Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 08 September 2022

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.

An archive of previous editions can be found here.

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Third Sector Trends Survey Closing Soon
The closing date for the Third Sector survey will be closing soon. If you haven’t had the chance to complete this, please spare 101-15 minutes so that we can build a picture of what is happening locally and compare this data to 2016 and 2019 and what you think is going to happen next. It’s quick, interesting, and easy to do. You can respond on your phone, tablet, or computer. If you’re ready to answer the survey, start here.

All answers are securely stored completely anonymously and confidentially, and we will provide a report focusing on results from the Lancaster district in the coming months. If you want to find out more, please contact Yak Patel on 01524 555900 or email [email protected]

Funding for Local Community Projects in Great Britain – The Delamere Foundation
Funding is available to charitable and community organisations in the UK to support projects that deliver benefits for local communities. The Delamere Foundation, an independent charity are offering grants between £250 and £5000 for not-for-profit organisations that align with its values namely:

• The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection.
• The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society.
• The relief of financial hardship.
• The advancement of education.
• The relief of sickness.

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2022

For more information and apply

Sustaining Spaces Fund Accepting Applications
NSUN will be awarding grants of £500-£1000 to those facilitating community spaces where people with shared identities and experiences come together in support of one another’s wellbeing. This may be in the form of peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups, but is not limited to groups defining themselves in this way. Essentially they are looking to fund groups who are led “by and for” members of communities, sharing experiences or identities with those they are creating spaces for.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply

Heritage Trade Up Programme to Support Leaders of Heritage Organisations
Are you leading a heritage organisation or trading project in your community? You could be eligible for free support. In Partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Heritage Trade Up Programme looks to support and promote a stronger heritage sector providing eight months of capacity building support for a broad range of heritage sector organisations from across the UK. The Key benefits are:

• Strengthen your organisation with their free learning programme: Eight days of learning between January 2023 and December 2023.
• Receive a £4000 Match Trading grant that supports your recovery from the Covid pandemic.
• Gain a network of peers, who will help you develop your plans and act as a sounding board.

The heritage support programme is available to those whose primary purpose is to protect, preserve or promote the traditions, practices spaces and places. This not only applies to heritage in the more familiar sense of building restoration, artefacts and natural spaces for example, but also for those who promote and preserve the cultural heritage of a community through traditions of art, music, theatre, archives and education.

Applications are accepted by 1pm, Friday 21st October 2022

Read more and apply

Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust Opens for Final 2022 Funding Round
Registered and exempt charities in the UK can now apply to the fourth round of funding from the Trust, which has been arts focused throughout 2022. This current round is dedicated to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists and groups. Eligible activities could include supporting BAME performers, outreach projects within BAME communities and/or initiatives to increase participation with BAME communities.

Grants of £5,000 are on offer, though groups must have a minimum income and operating expenditure of £1 million to apply.

Application deadline: 30 September 2022

Learn more and apply

Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Autumn 2022 Round
The autumn round for the Prince’s Countryside Fund is now open for not-for-profit community-led projects improving the lives of those living in rural communities. Grants of up to £25,000 over two years are available for projects that can be completed by January 2025. The funding is designed to support community-led projects that are pursuing innovative and strategic solutions to the challenges facing their rural area and which will improve the viability and resilience of their community.

Successful projects will achieve one or more of a selection of goals such as resolving existing and emerging community issues, develop innovative and replicable projects, reduce isolation for people living in rural areas and others.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 11 October 2022

Read more about the Prince’s Countryside Fund and how to apply

PHP Social Prescribing Fund
This grant programme supports social or charitable activities and services linked to the patients and communities of PHP Health Practice Centres (in our area this is any service taking place within ten miles of the practice at Lancaster University). The programme will consider applications from groups that wish to fund a service which social prescribers can refer patients in to.

Find out more and apply.

Access to Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund Grants Managers
The PHF Youth Fund offers grants up to £150,000 to orgs that support young people facing complex transitions to adulthood

The next in a series of online Q&As with Grant Managers for organisations interested in preparing an application will take place on Wednesday 5 October.

Find out more and register.

Lancashire Red Rose Responding Fund
The Community Foundation for Lancashire (CFL) are pleased to open the next round of the Lancashire Red Rose Responding Fund. The overall aim of the fund is to support local charities, voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people – specifically relating to mental health. This funding round is available for community organisations based in Lancaster.

The fund will prioritise projects which directly respond to acute need and are delivered by organisations based within their local community and able to provide appropriate provision for the people they support.

