Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 10 August 2023

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Swop Shop Skill Share Network Workshop Empowers Community Collaboration
Thank you so much to everyone who attended our introductory Swop Shop Skill Share event held on the 12th July at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club, Lancaster, and for making it a success. A diverse range of community organisations came together in an atmosphere of innovation, collaboration, and knowledge exchange, all prompted by the evaluation feedback received from delegates at our inaugural FestiVOL and 50th anniversary event last November.

You asked for more opportunities to exchange resources skills, knowledge, and best practice, and expressed a need for time spent together and face to face networking. Everyone gathered with creative enthusiasm, ready to tackle challenges and share ideas resulting in a day filled with productive discussions and fruitful outcomes… Read more

Break the Mould – Residential Weekend
A huge thanks to all the young people that joined us from across Lancaster district and Cumbria to take part in our Break the Mould residential weekend at The Kepplewray Centre on the 17th and 18th June.  The inspiring group of young people worked hard to design a grants programme which will give out £60,000 to local communities.  Thanks also to Buzz and Steve from Think Forward CIC for doing such a fabulous job in galvanising the young people.   

The  ‘Break the Mould’ project is funded by the Francis C Scott Charitable  Trust to celebrate their 60th Anniversary and is delivered in partnership between LDCVS and Cumbria Youth Alliance.

Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme
The Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme offers small grants to community groups in Lancashire, particularly those within the voluntary, community, and faith sector, aiming to address food insecurity. In the previous year, 97 successful applications were made, showcasing the scheme’s impact. For the 2023-24 financial year, a total of £100,000 is available.  Projects addressing emergency food needs and food insecurity, specifically targeting vulnerable populations, can apply for up to £2,000. Eligible expenses include equipment, venue hire, training, volunteer expenses, food, resilience-building projects, and organisational staff costs. Previous grant recipients who’ve submitted project progress reports are eligible to apply. For enquiries, contact [email protected]. Note that applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

The closing application date for the scheme is October 1st, 2023.

Learn more about it and how to apply

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Announces Funding Theme for September Round
The MSE Charity has unveiled the funding theme for its September 2023 grant round as ‘Life Changes’. This round will allocate grants to not-for-profit organizations in the UK that focus on delivering vital financial skills to specific groups impacted by major life changes, such as bereavement, retirement, homelessness, relationship breakdown, or resettlement.

The grants, which have been increased to a maximum of £8,000, aim to empower adults to navigate these transitions more effectively through improved financial literacy. Eligible organizations, including charities, social enterprises, and credit unions, can apply if they meet criteria such as being UK-based, having an annual income below £750,000, and holding unrestricted reserves less than six months of their running costs.

The application window will open from 4th to 29th September 2023, and early review of the application form and eligibility quiz is encouraged due to the limited acceptance capacity of 40 applications.

Find out more and how to apply

Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund – Small Grants Application Deadline 25 August
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) is offering small grants to UK registered non-profit organizations focusing on grassroots initiatives within diverse and deprived communities across the UK. The fund supports projects falling within themes including heritage and conservation, education, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, environment, and countryside development. Single-year grants of up to £5,000 and multi-year grants of up to £15,000 are available, with an average single award of £2,000. Eligible organizations should have an income of up to £1 million, completed two years of activity, and align with the PWCF’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Priority is given to projects and organizations associated with King Charles III.

The application deadline is 25th August 2023.

Learn more about this fund and apply here

Deadline Announced for Energy Globe Awards 2024
The Energy Globe Awards, which recognise and reward both large and small projects addressing climate change, are accepting submissions for the 2024 awards. These global awards highlight practical and sustainable solutions to major environmental challenges, emphasizing resource conservation, improved air/water/soil quality, energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and contributions to combating climate change. Projects from individuals, companies, organisations, and public authorities can be entered across categories such as Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Youth.

Projects must be already implemented or nearing completion to be eligible. The awards follow a two-stage competition, starting with national awards and culminating in international recognition for the best projects. The top projects in each category will share a €10,000 prize fund and gain extensive global media coverage during the award ceremony.

The deadline for submissions to the 2024 awards is 31 December 2023.

For more information and to submit your project

The Arts Society Accepting Applications for Autumn 2023 Funding Round
UK-based charities have the opportunity to secure funding for impactful arts and heritage projects through The Arts Society. With grants of up to £3,000 available, this initiative supports initiatives that enhance people’s lives through arts engagement, skills development in the arts and heritage sector, and bolster local arts organizations and museums. Charities with an annual turnover below £3 million can apply for diverse projects spanning artistic experiences, skills training, crafts apprenticeships, and support for regional museums, galleries, and arts groups. Prioritizing accessibility, local engagement, and community impact, the application process involves registering with The Arts Society’s online portal before submission.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2023

Look into this funding option and apply

Water4All European Partnership Pre-Announcement of Joint Transnational Call on Aquatic Ecosystem Services
The Water4All European Partnership is set to launch its second joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on 12 September 2023. This co-funded partnership under Horizon Europe is centered on the theme of ‘Ecosystem Services’, particularly focusing on aquatic ecosystems such as inland surface water, groundwater, transitional and coastal water.

The call seeks proposals in areas like mapping ecosystem services amidst changing contexts, understanding pressures on services, and integrating services into water resource management. Early Career Researchers and expressions of interest for a Knowledge Hub are also encouraged. Eligible consortia must have at least three partners from different countries participating in the call. With a budget of around €34 million, this call involves countries including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, UK, and more.

The application procedure includes pre-proposals and full proposals, with anticipated closing dates in November 2023 and April 2024 respectively.

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Home Office Community Engagement Fund Reopens for Applications
Funding is available for grassroots and community groups to engage communities and raise awareness of and address any misinformation about the Windrush Compensation and Windrush Schemes, with a focus on non-Caribbean communities.  The Community Engagement Fund (CEF) is a £150,000 grant fund to support grassroots and community groups to engage communities and raise awareness of priority Home Office policy areas and the support available. Some nationality groups, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana and India, despite possibly having been impacted, are not coming forward for compensation to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

The fund should support short and easy-to-deliver projects which must be completed by 29 March 2024.

Applications will be accepted from 1 August 2023 to 30 August 2023.

Read more about this fund and how to apply

Arts Council England Announces Changes to National Lottery Projects Grants From Autumn 2023
Arts Council England has announced upcoming changes to the National Lottery Project Grants (NLPG) from Autumn 2023. NLPG, designed to support arts, museums, and libraries projects in England, is being modified to enhance accessibility for applicants. Starting with new guidance notes in September 2023 and new application forms and online resources in November 2023, the changes involve introducing three application forms based on grant amounts: up to £30,000, £30,001 to £100,000, and £100,001 or more. The restructured NLPG will include a focus on Major Projects (formerly Nationally Significant Projects) supporting ambitious cultural endeavors and Touring Projects promoting cultural communities and international aspects. Expressions of Interest for these strands will open in late 2023.

The current version of the National Lottery Projects Grants programme remains open for applications until the end of October 2023.

Read more about the changes here

Funding to Support Training in Ecclesiastical Heritage Skills Across UK and Ireland
Registered Christian charities throughout the UK and Ireland can apply for funding to support individuals who are training in Heritage skills deemed necessary for the preservation and maintenance of historic Christian buildings. Benefact Trust is offering grants for registered Christian charities across the United Kingdom and Ireland to support the preservation of key heritage skills that are essential to the conservation of historic Christian buildings.

Through the Heritage Skills for Christian Buildings Grants Programme, groups can train individuals with apprenticeships, scholarships, and training courses in skills that are relevant to the maintenance and preservation of Christian buildings, including stonemasonry, carpentry, heritage plumbing, electrical, bricklaying and more! Grants can be used to support individuals for the duration of their training up to a maximum period of three years. All individuals supported through this programme should receive an accredited qualification at the end of their training that is recognised within the Heritage sector.

Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more about the Benefact Trust Funding Support

Government Seeks Intermediary Grant Maker to Deliver £25m VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme
The UK government is launching a grant competition for charitable, philanthropic, and benevolent organisations or consortia in England to implement the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme, part of a £101.5 million package announced in the 2023 Spring Budget for the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is seeking an intermediary grant maker to manage the £25 million scheme, which aims to enhance the energy efficiency and sustainability of frontline voluntary and community organizations.

