PVC works in partnership with many local organisations, including lots of schools across Preston.

Find out what some of them had to say about us below!


If you would like to tell us your story and experience of being at PVC, please fill out our testimonial form


Larches High School

"You are the best provision this school has ever had and I feel that on a national level, your are what it means to be best practice for AP in this country.

"A huge part of this is your leadership, values and hard work in delivering the PVC vision.

"Keep up the brilliant work!"

Simon Wilson, Head Teacher


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Preston Vocational Centre for the fantastic work you have done with the service users from Guild Lodge.

"We have worked collaboratively since 2013 and we have always received positive feedback from the service users in relation to how supportive your team are and how valued your service is.

"The Lloyds funded programme has been excellent in helping our service users to gain transferrable work skills and to gain skills in specialist trades.

"Your staff have shown dedication in wanting to improve their own knowledge of mental health and the challenges that this can bring so that they are in a better position to support, mentor and tackle stigma when addressing employability issues.

"The hands-on, practical, individualised and non-judgemental approach of your staff has helped our service users to overcome their previous negative experiences of education and has motivated and inspired them to engage.

"It is widely recognised within Occupational Therapy that having defined roles and responsibilities improves a person’s self-esteem, sense of self and individual identity. Having a work role also enhances a person’s sense of social belonging. Service users who have in the past or currently experience mental health problems can be faced with stigma and major challenges in seeking employment; this can be further impacted when they also have a history of offending behaviour.

"This project has challenged local employers’ views and tackled stigma on a daily basis. It is investing in the futures of many vulnerable young men and women and acknowledging that they have a vast range of qualities and skills to offer employers and it has opened up new opportunities and possibilities for these people, providing hope and determination to succeed."

Sarah Wilson
Occupational Therapy Manager


Dig In North West

"Over the last 12 months the veterans accessing the services of Dig In North West have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of training courses at Preston Vocational Centre.  Many of the people who attend Dig In have a range of combat related mental injuries, and as such find going to a new site, with new people, quite daunting.

"The courses at Preston Vocational Centre have been such a great asset to the team.  The delivery style has been so appropriate for the team, and the approach of the staff on site has made them feel very relaxed and welcome. 

"As a result of the training received, one of our team members has gone on to do further training, two have achieved promotion within their current roles, one has gone onto full time employment and another man has developed his handyman business further.

"Other members of the team have reported feeling more confident in their skills around the Dig In project and at home, and are trying things that they would maybe have paid someone else to do.

"As the manager of Dig In, I have certainly seen improvements in both skills and aspirations.  Men who came to us believing they would never work again, have started to explore their opportunities."

Donna Rowe-Green
Managing Director


Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS)

"ADS Bridge House has valued its working partnership with PVC over the last 12-18 months. We have watched our residents develop, grow and learn skills that they never thought or dreamed that they could do.

"The smiles of achievement when they return are exceedingly humbling.

"The residents feedback is that the tutors are patient, thoughtful and kind. They go the extra mile to ensure that the residents have a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The tree that was made for us at Christmas, and the stencils that are dotted around our building, embody the great sense of pride and satisfaction!

"Some of our residents have very poor memories regarding education, and some struggle with high anxiety and may not be able to give eye contact, or their physical health maybe a concern, but the guys at PVC welcome them so openly and accommodate wherever possible needs and abilities."

Linda Walkden
Service Manager