The priorities for this round (in addition to the geographic focus noted above) are:

  • BAME community, LGBTQ+ community, people with physical or learning difficulties. This includes provision from organisations with the understanding of cultural backgrounds and able to offer multilingual support if needed.
  • Older people who experience social isolation
  • Younger people up to the age of 25 where poor mental health is having an impact on social and educational engagement

Any specific criteria?

* As the fund budget is limited and we expect many applications to be received, the focus of the fund is to help build capacity for smaller grassroots organisations with an annual income of under £150,000
* Applicants should have a demonstrable track record in delivering mental health support

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th October, 4pm

Learn more about the fund and how to apply

Lancaster Community Well-Being Fund – Round 2 closing 9 September 2022
The Lancaster Community Well-being Fund’s Round 2 deadline is fast approaching. Community groups have until the 9 September 2022 to submit their applications.

To date, there has been an encouraging volume of applications for projects focusing on youth, but there still remains a great opportunity for projects working within BAME communities.

The Well-being fund is a small grants programme for community groups within the Lancaster District, aimed at smaller local organisations with an annual income of less than £100,000. The fund is to enable activities to take place that positively improve physical and mental well-being in the community.

Find out more, access guidance, and start your application here.

If you have any queries regarding the programme or require guidance with your application please contact [email protected]

Fundraising Levy 2022/23 – upholding excellent standards of fundraising
The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose role is to inform and protect the public and promote and uphold excellent standards of fundraising, so that people can have confidence and trust in fundraisers and charitable fundraising can thrive.

The regulation is mostly funded through an annual voluntary Fundraising Levy (the levy). The cost is shared by the charitable organisations which carry out the most fundraising activity and is an established cost of business for those which spend £100,000 or more each year on their fundraising.

The levy begins on 1 September each year. The Fundraising Regulator will shortly be contacting eligible organisations to inform them about their fee band for 2022/23.

For more information about the levy and registration fees, visit the Fundraising Regulator registration webpage.

Community Ownership Fund Delivery Partner – Appointment Delayed
The Community Ownership Fund from DLUHC is currently open for expressions of interest. From Autumn 2022, there was supposed to be a development support provider available to assist applicants to submit a full bid to the fund. DLUHC have just announced that the tendering process for appointing the independent support provider has been delayed until the ‘autumn’.

This means that any local groups moving to full application stage currently will not have access to government funded support for sometime.  This fund helps community groups buy or renovate assets that would otherwise be lost to the community.

For more information and to express your interest in application

Intermediary Grant Maker required for £14m Know Your Neighbourhood Fund
The £14 million Know Your Neighbourhood (KYN) Fund will support activities enabling volunteering and tackling loneliness in targeted high deprivation local authority areas in England.

Launched on Friday 12 August, the Fund’s ambition is to develop an understanding of how to improve wellbeing and pride in place in communities through volunteering and community initiatives tackling loneliness. Citizens will be able to participate in local projects which build their skills, wellbeing and social networks.

DCMS are inviting bids through an open competition from non profit grant making organisations to take on an Intermediary Grant Maker role to deliver £14m funding to March 2025. Partnership bids are welcome.

DCMS will hold a virtual engagement session for clarification questions from 10:30am – 11:30am on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 29 September 2022.

Find out more details on the above


Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service launches Business Safety Month
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing fire safety advice and information this month, to highlight the ongoing importance of fire safety and continuing to raise awareness about recent and upcoming changes in legislation. The call comes as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Business Safety Week which runs from the 5-11 September and Fire Door Safety Week which starts on 19th September. The campaign aims to make businesses and the owners/managers of multi-occupied residential buildings more aware of their fire safety responsibilities and to ensure that their staff have information to help prevent and respond to fire in workplaces.

Head of Prevention and Protection, Area Manager Mark Hutton says:

“Fire and rescue services are committed to helping businesses and the owners/managers of multi-occupied residential buildings to better understand fire risk, how fire safety law applies to them, and the multitude of benefits of compliance”.

“We recognise that legislation is changing, and it is vitally important that owners and managers of businesses and residential premises keep up with these changes”.

For further information from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service click here

More information on the Fire Safety Act and Fire Safety (England) Regulations can be found on the National Fire Chief Council’s website.

LESS (Lancaster District) CIC Director
LESS is seeking two strategic thinkers to join its board of directors from November 2022 onwards.  This is a voluntary role with the purpose of ensuring effective financial management, governance and development of LESS (Lancaster District) CIC.

Directors will support the organisation in developing and maturing as it navigates an exciting period of growth. An open evening has been organised to support find the right people on Tuesday 20th September 7-8.30pm, where there will be an opportunity to meet some key staff and directors and learn about the history of the organisation, its current work and long term vision and plan.