The scheme includes a £3.4 million advice service to identify energy cost reduction measures and a £20 million capital grant scheme for energy efficiency upgrades. Eligible applicants must possess specific capabilities across various areas, and successful applicants will collaborate with DCMS to finalize the scheme’s design by November 2023.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on 23 August 2023.

Read more about the scheme and how to get involved

Foundation Launch New Funding Programme – Local Collaborations
The Lloyds Bank Foundation have launched the Local Collaborations programme which provides grants of £100,000 over two years and development support for collaborations led by small charities to influence and achieve change locally around three themes: social security, accommodation and refugee and asylum seeker support. It is recommended to sign up to their webinar on Thursday 13th July for more information.

The programme is now open for applications until Friday 22nd September.  The Panel decisions will be in late February 2024.

Find out more about the grants programme

Next Round of Pots of Possibility Funding Opening Soon
Do you know a local zero waste or regenerative project or enterprise that could grow into something great with a little financial help? Put this date in your diary!  The Pots of Possibility ‘Your Pots’ fund is offering grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to community organisations to develop regenerative ideas, scale up existing regenerative projects and help our communities and environment to flourish. Applications will be open from 4 September to 6 October 2023.

Find out more about the Pots of Possibility grant programme here

National Lottery Heritage Fund Announces Details of Transition to New Strategy
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), the UK’s largest funder of UK heritage has published the details of its first delivery plan (2023-2026) for its new 10-year strategy, Heritage 2033 with an anticipated £3.6 billion to be awarded to good causes over the next decade. The process will be simplified and more proportionate, and there’s a recognition of rising costs with an increased upper grant limit of £10 million. NLHF will also distribute over £43 million in government funding in 2023-24, invest in 20 locations across the UK through its Place initiative, and support urban nature recovery with Nature Cities and Towns.

Changes to applications for grants between:
£3,000 and £10,000 – Applications will close in December 2023.
£10,000 and £250,000 – Applications will temporarily close in November 2023 and reopen in January 2024
£250,000 and £10 million – Applications for grants will reopen in January 2024

Visit the NLHF website for full details on the Heritage 2033 delivery plan (2023-2026)

Funding for UK Theatres to Improve Environmental Sustainability – Early September Deadline
The Theatres Trust, in association with Wolfson Foundation, is currently accepting applications for grants of up to £20,000 to support not-for-profit theatres in the UK who need financial support to help reduce their environmental impact. This is a small fund with a total budget of £115,000 for this round. Grants support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact, such as: Sedum roofs, new windows, building management systems and more efficient water heaters.

The deadline for applications is noon on 5 September 2023.

Learn more about this funding option

Government Launches Cladding Safety Scheme for Residential Buildings in England
Grants are available for the remediation of unsafe cladding which poses a fire risk on residential buildings in England where a responsible developer cannot be identified, traced, or held responsible. The Cladding Safety Scheme has been established to meet the cost of addressing fire risks associated with cladding on residential buildings in England. Grants are available to mitigate life safety risks, where this is recommended in a Fire Risk Assessment of External Walls (FRAEW).

Applications are now open. There is no stipulated deadline.

Find out more about this scheme

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme Now Open for Applications
The Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme is now open for applications! The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has allocated funding for the continuation of the programme for another year (2023-2024). Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums, and prospective neighbourhood forums can apply for grants and technical support to develop a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development. The programme offers basic grants ranging from £1,000 to £10,000, and for more complex projects, groups can receive an additional grant of up to £8,000, making the maximum total amount available £18,000.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted before March 2024.

More information on this programme

Screwfix Foundation Accepting Applications for Autumn Funding – Deadline of 10 August
The Screwfix Foundation is now accepting applications for their Autumn funding round. This registered charity, supported by Screwfix customers and employees, has been making a positive impact for a decade, awarding over £11 million to 2,400 local projects across the country. If your organisation supports people in need due to financial hardship, sickness, disability, or other disadvantages, you could be eligible for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is specifically aimed at improving, fixing, and repairing buildings, homes, and facilities used by those in need.

The next deadline for applications is 10 August 2023.

Read more and apply today

Branching Out Fund Accepting Applications for the 2023 Winter Planting Season
The Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund is now accepting applications for the 2023 Winter Planting Season. This fantastic opportunity offers grants ranging from £250 to £2,500 to support tree and hedge planting projects between November 2023 and February 2024. With the funding, you can purchase a wide range of tree-related resources, including native trees, hedgerow trees, fruit trees, bioplastic tree guards, stakes, mulch, and more. Non-native tree varieties, chosen with climate change resilience in mind, may also be considered. Priority will be given to projects incorporating diverse tree types, so apply early to secure your chance. If you’re looking to create a positive impact on your community’s green space, apply today!

The deadline for applications is 3 December 2023.

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

Cost of Living Fund launched
The £76M Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund has been launched this week.  The fund will support organisations across England to deliver critical frontline services. Organisations will be able to apply for funding to maintain or expand critical cost of living services from now until the end of March 2024. Applications will be for amounts between £10,000 and £75,000. The funding is only open to frontline organisations running critical services in communities, in at least one of the follow areas:

  • Food and emergency supplies – food and other ‘banks’
  • Emergency shelter – homelessness services
  • Safe spaces – domestic abuse services and youth services
  • Warmth – warm spaces / hubs
  • Financial and housing advice.

Applicants MUST be able to demonstrate both increased costs and increased demand.

The application window is now open and will close at 12 noon on Monday 16 October 2023.

Find out more and apply for this fund

Continuo Foundation Launches Round Six of Funding for UK Period Music Ensembles
Period-instrument ensembles can apply for funding to carry out a range of creative projects that will bring live music to communities across the UK, particularly in communities that lack access to high-quality live music. Continuo Foundation is offering grants of between £2,000 and £8,000 for professional ensembles playing period music and instruments to mobilise projects of outstanding artistic merit and create meaningful work for freelance period musicians, whilst engaging a wide range of audiences with historically informed live performances. Round Six will continue to focus on providing the funds and confidence needed for ensembles to plan and carry out a range of creative projects that will bring inspiring live music to communities across the UK, particularly in areas which lack access to high-calibre live music.

Funding is for projects taking place between September 2023 and March 2024.

The deadline for applications is 10 August 2023.

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

Force For Change Programme Accepting Round 2 Applications
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has announced the opening of the second round of its local grants programme, “Force for Change.” This initiative aims to support local community projects that address hidden or compelling needs within Armed Forces communities and foster greater engagement and reduced isolation. This year, the programme is particularly focused on providing funding to projects addressing cost-of-living challenges faced by these communities. Eligible projects can receive grants of up to £15,000 for a one-year duration, starting within a month of award. If you are a registered charity, community interest company (CIC), Armed Forces unit or base, local authority, school, or NHS care coordinator, apply now to make a meaningful difference.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on 13 December 2023, with decisions expected by the end of March 2024.

More information here

HMRC Offering £5.5 Million in Grants to the Voluntary Sector
Funding to provide advice and support to HMRC customers who need extra help understanding and complying with their obligations and claiming their entitlements. HMRC is looking for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help customers to form or rebuild a relationship with HMRC that enables them to engage directly with HMRC in the future. There is a total of £5.5 million on offer for 2024-2027, equating to £1.835 million per year. This will be given out in grants of £30,000 to £600,000 per year, with a maximum threshold set at 50% of an organisation’s annual turnover. Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives based in the UK can apply, provided they have an annual turnover of no less than £60,000.

There will be live Q&A sessions with the HMRC Grant Funding Team on 26 July 2023 and 8 August 2023.

The fund will open on 24 July 2023 and close at 23.59pm on 21 August 2023.

Learn more about this funding support

New Research Grants from Armed Forces Families Fund
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is offering new research grants from the Armed Forces Families Fund. These grants aim to support research projects investigating key challenges faced by Armed Forces families in the UK. Areas of focus include educational attainment for Service pupils, child welfare, and the welfare needs of Service families. Registered charities and UK-based universities can apply for grants of up to £60,000 over 18 months, with most grants expected to be £30,000 or less. If you’re interested in shedding light on the experiences of Armed Forces families, addressing critical challenges, and fostering understanding, submit your application.

