Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 1 March 2024

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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LDCVS Chief Officer joins Esther McVey for Eden Morecambe Discussions
Our Chief Officer had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion with Esther McVey MP at the Platform this week to discuss Eden Project Morecambe and share our hopes and vision for the town and district. Together with colleagues from Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster & Morecambe Chamber of Commerce, Morecambe BID, trade and business, Yak Patel spoke about the importance of young people and the community having opportunities for skills, jobs and for lives to be transformed by the project. He further went onto say:

‘If you look across the Bay and the beauty we see, my hope is for the town to reflect that beauty in its transformation process, along with other amazing programs which will help us to achieve this’.

The afternoon really demonstrated the connectedness between all partners and the commitment to improving our communities, It was a pleasure to show our support and highlight the amazing work and partnerships in our district.

Image: Grimshaw Architects 2017

LDCVS Annual General Meeting – Thank you!
On the 22 February we held our AGM and reported on the year ending 30 June 2023. We welcomed 24 attendees to the online event including members, trustees, staff, volunteers, and representatives of partner organisations. The meeting, led by our Chair of Trustees Paul Jebb, reported on the year’s activities and financial accounts. Members also agreed the appointment of auditors and elected Ali Richards, Emma Brant and Anthony Murray to their first full terms as trustees and directors.

Highlights included the Chair’s report, which set out our achievements across all areas of our work including some significant developments and new initiatives. The retirement of Sam Riches from the board was acknowledged with unanimous appreciation for her enormous contribution to LDCVS over many years, including nearly a decade as a trustee.

We’d like to share a heartfelt thanks to all that attended. If you weren’t able to make it but would like to find out more, take a look at our latest Annual Report and Accounts, which includes a comprehensive review of our work over the period.

Funding Application Training Opportunities
We have two live training sessions coming up. For those new to writing funding applications there is an online session – Top tips for writing a funding application – on Tuesday 12 March from 1.30-3​. This is free. To book, click this link:

If you have some experience but want to improve your skills, we have a face-to-face workshop – Writing a compelling funding application​ – on Wednesday 27 March from 9.30 to 3.30​ at Christ Church in Lancaster.

The workshop costs £15 for LDCVS members, and £25 for non-members. Use this link to book:

Funding to Support Music and Heritage Projects Across the UK
The Radcliffe Trust offers grants ranging from £2,500 to £7,500 for projects in Music and Heritage & Crafts. Music grants support classical music performance, education, composition, therapy, and more. Heritage & Crafts grants aid traditional cultural heritage and crafts development, including emerging craftspeople and conservation projects. Applications are accepted twice a year, allowing organisations to apply for both music and heritage grants simultaneously.

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2024

Further details click here

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Accepting Applications for 2024
The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation offers grants to support performances or recordings of music composed by Michael Tippett. Grants range from £500 to £3,000, with priority given to less frequently performed works or projects involving young people. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2024, for projects starting in January 2025. Detailed project descriptions and budgets are required.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2024.  Projects for consideration should start not earlier than January 2025.

Find out more about this fund and how to apply

People’s Postcode Lottery – Postcode Neighbourhood Trust 2024
The Postcode Neighbourhood Trust 2024, funded by People’s Postcode Lottery, offers unrestricted grants ranging from £500 to £25,000 to organisations in the North of England. Eligible projects should focus on themes such as physical activity, arts participation, poverty reduction, supporting marginalised groups, biodiversity, climate emergency response, green spaces, and mental health support. Priority is given to organisations with annual incomes under £250,000, especially those serving communities in the top 15% on the Indices of Deprivation and supporting minority/marginalised groups.

Three application rounds are scheduled for 2024, with the first round open from March 25th to April 1st, noon.

Explore the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust Fund

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme Applications Open
The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme offers eligible organisations in England independent energy assessments and grants of up to £150,000 for installing energy efficiency measures. It targets frontline voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations, especially small and medium-sized ones, directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, such as poverty alleviation, housing support, financial advice, health services, and employability programs. Community hubs or centers providing these services are also eligible.

Learn more about the scheme

Trust Establishment and Growth Fund to Open for Final Round on 1 March 2024
The Trust Establishment and Growth Fund, provided by the Department for Education, supports the creation or expansion of multi-academy trusts (MATs) in England. It is available to trusts, schools, dioceses, and other organisations aiming to establish a new MAT. Applications for the next round of funding are open between November 1, 2023, and February 1, 2024. Before applying, applicants must discuss their proposal with their regional director’s office and review the guidelines. Completed application forms and expenditure plans must be submitted via email by the specified deadline.

Application window 4 opens on 1st March 2024, submission deadline of 25th June 2024 for planned grant activities starting 1st August 2024.

Learn more about this fund

UK Schools with STEM Partners Can Apply Now for Grants to Support Autumn Projects
The Royal Society’s Partnership Grant scheme offers grants of up to £3,000 for collaborative STEM projects between UK schools and academic or industry partners. Projects must aim to engage children aged 5 to 18 in science and engineering, with funding primarily for equipment purchase. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with deadlines for different project start dates.

The first deadline is the end of April with notification in July for term projects to start from October 2024.

Visit the Royal Society’s website for more

NLCF’s Climate Action Fund (Energy and Climate) Deadline 1 March
The National Lottery’s Energy and Climate funding program, closing for new applications on March 1, 2024, aims to inspire and support UK communities in addressing the energy and climate crisis. Projects should promote environmentally friendly energy use, community engagement, and clean energy generation. The Climate Action Fund, opening on March 27, to apply for new funding will focus on inspiring more people to take climate action. £8.5 million is available for 8 to 12 projects with grants of up to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years.

Application deadline 1 March 2024 (noon)

Find out more and apply

KFC Youth Foundation Accepting Applications for First 2024 Funding Round
The KFC Youth Foundation is offering grants of up to £2,500 for projects benefiting young people aged 11-25, particularly those facing economic disadvantage, to help them build life skills and secure meaningful employment. Not-for-profit groups with a turnover under £300,000 and existing for at least 12 months are eligible to apply.

The deadline for application is 17 March 2024 11.59pm

Explore this funding opportunity

Baring Foundation’s New Funding Round Focuses on Creativity for Men with Mental Health Problems
The Baring Foundation is offering grants of £20,000 to £50,000 for projects addressing the under-representation of men in participatory creative activities for individuals with mental health issues in the UK. Projects must prioritise men least likely to participate, considering intersectionality factors such as age, race, sexuality, and disability.

Total funding available is £1 million, with projects lasting at least one year. Eligible applicants include established UK arts organisations with a track record of providing creative opportunities for individuals with mental health problems for at least two years and an annual income over £75,000 for the past two years. Zoom meetings will be held on 4th and 19th March for enquiries.

Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline of 23 April 2024 (noon).

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

Funding to Support Disabled Children and Children with Life-Limiting Conditions Across the UK
The True Colours Trust offers grants up to £10,000 to registered charities with under £350,000 annual income in the UK. Projects aim to enhance the lives of disabled children, those with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Funding supports various activities, including sibling support, bereavement counseling, respite care, and renovation/upgrading of facilities. Priority given to organizations in deprived areas.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information, visit The True Colours Trust website

Village Halls Small Grants Fund
The Village Halls Small Grants Fund offers grants ranging from £2,000 to £5,000 to support rural community buildings in England. These grants are aimed at smaller capital projects like boiler replacements, insulation, toilet upgrades, and new kitchens. Applicants can receive up to 20% of eligible project costs, with a maximum award of £5,000. Funding for proposed works must be confirmed within 6 weeks of applying.