Location: Lancaster

For more information join LESS’s open event on 20th Sept 7-8.30pm

To apply download the application pack and email completed applications to [email protected]

Closing date: 30th September 2022

Read more and apply

Equity and the Social Determinants of Health in Lancashire and Cumbria
The report commissioned from the Institute of Health Equity by Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership, examining the extent of Lancashire and Cumbria’s health inequalities and the reasons for them, has now been published.

The report looks in detail at local inequalities, social determinants of health, our local health equity system, and makes a series of recommendations.

Download the report here.

Designing out deep poverty and destitution – New Local and Joseph Roundtree Foundation call for learning and ideas
The current cost-of-living crisis adds to the urgency to not only mitigate the impact of poverty, but to fundamentally rethink how systems can prevent people falling into the deepest forms of hardship.

JRF wants to galvanise a mission to design out destitution and deep poverty locally by demonstrating practically what can be done. New Local is working with JRF to help develop a proposition for what this could look like at a local level. This could be work by the public sector, voluntary sector or communities themselves.

Contributions are welcomed from from those working to address and prevent deep poverty and destitution in local areas including: councils, NHS, other local public sector organisations, voluntary and community organisations, community groups, and other organisations both locally and nationally working on this issue.

Find out more about the call for learning and ideas where projects, ideas and experiences can be shared, and forthcoming project workshops.

Call for evidence to report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Just Fair have been commissioned on behalf of civil society organisations to prepare an independent report examining the UK government’s performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The commissioned work includes support sessions for organisations which want to supply evidence but have not taken part in this sort of work before, and seminars explaining how getting involved can strengthen your own campaigning work.

Find out more here.

Good Things Foundation’s Online Centres Network
The Good Things Foundation are providing community organisations free online digital inclusion support for their local members. If you’re a community organization looking to help bring digital benefits to your community, joining the network will provide range of service such as:

  • Access to the National Databank
  • Free training and resources
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to an online learning platform

The network is open to any organisation that is delivering or wants to deliver digital inclusion support. Find out more and sign up here or contact [email protected] for more information.

Get ready for the Charities Act 2022 – changes to Charity Commission guidance
The Charities Act 2022 simplifies charity law so that charities can spend less time and resources on untangling legal processes, from amending governing documents, to selling land, merging with other charities, and making use of permanent endowment funds.

The Act will be implemented in three phases over the next 15 months, with the first phase going live in autumn 2022.

To help the charity sector stay informed of the incoming legislative changes this autumn, the Charity Commission for England and Wales has published information about what impact these changes will have on their guidance.

For more information on the full implementation plan over the coming months, visit the DCMS Charities Act 2022 Implementation Plan webpage.

Support on cost of living available via ‘Help for Households’ campaign and toolkit
Government has launched the ‘Help for Households’ campaign and toolkit in response to increasing prices and pressures around the cost of living. Countries around the world are facing rising goods and energy prices, inflation and cost of living pressures after the pandemic and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The campaign aims to help people to access the range of support available, including new, exceptional one-off payments and existing benefits and schemes.

There are 41 schemes available to support citizens all of which can be found on the Help for Households Support website.

The Help for Households toolkit, includes free-to-download social media assets, newsletter copy, leaflets and FAQs, to help those most in need to access the range of support available at this time.

Specialist New Eye Care Service for those with Learning Disabilities and Autism
See Ability are providing a specialist eye service in Lancashire for all ages with learning difficulties and autism. Longer eye tests or multiple appointments are available where needed along with an easy to understand report about your eyes. Local opticians who have had extensive training will be seen. The assessment is NHS-funded and there is help towards the cost of glasses if you’re eligible.

Read more about SeeAbility

For more information and how to book your appointment

Minds Matter NHS Self Referral
Are your long-term physical health conditions impacting your mental health? Minds Matter are running a “How to be me again” course, where you will be equipped with coping strategies to help manage the stress that comes with physical health conditions.

Find out more here

Early Detection Saves Lives Cancer Workshop – NHSE North West Core20PLUS5 Health Inequalities Workshops
NHS Inequalities Workshops are holding a Cancer Early Detection session next Tuesday. The workshop will bring together North West Partners from each sub region to share exemplary practice. The group will explore what can be done to improve outcomes and address inequalities by working with communities, learning from innovative primary care approaches, and improving screening uptake.

The event is intended for clinical leads, Primary Care Networks, health inequalities leads, health care professionals, policymakers, public health, health improvement, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, innovation agencies, voluntary sector organisations and those with an interest in the early detection of cancer.

Note: *This is an online event*
Date and time : Tuesday 13th September 2022, 1:30pm – 4:15pm

To join the meeting click here

Please log in 10 minutes before the meeting

For a breakdown of the workshop agenda click here

For any enquiries, or support with the Teams link, please email: [email protected]

NHS flu vaccinations for people with a learning disability
With the autumn season approaching, NHS England are reminding those with learning disabilities about the opportunity to protect themselves from influenza (flu) this winter. Those with learning disabilities are eligible for a flu vaccination free of charge.

