’ve achieved together.”

On Monday we celebrated a decade of supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in East Lancashire.

To mark the occasion a special event was held at the Fence Gate in Burnley where many people who are supported, their friends and families, AFG staff and wider stakeholders joined together to showcase some of AFG East Lancashire’s successes over the past 10 years.

Lorraine Riley community services director, AFG said:

“I joined AFG when the charity was just moving into Lancashire. It was an exciting opportunity to be involved with something from the start and I’m delighted to see just how far we’ve come and how we’ve made a real difference to the lives of the people we support.”

Alternative Futures Group now supports over 200 people in East Lancashire and employs over 500 people in the region.

Jolene Swain, area manager, AFG said:

“The team has really grown in the five years since I joined. We’re really proud of what we do here in East Lancashire and so an event like this is the perfect opportunity to highlight the excellent work our staff do every day.”

The event featured displays from staff and people living across the region, highlighting their achievements, progress and some of the things they do for fun.

Sarah Bailey, community administrator, AFG said:

“It’s been all hands on deck in preparation for the event. It’s been great seeing everyone pull together and the results have been great.”

Despite the growth of the organisation; AFG remains person centred, by building the support package around the individual which has proved to be a real success.

Lorraine added:

“Since we launched here, we’ve seen lots of the people we support grow considerably in skills and confidence. Some people have now reached goals that no one ever thought would be possible and that’s fantastic. I’m very proud of my team and everything we’ve achieved together.”