The deadline for applications is 6 October 2023 at 9am.

Find out more about this funding option

Lloyd’s Bank Foundation Offering Local Collaborations Grants
Funding is available to support partnerships to influence locally and regionally on major social issues. The latest programme of funding from Lloyd’s Bank Foundation England and Wales will support local collaborations led by small charities that help to improve the social security system for those facing the greatest challenges, ensuring easy access to accommodation for those facing copmplex issues and improvement of support and services for asyluym seekers and refugees. The fund offers grants of £100,000 over two years, with the opportunity to extend this by an extra year and an additional £50,000.

The deadline to apply is 22 September 2023 at 5pm.

Find out more about this funding programme

‘Dont Take the Bait’ Phishing Campaign – Lancashire Cyber Crime
Lancashire Constabulary are encouraging individuals and organisations to stay vigilant and safeguard against phishing threats. Phishing attacks can have serious consequences, compromising sensitive data and security. The National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) have provided valuable resources to help you protect your organisation, to access essential information and campaigns aimed at raising awareness about phishing dangers.

In this digital age, attacks are becoming increasingly common and becoming more cleverly targeted.  It is important to educate yourself and your team, recognise phishing attempts and adopt best practices to ensure your cybersecurity remains strong. Don’t take the bait – stay informed and defend your business against phishing attacks.

If you have any queries please contact the Cyber Crime Unit at [email protected]

Learn more about the ‘Dont Take the Bait Phishing Campaign

Contract Uplifts
Charities are increasingly facing challenges due to the growing disparity between the costs of delivering services and the value of contracts provided by contracting authorities. As the expenses of service delivery rise, it has become more difficult for charities to maintain operations within the contract’s specified value.

In collaboration with NCVO and other partners, efforts are being made to address this issue with the government and seek solutions that ensure charities receive adequate funding for their contracted services. Charities engaged in contracts with local authorities, PCCs, ICSs, central government departments, or other authorities are encouraged to share their experiences through a survey aimed at comprehensively understanding the financial hurdles arising from insufficient uplift in public service contracts.

The survey, accessible until September 1st, gathers data about contract types, values, and delivery costs. Participating in this survey can help shed light on the challenges faced by charitable organisations in meeting contractual obligations.

Access the survey and contribute your valuable insights here

Whatsapp Scam – Community & Religious Groups
Beware of a new WhatsApp scam targeting large community and religious groups, where scammers infiltrate the groups to deceive members into sending money. The fraud involves a scammer posing as a group member, gaining trust through a false profile picture and audio call. Victims are then tricked into sharing a one-time passcode, which they use to hijack their WhatsApp account.

With account access, scammers request money from other group members or contacts, claiming they are in need. To protect yourself, never share your account’s two-factor authentication code, set up two-step verification, and verify unusual requests by calling the person directly. Report and block suspicious messages within WhatsApp, and if you’ve been a victim, report it to or call 0300 123 2040.

Social Investment Linked to Boosting Local Economic Growth
A collaborative report by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Social Investment Business explores the impact of social investment on local economic growth. The analysis is based on neighborhood-level data and reveals that areas receiving social investment exhibited notable reductions in deprivation and higher economic indicators like output, income, and employment compared to areas without such investment.

Notably, a 12% improvement in deprivation levels was observed between 2010-2019 when investment exceeded £3 million, rising to over 17% for investments surpassing £4 million. Moreover, gross value added (GVA) data indicated a 14% difference in GVA increases with a minimum of £500,000 social investment, reaching 42% and 106% for investments exceeding £3 million and £4 million respectively. The research was largely informed by the UK’s Futurebuilders fund, which targeted disadvantaged communities through loans, grants, and blended finance investments.

Read more about the report

A New Community Workshop in the Lancaster District?
Are you part of a local group, organisation or business that repairs, makes or mends? Could your group make use of a shared Community Workshop space, tools and equipment? For example, you might want to use the space to:

run making/mending classes
hold repair sessions
store tools and equipment.

Closing Loops would like your views! Please tell us whether a Community Workshop would be useful to your organisation – click the link below and answer a short survey.

The Charity Regulator’s New Digital Service Now Live!
The UK government’s new digital service for charity regulators has been launched, bringing a host of benefits and efficiencies to the sector. This user-friendly platform promises to streamline processes and enhance transparency, making it easier for charities to access essential services and information. The regulator has described My Charity Commission Account as charities’ ‘front door’ into the Commission, through which they will submit any remaining Annual Returns for 2022 and all Annual Returns for 2023 onwards, and engage with the regulator’s wider digital services.

Learn more about the new digital service

Help Shape the Good Food Manifesto
The Good Food Manifesto was drafted in 2021. It aims to provide local businesses and organisations with ways to take forward aspects of the Our Food Futures strategy. Be part of the positive change for a healthier, resilient, and fair food system in North Lancashire! Complete the Good Food Manifesto Questionnaire and help businesses and organisations play a vital role in shaping our local food landscape. By signing up, you support healthy local food procurement, sustainable packaging, composting, and recycling. It’s not just about giving back to the community; your business or organisation will also enjoy skill share events, networking, and valuable training opportunities.

Help shape the Good Food Manifesto

New Tool for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations
A new tool has been introduced to charities and not-for-profit organisations in demonstrating and measuring their impact.  The Community And Voluntary Organisation Evaluation Toolkit (CAVEAT) is a new, free, easy-to-use, interactive, online resource developed by a team of researchers from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, to help voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations demonstrate the impact they and their volunteers make. The tool offers a streamlined approach to showcase the positive change they bring to communities. Now, organisations can efficiently highlight their contributions and effectiveness, leading to greater transparency and accountability. The tool provides a great opportunity to elevate your organisation’s mission and enhance your impact.

Discover the new tool here

Lancaster District Community Arts Projects Seeking Support

Dukes Cinema on Tour
The Dukes is seeking your valuable support to launch their new touring cinema, delivering the finest films right to your doorstep. With their plan to visit various community spaces, they aim to make cinematic experiences easily accessible to everyone. By contributing to this project, you’ll help create unforgettable movie nights bringing film to everyone no matter where you’re based creating a sense of togetherness through the power of film. Support The Dukes’ Touring Cinema and be a part of this enriching cinematic journey!

Find out more and show your support

Storey Tasting Garden Artwork
The Friends of Storey Gardens are seeking funding support as they endeavor to recreate internationally renowned artwork right in the heart of Lancaster. The Tasting Garden is no ordinary space—it’s a blend of a community garden, a flourishing orchard, and exceptional artwork. Your support will help create a vibrant space that celebrates nature, art, and community spirit. This beautiful community space also lends itself to improved physical, mental and spiritual well-being for the enjoyment of those who live and work in the city as well as tourist visitors.

Find out more and show your support

Good Finance Social Finance Tool 
Are you curious about finance options for your organisation but are unsure of where to start?  Use the Good Finance ‘Is It Right For Us?’ diagnostic tool to determine whether social investment is right for your organisation. Social investment is using repayable finance to help organisations achieve a social purpose. Charities and social enterprises both benefit from this as it helps increase their impact on society. It only takes 2-3 minutes to complete and can advise on the types of social investment which may be suitable or, if this isn’t the right option for you, you will be provided with suggestions of actions your organisation can take to become ready for social investment. You can both use the tool and find out in more detail about social investment here.

Get involved with Vision for Volunteering Workshops
The Vision for Volunteering is a movement to create a diverse, innovative, ambitious, equitable and person-centred future for volunteering. It aims to set out a view of what volunteering needs to look like, and how this will make volunteers feel about their roles, by 2032. More than 350 people from more than 300 organisations contributed to the Vision for Volunteering, which is led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, and the Association of Volunteer Managers.

The Vision for Volunteering programme team are leading a range of in-person and virtual workshops throughout June and July to inspire you and your organisations to bring Vision for Volunteering to life in your communities. The workshops will be places for you to share what practical tools and resources will best help you with making the Vision a reality.