The fund is open until December 2024 but may close earlier.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities Through Sport and Physical Activity
The Peter Harrison Foundation offers funding up to £30k to support grassroots sports initiatives aimed at disadvantaged individuals in the UK. Projects should focus on creating access to sports and physical activities to develop personal and life skills. Funding can be used for various purposes, including new sports programs, facility improvements, equipment, and coach training.

The next application deadline is April 1st.

Learn more about this fund

The Ironmongers Company
The Ironmongers’ Company offers grants to registered charities supporting disadvantaged children and youth under 25 in the UK. Projects must focus on educational activities that encourage learning, motivation, and skill development. Grants range up to £10,000, with preference for projects piloting new approaches. Recipients must submit an evaluation report within three months post-project completion. Exclusions include medical treatment, fundraising events, and building work.

Application deadlines are December 15th and July 31st. Contact [email protected] for queries.

For further details on the fund click here

Deadline Reminder: Jerwood Foundation Spring 2024 Funding Round
Jerwood Foundation invites funding applications from UK-based arts organisations committed to making art accessible for public benefit. The next funding round will be awarded in April 2024, with a focus on projects starting between June 2024 and March 2025. Applications must include a project summary, budget, and organisation’s financial details. The Foundation does not fund individuals, educational courses, or capital endowments. Successful applicants will be notified by May 8, 2024.

Application deadline 1 March, 5pm

For more information and how to apply

ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund Reopens
The ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund is now open for applications until March 19th. With a focus on marine conservation, the fund seeks to finance projects that contribute to the protection and enhancement of marine ecosystems in the UK. Successful projects will receive funding of up to £200,000 per year for up to three years. Eligible organisations must have a track record in marine conservation, an active board of trustees, and meet specific financial criteria. To apply, organisations must first complete an eligibility form, followed by the application form.

Application deadline Tuesday 19 March, 12pm

Further details and application links can be found on the ScottishPower Foundation website.

Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards Returns for 2024
The Benefact Group is set to distribute over £1 million to charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland this year through random draws as part of its Movement for Good Awards, now in its sixth year. Charities and good causes can be nominated by the public to participate in draws for grants of £1,000 or £5,000, with nominations open year-round. Additional special draws and larger grants of £10,000 will also be awarded later in the year. Nominations must be submitted before the respective draw dates, and winners will be announced on the Movement for Good page on the Benefact Group website.

Further details on nomination

Village Halls in Rural England Can Apply Now for a Small Capital Grant
The Village Halls Small Grants Fund, administered by ACRE, is part of the £3 million Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund by Defra, aiming to aid volunteers in enhancing village halls with smaller projects like disability access and kitchen upgrades. Grants of £2,000 to £5,000 cover 20% of eligible capital project costs including VAT, prioritising smaller projects. Applications are open to registered charities, CIOs, and community associations in rural areas with less than 10,000 population, with projects to be completed by March 2025. Deborah Clarke of ACRE emphasizes the importance of accessible community spaces, especially in light of rising energy costs and the current cost-of-living challenges.

The fund is open from 1 February 2024 until December 2024, or until available funding is fully allocated.

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

Your organisation can receive free unrestricted funding from online retailers including Sainsbury’s, eBay, Tesco, M&S, Asda, Argos, Just Eat, Morrisons, Trainline and They will all donate money to your voluntary organisation when your community of supporters shop with them.

Whenever an online shopper buys something online, the retailer will send your organisation either a flat monetary amount or a percentage of what the online shopper spends, without it costing the shopper anything extra. 24% of people shop online twice a week now so this is a simple way for your supporter network to raise money for your organisation during the cost of living crisis. All types of community organisations can receive this funding – your organisation just needs to be registered with funding website easyfundraising.

Register here (it’s very straightforward and there is no cost).

Barclays Community Football Fund 2024 Opens to UK Applications on 12 February
Barclays Bank, in collaboration with the Sported Foundation, is offering grants of up to £1,000 to not-for-profit organisations for football activities targeting young people under 25 from underrepresented groups, with a focus on high-deprivation areas. The funding, now in its third year, aims to enhance access to football for women and girls, those with disabilities, racially diverse communities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and lower socio-economic groups. Additional grants and support include deep impact grants, coaching grants, and access to training and resources. The funding cannot be used for educational institutions, elite football programs, or multiple projects within the same organization. Two funding rounds are scheduled for 2024.

Applications for the first round open on 12 February and close on 12 April 2024.

Learn more about this fund

New National Lottery Heritage Grants Accepting Applications from Across the UK
The National Lottery Heritage Grants, part of the Heritage 2033 strategy, will invest £3.6 billion across the UK, offering grants from £10,000 up to £10 million. Projects focusing on saving heritage, protecting the environment, inclusion, and sustainability are supported. Grants are available for projects up to five years, catering to various aspects of UK heritage.

Applications are open year-round for grants ranging from £10,000 to £250,000, with decisions made in about two months. Expressions of Interest are required for grants over £250,000, with quarterly deadlines for development phase applications. Chief Executive Eilish McGuinness encourages applications from organisations aiming to preserve and share the UK’s heritage.

Applications for grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 are open all year round with decisions in about two months.

Further details on this fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Announces £1m Youth-Led Creativity Funding Programme
The programme has been co-designed with Esmée’s Involving Young People Collective. A panel of young consultants will play a key role in the assessment process for the Fund that ensuring the views and voices of young people are at the heart of the programme. The Youth-Led Creativity programme builds on young people’s power to make change, use creativity to enhance their lives, develop their careers, and influence the world around them. Support focuses on work led by and for young people who have less access to creative programmes or who are underrepresented in arts and culture.

This includes young people who:

  • are D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent
  • are from communities experiencing racial inequity
  • are economically or educationally disadvantaged
  • identify as LGBT+
  • have migration or care experience

Find out more here

Watch a Q&A webinar below about this Youth-Led Creativity funding, opening for applications on 14 February.

Funding to Support UK and International Collaborative Arts Projects
The British Council is offering grants of between £25,000 and £75,000 for arts and culture organisations across the UK to work in partnership with international organisations from selected countries to support arts projects that help artists to make and develop creative artwork and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating.

With £1 million available in the second round of the International Collaboration Grants Programme, projects can cover various artistic fields such as film, literature, visual arts, music, and more. Priority will be given to partnerships building genuine international collaboration and benefiting artists and partners.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2024 (23:59).

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Watch their video below…

Hedley Foundation
The Hedley Foundation provides grants to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need. They support hundreds of small charities, improving lives and lifting people’s aspirations. Grants of 250 to 5,000 Funding streams: Youth Support, Disabled Support, Supporting the elderly and Terminally Ill, Miscellaneous support. The Foundation now provides charitable support to young people, in particular, and to those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Application deadline 13 March 2024

Learn more about the fund and how to apply

Henry Moore Foundation Accepting Applications for First 2024 Funding Round
Henry Moore Foundation is offering various grants of up to £20,000 for art galleries, museums, and other not-for-profit organisations concerned with art and art history across the UK to support projects that promote the growth and development of sculpture across historical, modern and contemporary registers, and research that expands the appreciation of sculpture.