Read the letter from NHS England for more information

British Psychological Society and Mental Health Academy Suicide Prevention Summit
The purpose of this conference is to equip clinicians and community providers with the most up-to-date research, insights and practical resources around suicide prevention.

The event, taking place online on 10 and 11 September, is free to attend and provides CPD certificates for each session.

Find out more and register

Transfer of Care Hub
From 5 September a new transfer of care hub model will see a team based at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, utilising virtual links to work with partners across the system from health, social care, housing and the voluntary sector, to ensure services are linked and integrated care is provided.

The hub has been put in place as part of a new transfer or care policy in line with hospital discharge and community support guidance published in March.

Read more on this development

Further information about the hub and future development is available from Tim MacCracken, Interim Project Manager at UHMBT

Faith Organisations and Social Prescribing
This NHS Social Prescribing Webinar event will focus on the potential for social prescribing through and with churches. Discussion at thr webinar will help support and inform a model of regional pilots with churches, as a preliminary module for engagement with other faith groups.

Find out more and register.

Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice Drop In at the Gregson Community Centre
Reimagining Mental Health: A day of talking, reading, viewing and creating

Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice (CCrAMHP) are hosting a mental health service drop in session for people with lived experience of mental distress (whether through using mental health services or supporting family or friends), mental health practitioners, students, educators, researchers and all interested others. The session will involve reading and other group interactive activities, viewing films and getting into conversation that make room for the sharing of experiences, ideas and practices.

Where: The Gregson Centre, 33-35 Moor Gate, Lancaster, LA1 3PY
When: Sat 22 Oct 2022, 10am-5pm

For more information please contact [email protected]

Read more at CCrAMHP 

Children and Family Wellbeing Service – What’s on Guide

The Children and Family Wellbeing service is available to provide early help on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family. Their targeted services for children and young people across the age range 0-19yrs+ aim to ensure that they have maximum impact on achieving positive outcomes for your family.

Take a look at their What’s on Guide to keep up to date on all their upcoming events with useful information on what specific groups and services are available in your local community.

Here is a list of the upcoming sessions:

Baby & You
Development Matters
Infant Massage
Chat, Play & Read
Inside Out (8-11 years)
Move & Groove (1-5 years)
Young Parents to be
Parents to be
Group Triple P
Teen Triple P
Triple P Stepping Stones
Mini Move & Groove

I’m interested, show me more!

Youth Programme events:

EASY Youth Group for those with SEND (12-19 years)
Locality Youth Council (12 to 19 years or up to 25 with SEND)
Youth Impact Group (12 to 19 years or up to 25 with SEND)
Detached Session (12-19 years or up to 25 with SEND)
Open Youth Club (12 to 19 years or up to 25 with SEND)
PYRO (LGBTQ+) (13 – 17 years)

Click here for further details on the events above

Centre location details are:

  • Lune Park Neighbourhood Centre, Ryelands Park – Lancaster
  • Poulton Neighbourhood Centre, The Old Fire Station – Morecambe
  • Westgate Neighbourhood Centre, Langridge Way – Morecambe
  • Carnforth Neighbourhood Centre, Kellet Rd – Carnforth

Click here for full details of What’s on with dates and times

If you require information or support, you can use the ‘key contacts’ on the What’s on guide above.  You can also contact their ‘Talkzone’ service which is available every day of the year from 2pm-10pm.

Call: 0800 511111
Text: 07786 511111
Talk online:

For those families with younger children, you can also access a lot of advice and guidance on a full range of childcare services, resources and issues from the Family Information Service. Tel: 0300 123 6712 or email [email protected]

The Prince’s Trust Programme – Doubles it’s offer for Young People

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12-week personal development opportunity aimed at 16-25 year olds, which aims to improve young people’s confidence and team work skills. It also aims to help unemployed young people back into employment, education and training.

The course is run alternately 3 times per year from Morecambe and Lancaster Fire Stations working with young people from Morecambe, Lancaster and the surrounding areas.

The Prince’s Trust team programme starts on 19th September from Morecambe Fire Station.

The programme consists of:

  • Induction week covering health and safety, food safety, skills assessments and career-related action planning
  • Week-long team building residential to develop team work, problem solving and communication skills
  • 2 week Community Project where the young people will redecorate a community centre or clear an outdoor community space
  • 2 week work placement at a business or organisation that is linked to their future aspirations
  • Leadership week that is run by local Firefighters to develop the young people’s teamwork and leadership skills
  • Several Team Challenges where the young people run activities for vulnerable groups within their local communities
  • Final presentation at a local venue to celebrate the young people’s achievements, which is attended by local business leaders and dignitaries

76% of the young people who complete this programme go into employment, education or training opportunities within 3 months.