Find out more on the Vision for Volunteering events webpage.

Volunteer Centre News Update
For the latest from the Volunteer Centre you can read our Volunteering News Update here

Lancaster Guardian Column
Read all about aspects of volunteering and other third sector items in the Lancaster District with our regular Lancaster Guardian article. This week’s article is titled – Navigating Funding Options: Exploring Crowdfunding for Local Charities and Community Projects.

Read all about it!

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.

Volunteering Opportunities

Tractor Pull Championship Volunteer Opportunity
Do you want be part of a unique event raising money for a good cause and have a great day out at the same time? The Tractor Pull Championship are hosting the final round of the ETPC Eurocup and BTPA Championships finals and the event is raising vital funds for the NSPCC. Volunteers will be greatly appreciated and are needed for help with parking cars, bucket collecting and manning the NSPCC stand. In return for volunteering and giving your time you will receive free food and drink and will also get a free ticket on the day to see this exciting sport.

The dates and times are: Friday Aug 25th  3pm-7:30pm, Saturday Aug 26th 12am-7pm, Sunday Aug 27th 11am-4pm. You can choose to volunteer on any or all of the 3 days and shorter shifts are available on the Saturday.

Register for a voluntary place at this event

Bay Volunteers Opportunities
Bay Volunteers are offering various roles including the new role for a community group buddy!  

Do you have time during the week to support individual residents with things like shopping, Eggcup and prescription collections, telephone or in-person befriending, digital support, attending a community group with someone on a short-term basis, and more? 

  Bay Volunteers needs volunteers to take up either regular or one-off missions that you can pick and choose, carrying them out when and as often as it suits and fits in with you in a given week to support vulnerable members of our communities. Missions are made available to volunteers on a mobile app and website which is very easy to use, so you can choose which ones you can do. 

 Email: bayvolunteersmanager@[email protected] 

Visit their website here for more information

Volunteer Van Driver- Morecambe
The Well Communities are looking for a volunteer/s who can help assisting their community members to access the gym, take members to the Saturday hub in Lancaster and do their food collection from FareShare in Preston on Friday mornings.

If you like variety and want to meet new people, this could be the role for you! Their community relies on their volunteers to keep them running successfully.

Duties include:
Weekly Friday collection of food from Fareshare, Preston – Helping load and unload items for delivery (including bulky items) in line with their health and safety guidelines. This enables them to run their weekly food club for the community. 2-3 times a week (1.5hrs) – Transporting residents to local Salt Aye Gym, returning to the hub. Saturday – Transporting residents to their hub in Lancaster and collection, returning to the hub in Morecambe.

An opportunity to be part of The Well Communities CIC and the knowledge that you are making a positive difference to people’s lives.

A clean driving license and able to drive a 15-seater minibus.
Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment.
For an informal discussion please contact: Richard Hancock on 07444 907135 or Jo O’Brien on 07581 027413

For an application form, please contact Sarah Lunan – [email protected]

Visit their website here

Lancaster Men’s Hub
Lancaster Men’s Hub support men of all ages in the Lancaster area with their physical and mental health through a wide variety of activities. They are looking for two volunteers to help in the kitchen during their Friday meals.

Kitchen Coordinator
This role will plan the weekly menu, buy food, and arrange a rota for cooking

Kitchen Assistant
This role will serve food and drinks, keep the cafe and kitchen area tidy, and conduct other kitchen duties.

The Cornerstone
The Cornerstone is part of Lancaster Methodist Church and is a community of people working together to create a safe place in the city. They are currently looking for volunteers in the roles of Kitchen Assistant, Promotions & Social Media, and Administration Support/Fundraising.

Kitchen Assistant
Required between 10am and 3pm on Tuesdays for general kitchen duties.

Promotions & Social Media Lead
Design eye-catching leaflets and posters, and engage the community through social media.

Administration Support – Fundraising
Help with general office duties and complete funding applications.

Home-Start Volunteers
Home-Start, who offer home-visiting support to local families are looking for more volunteers such as parents, carers or grandparents who feel they could spare 2 to3 hours a week to support a family. They provide training and also other training opportunities and are hoping to run their net course in September. If anyone is interested in this position, please contact Debra Dawkins, the Senior Coordinator of Home-Start to further discuss this role.

Tel: 01524 414871
Mob: 07939404194
Email: [email protected]

PeerFest is an annual celebration of community-led groups doing peer support. Every year they get together to throw an event that aims to put people with lived experience in control and showcase the power of community mental health support. PeerFest celebrates the importance, power and diversity of peer support- led by people with lived experience. It’s a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers together to network, and share knowledge and best practice through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards. Admission to this event is free! 

Date and Time: 7th September 10am-7pm Location: The Lowry Theatre, Manchester, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ  

More information and reserve your place

Lancashire Mind VCFSE Collaboration – Mental Health Support
The mental health charity Lancashire Mind have been commissioned to collate the opinions and impacts of the Voluntary, Charity, Faith, and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector on supporting people’s mental health. The community mental health model is being developed through collaborative efforts with various partners in the system, including mental health providers, primary care, social care, and the voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector.

The current project phase aims to comprehensively understand the mental health support landscape in Lancashire and South Cumbria within the sector. This involves gathering information on existing initiatives and stakeholders involved. Subsequent stages will involve collaboration events, focus groups, and detailed surveys to compile a report and presentation outlining the current scenario, impact, and support provided by VCFSE organisations. The process will be followed up with recommendations and potential collaborations between VCFSE and public sectors.

To contribute, please complete the survey by August 28th.

Access the survey here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your place coordinator –
Chris Bell, Project lead, Central and West coordinator: [email protected]
Emma Hickson, Fylde Coast (Inc. Blackpool) coordinator: [email protected] Samantha Blackburn, The Bay coordinator:  [email protected]
Joanne Birkner, Pennine Lancashire Coordinator (Inc Blackburn with Darwen): [email protected]

Healthwatch Together Feedback on Section 42 Safeguarding Enquiries
Healthwatch Together want to hear from multi-agency professionals who have been involved in a section 42 safeguarding enquiry. Healthwatch Together is a collaboration between local Healthwatch within Lancashire and South Cumbria, this includes Healthwatch Lancashire, Healthwatch Blackpool and Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen. Healthwatch Together has been commissioned by the Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Adult Safeguarding boards, to review the involvement of people within a section 42 safeguarding enquiry.

Alongside this, Healthwatch Together want to hear from professionals who have been/are involved in a section 42 Safeguarding Enquiry in the last 12 months and understand what is working well and if anything can be improved.

If you have been involved in a section 42 safeguarding enquiry, your feedback would be invaluable in influencing change and improving services.

Go to the survey!

New Research Exploring Stigma Associated with Loneliness
To coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week in June, DCMS published new research exploring the stigma associated with loneliness. Findings suggest that loneliness stigma exists and comes in three forms:

  • an individual feeling shame or embarrassment (self stigma);
  • individuals assuming others will have negative attitudes or beliefs towards them experiencing loneliness (perceived social stigma); and
  • negative attitudes or beliefs towards a person experiencing loneliness (actual social stigma).

The research found examples of stigma across all age groups and that stigma is heightened by greater feelings of loneliness. Normalising loneliness, tackling negative associations and encouraging conversations will help people experiencing loneliness.

DCMS will continue to normalise loneliness through the ongoing communications campaign, with a particular focus on reaching young people.

New Blog Feature: ‘Discovering Wellness in the Lancaster District’
Lancaster District CVS are pleased to announce a brand new series of blogs all about Health & Wellbeing in the district. Lead by our Community Health Officer Jenny Reddell, we will be shining the spotlight on the many activities and services available for improving your health and wellbeing. Centred around our Directory of Services, which now has nearly 400 services from across the health sector and beyond listed, we will be discovering the many opportunities to help you begin your journey to wellness.

This fantastic resource is already being used across our district to help people find new hobbies and interest for themselves, support with loved ones ill-health, support with individual’s long term health conditions, support with understanding what is out there that can help you and me stay well. This is the first of our new health and wellbeing blog series, over the next few months and years we will continue to feature individual services listed in the Directory, helping you discover more about the service and helping us promote this amazing local directory.