Funding is available for new projects, acquisitions, research and development, as well as conferences, lectures, and publications related to sculpture. Grants range from small research grants of up to £2,500 to larger grants of up to £20,000 for various initiatives. The Foundation typically has four deadlines per year for grant applications.

The next deadline for applications is 1 March 2024, 11pm.

Find out more about the Henry Moore Foundation Grants

Funding to Empower Young People through Language and Storytelling in Northwest England
Audible, in partnership with thinkBeyond, is offering grants of up to £15,000 for local organisations across Northwest England to deliver projects and activities that help to unlock the potential of underprivileged 16-to-25-year-olds, whose exclusion has historically hurt their levels of literacy and aspiration. The fund seeks initiatives engaging youth in language to boost literacy and career aspirations.

Applications run from January 31 to March 17, prioritizing new projects targeting eligible youth within six months of funding. Assistance is available for uncertain applicants.

Learn more about this exciting fund

Subsidised Stays at Rookhow for Community Groups
ROOKHOW, a Quaker charity nestled in the serene Rusland Valley near Ulverston in South Lakes, offers a tranquil retreat featuring a 16-bed bunkbarn, a historic Meeting House for group gatherings, a heated yurt in the woods, and two campfires spread across 12 acres of enchanting oak woodland. The Retreat Away Fund provides support for community groups, including LGBTQ+ youth groups, refugees, trauma and addiction support groups, mental health organisations, and families on low incomes, enabling them to experience the rejuvenating ambiance of Rookhow. Over the past three years, more than 500 individuals from 40 different organisations have benefited from the fund, sharing heartfelt experiences of solace and renewal.

The deadline for the next round of applications is April 1st.

Find out more here

Download the application form here

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants
The British Ecological Society are providing Outreach and Engagement Grants that aim to support BES members in conducting independent outreach, public engagement, and science communication activities that connect public audiences with the significance of ecological science. The grants, with amounts up to £2,000, are open to individuals, teams, and organisations at all experience levels, developing diverse and innovative approaches, including in-person events, digital formats, or physical resources.

Application process: There will be two funding rounds in 2024:

  • Round 1 opens on 11 January and closes on 8 March 2024 with notification in late May 2024.
  • Round 2 opens on 11 July and closes on 11 September 2024 with notification in late November 2024.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit the British Ecological Society’s Outreach and Engagement Grants website.

Thomas Wall Trust Accepting UK Applications for Summer 2024 Meeting
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for UK registered charities for specific projects that improve communication skills for disadvantaged adults and supports NEET people into employment.

The Trust views communication skills as critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.

The funding is for registered UK registered charities with an annual turnover of between £25,000 and £500,000 that are working to develop communication skills for people from disadvantaged groups who want to improve their employment prospects. Beneficiaries must gain at least one accredited vocational qualification during delivery.

There is a two-stage application process. The next deadline to submit a first stage application is 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

Funding for Cultural Organisations to Improve Digital Infrastructure Across the UK
Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing grants of up to £150,000 over two years through the Digital Accelerator Programme. Cultural organisations with at least three years of operation and a turnover of £500,000 in the 2023 financial year can apply. The funding aims to enhance digital infrastructure for content creation, customer relationship management, digital archives, and website upgrades. Eligible costs include hardware, software, staff time, and training. The initiative seeks to help organisations boost revenue, engage audiences, and improve operations.

Application deadline: 13th March 2024

Find out more and how to apply

Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2024
Once again, Lancaster District CVS is working with the Eric Wright Charitable Trust to distribute grants of up to £500 to community organisations with an annual income below £50,000. Projects simply need to show how they can make a positive difference to the lives and wellbeing of people of any age.

Unlike previous years, there are no fixed application deadlines. Apply for funding at any time up until midnight on 31 July, and we’ll let you know the result by the middle of the following month. For example, all organisations who submit an application before midnight on 31 January will find out whether or not they have a grant in the middle of February, February applicants will find out in March, and so on until the fund is entirely allocated.

Download full guidance and apply at or to ask any questions about the fund please get in touch with Sharon Phillips by email at [email protected]

Funding to Promote Visual and Performance Arts Across the UK
Jerwood Foundation is providing grants of up to £2 million per year to support UK organizations promoting visual and performance arts for public benefit and nurturing emerging talent in the arts. The funding is available for projects and activities lasting between three and 12 months. Past recipients include Brixton Chamber Orchestra, The Courtauld, Paintings in Hospitals, Persona Arts, and Arnolfini, supporting various art-related initiatives and exhibitions.

The next deadline for applications is 1 March 2024.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

Lancashire and South Cumbria VCFSE Assembly meeting – 21st March
The next Lancashire & South Cumbria VCFSE Assembly meeting is taking place on Thursday 21st March at 9.30 – 2.30 at UCLAN’s Westleigh Conference Centre (Lea Rd, Lea Town, Lancashire, PR4 0RB)

This event is open to all VCFSE organisations across the Lancashire & South Cumbria area and is an opportunity to come together to share information, network and meet colleagues.  The March Assembly meeting is all about the value and impact of the VCFSE, so we will hear from colleagues from a range of organisations about delivering quality services, involving lived experience, and measuring impact.

Places are limited due to room capacity, so please book using the link below asap.  Please share this link across your networks in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde so that the VCFSE across this area is well represented.

Minister welcomes Charity Commission announcement of next CEO
The Charity Commission has announced the appointment of its new chief executive, David Holdsworth. Holdsworth will take up the role in July 2024, when Helen Stephenson’s seven year term comes to an end.

The Minister for Civil Society, Stuart Andrew, said:

“David’s wealth of experience as Deputy CEO at the Charity Commission, and most recently as chief executive of the Animal and Plant Health Agency, make him brilliantly placed as CEO to oversee the 170,000 registered charities in the coming years.

I’d like to thank Helen Stephenson for her dedication and service over the past seven years. Helen has demonstrated the importance of good regulation in ensuring a fair and appropriate sector that can thrive and flourish, and I wish her well for the future.”

Read more about it here

Ways to get involved with the Loneliness Campaign
Did you know that the DCMS Loneliness Campaign is launching on 28 February? Targeted at 16 – 24 year olds, the campaign aims to reduce the stigma of loneliness, increase knowledge of where to find support and encourage taking action. The Department welcomes your support in getting the word out on social media channels, newsletters and groups likely to be affected.

Help spread the word via the Loneliness Campaign communications toolkit from Wednesday 28 February, or to discuss more bespoke ways to get in touch, please contact [email protected]

Nominate an Outstanding Individual for a Points of Light Award
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport are welcoming nominations for inspirational individuals for the Points of Light awards! These nominations are given daily by the Prime Minister to outstanding volunteers in the UK, and the Department is looking for those who have made a real difference to their communities, across all ages and backgrounds.

2024 will see the 10th anniversary of the award, which started in April 2014. Over 2,000 people have been named Points of Light, highlighting an array of innovative volunteering, from raising awareness of rare diseases to fundraising and conservation.

The Department has recognised a series of winners to coincide with the Lunar New Year, including Stephen Ornellas, who taught martial arts and traditional lion dance in Liverpool for over 40 years and other worthy winners.