Click here to watch a short video about their provision…

In addition – 3 Day Course for those interested in The Construction Industry – In Partnership with Calico

The Prince’s Trust are also in partnership with Calico in looking for 18 – 30 year olds who have an interest in working in the construction industry. This additional course is for 3 days per week for 4 weeks, 10am – 3pm and includes a free CSCS card.  The course ends with a 1 week, on site work experience and the opportunity to apply for potential Apprenticeships.

For more information contact Dave Killeen at: [email protected] 07922887673.

For more information or to refer a young person:

Call Charlie on 07900268708

Free Webinar: Creating the environment for recovery for displaced children, young people and families
David Trickey, Co-Director of the UK Trauma Council (UKTC), will chair this Zoom webinar which aims to provide professionals with a better understanding of the impact of traumatic events such as exposure to war, conflict and forced migration. Including information on how to identify signs of trauma, and how to best support traumatised children and young people, the event includes contributions from keynote speaker, Rachel Calam, Professor Emerita in Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester.

Beck Ferrari, UKTC Clinical Content Lead, will give an overview of the resource portfolio currently in development by the UKTC, supporting professionals working with refugee and displaced children, young people and families. 

This event will be held on Tuesday 11 October, 17:00–18:30

Register for free here 

Slave Trade Walk – An Educational Tour on Lancaster’s Link to the Slave Trade
UCLan’s Professor Alan Rice’s revised trail investigates the historical city of Lancaster’s link to the slave trade. The Slave Trail tour led by Prof Alan Rice of Lancaster Black History Group will explore all about the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Lancaster, which was once the fourth largest slave trading port in the country. This guided walk around key locations in the City will uncover the hidden history of the city’s involvement.

The Slave Trade Walks are a perfect educational addition to any youth organisation or group looking to diversify their educational plans.

Read more about the tour

Book onto the next tour

Multi-Agency Early Help Training Offer
The Children & Family Wellbeing Service is offering a new series of multi-agency training programmes free of charge to all professionals working with children and families in Lancashire.

Several programmes have now been announced.

Early Help Assessment and Analysis Training
Over the 2 days practitioners will be supported:

  • To explain the importance of strength-based practice, be able to recognise and build on protective factors when analysing support needs and addressing risk
  • To know what constitutes a good quality assessment and plan
  • To access resources and tools that capture the voice of the child/family and know where and how to reflect this within the assessment process.
  • To develop an awareness and confidence in applying:
    • Trauma Informed Approaches
    • The Cycle of Change
    • Motivational language
  • With practical support in completing an Early Help Assessment

Delegates must book a day 1 session and a day 2 session:
Day 1: book here
Day 2: book here

Relationship Toolkit – Reducing Parental Conflict
This is a one day programme that will support practitioners to:

  • To understand parental conflict and what the research says about its impact family functioning and outcomes for both adults and children.
  • To recognise that there is a difference between domestic abuse and parental conflict.
  • To feel more confident about couple relationship quality enquiry in everyday practice
  • To become familiar with the with Amity Relationship Solutions toolkit and its contents
  • To understand the variety of tools, pre and post programme assessment and how to use them within the context of parental conflict support
  • To confidently assess, plan, implement and review parental conflict support with couples and/or individuals

Find out more and book

Transforming Lancashire’s Children’s Services: Thresholds & Strength Based Approaches to Practice
This is a one day course that will support practitioners to:

  • Understand the rationale for transforming Children’s Services in Lancashire and where change is happening
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Lancashire’s threshold document ’Working Well with Children and Families’, and the updated Continuum of Need.
  • Describe how thresholds are applied in practice and what factors may influence decision making

Find out more and book

The Voice of the Child
This 3 hour workshop is aimed at any professional providing early help support to children and families.  It will support practitioners to build their confidence and skills to capture the child’s voice and lived experience.  The aims of the workshop include:

  • The importance of capturing the voice of the child
  • Using resources and skills to understand a child’s thoughts and feelings
  • How to evidence the voice of the child in an Early Help Assessment

Find out more and book

Securing Consent and Engagement with Families
This 3 hour workshop is aimed at any professional providing early help support to children and families. It will support practitioners to build their confidence around securing consent and maintaining engagement. The aims of the workshop include:

  • Increasing understanding and the importance of gaining consent
  • Approaches to gaining consent and maintaining throughout the support
  • Approaches for establishing rapport and building a trusting relationship
  • Using communication skills to sustain relationships
  • Understanding barriers to engagement and how to manage these

Find out more and book

#iwill Fund Extension and Youth Volunteering Research
On Thursday 7 July, DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) jointly announced a £12 million extension to the #iwill Fund, creating further social action opportunities for young people throughout England.

