Face Forward, the innovative project that supports vulnerable young people in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new testimonial video.

Due to a £2.7 million investment by The Big Lottery Fund, funded by National Lottery players, and the European Social Fund, Face Forward was launched in June 2017. Since then, the project has helped more than 100 young adults with highly complex needs who are out of employment, education or training.

To showcase its impact, Emma, Dylan and Thomas, three young adults who have received support from the project, are sharing their success stories in a promotional video and hoping to inspire more young adults to join.

Dylan, who suffered a cardiac arrest aged 19 shortly after finishing his Sport and Football Coaching course at College, said: “After suffering a cardiac arrest a year and a half ago and not being allowed to drive, I couldn’t get a job related to my qualifications. I felt a bit depressed, like nothing was going my way and I didn’t know what to do. I was spending my days at home being bored. Thanks to help from Face Forward, I now have a full-time job relating to my sports qualifications and I also volunteer as a coach with Boscombe Albion Under 11 football team. Face Forward has helped me to feel a lot more confident and positive about the future.”

Emma, Face Forward participant, added: “When my advisor asked me if I wanted to take part in the film, I felt a bit anxious. But then, I realised that telling my story could inspire others who need support and encourage them to reach out.”

Alex Evans, Face Forward Contract & Partnership Manager said: “We wanted to launch a video to show that we can support young adults coming from very different walks of life, with very different issues to overcome.”

“Face Forward has a unique and innovative approach to building relationships to help young people. Led by Ansbury Guidance, the project has more than 11 partners across Dorset, which allows young people to get involved in different experiential and practical activities throughout their time with us.”

Alex Evans added: “We offer tailored support to meet young people’s specific needs, whether this means getting specialist support for complex issues, such as substance misuse or mental illness, or building self-confidence to start looking for a job or starting a new course at college.”

Dom Weir, Face Forward Adviser said: “Many of the young people we work with at Face Forward have low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Taking part in this video has been a huge step for Emma, Dylan and Thomas – it’s been wonderful to see how they’ve moved from not having any plans for the future and feeling stuck in life, to getting involved in many activities, setting goals for the future and feeling much more confident and happier.”


Face Forward accepts referrals and self-referrals. Young adults must be aged 15-24, have the right to live and work in the UK, and not be in employment, education or training.

To find out more, visit:  www.ansbury.co.uk/Face_Forward 

To contact Face Forward, call 01202 677557 or email [email protected]