Find out more information about how to nominate a brilliant individual close to you visit the Points of Light website or email nominations to [email protected]

VAT Relief Changes on Certain Energy-Saving Materials for Charitable Buildings 
Did you know that the government has recently removed VAT on the installation of certain energy-saving materials for buildings used solely for a relevant charitable purpose? This means that the next time you are getting a qualifying energy saving building upgrade, the builder/installer will not charge VAT on the price. Find out more details on the eligibility criteria on the government webpage.

Peer Coordinator’s Spring Forum 2024 – The Peer Partnership
The Peer Partnership Coordinators Forum provides a platform for VCSE staff involved in peer support to network, share best practices, and access resources. The upcoming Spring Agenda on April 2nd includes discussions on spotlighted services (one-to-one peer support for HIV), best practices in training opportunities, and open discussions on the future of peer support. To participate, register on Eventbrite. For more information, visit The Peer Partnership website or contact [email protected]

Lancashire & South Cumbria – Strategy Refresh Engagement Workshop
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) are due to hold an online workshop series looking to engage in the Trust Strategy refresh. As they adapt to evolving needs, they are inviting LSCFT colleagues and system partners to provide input on their strategic goals. Learn about the new Quadruple Aim framework and help shape objectives for the future. Choose from multiple dates in March and email Strategic. Email [email protected] to register.

Date/time of the workshops:

Thursday 7th March: 2-3pm
Monday 11th March: 11am-12pm
Tuesday 12th March: 6-7pm
Wednesday 13th March: 10-11am

Learn more about the workshop series

Menopause in the Workplace-Guidance
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has released comprehensive guidance, endorsed by various organisations, which is deemed more reasonable and practical than the recent Avanti West Coast initiative. The initiative, involving “gift bags” for menopausal women, garnered significant publicity earlier this week. While Avanti stated the bags were designed by a support group of menopausal women and included practical items, such as a fan and chocolate, they faced criticism on social media and were labeled as demeaning and insulting gimmicks by equality rights campaigners and trade unions.

Read more about the guidance

VSVR 2024 – Call for Papers – Voice of the People? Democracy, Representation and Involvement
The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference 2024, organised by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), in partnership with Voluntary Action Islington (VAI) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), invites submissions for papers, panel sessions, and workshops. The conference aims to explore the role of the voluntary sector in democracy, representation, and involvement, amidst challenges such as technological advancements and alternative forms of citizen engagement. It welcomes contributions from various disciplines and sectors, addressing themes like diversity, recent crises, grassroots action, and organisational management.

You can submit your abstract here

Submissions are open until May 8, 2024, with a special welcome event for new or early career researchers.

For more details about how the New Researchers Stream works

For more details and abstract submissions

Volunteer Opportunity Promotion and Recruitment
Have you registered on our website to promote your volunteer roles? By adding your opportunities to our website you will be making them available to the hundreds of people per month who check our site looking for something to do. You will also enable our team to easily and quickly signpost people to your roles, to give them the information that they need to decide whether they would like to apply.

Registering is quick and easy and you can do it here.

Once registered you will be able to add your roles. If you need any help, or have any questions, you can contact Mark by email at [email protected].

In addition to the website, the Volunteer Centre can promote your roles via our bulletins and newsletters; through attendance at in-person events such as volunteer fairs; in 121 meetings with potential volunteers; through visits to various support organisations; drop-in events at local Job Centres; by posting to our social media platforms; and through our bi-weekly column in the Lancaster Guardian.

If you would like to discuss any of this, including having space in our Lancaster Guardian column, please contact Mark.

Volunteering Opportunity Help Guide
We have produced a guide to help you when adding an opportunity to our website – It is quite detailed and covers every possible question. You don’t need to follow it but please do look at it if you get stuck or if it isn’t clear which option to choose when going through the form to add new opportunities.

You can now also add more users to your account. Once registered, log in, hover on Account at the top of the dashboard and click ‘Users’, where you can add more users. This will be useful if you would like someone else to check applicant info and contact potential volunteers.

You can also now choose which category to add your opportunity under, to help people when searching for roles. If you can’t find an appropriate category just use the ‘default’ category and let us know what categories you would like to see added.

Visit the guide here

DBS Checks
We offer a DBS check service, working in partnership with Burnley, Pendle, and Rossendale CVS. If you need DBS certificates for your staff or volunteers, please visit our website here.

NEW BLOG – Adult Social Groups for All Ages | Visit to Adullam
In our latest Health and Wellbeing blog ‘Discover Wellness in the Lancaster District’ we are focussing on one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect. It is the most important of the Five Ways (the others are Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give) but these days it is not always easy to do.  Many of us feel lonely and isolated and are looking for new ways to connect with others and find our tribe. 

Just before Christmas we went along to Hope Church on Queen Street in Lancaster to visit Adullam’s “Coffee Time” group, which takes place every week on Tuesday morning. The group were already deep into wreath making guided by an expert hand using natural materials that they had foraged the week before on a trip out to Littledale.

Adullam “offer people within the community an opportunity to build new friendships, learn new skills and receive help and advice for life’s challenges”… Read more

Parkinson’s UK Lancaster and Morecambe Support Group
The Lancaster and Morecambe Support Group, affiliated with Parkinson’s UK, provides local friendship and support for individuals with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers. Weekly meetings offer opportunities for mutual support, socializing, and participation in various activities.

They have a 1 hour exercise and movement session which is designed specifically for people with Parkinsons. There is also a library of books and information sheets along with contacts to enable signposting to appropriate agencies. Contact Patricia Howard for more information at 01524 770831 or [email protected]  

Additionally, individuals seeking advice or emotional support related to Parkinson’s can reach out to the Parkinson’s UK Helpline at 0808 800 0303 or [email protected] The Parkinson’s UK forum community and expert nurses also provide additional avenues for support and information.

Find out more here

Health Watch Lancashire – Prison Project
Healthwatch Lancashire is currently looking at barriers being faced by people when being released from prison and returning to community healthcare. They now have an online survey open for anyone who has been released from prison in the last 12 months, please feel free to share this far and wide as the more feedback provided, the better they can help improve services.

See their poster here of which can be shared far and wide.

Visit the survey here, please share with your colleagues.

Lancaster Uni Mental Health Day – 14th March
Lancaster University is hosting a mental health day on March 14th and is inviting organisations to participate. It’s a day to celebrate all things university wellbeing, including project and partnership working. The event is on campus, 9.30-3.30pm on the 14th and organisers are inviting local community organisations and both students and staff from across the university to attend.

Interested organizations can contact Michou at [email protected] to arrange attendance.

Living Life to the Full New Courses
West End Impact are running new courses for anyone struggling with negative thinking patterns. The course will help provide you with important principles to keep your mind healthy. The majority of the course costs are subsidised however a £5 contribution per session will help sustain the service.

Upcoming sessions with Emma:
13 March 2024, 9.30am

Find out more: Call 01524 888929 or email: [email protected] 

View the workshop leaflet here

New Maternity and Neonatal Independent Role will Support Families in Lancashire and South Cumbria
A new maternity and neonatal independent advocate role has been established to support families in Lancashire and South Cumbria, ensuring their voices are heard and acted upon by care providers in cases of adverse outcomes during maternity or neonatal care. This advocate can assist families in navigating the healthcare system, attending meetings, and supporting them through investigations and complaints processes.

