Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 23 March 22

We are working with the local voluntary and community sector and Lancashire and District-wide partners to support VCFSE organisations and people living in our communities. We encourage you to share this page with others.

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Jobs with LDCVS
Lancaster District CVS is working with Lancaster City Council to create a network of Community Health Champions, and a fund for projects which reach residents across the district and provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health, including the COVID-19 vaccine.

To support this work, we are recruiting a Project Officer and a Project Administrator. Both are full-time roles, fixed term for nine months. Find out more and download application packs here.

Further information about the fund itself, and how to apply, will be announced very soon.

Lublin Refugee Appeal
The Lancaster district has close ties with the Polish city of Lublin, having been twinned since 1994. Lublin is situated just 70 miles from the Ukraine border and is one of the first places refugees travel to on arrival in Poland. As a result, Lublin has seen an enormous influx of refugees, and the Mayor of Lublin has reached out to the city’s friends for help as it struggles to support so many vulnerable people.

A result of calls from our community for a practical method of collective help to be organised, a fundraising page has been set up by Lancaster District CVS, which will see all donations sent to Lublin to help our twin city and the refugees that they are supporting.

To find out how to donate, visit our dedicated fundraising page.

BBC Children in Need Youth Social Action Fund
This funding will support organisations to bring social action and youth empowerment opportunities to children and young people to help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.

Application deadline 23 May

Find out more and apply.

BBC Children in Need We Move Fund
This fund is focussed on reaching Black children and young people with youth social action opportunities, with a priority on funding Black-led organisations.

Register to get more information when the fund launches in the coming weeks.

Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund
The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund provides eligible clubs, leagues and organisations with a tapered six-year grant to help them sustain pitches already at a ‘good’ level and enhance pitches that are either considered ‘poor’ or ‘basic’.

Applications begin with a pitch inspection, which must be completed by 31 March.

Find out more and apply

The Arts Society Grants 2022 for Charities
The next round of grants is now open to societies and UK registered charities with a turnover of up to £3m, supporting young arts programs, skills development, and regional museums/galleries/arts organisations.

Application deadline 31 March

Find out more and apply.

Impetus Grant: youth employment and race equity
The Impetus Grant supports impact-led organisations that help young people from both ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds get into employment.

Application deadline 27 March.

Find out more and apply.

Benefact Trust’s General Grants Programme
The programme supports the repair, restoration, protection and improvement places of worship and projects that help to tackle social issues.

Find out more and apply.

Rewilding Innovation Fund
The Rewilding Innovation Fund aims to help remove barriers to rewilding projects within Britain, whether they’re at the early planning stages or want to move a project forward. 

In this round of funding, the grant is focusing on community engagement in rewilding.

Application deadline 31st March

Find out more and apply.

Thomas Wall Trust
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to support projects that equip people  from disadvantaged groups with critical life skills necessary for employment.

Application deadline 2 May

Find out more and apply.

2022 STEM Fund
The 2022 STEM Fund is now open to applications for projects which are located within the Walney Extension Community Fund area (coastal locations in Lancashire and Cumbria) and deliver STEM-related training and/or education courses.

Application deadline 27 April

Find out more and apply.

Lancaster District Street Aid – helping people stay off the streets
The Lancaster Street Aid initiative helps people who are, or have been, on the streets to apply for a grant to help them get off, and stay off, the streets.

Find out more and apply.

COMING SOON: a dedicated Volunteer Centre Bulletin
This new Bulletin will focus more on policy, useful resources, services offered, and volunteering roles. Until then, please continue to check this section and the links below. Not seeing something that you want to see? Let us know.

Lancaster District Volunteer Centre – What are your volunteer needs?
From helping you to recruit new volunteers, to facilitating training for your volunteer teams, the Volunteer Centre offers a range of support. Our new online volunteer management system is proving increasingly popular, so do register if you haven’t yet given it a go.

We talk to potential volunteers daily and we would love to let them know about your opportunities through our social media, this bulletin, and our bi-weekly column in the Lancaster Guardian.

If you would like to find new volunteers, contact Mark, our Volunteer Centre manager, to discuss your requirements. Get in touch with Mark by email at [email protected] or telephone 01524 555900.

Latest volunteer opportunities

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust is recruiting Trustees
Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT) is looking for three new Trustees to join its Board. The Trust is particularly keen to secure additional expertise in finance and investments in particular social and impact investing.

Application Deadline: 3 May 2022

Find out how to apply here.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week
From 21 – 27 March 2022, this international week of awareness aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations.