Initially launched in 2016, the Fund has a goal of making social action a part of life for all young people, focusing on those who would not normally have the opportunity to participate.

Minister for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, Nigel Huddleston, highlighted the transformative impact that participation in social action, such as volunteering and campaigning, can have on young people, and the #iwill Fund’s role in facilitating this activity.

Learn more about the #iwill fund

SDGAction Knowledge Exchange with Local Business by the University of Cumbria
The University of Cumbria will be holding an event for SDGAction on the 14th September. The SDGAction Knowledge Exchange will be part networking and part sharing of the findings of research into local organisations and businesses in their capacity and ability to work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This is an opportunity for all businesses and community organisations in the Lancaster & Morecambe area to connect with other like-minded stakeholders and learn what insights have been gained.

The aim of the event is to find out what was learned from outreach with local businesses and other stakeholders about how SDGs connect to local action. SDGAction is an action research and knowledge exchange project in north Lancashire and south Cumbria. The purpose of the project is to enhance local understanding of how communities learn and develop new skills and mindsets, when working together to make change happen and build local partnerships for sustainability.

The event will be held at The University of Cumbria on Wed, 14th September 2022, 9:30am – 12:30pm followed by a networking lunch.

Read more and to register your place

Creative West End Market
The Creative West End Markets are back in the West End of Morecambe this weekend, with the summer market taking place on Sunday 11th September 2022 on West End Gardens and promenade. The creative market aims to create an inclusive and collaborative space bringing a wide range of projects, organisations, businesses and community members together with a shared sense of purpose.

The Creative West End team of artists and volunteers have organised a great day out, with a selection of local market traders including arts and crafts, food and drink and local artisan goods. There will also be live music, creative workshops and a food and drink zone, giving the whole feel of the event of a mini ‘festival’.

For further details click here

If you wish to apply to be a vendor or artist at the event, please contact: [email protected]

Think CO – An Introductory Workshop to Carbon Monoxide (CO) Risks at Home
The risks of carbon monoxide poisoning increase as we move towards Autumn and Winter. The Gas Safe Charity continues to offer more of their popular and free carbon monoxide awareness workshops. Aimed at front line staff and volunteers, they help people who work in the homes of vulnerable people to be more aware of the risks and to help prevent poisoning taking place. The interactive workshop lasts an hour.

These online vitual Zoom sessions will take place from September through to November.

Find out more and for bookings

Lancaster Slave Trail Tour at the Judges Lodgings Museum
Join the Slave Trail tour led by Prof Alan Rice of Lancaster Black History Group to find out all about the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Lancaster, which was once the fourth largest slave trading port in the country. This guided walk around key locations in the City will uncover the hidden history of the city’s involvement.

Date and time: Sat 10th September 2022, 11:15am – 1:30pm

Reserve your place on the tour

Lancaster Rewind Festival: 1972
The Lancaster Rewind Festival: 1972 event is a wonderful look back at the city over 50 years and will reflect on how Lancaster has changed, while showcasing some of the longest standing businesses in the city. The event is set to be an action packed programme of nostalgia, film and music with outdoor screened events hosted by The Dukes Theatre and free live musical entertainment on the Melodrome Stage. Get yourself ready for a journey back to Lancaster 1972!

This event will continue from the 11th-18th September 2022

For more info, follow this link

Cosy Homes in Lancashire presents WARM Matters
Cosy homes in Lancashire are hosting a multi-agency approach workshop to help residents across Lancashire prepare for and tackle the Cost of Living Crisis. From the perspective of Wellness, Advice, Resource and Money, the morning session, will be hosted by Arif Rajpura – Director of Public Health, accompanied by a selection of guest speakers. There will be an opportunity to network and the chance to share and learn what help is available from partner organisations for their residents.

The event will be held at the The Foyer – Blackpool, Conference & Exhibitions Centre, Winter Gardens, Leopold Grove, Blackpool, FY1 4JR.

Date and Time: Thursday, 24 November 2022, 09:00am – 16:00pm

Read more and Register your place

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service OPEN DAY – Morecambe Fire Station
On Saturday 10th September Morecambe Fire Station will be holding an open day. Bring all the family along and enjoy a day of talking with the firefighters and seeing all the skills and equipment that they offer. The open day event will take place from 11am-3pm.