Initially serving Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, this role aims to provide vital support during difficult times. Co-produced with input from service users and staff, the advocate operates independently from NHS Trusts and reports to the Integrated Care Board.

If you have experienced a serious incident or an adverse outcome that has or may require formal investigation following maternity or neonatal care, you may be able to get support from a Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate.

Find out more

Barton Grange – Rheumatoid Arthritis Advice & Information Event
Bardon Grange Garden Centre will be holding an advice and information event for those suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  This event will give you the opportunity to speak to a wide range of local services who can provide you with FREE information and advice. On the day there will be guidance from specialists such as the Rheumatology Team with Minerva Health Centre consultants, Members of the Naational Rheumatoif Arthritis Society (NRAS), Age UK Lancashire and others. This event is free and wheelchair friendly.

Date & time: Saturday 16 March 2024, 10.30am – 3pm
Location: Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston, PR3 0BT

Find out more here

Weekly Online Parent Support
The Children and Family Wellbeing Service are providing an online parent carer info and advice drop in, running in collaboration with Lancaster District CVS. The CFW service will be held every Thursday from 1-1:30 pm for online sessions offering a friendly listening ear, informal advice, and information about the services available to support children and families in the local community. Whether you need guidance or want to explore local support groups, CFW is their to help.

Call 01524 581280 for more information or view their service event e-leaflet here

Inclusive Dance Workshop
Join DanceSyndrome for an inclusive dance workshop at St. Thomas’s Church in Lancaster! Whether you have a disability or not, everyone is welcome to join for a fun and fitness filled dance session. Come and be a part of their inclusive dance community every Saturday (except 10th & 17th February) until March 23rd. The workshop runs from 2-3pm and is open to ages 14 and above. Grab this opportunity to move, groove, and connect with others through dance!

View their event e-poster for more

For further details please contact Deborah Thompson on 07517 916866.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training
PAC Training and Empowerment is offering a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Course funded by Lancashire County Council. The course equips participants with the skills to recognize signs of mental ill-health and respond appropriately. Previous attendees commend the engaging activities and valuable insights gained. For those unable to commit to the two-day course, a half-day Youth Mental Health Aware course is available. Additionally, PAC offers courses on Adult Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, and ASIST. Participants receive certification from MHFA England or Living Works. The initiative aims to increase mental health awareness and support individuals within the Lancashire area.

Further information and registration details are provided for interested individuals and organisations. Additionally, delegates attending eligible courses receive an Orange Button pack, identifying them as resources for support and information within their community.

See more about the Orange Button scheme

Download the booking form here and return to [email protected]

Measles Preparedness Information Document
The NHS have circulated Measles Campaign Information and Q&A for the Community, Voluntary & Faith Sector highlighting the importance of measles vaccination and addressing common concerns. Measles is highly contagious, especially among the unvaccinated, and can lead to serious complications. The campaign emphasises the necessity of two doses of the MMR vaccine for lifelong protection.

With recent outbreaks and declining vaccination rates, the NHS is launching a catch-up campaign for children aged 6 to 11 years. It assures the public of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, including halal options without pork ingredients. The campaign also dispels the debunked link between the MMR vaccine and autism while advising travelers to ensure vaccination before international trips to countries where measles is prevalent.

Read more information on the campaign here

3 Bridges 10k
Have you started running and maybe been involved in Parkruns and would like a new challenge? Then why not enter the popular 3 Bridges 10k on Sunday 14th April at 11am from the Lancaster & Morecambe AC clubhouse at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre. This race draws participants from across the north-west region. Many view it as an ideal warm-up for spring marathons and other extended races. Additionally, it caters well to novice runners who may be progressing from Parkruns to tackle longer distances.

Still low entry fees – only £14 for members of running clubs and £16 for non-members.  An extra £3 for entries on the day.  A really great medal for all finishers included.

Pre-enter here

Health Coaching Skills Training and Attendance Bursary
Lancaster District CVS are offering bursaries for VCFSE staff and volunteers to attend a two day face-to-face accredited health coaching skills training course. The course aims to upskill individuals so they can have better conversations and support people to reach their self-identified goals.

The course is for people who perform roles where they have the opportunity to support people to make behavioural changes that will encourage improved health and wellbeing. It will provide a range of tools and techniques that will help structure conversations to help individuals set and work towards goals that are important to them, whether this is about lifestyle changes that will promote better health and wellbeing or being better able to manage long term conditions.

VCFSE organisations which would like help to enable their staff or volunteers to access this training can apply to Lancaster District CVS for an attendance bursary. This is to help cover the costs of time taken to attend the course. The bursary totals £175 which will be paid to the organisation’s bank account once both days of the course have been completed.

To take advantage of the bursary, your organisation must first secure a place on a course.

Applying for Health Coach Training Course
Courses are currently being offered in February and March – read the information leaflet to find out more.

Complete the application form in full and send it to [email protected]

Participants that have sent a fully completed form will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis for each course. They will receive a confirmation email, followed by further information with full joining instructions.

Applying for an Attendance Bursary
Forward your confirmation email to Jenny Reddell at [email protected] , who will allocate and confirm a bursary. Like the courses, bursaries will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until they have all been distributed.

Once your two-day course is complete, your trainer will forward the attendance register to CVS and Jenny will get in touch with details about how the bursary will paid.

North West Childhood Immunisation Pilot Campaign
The UK Health Security Agency, NHS and DHSC are introducing a campaign that supports efforts to increase uptake of childhood immunisations among 0-5-year-olds.

The campaign will run across the North West region in March and April, with additional focus on the areas of lowest vaccine uptake and within identified ethnic minority groups less likely to take up the vaccine offer.

Messaging will stress the importance of vaccinations and help parents to make informed decisions, and support the ongoing and dedicated work in our region to ensure children are protected against infections that can cause serious harm.

Download the project briefing document

Carnforth Rotary Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference
Are you a local group supporting mental health and wellbeing? The Carnforth Rotary are holding a Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference on Friday, April 19th, 10am onwards at Crag Bank Village Hall. This is a great opportunity for local groups to connect and come together for a healthier, happier community. They are seeking 4-5 presenters and 8 to 10 stalls promoting your services. There are no Charges for participation or attendance.

Contact President Arthur at [email protected] to get involved.

Warm and Welcome Spaces
There are several Warm and Welcome Spaces in the Lancaster District including new initiatives in from Marketgate Shopping Centre who have joined hands with Lancaster Against Loneliness, providing warm drinks and chats every Monday, 1pm-3pm. Supported by Age UK Lancashire, St Thomas’ Church, and The Friendship Centre Lancaster. Gregson Centre introduces a warm hub offering free hot drinks, drop-in sessions, and community support from Lancaster City Council. Find out where to find more warm hubs at the Lancaster City Council website where you will find a drop down menu of 25 venues in the area.

Mental Health Support – Adullam Programme
The Adullam Programme, Lancaster have provided a brief overview of the various mental health support groups running between January and April 2024.

Living Life to the Full course
An 8-week course based on CBT principles to help people with their mental health. 

NEW TIME:  Wednesday afternoon – Hope Church (rear hall), Queen Street, Lancaster:  2pm till 4pm, starting 17th January to 13th March

Social/Community Groups:
This term offers a variety of activities planned including craft groups, a book club, a pamper morning, a monthly trip out (this term include visits to Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton), and Cook-along sessions where you’ll learn to cook something healthy, new and on a budget and then eat together afterwards too.

