Big Local Projects – Year One

After many months of consultation with local residents and organisations we have started to commission projects that fit in with our BIG Local year one plan. These projects are accessible by anyone living in the Fishwick and St Matthews area and are entirely based on the needs of the community that you have identified.

Financial Inclusion

Lancashire Community Finance will administer a loan fund which will provide a tailored loan offer for residents of Fishwick & St Matthews. Loans of between £400 and £1,000 will be available and each applicant will receive detailed one to one support as part of the application process. The project will provide loans at very low interest rates. This will enable local people to avoid using high cost lenders, allowing significant saving in interest payments.

Access to work

Fishwick Rangers will provide new training and development opportunities to local residents, to help job creation that has not previously been accessible. Fishwick Rangers will also be working with local employers to help residents get local jobs through the job clubs in the area.

Crèche facilities to remove barriers to employment

Sahara in Preston will provide crèche facilities, enabling all women from the Fishwick and St Matthews area, to access the training and development opportunities at Sahara.

Each organisation has produced a project plan to demonstrate to us what the project will aim to achieve and results we can expect:

Lancashire Community Finance Project Plan

Fishwick Rangers Project Plan

Sahara in Preston Project Plan

Project Area Postcodes

If you are in need of these services or would like to contribute in anyway to their success this is how you can get in touch:

Lancashire Community Finance: Call 01772 556877 or email

Fishwick Rangers: Call 07817825773 or email

Sahara in Preston: Call 01772 702090 or email