Read our first health & wellbeing blog here

Cervical Screening Questionnaire
The NHS need your valuable insights to better understand the reasons behind the low uptake of cervical screenings in our region. In the North West there are fewer women attending cervical screening (also known as smear tests) than in the rest of the country which has brought the NHS cause for concern. Your help is needed to provide more of an understanding about how women feel about cervical screening and what needs to change to support more women making the decision to get cervical screening. Your participation matters to help prioritise women’s health.

For more information and to complete the survey

National Academy of Social Prescribing Webinars
The National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) have a series of webinars over the coming weeks that you miht find useful.  The webinars will be a series of thought-provoking sessions that explore the transformative impact of connecting people to non-medical sources of support in their communities. Learn from experts in the field and gain valuable insights into promoting well-being through arts, nature, physical activities, and more.

NASP Upcoming Webinars:

16th August – Improving access to social prescribing through care navigation and online consultations

22nd August –  NAVCA social prescribing project

12th September – NASP webinar: A multi faith exploration into social prescribing

To book your place or for more information

NASP Green Social Prescribing Toolkit: Embracing Nature for Health and Well-being
The National Academy of Social Prescribing have introduced a new toolkit the Green Social Prescribing Toolkit, a powerful resource for the third sector to help tackle and prevent mental ill health. This comprehensive toolkit aims to enhance social prescribing by harnessing the therapeutic potential of the natural environment. With a wealth of information, guidance, and best practices, the toolkit equips healthcare professionals, community leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to connect individuals to nature-based activities for improved well-being. By integrating the healing power of green spaces, outdoor activities, and environmental projects into social prescribing initiatives, we can build stronger, healthier communities. The results and findings were positive!

Read more here about the programme!

Research on Social Prescribing: VCFSE Organisations and Link Workers
Calling all VCFSE organisations and Social Prescribing Link Workers in the North West! Your valuable experiences and views are sought for important research on social prescribing. This research, conducted as part of a PhD at the University of Chester, aims to bridge the gap in understanding by focusing on the community sector’s vital role in social prescribing schemes. By participating in online surveys, you have the opportunity to share your insights on successful social prescribing schemes, maximizing resources and support, encouraging collaboration between PCNs and VCFSE, and hosting organizations’ needs. Social prescribing link workers can also contribute their perspectives on training, service design involvement, resource impact, caseload complexity, and more. The surveys are anonymous, and participation in phase two (focus groups and interviews) is optional. Help support in enriching the social prescribing evidence base and advancing community healthcare.

Find out more about the research and complete the survey

The Lancaster District Directory – NEW IN!
The Lancaster District Directory is a comprehensive resource offering information and listings related to various health and wellbeing services, organizations, and community initiatives in Lancaster and the surrounding areas.

The Lancaster District CVS Health & Wellbeing Directory has some exciting new updated content…

Visit the following links for NEW Items:

Armed Forces Covenant 
Luneside & Rosebank Bowling & Recreation Club
Experience it by the Sea
Hornby Institute
Hornby Drama Group

If you would like your organisation to be included on our directory, please contact our Community Health Officer [email protected]

Trauma Informed Cumbria-First Learning Events 

Thinking Critically About Trauma Informed Practice  
This is a 2 hour online event to consider what the term trauma-informed means and the importance of the concept when working with children and adults. Trauma-informed practice requires an organisation-wide understanding of and commitment to trauma-informed approaches. This is an opportunity to explore some critiques at play within the field of trauma-informed approaches, and reflect on the interface between this approach to practice and issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.

This event will be held on Thursday 7th September 12:00-2:00pm.

Read more information and get tickets

Trauma Informed Conference 2023 

The trauma informed conference 2023 taking place this year is a conference designed to bring together professionals from all walks of life to discuss and learn about trauma-informed practices and how they can be implemented in various settings, including voluntary sector agencies, health, education, social work, and criminal justice agencies. Part of the day will include two keynote speeches by people who have lived experience of trauma and two workshops, all of which will be spread out across the day from 9am-4:15pm. This will be held on the 2nd of November at Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.  

View  the agenda of the conference and purchase a ticket

Urgent and Emergency Care Across Lancashire & South Cumbria
Volunteers wanted! Help shape the future of urgent and emergency care in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Integrated Care Board (ICB) seeks 3-4 enthusiastic individuals to join a pivotal meeting, kickstarting the redesign of their approach to urgent and emergency care. With support from ECIST, they are developing a comprehensive five-year UEC strategy, an ongoing improvement program, and enhanced governance arrangements. As a crucial first step, they will be hosting a co-produced design day workshop on Wednesday, July 26 (location TBD, potentially online or in-person). They are welcoming input from both healthcare experts and patients who have firsthand experience with these services. To get involved, email Barbara McKeowen, UEC senior strategy manager, at [email protected] or Stephanie Gregory, UEC strategy manager, at [email protected]. Help shape a brighter future for urgent and emergency care in our region.

CGL Lancashire Hidden in Plain Sight Alcohol Awareness Campaign
CGL Lancashire have been involved in a campaign, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” which brings together a group of passionate volunteers who have personally experienced the effects of alcohol without fully realizing its impact on themselves and their loved ones. Currently 82% of the Lancashire population with alcohol problems are untreated, this is largely down to the stigma attached to accessing support from services such as Inspire.

The purpose of the campaign was to speak to people who are under-represented in their services due to the stigma and shame that they face and to try and empower them to get the help they deserve. The centre piece of the campaign is a thought-provoking short film created in collaboration with their dedicated volunteers. This powerful film was premiered at Vue Cinema in Preston last week, perfectly aligned with Alcohol Awareness Week. Through captivating storytelling and personal narratives, the film will shed light on the hidden harm caused by alcohol and the importance of seeking support.

Watch the Hidden In Plain Sight documentary here
Listen to the spoken word piece by their amazing volunteers wrote and performed

Be Body Positive
With so many aspects of life affecting young people and their relationship with food and their self-image, such as social media, etc, creating unrealistic expectations, the NHS have provided a useful tool for young people, parents and carers and professionals around the topic of body positivity and disordered eating. 

This is a great early intervention tool and contains self-guided modules for young people and helpful content for adults to help them learn how to support young people who are struggling with any of the featured topics. The topics cover Body Image and Normal Eating, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and disordered eating. There are interactive quizzes, drag and drop exercises and engaging videos and tutorials.

View the site here to use the modules and discover more information such as stories, resources and useful links. 

National Youth Agency Youth Work Training
The National Youth Agency (NYA) and its regional partners are offering over five hundred bursaries for youth work courses, providing opportunities to specialise in various aspects of youth work or advance into leadership roles. This initiative, backed by a third year of funding from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), aims to enhance the skills and capacity of the sector.

The bursaries are available for Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in youth work for 2022/3, with a new Level 4 Certificate in Professional Development (Youth Work) catering to existing youth workers seeking higher-level qualifications. The training can be a combination of online and in-person sessions, and applicants should be involved in working with young people either as volunteers or in paid positions.

Register your interest and apply for their bursary here

Strategies Against Extra-Familial Harm Event – The Innovative Project Webinars
The Innovative Project that research the areas of youth, risk and complexity are hosting an enlightening event focused on empowering community youth. The first of 5 webinars will be looking into “What Works in Helping Young People at Risk of Extra-Familial Harm.” The session will delve into effective strategies that ensure the well-being and safety of young ones. With engaging discussions and expert insights, with enhanced collective efforts the aim is to support youth facing potential risks beyond their families.

Date & time: Wednesday 27 September 2023, 4-5pm
Location: Online

Secure your place here on the webinar here

IICSA Report: Mandatory Reporting Final Call for Evidence
Earlier this year, Government published its response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse final report. Charities, voluntary organisations, charity workers and volunteers working with young people are invited to help in the development of a new duty for reporting signs of abuse.

It is vital that the VCSE sector’s voice is represented through this Call for Evidence, which seeks views on how implementing a duty to report could impact individuals and their organisations. Your feedback will inform a consultation later this year on a shortlist of developed policy options. Responses from interested parties to the Call for Evidence are strongly encouraged by Monday 14 August.