Tuesdays from 9th January – 10am until 12pm – Hope Church, Queen Street, Lancaster.

Cooking on a Budget
Learning how to cook healthy and affordable meals.  The 6 week course includes how to cook soup, pasta, meat, chicken (or vegetarian/vegan alternatives), pastry and then the last week you’ll have a free choice week that ends with a fun cooking competition.

Celebrate Recovery (12 step Programme): 
Providing weekly support for anyone struggling with any of life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits (not just addiction).  Participants can find help with trauma, depression, bereavement, divorce, low self-esteem, anxiety – the list of issues is very varied. 

Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm or Wednesday 10am to 12pm (term time)

Purpose Workshop
This Workshop offers participants the opportunity to work alongside a professional Trainer who will help them discover their skills and talents and learn how to use these to find fulfilment and purpose.

Date to be confirmed – Hope Church, Queen Street, Lancaster

For more information visit their website

From Womb to Wisdom: What we learn before we are born
The latest in Lancaster University’s series of public lectures explores how the things that we hear, see, taste, and feel before birth already influencing our abilities and preferences for what we like to see and listen to after birth.

The lecture takes place at More Music on 21 March from 6.30pm – find out more and book.

In addition, two coffee morning sessions exploring the research in a family-friendly environment will be held at the University’s Babylab on 30 March – find out more and book.

Celebration of Youth Voice, Social Action, and 10 years of #iwill
The Celebration of youth voice and social action marked 10 years of #iwill, featuring the annual House of Commons sitting with 220 Members of Youth Parliament focusing on the ‘Food for Learning’ campaign. UK Youth Parliament empowers 11-18 year olds elected as MYPs to drive social change. #iwill week, from 20-24 November, highlighted efforts to engage youth in social action, with DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund contributing £66 million to the #iwill Fund. Notable events included a Points of Light award presentation and discussions on youth social action barriers. More details available on UK Youth Parliament and #iwill YouTube channels.

JUNK to FUNK Challenge
The Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs are bringing back their exciting JUNK TO FUNK challenge! This year, the challenge runs as an ongoing project, offering flexibility to integrate it into your club program at any time throughout 2024. The task is to design and craft an outfit using only recycled materials like newspapers, egg boxes, and juice cartons – no recycled clothing allowed!

You have until September 30th, 2024, to submit your creations. With up to four accessories allowed and teams of up to 10 young people per group (multiple groups permitted), this challenge aims to spark conversations about waste reduction and recycling. To participate, simply complete your project and submit the submission form by the deadline. For further details, contact Louise at [email protected] Let your imagination run wild and turn junk into funky fashion!

View the competition e-leaflet here

Canoe Test 2024 – Group EOI
The Canoe Test 2024 is a four-day personal challenge taking place from May 24th to May 28th along the River Wye, with basecamp set at Fownhope Recreation Ground. It’s not a race but a test of skill, determination, and stamina to paddle 100 miles. This year’s event introduces a new framework for group leaders to engage young people of varying abilities. Participants aim to achieve the 100-mile target, but the focus is also on personal fulfilment and pushing boundaries. The event offers a residential experience, adventure, and opportunities for youth work, aiming to build resilience and self-confidence in participants.

The organisers are looking for group expressions of interest. Follow this link to find out more and get involved.

DCMS and National Citizen Service Trust co-fund UK Year of Service
DCMS and the National Citizen Service Trust will co-fund the next cohort of the UK Year of Service, providing placements to at least 100 young people. The UK Year of Service is a unique opportunity that places 18 – 24 year olds into socially beneficial job roles, connecting them to paid work that pays back, and provides them with wraparound support.

Placement partners will design and deliver opportunities for young people who are furthest from the labour market, with a particular focus on young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). The next cohort’s placements will be across the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber.

Lancashire Youth Climate Conference
The Lancashire Climate Action Network (LancsCAN) is organising a groundbreaking conference on October 30th, 2024, at The Blackpool Sixth Form College, aimed at engaging 16-19-year-olds in climate change action and sustainability. The event will inform young people about study and career opportunities in sustainability, boost their confidence in shaping climate responses, and generate ideas for community involvement.

Developed in collaboration with experts and young people, the conference will feature expert inputs, hands-on sessions, and round-table discussions. Schools, colleges, and youth groups across Lancashire are invited to bring a small group of young people, with networking opportunities for staff. Complete a short survey by March 22nd, 2024, to register interest. Contact Jon McLeod for more information at [email protected]

View the event e-flyer here

Lancaster’s Spring Market (Friday, March 15th)
Come along on Friday, March 15th, from 10 am – 5 pm to Lancaster’s  market square for a delightful array of local food producers, fresh vegetable seedlings, colorful flowers, community food initiatives, live music, and talented local artisans. Organised by FoodFutures, the Spring Market marks the beginning of a series of seasonal markets held throughout the year, each highlighting the rich diversity of our local environment and seasonal produce.

For more details about the market

Share the Harvest Co-design Session
If you’re interested in helping reduce fruit waste across the district this autumn, please consider joining a Share the Harvest co-design session on Wednesday 6 March (10-11 on Zoom). The event gives you the chance to find out more about how you, your group or organisation could link in with the surplus fruit rescue campaign;

Learn more about getting financial support for your community event related to growing, harvesting, preserving or promoting the use of seasonal fruit. It’s for anyone interested in helping design the festival or run their own events.

Find out more

Join in online via this zoom link

Meeting ID: 878 2391 2405
Passcode: 752822

Lancashire Mapping Nature and Communities Roadshow Event
Natural England have organised the Voluntary Community Faith Social Enterprise (VCFSE) stakeholder engagement roadshows for the Local Nature Recovery Strategies. These are events which provide an opportunity for community groups, greenspace professionals, link worker wellbeing / disability referral professionals, voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups to meet and quality assure the “people and nature offer” of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy – Lancashire County Council.

The Lancaster event will take place on Monday 25 March at 9.45am

More details here

Lancaster City Council Recycling Banks
Lancaster City Council have recently installed a number of new recycling banks in the district where you can drop off your small pre-loved or broken electrical appliances and electronic equipment.

From kettles, toasters, irons, radios, hair straighteners and electric toothbrushes to DIY tools, computer equipment, speakers, games consoles and phones – if it’s got a plug, cable or battery it can be recycled and parts of it used to make new products.

For more information on where you’ll find your nearest collection point and the sort of items you can take along, follow this link

Hedgerow Planting at Hare Appletree Farm
Ever wanted to get involved in a community project that will help native wildlife, improve soil quality and have a positive impact on the environment?

A local farmer is looking to re-wild large areas of land by planting native hedges and trees. This is a huge development with 40,000+ trees and hedges already planted, but with more to go he is looking to the community for assistance.

There are a further 4,500 saplings ready to go in, so if you can spare a couple of hours to help, please book a session!

Citizen Journalist Training
Explore the latest edition of THRIVE North Lancashire online! Access the ninth edition featuring local stories, citizen journalism, knowledge sharing, and research highlighting the journey of FoodFutures towards creating a thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient, and fair. All are invited to participate in a training day dedicated to the pool of journalists contributing to THRIVE. If you’re interested in writing for the magazine or attending the free training day, please reach out to Jim Greenan at [email protected].