Find out more and participate in events.

The Hygiene Bank Lancaster and The Bay
The Hygiene Bank is a grassroots charity run by volunteers in the community aiming to provide hygiene products both personal and household to individuals and families in hygiene poverty – not being able to afford many of the everyday personal and household hygiene products most of us take for granted. 

Products are donated, collected, sorted, and distributed to Community Partners, which in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth are a combination of organisations such as food clubs, community centres, charities and schools, who are able to identify those in need and distribute directly into the community.

For more information about partnering with The Hygiene Bank, email [email protected]

‘You have to take it back to the bricks’: Reforming Emergency Support
The Child Poverty Action Group have published a report resulting from two years of research into reducing demand for foodbanks through reform of emergency support.

Find out more and read the full report here.

Great British Spring Clean
Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean takes place between 25 March and 7 April. People are asked to join the #BigBagChallenge and pledge to pick up as much litter as they can during the campaign.

Groups wishing to take part, or hold community cleanups at any time of year, can access additional support and advice from Lancaster City Council.

Green Heritage Plaques for Women in Lancaster
In March 2021, Lancaster Civic Society launched a campaign to identify women of Lancaster to commemorate with Green Heritage Plaques as, of all the thirty-three plaques in Lancaster, there were none to women.

The first plaque, to Sr. Aine Cox, was unveiled at St John’s Hospice in December.

Now the Civic Society is fundraising to help put up three further plaques – to Mary Fielding, Jennie Harris, and Selina Martin.

Find out more here.

Homes for Ukraine Scheme
UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses can now record their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war through the government’s new Homes for Ukraine scheme. This scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.

Feed-back on proposals for new hospitals in Lancashire & South Cumbria
Information gathered will inform the progress of the New Hospitals Programme for the region.

Find out more and participate.

Experiences of Same Day Emergency Care
Lancashire & South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership would like to hear from people who have experienced Same Day Emergency Care (rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment, returning home on the same day), through a survey and focus groups.

Find out more and sign up to participate.

Covid-19 Toolkit
The latest edition (3 March) of the Cabinet Office Covid-19 Communications Toolkit can be downloaded here.

Mental Health First Aid Workshops
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is organising Mental health First Aid (MHFA) workshops, covering difficult conversations with children and young people, building confidence in conversations, and making safety plans.

Dates and times:
25th March 2020 (9:30 am to11:30am)
20th April 2022 (1 pm to 3 pm)
13th May 2022 (9:30 am to 11:30 am)

Interested? Contact Sam Harding to register at [email protected]

Young People Led Community Conversation
The Community Conversations Strategy Group have asked young people from Stanley’s Community Centre and Escape 2 Make to organise a community conversation for young people across the district.

Topics for discussion will include mental health, education, food and poverty, Ukraine, and the environment.

Date: 30 March
Time: 4.30pm

Register here

Young people attending are also asked to complete a photo consent form.

Trauma Response: The Slightly Bigger Book of Aces
The follow up book to The Little Book of Aces is now available.

This edition considers issues on how to respond to people’s trauma in a informed manner and provides very helpful strategies.

If you would like a copy of The Slightly Bigger Book of Aces, please get in touch with [email protected]

Youth MHFA – FREE 2-day course
This course covers the Mental health First Aid (MHFA) model and the prevalence of mental health in young people and 6 specific topics – anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, psychosis and eating disorders. Only 16 places are available and both full days must be attended.

Date: 9th and 10th June 2022
Time: 9am to 5pm
Location: Lancaster University

Interested? Contact Sam Harding to register at [email protected]

CancerCare Lights on the Lake
Dedicate a candle to remember someone special as CancerCare illuminate Capernwray lake on Saturday 30 April

Information and dedications

Age UK Family Fun Walk
Enjoy a walk along the Lancaster canal, search for clues to answer the quiz, and receive a chocolate egg. Starts/finishes at The Waterwitch LA1 1SU from 12pm on 2 April.

See flyer for more information

Easter Family Fun Days
The Children & Family Wellbeing Service will be running free to attend Easter themed activities in April.

Poulton Children Centre, 4 April 10.00am – 11.30am

Lune Park Children Centre, 6 April 10.00am – 11.30am

Westgate Children Centre, 12 April 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Families must book to attend, by calling 01524 581280

Hornby Occasionals
Hornby Occasionals are performing HMS Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera.