Digital Music Production and Research Project
Are you aged between 16-25 years old? Or aged 65+ years old? Lancaster University and Queen Square Medical Practice are running an exciting digital music production and research project called “Intergenerate.”.  The sessions will provide the opportunity to delve into cutting-edge music production techniques and explore the latest advancements in digital sound.

The sessions will also look into the impact of ageism whilst exploring the positive effects of digital music production on health and wellbeing. There will be 6 x weekly sessions starting Sept 2023 at the Gregson Community Centre in Lancaster. Taking part in an interview beforehand and a focus group afterwards about your views.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the researcher (Rachael), you can email her at [email protected]

Learn more about the project

Gregson Event details

View the project e-poster here

LABGC Summer Events

Fishing Project ‘LetsFish’
Thanks to funding from the Environmental Agency and the Get Fishing Fund, the Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs are now providing 6 free introduction to fishing days for young people aged 10-18 years. Engaging in fishing not only connects youth with nature but also raises awareness of the environment while enhancing concentration and coordination. The Get Fishing campaign was launched by the Angling Trust, to promote angling participation. Annually introducing over 30,000 individuals to angling through fun, safe, and friendly events backed by the Environment Agency. The LetsFish project provides new opportunities and experiences for young people locally to get involved with the international sport of fishing.

Get in touch with Daria at 01524 65106 or [email protected] to learn more or express your interest in taking part.

View the LABGC LetsFish e-poster here

Summer School Holiday Activity Programme at Forrest Hills
Join the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs for action-packed multi-activity days at Forrest Hills. For a nominal fee of £5 per person, covering transport costs, participants will enjoy an array of exciting activities, including pillow bashing, various archery challenges, and mountain boarding.

Gather your friends and form a group of at least 16 young people to take part in the fun. Don’t worry if you have slightly fewer participants; just reach out to Leon Dove at [email protected] for assistance. The maximum group size is 30, and if you have a few extras, get in touch with Leon Dove to see if they can accommodate your group. The programme runs every Monday to Wednesday throughout the summer holidays, and if those days don’t suit, the team are flexible and can consider other options. Age restriction is 8+, and they currently have funding for 16 slots.

Beach Clean – Social Action Project 2023
Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs, in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society & Sea-Changers, presents an exciting Beach Clean Social Action Project. They are looking for groups of young people from 5 Member Clubs to join the Annual National Beach Clean initiative. The event, taking place on the weekend of Sat 23rd Sept – Sun 24th Sept, will involve cleaning up the beaches and conducting beach litter surveys, contributing to a cleaner and healthier marine environment.

There will be provision for all the safety equipment, protection, and training for group leaders, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. The delivery framework will be decided by the participating clubs and young people, incorporating fun and interactive activities. As a token of appreciation, all participants will receive a Beach Clean participation certificate and medal. If your club is interested, complete the expression of interest form, and they will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

Register your interest

View their event e-poster here

Happy Healthy Holidays – Summer Activities for the Kids
Looking for fun-filled activities to keep your children entertained and engaged this summer? Look no further than the Lancashire County Council HAF programme! With an exciting range of children’s activities available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Funded by the Department for Education, ‘Happy Healthy Holidays’ provides a great opportunity for local children and young people who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to get out and about, get creative and get active. From sports and games to arts and crafts, the programme offers a diverse selection of activities that promote a happy and healthy holiday season. Whether your little ones are aspiring athletes or budding artists, they’ll have the opportunity to explore new interests, meet new friends, and have lots of fun. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to keep your children active and entertained during the holidays.

Find out more about the amazing activities waiting for them and local providers

NHS Support Young People to be Body Positive Webinars
The NHS are introducing a series of transformative webinars designed to empower and support young individuals on their journey towards body positivity. The series explores all that their new resource has to offer to support young people with disordered eating and body image. Through expert-led webinars, they aim to provide invaluable tools, insights, and guidance to help young people develop a healthy relationship with their bodies. From understanding media influences to cultivating self-love and resilience, the Be Body Positive webinars offer a comprehensive approach to body positivity. Sign up to become part of a safe and inclusive space, where individuals can learn, grow, and celebrate their bodies.

Read more about the NHS Be Body Positive Campaign

View the event e-poster here

Family Fun Summer Events
There is lots going on over the summer for families and young people. View the latest What’s On Guide Poster for the Children and Family Wellbeing Service, along with information about their Fun Days taking place over August.  All groups/activities are totally free to attend.

Summer Fun Days 2023
Explore it! Dinosaur Hunt and creative activities
Experience it by the Sea Punch & Judy, arts and crafts and more
Move it! A mix of activities from welly wanging to face painting to archery

Youth  Work Training Needs Analysis Questionnaire
Lancaster District Young People’s Foundation is aiming to assess the need for youth work training (at all levels) across the district.  If your organisation employs youth workers (or has ambitions to), we would appreciate your support in completing the questionnaire below.  The form should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. The results of the survey will help to gain an understanding of the need for youth work training and the barriers to accessing training across the district, which will help to inform the priorities of the YPF (Young People’s Foundation) moving forwards.  

You can access the form here

Please complete the form by Thursday 31st August 2023.

Summer Playschemes for children aged 8-11 in the Lancaster District
This year Sport Works and Smart Body Sports are working with Lancaster City Council to deliver the summer playschemes across the district. These are available for children aged 8-11 years and consists of range of sport, arts and recreational activities.

Playschemes are running at the following locations:

Christ Church Primary School Carnforth  24th July – 18th August 2023 10am -2pm
Willow Lane Primary School Lancaster 31st July – 25th  August 2023 10am-2pm
Morecambe Bay Primary School Morecambe 24th  July- 18th August 2023 10am-4pm

For further information and to book onto the programmes please visit the links below

Smart Body Sport- Morecambe Bay Primary School
Book Online | Smart Body Sports

Sport Works – Christ Church Primary School Carnforth & Willow Lane Primary school Lancaster

NABGC Annual Conference & Awards Evening
The National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs will be hosting their annual conference and awards evening, titled “#StrongerTogether,” on Sunday, October 15, 2023. The conference will take place at the University of Lincoln, followed by the awards evening at the Hilton Hotel in Lincoln. The event aims to bring together Club Leaders and staff for a day of learning and recognition. Ticket options include a £40 day ticket covering both the conference and awards evening, or a £75 full ticket with conference, awards evening, and one night’s B&B accommodation. More details and booking information will be available in the coming weeks.

More information on this event

Register your interest here!

Discussion Opportunity from Animal Freedom Alliance
The Animal Freedom Alliance would like to invite you to their upcoming community discussion spaces. At these events, a group of 4-8 people of different backgrounds will be in moderated discussion about their relationship to animals and the environment, related issues in the local area and possible solutions. The community’s presence, thoughts and contribution is appreciated.

The next discussion space is Monday 14th August, 6.15pm but there will be plenty of other upcoming events if you are not able to attend this one.

For more info and further events

Hedgerow Protection Consultation Online Event for Tree Wardens and Tree Warden Coordinators
As a result of the UK exiting the European Union, Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislation is being repealed and replaced in England with a domestic agriculture policy. Defra is currently developing policies on hedgerow protections to replace the existing cross compliance rules that will be phased out alongside the CAP.

Defra is currently gathering views on the best ways to maintain and improve existing protections, and on enforcement approaches, through a public consultation.  The consultation window closes 20th September 2023.

Tree Wardens are being invited to be heard directly from the Defra team about the proposals and consultation process, and to have the opportunity for Q&A. The consultation is an important opportunity to help shape the future regulation and enforcement.

Consultation documents
You can find more information on the consultation here. Please do have a read and think of any questions you would like to ask Defra.

If you cannot make the session, please let email the team know at [email protected] your questions and we shall put them forward on your behalf.

Date & time: 16th August 2023, 4-5pm
Location: Online MS Teams

Sign up here to register for the event.

Good Things Collective Summer Programme
The creative charity Good Things Collective have an exciting Summer program of #CollectiveCreativity, thoughtfully curated by their members, offering an array of engaging activities accessible to the entire community, and all completely free! Get ready for good vibes and warm welcomes as they invite everyone to join in on the fun.