Date & time: Saturday, May 13th, from 10 am to 5 pm

Lancaster Skill-Share Workshops
A local collaborative partnership will be hosting Lancaster Skill-Share Workshops throughout 2024, a series of 11 sessions aimed at promoting resource efficiency and sustainability. Led by local experts, the workshops will include bicycle repair, efficient control of lighting and heating, laptop revival, furniture repair, and more. Attendees are encouraged to share their skills, fostering a collaborative learning environment.  If you’re on benefits, discount codes are available. The sessions take place at the Sustainability Hub, Unit 6, Marketgate Shopping Centre in Lancaster, providing practical insights into maintaining and repairing various items.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • Efficient Control of lighting and heating – 18th February
  • Revive your laptop – 17th March

Find out more and secure your place on these informative and eco-conscious workshops.

Unlocking the Potential of Community Energy
The UK Climate Change Committee highlights the essential role of community energy in achieving net zero by 2050, stressing the significance of local engagement and fairness. A policy paper has been created which delves into the value of community energy businesses and the necessary support to expand their potential in facilitating a just transition to net zero.

It emphasizes the need for community engagement in reaching climate goals and highlights how community energy groups (CEBs) drive local action and empower individuals, providing insights into various ways these groups benefit communities and contribute to a fair, sustainable transition to net zero.

Read the full report here

Top Tips for Writing a Funding Application & Writing a Compelling Funding Application
We have two live training sessions coming up. For those new to writing funding applications there is an online session – Top tips for writing a funding application – on Tuesday 12 March from 1.30-3​. This is free. To book, click this link:

If you have some experience but want to improve your skills, we have a face-to-face workshop – Writing a compelling funding application​ – on Wednesday 27 March from 9.30 to 3.30​ at Christ Church in Lancaster.

The workshop costs £15 for LDCVS members, and £25 for non-members. Use this link to book:

St John’s Hospice Moonlight Walk
This year’s walk takes place on 15 June, heading to Lancaster Castle which will be list up in St John’s Hospice green.

SJH would like to get the whole city lit up green for the night, so why not think about your home or workplace could get involved?

In addition, there are still some sponsorship opportunities available.

Book your tickets for the walk here, or get in touch by email at [email protected] to discuss sponsorship.

Getting on Board – Trustee Learning Programme
Explore your potential as a trustee with a comprehensive and high-quality training series, designed to equip you with the skills needed for effective trusteeship. From understanding trustee roles to navigating charity finance, and board governance, the Getting on Board collection of free and high-quality sessions covers a range of essential topics.

  • What is a Trustee and how do I become one? – March 4th, 6pm
  • How to diversify your charity board – March 14th, 12pm
  • The Onboarding: induction training for newly appointed Trustees – March 13th, 5.30pm
  • Help! We need new trustees – March 20th, 4.30pm
  • To infinity and beyond; an introduction to charity finance for trustees – March 14th, 5pm

More information and booking

CPR Training
Every three minutes, someone in the UK dies from a heart or circulatory condition. CPR training is crucial in saving lives. With RevivR, you can learn CPR for free in just 15 minutes. This Heart Month, join the initiative to raise money for lifesaving research by going red – wear red at work, organise a red bake sale, or take on a sponsored challenge.

Find out more

Lancaster Skill Share
Lancaster Skill Share will be back on Sunday, March 17th, from 2-4pm at the Sustainability Hub. This series of workshops offers locals the chance to share business and voluntary work skills. The upcoming workshop will focus on laptop revival, helping you make old laptops faster and more reliable through hardware and software adjustments. Bring along your laptops! Book your spot now at the Sustainability Hub, Lancaster. If you’re on benefits, contact the organisers for a discount code.

Find out more and book here

International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March)
King Street Arts and Lancaster City Council have joined forces to commemorate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, through a community exhibition titled “The Woman Who Influenced Me.” This initiative aims to gather stories from individuals in the Lancaster district about women who have significantly impacted their lives, serving as sources of inspiration and encouragement.

Additionally, the council is backing other projects such as the (Kate) Bush Rush in collaboration with Lucy Reynolds from Lancaster Music Festival and the Good Things Collective in Morecambe. Details about the events planned for the day can be found on the attached poster. The exhibition will be accessible on  on Friday, March 8th.

Level 2 Teaching Assistant Course with Employment Opportunities
Teaching assistant course at Fully certificated Level with employment opportunities.The course organisers work with a local employment agency that recruits for multiple schools locally, enabling support pathways to finding job opportunities.

Eligibility for this course:

  • Over 19 years of age
  • UK resident for over 3 years
  • Must Earn less than £20,319 per year

Training venue: St Thomas Church, LAncaster, LA1 1XX
Date & time: Tuesday 27 February 2024, 9.30am – 2.30pm

Every Tuesday & Wednesday until 17th April. Then just every Wednesday. Finishing 1st May.

DM or Call/WhatsApp/Text 07908800674 to book.

Great British Spring Clean
Join in with this year’s Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) taking place from March 15th to March 31st, 2024. Whether you’re an individual or part of a group, you can make a difference by participating in a volunteer litter pick. Lancaster City Council’s Public Realm team is ready to support you by providing equipment and GBSC 2024 bags.

Simply visit Morecambe Town Hall between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday, to collect your equipment. To organise a group event, email [email protected] with the date, time, and location, and they’ll assist with publicity and bag collection. Make your pledge to keep Britain tidy at

See the overview from the GBSC team

First Aid Emergencies – FREE Online Learning
St John Ambulance offers free e-learning modules on their online learning platform, accessible to anyone who signs up. These modules cover various first aid topics such as bone, muscle, and joint injuries, minor conditions, and hot and cold first aid. The platform also hosts modules required for blended online training courses. Users can access short interactive modules, mini-courses, and activities to aid skill retention. The booking guide provides instructions for registering and accessing courses, along with frequently asked questions for troubleshooting.

Learn more about it here

FREE LGBTQ+ Awareness Training Workshops
Free LGBTQ+ awareness training workshops for mental health workers in Central Lancashire and the South Lakes. The next event will take place at the Holiday Inn on Caton Road, Lancaster on Thursday 18th April from 10am-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided. The focus of these workshops will be on the experience of LGBTQ+ people accessing mental health services, with the aim of improving access and removing barriers. This is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS mental health transformation project.

View the training advert here

Go to the booking form here

Bring the Drama Festival
The Dukes are excited to be participating in the BBC’s Bring The Drama Festival, this will see the arts organisation working with The Grand and welcoming local 15-25 year olds from across the district. The Creative Communities Department will run activities during the day on 25 and 27 March.

With with more than 160 organisations involved across the UK, the festival runs from 12 February to 31 March 2024 to coincide with National Careers Week (4-9 March) and in parallel with new primetime series Bring the Drama, hosted by Bill Bailey. The first episode is on this Wednesday at 9pm on BBC 2.

The focus is on opening the doors for those who are under-represented in the arts industry or those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, with an ambition to provide access to creative pathways which support the whole arts and culture industry.