View the event leaflet here

Multi-Agency Early Help Training Offer
See the Children & Young People section for more information

Preparing for winter pressures webinar
The webinar, hosted by Skills for Care on 5 October, is focused on frontline managers in organisations delivering adult social care. It will provide an opportunity learn about different approaches colleagues across the country are adopting for the winter ahead, particularly around staffing, increasing costs, and COVID-19.

Find out more and register.

NHS England: Social Prescribing Link Workers Workforce Strategy
NHS England are looking to inform the future workforce strategy and build on the learning since the introduction of the Social Prescribing Link Worker role and would value your input.

Over the Summer and Autumn they are keen to work with Social Prescribing link workers, employers and wider stakeholders to understand if the current workforce is of the right size, with the right skills, organised in the right way and delivering services to provide the best possible patient care.

To ensure that they consider the broader workforce needs this includes gathering information from the wider workforce as well as from colleagues in other healthcare settings such as secondary care and community services.

They are holding a number of virtual engagement workshops in September (click the dates to sign up):

  • Tuesday 13th September (1.30pm-3.30pm): Session for social prescribing link workers
  • Friday 16th September (10am-12pm): Session for employers, PCN managers, GPs and host organisations
  • Wednesday 21st September (10am-12pm): Broader stakeholders
  • Thursday 22nd September (1.30pm-3.30pm): Open session for all – Contributions from Social

Prescribing link workers, employers, VCSE organisations, Local Authority, GP federations, and broader stakeholders are welcome.

For more information and registration details

For Dom, Bruno & the Amazon at Halton Mill
A month of activities in November 2022 centred around Halton Mill, honouring Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, and others risking their lives protecting the rain forests.

Environmental journalist Dom Phillips was travelling in Amazonia with indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, investigating the undeclared war on indigenous communities and solutions to tackle the destruction of the rain forest, when they were murdered by people involved in illegal fishing.

Dom’s sister, Lancaster musician Sian Phillips, has led a choir in Halton for many years and her bands have played at the Mill.

Halton Mill is honouring Dom, Bruno and other activists who have lost their lives with an exhibition and other activities – films, talks, arts activities, and a two day conference in partnership with Lancaster University Environment Centre – during November, to coincide with COP27 when eyes will be on the world’s leaders and their responses to the environmental crisis.

Find out more about the events and partnership, sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.

FoodFutures Harvest Market
Held in the Market Square from 10am until 5pm on 16 September, the event features local food producers, crafts people and artists as well as musical performances.

Some spaces for stall holders are also still available.

Find out more


SELNET Social Business Expo
The Expo, taking place on 13 September, offers opportunities for social enterprises, charities and entrepreneurs to showcase their services, network, and share best practice, alongside three panel discussions:

  • How businesses can bring social enterprises into supply chains and the value that social businesses bring to the local economy
  • ‘Gross domestic happiness’ – What’s the point of measuring gross domestic product when it doesn’t include measuring people’s wellbeing & happiness?
  • How to overcome the main fears that hold our sector back from reaching their true potential

Find out more and book tickets.

Business Development Manager with the Preston Domestic Violence Services

*This post is open to women only*

The Preston Domestic Violence Services are seeking a Business Development Manager to join their team in Preston, Lancashire. The main purpose of the job is to maintain the sustainability of PDVS by obtaining income to support and develop current services and provide new ones. Preston Domestic Violence Services is a grassroots charity providing a range of community support services to people experiencing domestic abuse. The successful candidate will be required to be pro-active, self-motivated and with the experience necessary to fulfil the key objectives.

Salary: £21,588 per annum (£38,037 pro rata)

Contract: 21 hours per week

Location: Community Gateway Offices, Harbour House, Portway, Preston, PR2 2DW

Closing date: 5th October 2022

Find out more and apply

Trainee Youth Worker – MultiCultural Cumbria

Are you open-minded, enthusiastic and a creative thinker aged between 18-25? This role could be for you. Multicultural Cumbria are recruiting for a Trainee Youth Worker to join their team. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a variety of activities and be able to support young people from international ethnicities for a series of short-term and long-term projects over the next three years.

Salary: £18,195 per annum (pro rata to part-time hours)

Contract: Part-time 30 hours per week – Fixed term 3 Years

Location: Cumbria

Closing date: 19th September 2022

Applicant Criteria: Must be aged between 18-25 years

Find out more and apply

UHMBT Recruitment Event
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is holding a recruitment event for key workers.

Around 50 roles are on offer including clinical and non-clinical support workers, patient environment assistants (porters), domestics and catering staff for hospital sites across Morecambe Bay.

15 September, 8am – 6pm, Moor Lane Mills

Find out more and register to attend.

Several Roles at Rainbow Trust
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of time together, providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it for as long as it is needed.