The fun begins with a Micro Garden Meet Up with Amy & Ellie and a picnic lunch, followed by a studio session of Communal poems and story writing next week and lots more activities throughout August. 

View their Summer schedule here.  All on-site activities are highlighted in green and studio sessions at the Arndale Morecambe Bay are in blue.

More than a Market – Creative West End
The Creative West End Market is just over a week away. Explore a vibrant collection of handmade arts, crafts, and artisanal products brought to you by talented local makers. From stunning artworks to intricately crafted jewellery and more, there’s something for everyone. The Creative West End Market is a great opportunity to connect with the artisans and uncover unique treasures whilst supporting your creative community.

Mid Market Play – ‘In Westendia’
During the market there will also be ‘In Westendia’ – a play at the Picture Frame Stage, West End Gardens, Morecambe Prom. This fantastic creative community project has seen West End artists, creatives and the community come together fusing art and words by creating characters, costumes, a pop-up polaroid photobooth and finally bringing it altogether for the launch. Showtime will be at 3pm.

The next market will be on Saturday 12th August, 11am – 4pm

Find out more

Building our Food Network by Food Futures
FoodFutures are hosting an informal social event to bring together people involved (or wanting to get involved) in community groups and initiatives. It’s a chance to connect with others, learn about different projects and see if anything inspires you. It is also a chance to learn more about FoodFutures, meet some of the team and sign up to be a Local Food Champion.

Date & time: Wednesday, 16 August 2023, 5.30-7.30pm
Location: 13th Lancaster Scouts, West Road, Lancaster, LA1 5PE

Reserve your place here

Claver Hill Open Day
Claver Hill community food project is celebrating 10 years with an Open Day for the public and an after hours party for members past and present. A range of workshops and activities are being organised as part of the open day. Just come along on the day.

Date & time: 27 August, 12-4pm
Location: Claver Hill, just off Ridge Lane, Lancaster

Support Needed for City Centre Projects

Light up Lancaster
Preparations are taking place for this year’s annual light festival, and they need your support! Light up Lancaster is where Lancaster’s rich heritage and history comes alive in a mesmerizing display of light and performance. The city will be illuminated with a trail of wonder, joy, belonging and fun for artists, audiences, and families alike. Be a part of this enchanting experience by lending your support to this amazing 3 night spectacle. Let’s make November a month to remember with the power of light and creativity!

Find out more and show your support

Lancaster Chinese New Year Festival
Popber Lancaster CIC are seeking your support to celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival in 2024. Join the community in finding funds for this spectacular event that celebrates Chinese culture, traditions and the spirit of unity. The organisers aim to enhance the festival’s impact using your contribution to enable logistical arrangements, artist fees, venue preparations, marketing efforts, and an overall enhanced festival experience.

Find out more and show your support

Festa Italia & Lancaster Film Festival
Totally Local Lancaster are seeking your support to bring the best of Italian food, drink, entertainment and engineering to the city in 2024. Festival organisers are also joining forces with Cinema Italiano and Complitaly, to bring Lancaster International Film Festival to the city as part of the celebration.   

Find out more and show your support

Support “Lady in Red” – A Powerful Play on Coercive Control!
A powerful and important crowdfunded project is in need of your support. The theatre organisation touring “Lady in Red” – a gripping domestic abuse drama aims to provide free performances across Lancashire, including Lancaster and The Wyre, and film the play with British Sign Language interpretation for wider accessibility. With your help, they will be able to offer free digital sessions to all residents of Lancashire, addressing the critical issue of domestic abuse, especially affecting women with disabilities.

“Lady in Red” is a compelling exploration of coercive control, shedding light on the barriers faced by survivors trying to break free from abusive relationships. Through this thought-provoking play, we seek to answer the age-old question, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” Our after-show discussions will further delve into the subject and connect people with local support services. By contributing to their Spacehive Crowdfund, you’ll not only help them stage impactful performances but also tap into match funding, potentially doubling the impact of your donation! Your donations, starting at just £2, will go a long way in creating a safer and more informed community. Be part of this essential project to help raise awareness and provide support for those affected by domestic abuse.

Find out more about the play

Support this project here

VSNW Conference and AGM 2023
Join the Voluntary Sector North West for an empowering event, ‘Building Wealth in our Communities,’ taking place on 22 November 2023 at the prestigious Village Hotel in Warrington. As we emerge from the challenges of the Covid pandemic, our sector still faces the pressing issue of a cost-of-living crisis. At this year’s AGM and Conference, they will delve into solutions that can lead to a just economic model for our communities. With the UK Shared Prosperity Fund ending soon, preparation is needed for what lies ahead and understand the social, economic, and investment plans of the next government.  The event will feature a compelling keynote speech by the esteemed Dr. Sarah Longlands, an expert in the field. Engage in productive breakout discussion sessions, network with like-minded VCSE leaders who are members, associates, or partners of VSNW, and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

This is an opportunity to gain valuable insights and collaborate with fellow leaders and is completely free to attend. The event will take place on 22 November 2023, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Village Hotel in Warrington (110 Centre Park, Warrington, CHS WA1 1QA). Let’s come together to build a better future for our communities.

Register for this event

Jazz in Hornby – Chris Coull Quintet
Come on down for a captivating world of jazz with The Chris Coull Quintet at Jazz in Hornby, presented by The Village Trust. On Friday, 18th August 2022, starting at 7:30 PM at Hornby Village Institute, get ready to experience an evening of the “very best swinging, improvised Jazz.” The bar opens at 7:30 PM, with the soulful melodies and infectious rhythms commencing at 8:00 PM. Don’t miss this exceptional musical journey filled with incredible performances.

Visit Mainstreet, Hornby, Lancs LA2 8JR for an unforgettable night. Tickets are available now at £18 each; secure yours today by calling 01524 222227.

View the event e-poster here

Million Trees Initiative: Planting a Green Legacy for Lancashire’s Future
Lancashire County Council’s treescape team is spearheading an ambitious initiative to create woodlands across the region, and they need your help! As they collaborate with district councils, their mission is to plant an impressive 30,000 urban and peri-urban trees, along with 170 hectares of rural woodland over the next two seasons (2023-2025). This fantastic endeavor aims to enhance our environment, promote biodiversity, and create beautiful green spaces for communities to enjoy. To make this project a success, they are seeking potential sites for tree planting, and your input is invaluable. If you have any ideas or know of suitable locations, please share your suggestions by emailing [email protected]. Together, let’s cultivate a greener and more sustainable future for Lancashire. Join us in this noble cause, and let’s leave a lasting legacy of a million trees for generations to come!

Gregson Community & Arts Centre Facilities Hire
The Gregson community centre are offering 50% off room hire from between 1st-31st August.  The offer includes their main hall and secret cinema.  Ideal for parties, gigs, meetings and more.  Every penny spent on hire helps facilitate this vital community resource.

View their e-poster for more details

Training Needs Survey
If you haven’t had the chance to complete our survey yet, it would really help if you could, so that we can offer the training that is most needed. It’s just a matter of whizzing down a list of potential courses and clicking ones that would be useful – the perfect thing to do while enjoying a brew! It takes less than ten minutes. Click here to complete it. 

Suicide Prevention
This half-day workshop provides learners with the confidence and tools to understand the impact of suicide and take someone who is experiencing thoughts of suicide from a place of danger and isolation to a place of safety and support, using a three-step ‘first aid’ approach.

This approach enables the suicide ‘first aider’ to identify the signs that someone may be experiencing thoughts of suicide, recognize the needs of that person, ask about suicide clearly and directly and use safety planning to empower the individual to find appropriate help.

The workshop is City and Guilds registered, delivered by a trainer registered with the National Centre for Suicide Prevention.

This is a funded workshop, with a registration fee of £5 for LDCVS members, and £10 for non-members covering the costs of venue and refreshments. Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.