For more information and to book

Neuro Drop-In’s Greatest Ball
Step right up to Neuro DropIn’s Greatest Showman Charity Ball on April 27th, 2024, at Mazuma Stadium in Morecambe. Experience the magic of the circus with live performances, a carnival atmosphere, and a gourmet feast. Bid on exclusive items in the Auction of Wonders and dress to impress in your most spectacular attire. Proceeds support Neuro DropIn Centre, aiding those affected by Neurological Conditions.

Tickets available now, get yours here!

Acrylic Workshop: Series Two at King Street Arts
Join Roy Smith for Series Two of his workshop on “Working with Symbols and Abstraction.” This series is ideal for those with previous experience in acrylic paint. Priced at £80, which includes all materials, these workshops build on Series One, focusing on composition, image construction, and self-expression. Through carefully selected exercises and subject material, participants will gain confidence and familiarity with acrylic paint, while exploring their own unique painting styles.

Taking place on Wednesdays from 10am to 12.30pm on March 6th, 20th, and 27th at King Street Arts, Lancaster.

Find out more and book

City of Lancaster Triathlon Day 2024 
COLT are excited to be hosting this event, designed for those new to triathlon, and they look forward to welcoming you on Sunday 14th April.  The day is designed to teach you the mechanics of how a triathlon works, what to expect if you enter a triathlon, and how to prepare for race day. Above all, they aim to show you that completing a triathlon is a fantastic adventure, a great challenge, and one that ANYBODY can achieve. They welcome existing members and non-members to this event. 

To read about what the day involves, times, what kit to bring along and to register, please visit the site  

Date: Sunday 14th April 2024 
Location: Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Morecambe, LA1 5JS 
Price: Non-members £25, Members £10 

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training
PAC Training and Empowerment is offering a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Course funded by Lancashire County Council. The course equips participants with the skills to recognize signs of mental ill-health and respond appropriately. Previous attendees commend the engaging activities and valuable insights gained. For those unable to commit to the two-day course, a half-day Youth Mental Health Aware course is available. Additionally, PAC offers courses on Adult Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, and ASIST. Participants receive certification from MHFA England or Living Works. The initiative aims to increase mental health awareness and support individuals within the Lancashire area.

Further information and registration details are provided for interested individuals and organisations. Additionally, delegates attending eligible courses receive an Orange Button pack, identifying them as resources for support and information within their community.

See more about the Orange Button scheme

Download the booking form here and return to [email protected]

Prime Time Film Club – February and March
As part of The Dukes offer to older members of the local community (65+) they have announced the next 2 Prime Time film club screenings:

The Piano – Tuesday 19th March at 11am

There are 50 free tickets available for each screening and then £4 following that and these can be reserved via the Dukes box office or via the website.

Both films will be followed by the £5 vegetarian soup and a roll offer from The Borough (please also book and pay for in advance via the box office) and a social discussion in the Gallery.

More information about the Prime Time project

If you would like the promo code to book the free tickets or if you require further assistance with booking tickets, please email [email protected]

Build your Skills with NCVO Training
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) training courses cover a variety of topics, such as volunteer management and financial sustainability, to support you in your work. Delivered by expert trainers with hands-on real-life experience, their diverse set of courses aim to enhance your skillset to another level. In addition, members get a 30% discount on all training offerings.

Find out more about their training here

Mental Health Champions Network Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid
The MHCN are offering youth mental health first aid training sessions in March that will be offered with two types of access:

Online in 4 half day sessions – 5 / 7 / 12 & 14 March
Afternoon sessions 1-4pm – all four sessions must be attended with online learning completed in between the virtual sessions.

Face to Face at HIC @ Lancaster University – 18 and 19 March
Both full days must be attended 9am-5pm

Bereavement Support for Children & Young People
Facilitated workshop by Charmaine and Rachel Waalker from Cancer Care at Slynedales, for children and young people that are experiencing bereavement and significant loss.

Date & time: Monday 25 March | Full Day | 9.30am- 4.30pm TBC

Job Vacancies with CancerCare

CancerCare are seeking a Fundraiser to join their team. You will be working as part of their experienced Fundraising and Marketing Team to deliver CancerCare’s fundraising strategy and income targets across the area. You will be responsible for organising and delivering some of the events within CancerCare’s event calendar, across the geographical patch, but predominantly in the North Lancashire area.

You will be responsible for raising awareness of CancerCare and the need for funding from the local community, and building excellent relationships to steward event participants, supporters, and community fundraisers in order to increase income and encourage loyalty to CancerCare.

Salary: £15,759pa (plus benefits)
Contract: 24 hours (flexible working hours in line with the job description, and will include some weekend and/or evening work)
Location: Slynedales Centre, Slyne with local travel
Closing Date: Monday 18 March
Interviews: Tuesday 26 March

Find out more and apply

Marketing & Communications Officer 
The Marketing and Communications Officer position, located in Kendal or Lancaster, involves coordinating all communication channels to enhance the charity’s brand profile and fundraising efforts. Responsibilities include implementing marketing campaigns, creating content, and optimising distribution. This dynamic role requires agility, effective time management, and the ability to handle diverse projects. To apply, submit a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by March 15th, with interviews scheduled for March 22nd.

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Contract: 37.5 hours, permanent (flexible working hours and arrangements)
Location: Lancaster or Kendal with occasional travel around the area
Closing Date: 15 March
Interviews: 22 March

Learn more about the role and apply

Trust Manager with Frienda Scott Charitable Trust
An exciting opportunity has come up at Frieda Scott Charitable Trust in Kendal. Join their team in supporting equitable provision of charitable services in Westmorland. As their Grants Coordinator, you’ll oversee the grant-making process, maintain records, and provide strategic input. Previous experience in the voluntary sector or similar roles are preferred. Strong communication skills essential.

Salary: £34,000-38,000 pro rata
Contract: Permanent/ Part-time (22 – 28 hours per week)
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Closing Date: 19 March 2024, 11.59pm

Find out more and apply

Casual Recovery Worker – Richmond Fellowship
The Casual Recovery Worker role at Richmond Fellowship involves providing mental health crisis intervention and support to individuals experiencing psychiatric or psychosocial crises. Responsibilities include supporting individuals to achieve their goals, liaising with clinical teams, developing coping strategies, and participating in group work programs. The role requires empathy, flexibility, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Training and development opportunities are provided, making it an excellent opportunity for those passionate about helping others in mental health recovery.

Salary: £10.90 per hour
Contract: Contract or temporary
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
Closing Date: 20 March 2024, 11.59pm

Find out more here

Senior Youth Group Worker
CancerCare is seeking a dedicated individual for the role of Senior Youth Group Worker to join their dynamic team in delivering support sessions for young people affected by cancer and bereavement. The ideal candidate will have experience in managing projects and working with young people, fostering positive relationships and facilitating group conversations. Key responsibilities include planning and delivering activities, networking with local schools and community providers, and contributing to the evaluation and reporting of services.

Salary: £14,676.48
Contract: 24 hours per week (including evenings)
Location: Slynedales, Lancaster
Closing Date: 4 March 2024
Interviews: 11 March 2024

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Executive Director at More Music
More Music is hiring an Executive Director to spearhead their vision and guide the team into the future. The charity, with 30 years of experience in music and education, seeks a leader to drive strategic planning, oversee programs, manage human resources, build partnerships, and handle policies and operations. More Music, an Arts Council NPO, holds a strong reputation in community arts locally and internationally. The role requires a dynamic individual with inspirational leadership to further the organisation’s vision.

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