Roles currently advertised locally include:

  • Kentown Family Support Workers (East Lancashire or Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster), £19,500 per annum, closing date 11 September
  • Kentown Programme Project Lead (North West), £28,000 – £32,000 per annum, closing date 11 September
  • Deputy Family Support Manager (North West), £23,000 per annum, closing date 18 September

Find out more and apply

Support Worker at Lancashire LGBT
This role provides one-to-one support to LGBTQ+ people as well as liaising with other agencies. There will also be opportunities to facilitate groups and engage with the wider LGBTQ+ population of Lancashire, in person and online.

Salary: £26,325 – £27,144 per annum pro rata
Contract: 22.5 hours per week, fixed term
Location: Preston
Closing date: 11 September

Find out more and apply

Domestic Abuse Caseworker at Victim Support
The role provides a pro-active, short to medium term crisis intervention service, through individual safety planning, advocacy, emotional and practical support.

Salary: £23,072 per annum
Contract: Full time, fixed term
Location: Blackpool
Closing date: 22 September

Find out more and apply

Several Roles at Trust House Lancashire
Trust House Lancashire work to support people affected by sexual violence or abuse, and with community groups to prevent and increase awareness of these crimes.

There are currently several vacancies in the organisation, with closing dates in September:

  • Senior Adult Therapist
  • Adult Therapist
  • Children, Young People & Families Service Manager
  • Specialist Family Support Worker
  • Senior Children & Young People’s Therapist
  • Children & Young People’s Therapist
  • Sessional Therapist with Language Skills
  • Children’s Sessional Play Therapist
  • Administration Apprentice

Find out more and apply.

Employment Consultant (North West) with the Forces Employment Charity
RFEA The Forces Employment Charity is looking for a highly motivated Employment consultant to join its Ex-Forces Employment team in the North West. The successful applicant will have a track record providing employment and job finding support.  Principal responsibilities will involve providing advice and guidance to support veterans into employment, develop links with local and regional businesses and business forums and facilitate veterans to access suitable training courses and employment grants.

Salary: £27,500 per annum
Contract: Permanent, Full time (35 hours per week)
Location: North West
Closing date: 18th September 2022, Midnight

For more information and to apply

Night Support Worker at Langley House Trust
The Langley House Trust are looking to recruit a Night Support Worker (Care) to join their team at the Lancaster care home. The role will involve assisting in the delivery of a stable and effective programme by the efficient delivery of the day-to-day service. The key purpose of the role is in supporting clients to achieve the outcomes laid out in their care/support plan and also ensure that the security of the project and it’s surroundings is maintained.

Salary: £20,415 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Contract: Permanent, Full time (36 hours per week)
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 31 August 2022

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Catering Assistant at The Glen in Morecambe
Elior are seeking a Catering Assistant for their Healthcare Division at The Glen in Morecambe. The successful candidate will become a critical member of the team, where there will be opportunity to grow within the role. There will be responsibility for ensuring the kitchens and service area is always clean and tidy, well presented and well-stocked. In addition, the Catering Assistant will be responsible for keep menus up to date and offer a warm and friendly service.

Elior are a multi-award-winning global player in the hospitality sector, founded in 1991 with over 105,000 colleagues wordwide, serving over 4 million guests every day.  The organization is committed to looking after the planet, supporting the community, cutting waste and supporting wellbeing.

Salary: £9.75 per hour + a wide selection of health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits
Contract: Permanent, Full time (36 hours per week)
Location: Morecambe
Closing date: Unconfirmed

Find out more and application details

Home Energy Advisor with Green Rose
Green Rose are seeking a Home Energy Advisor to provide home energy advice and support to local households, through home visits and telephone calls, fulfil appointments, track stock and other requirements. Green Rose are a social enterprise working across Lancashire to help local households understand and reduce their home energy costs and to make their homes more sustainable.

The role is home-based with travel across North Lancashire.

For further information follow this link

Area Business Manager at Barnardo’s
The Manager will bring team building and organisational strengths to a team across multiple retail branches, ensuring that the very highest standards of presentation and customer services are upheld.

Salary: £32,449 per annum
Contract: Permanent
Location: Morecambe and Lancaster
Closing date: 5 September

Volunteer Coordinator at The Gregson Centre
The postholder will harness volunteer skills, celebrate their contributions and extend The Gregson’s volunteer family.

Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata
Contract: 12 hours per week for 12 months.
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 16 September

Find out more and apply

Grants Officer at Francis C Scott Charitable Trust
The Grants Officer will liaise with grant holders and applicants, complete the grant administration and assessment process’, prepare papers for Trustees and support the Director in the development of new strategic funding models and programmes

Salary: £25,000 – £30,000 per annum
Contract: Full time
Closing date: 21 September

Download the application pack to find out more.

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