Date & time: Tuesday October 17th, 9.45am – 1pm
Location: The Cornerstone, Lancaster, LA1 1PX

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Honey Bee Information Day at the Judges Lodgings
We are buzzing with excitement to join the Lancaster Bee Keepers at the Judges Lodgings on Sunday 27th August, 11am – 3.30pm for their information day. You’ll get the chance to experience the observation hive and meet beekeepers with all the details you need to make your garden insect friendly.  There will also be a range of crafts, games, honey tasting and a Bee Book Corner. Come along on the day for a fantastic family day out.

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Closing Loops: Share the Harvest
This September discover the joy of sharing the harvest with Food Futures. Get involved with Closing Loops Share the Harvest and join a wonderful initiative that celebrates the abundance of fresh, local produce. By connecting growers and consumers, Share the Harvest promotes a sustainable and resilient food system. Join in with a local gleaning event, a workshop on juicing, cooking and preserving fruit or by hosting a glean in your garden, orchard or farm. Whether you have surplus crops from your garden or are looking for locally sourced ingredients, this platform is the perfect place to share, exchange, and connect. Embrace the spirit of community, reduce food waste, and support local growers by participating in Share the Harvest.

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The Curve – Free Digital Skills Training for the Third Sector
The Curve is providing free digital training for the Third Sector. It is a series for FREE 90-minute on-line workshops. The aim is to build knowledge around best digital practices, raise awareness of digital tools and ultimately help increase impact with digital. Workshops are open to anyone working or volunteering with a third sector organisation in the UK.

The workshops take place this August.

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Recruitment
LFRS are excited to announce a recruitment opportunity for wholetime apprentice firefighters. They are welcoming applicants regardless of background or experiences to better represent the communities they serve and to bring something different to the table. They are looking for people who are good at using their initiative and problem solving, are compassionate, can keep calm under pressure, enjoy working as part of a team, effective at communicating and those who want to make a difference to their communities and be there in their time of need.

Due to their commitment to their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy they are actively encouraging applicants from women, members of Lancashire’s ethnic minorities communities and the LGBTQ+ community. They also offer many benefits. They offer inclusive employment policies, comprehensive development, free car parking, membership of the Firefighter’s Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme and access to workplace gym facilities and the facilities provided by the Fire Fighter Charity.

Find out more about the role and apply here

For any questions please email: [email protected]
Recruiting on: August 7th – 16th (12 noon)
Training course starts: February 2024

Café Manager – Morecambe at Galloway’s
Brew Me Sunshine is a social enterprise with all profits donated back to support the fantastic work of Galloway’s. The organisation are passionate about providing great service, quality food in a unique and comfortable environment. Their cafe is brilliantly located and growing rapidly, serving the best coffee in town, and are looking for the right person to take us to new heights.

Morecambe at Galloways are looking for an ambitious, experienced, and motivated leader to come and join the team at Brew Me Sunshine and bring new energy, creativity, and great ideas to grow the business and to help us implement efficient systems to run the business effectively, manage busy shifts and increase profitability.

Salary: £22,000 – £24,000
Contract: 37 hours per week, permanent
Location: Brew Me Sunshine, Victoria Street, Morecambe, LA4 4AH
Closing Date: August 27th 2023

Call for an informal chat on 01772 744148 or visit the following link for

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Casework Services Coordinator – The Royal British Legion
The armed forces charity The Royal British Legion are seeking a Caseworker Services Coordinator to join their team in the Cumbria and Lancashire regions. The role offers a chance to join the Welfare Team, ensuring seamless welfare support for beneficiaries based on their immediate needs. Working closely with Case Officers and the Casework Services Manager, you will provide administrative assistance to the team’s casework, interacting directly with beneficiaries to gather required documentation and maintain communication. Essential to this role is residing within or close to Cumbria and Lancashire, holding a driving license, and being open to home-based work with occasional travel to RBL offices and throughout the region.

Salary: £23,356 per year
Contract: Permanent, full-time
Location: Cumbria and Lancashire (hybrid)
Closing Date: 20th August 2023

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Relief Support Worker – Creative Support
Creative Support are looking for a compassionate, positive and creative individual to join their supportive and dedicated team at the supported living service in Barrow, Cumbria. The support worker duties involve enabling individuals to lead fulfilling and independent lives both at home and in the community. This includes assisting with day-to-day living tasks, such as budgeting, shopping, medication support, and personal care. The role requires flexibility in working hours, aiming to promote service users’ independence and growth in social skills, daily living skills, and utilising community resources while being responsive to their individual needs within a Person Centred Plan.

Salary: £10.70 per hour
Contract: Permanent, Part-time
Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Closing Date: 16 August, 23:30

Find out more here and apply

Engagement Officer – Vision of Adventure
The Engagement Officer role at Vision of Adventure is an exciting opportunity with significant autonomy to shape the position. Joining a small and friendly team, you’ll play a vital role in managing the charity’s fundraising program and cultivating relationships with current and prospective volunteers. Offering a competitive salary and a flexible working environment, the organisation values work-life balance. 

Salary: £25,000 – £30,000 per year
Contract: 12 months – With the aim to make it a permanent role subject to funding, Part-time
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Closing Date: 14 August, 23:30

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Youth Engagement Officer – Yorkshire Dales Trust
The Yorkshire Dales Trust are looking for a Youth Engagement Officer that will become a key member of the Green Futures team, responsible for providing inspiring opportunities for underrepresented and marginalized young individuals to connect with nature. This role will contribute to the delivery and development of YDMT’s Green Futures strategy, aiming to empower young people to take environmental action and become future environmental leaders.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for the organisation’s mission and be adept at building strong relationships with both young people and partners. Previous experience in delivering natural environment projects for young individuals is essential, but equally important is the ability to work within a creative, caring, honest, and enabling culture.

Salary: £28,492 – £30,561 per year
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Yorkshire Dales
Closing Date: 25 August, 23:30

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Lancashire FA Multiple Roles Available
Lancashire FA have a number of exciting vacancies across the business including within the Football Development Team, the Facilities and Investment Team and the Hospitality Team. Read on to see what part you can play in supporting football in Lancashire.

Lancashire FA Facilities Manager
Food & Beverage Team Member
Food & Beverage Team Member
Football Development Officer
Football Facilities Activator
Club & Community Facility Development Officer

If you are interested in the above vacancies CLICK HERE

The Well Communities CIC Multiple Roles

Community Connector – The Well Communities
The wellbeing charity Well are seeking a Community Connector with a specific remit to work alongside residents in their supported accommodation, deliver Psychosocial Interventions (Psi’s, online and face to face) and provide a live connection between local communities, asset based and health and wellbeing opportunities and treatment services. You will work as part of the Behaviour Change Team Partnership, to open up opportunities and widen access beyond treatment services.

Salary: £22,000 – £24,500 per annum
Contract: 37.5 hours per week, 1 year FTC
Location: Lancaster
Closing Date: 28th August 2023, 5pm

2 x Tenancy Sustainment Workers (1 Female and 1 Male)
The Well are looking for x2 Tenancy Sustainment Workers to work with an identified cohort of community members with multiple, complex needs. Under the leadership of the Tenancy Sustainment Manager, you will assist in the provision of effective, high quality intensive housing management and support services to vulnerable individuals with little social or recovery capital.

Salary: £22,000 per annum
Contract: 37.5 hours per week, 1 year FTC
Location: Lancaster
Closing Date: Unconfirmed

Please contact Jo O’Brien for an application form [email protected] or for an informal discussion please call Sharon Mullen during office hours on 07594254142.

1 x Finance Administrator
The Well are looking for a Finance Administrator to join their small and busy finance team in their Morecambe office. As a Finance Administrator your duties will include bank reconciliations, inputting data on Sage 50 Accounts, petty cash, cash handling and banking, notifying suppliers of payments, setting up and managing online supplier/utility accounts, obtaining approval for expenditure from Budget holders, electronic and physical filing, setting up and maintaining supplier and customer details on Sage and assist assist Finance and Administration department with other duties as required.

Salary: £22,000 – £25,000 per annum
Contract: 37.5 hours per week, 2 years
Location: Morecambe
Closing Date: Unconfirmed

For an informal discussion please contact Neil Dickinson – Finance Manager on 07360 107733.

For an application form please contact Sarah Lunan on [email protected], returning the application no later than 5pm on Friday 11th August 2023.

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