The group is a recent recipient of the Eric Wright Charitable Trust (EWCT) administered by Lancaster District CVS’ Bay Foundation, which has funded the orchestra.

Event details: 30th & 31 March, 1st April at 7:30pm and 2nd April at 2.30pm

Tickets: Adult (£12), child (£6).

View the event flyer here.

Interactive story time for adults with learning disabilities at Lancaster Library

Date: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm

For more information please email: [email protected] or call 0300 123 6703.

Bay Volunteers is relaunching
At the relaunch, the team at Bay Volunteers will share their journey and vision for the future. Partners and attendees will have the chance to discuss ideas on how Bay Volunteers can better support people in the Lancaster District. 

Date: 26th March 2022
Time: 12noon to 3 pm
Location: Hope Church Lancaster, Queen Street, Lancaster. LA1 1RX.

Register to attend here.

Download event flyer here.

Sport England ReEngage Programme
ReEngage is a free digital platform, designed to provide workers and volunteers involved in community sports with the skills and knowledge to confidently engage with people across all communities, helping them to access the benefits of sport and physical activity.

Find out more and sign up.

Prize-led Fundraising Benchmarking and Trends 2022
The Prize-led Fundraising webinar is packed with insights, benchmarks, trends and best practices around prize-led fundraising and aims to help charities to boost their raffle and weekly lottery performance.

Date: 27th April 2022
Time: 11 am
Interested? Register here.

Lancashire Individual Service Fund
The purpose of this session is to familiarise people across Lancashire with what an Individual Service Fund (ISF) is and to engage with people about how the policy should work to make it an attractive and useable option.

Date: 30th March 2022
Time: 10 am to 12noon
Location: Zoom

To attend: please email [email protected] to book a place and to get the zoom link.

Sowing Club – skills training for employment and enterprise
This is a 6-session course for women living in and around Morecambe who are seeking employment, education, or interested in setting up a small business.

This course is free for any woman dependent on state benefits. Other participants are invited to make a donation based on their household income (a donation between £5 to £50).

Dates: From 21st April to 26th May 2022
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Location: More Music, 13-17 Devonshire Road, West End, LA3 1QT.

Interested? Register here.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Community Health Champions Project Officer and Project Administrator at LDCVS
Lancaster District CVS is working with Lancaster City Council to create a network of Community Health Champions, and a fund for projects which reach residents across the district and provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health, including the COVID-19 vaccine.

To support this work, we are recruiting a Project Officer and a Project Administrator.

Project Officer
Salary: £18,974 (£25,300 pro rata to 9 months)
Contract: 35 hours per week, for 9 months from start date
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 6 April 2022

Download application pack here

Project Administrator
Salary: £15,015 (£20,020 pro rata to 9 months)
Contract: 35 hours per week, for 9 months from start date
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 6 April 2022

Download application pack here

Youth Support Worker at Lancashire County Council
Post holders will have responsibility for Participation work, a way of working with young people that underpins the delivery model for Targeted Youth Support. Participation means working with young people to facilitate their own learning, feel confident in having a voice and influencing decisions that affect them and their peers.

Salary: £23,178-£26,437 per annum
Contract: Permanent, 29.6 hours per week
Location: Preston
Closing date: 10 April 2022

More information and apply.

Youth Worker at Lancashire County Council
Youth Workers will principally operate alongside the community themed delivery teams, principally providing oversight and management of evening based group work delivery programmes. They will have some involvement alongside colleagues operating in ‘Team around the school’ clusters in supporting specific identified needs for adolescents with one to one or small group support.

Salary: £29,579-£32,036 per annum
Contract: Permanent, 37 hours per week
Location: Wyre/Fylde
Closing date: 3 April 2022

More information and apply

Relief Home Care Support worker at Creative Support
Creative Support is looking to recruit motivated and resourceful Relief Home Care Support Workers with an empathetic approach who are committed to providing and promoting a person-centred ethos for individuals with mental health needs and learning disabilities across Lancaster and Morecambe.

Salary: £9.60 per hour
Contract: Permanent
Location: Lancaster, Lancashire
Closing date: 25th March 2022

More information and apply

If your organisation needs support whether it be working with volunteers, completing accounts and payroll, finding funding, solving governance issues, or just want a listening ear, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team:

Funding and governance support, contact [email protected]

Volunteering and upskilling your workforce, contact [email protected]

Payroll, bookkeeping and independent examinations, contact [email protected]

Membership queries: [email protected]

Partnerships, networks and strategic development, contact [email protected]

Alternatively, call us on 01524 555900

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