Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 13 April 22

The Bulletin will be on holiday for the next two weeks, so the next edition will be in the week beginning 2 May. Please do continue to share items with your colleagues and send any suggestions or requests for future editions to [email protected]

Although the Bulletin will be away, LDCVS colleagues are still available and here to help. Contact us by email at [email protected], by telephone on 01524 555900, or see individual contact details in the final section of this edition.

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Lancaster Community Fund 2022/23
The Lancaster Community Fund has returned, alongside a Jubilee pop-up sub-fund! See the funding section for more information.

Community Health Champions Fund
In partnership with Lancaster City Council, grants of between £500 and £10,000 are now available for projects which help create education opportunities within our community, to promote healthy behaviours.

See the funding section for more information.

Eric Wright Charitable Trust Fund – open
The Fund, administered by our Bay Foundation, is once again open for applications. See the Funding section for further information.

LDCVS Financial Services
For many of you it’s the end of the financial year. It’s always a busy time as you work to get invoices out, bills paid, and tidy up your accounts. It’s also a time to look forward and implement new plans.

LDCVS can help. Not only can our Financial Services colleagues provide advice and guidance, but our great-value payroll and independent examination services also help keep everything in good order. Why not speak to our team and see how we can help? We’ll provide a free quotation for any paid-for services. Email [email protected] or call us on 01524 555900.

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

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

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

Lancaster Community Fund & Jubilee Pop-up Fund
The Lancaster Community Fund provides grants of up to £1,000 for projects across three main priorities:

  • increasing community involvement and building community wealth and resilience.
  • contributing towards carbon reduction and a more sustainable district.
  • contributing to individual and community wellbeing

Deadlines for the 2022/23 year are 17 May 2022, 11 November 2022, and 10 February 2023.

Find out more here.

Jubilee Pop-up Fund

A temporary pop-up has also been created from the main fund, enabling groups and organisations to apply for £50 or £100 towards activities and events celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Money could be spent on things such as:

  • flags or memorabilia
  • balloons
  • bunting
  • a celebration cake/cakes
  • party packs for attendees

We’ve put a quick and simple application form together, with a deadline of Friday 6 May at 5pm.

Find out more here.

Registration for The Fore’s Summer 2022 Funding Round
Registration for The Fore’s Summer 2022 Funding Round will open on Tuesday 19th April 2022 at 10:00am. The Fore is offering unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 that can be spread over one to three years, unlocking potential for small charities who are ready to take their next step forward and for whom support will have transformational impact. Grants can be used for any activity that helps transform scale, sustainability, reach or efficiency.

Find out more and register.

Community Health Champions Fund
Earlier this year, Lancaster City Council were successful in getting funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to address inequalities in health in the district.

As a result, Lancaster District CVS is working with Lancaster City Council to distribute grant funding to support our communities in talking about our health and wellbeing.

The fund aims to help create education opportunities to promote healthy behaviours, including COVID-19 vaccines, to reduce health inequalities.

Organisations can apply for grants between £500 and £10,000 to run projects and events supporting this aim.

Applications, which will be considered at monthly panel meetings, will be accepted until 5pm on 31 August.

Find out more and apply.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood.

Read more about the fund here, or register for a webinar (7 April, 10:30am, via Zoom) which will explain the fund’s priorities and application process.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation Capital Fund
Funding large and small projects in charities, CICs and other not-for-profit organisations for capital projects including buildings, fittings and equipment, and vehicles.

Find out more and apply.

The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Fund
The Eric Wright Charitable Trust’s fund administered by Lancaster District CVS is open again. Applying is easy and we would like to encourage all small groups around the Lancaster District to apply.

Grants of up to £500 are awarded to organisations with income under £50,000, providing activities that can make a positive difference to the lives & wellbeing of all age groups.

Deadline: 5pm on Monday 2 May 2022.

Find out more and apply.

If you have any queries about the fund or how to apply, get in touch by email at [email protected] or by ringing CVS on 01524 555900.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – change in funding priorities
The Foundation have advised us that they have changed their regional priorities. For Lancashire, the updated priorities are:

  • Addiction & Dependency
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Care Leavers (it is no longer a requirement that 50% of the people the charity works with have to be care leavers)
  • Homeless and Vulnerably Housed
  • Offending Prison and Community Service
  • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Young Parents (it is no longer a requirement that 50% of the people the charity works with have to be young parents)
  • Racial Equity (charity needs to do targeted work with minoritized communities and more than 50% of the trustees need to be from BAME communities)

For further information on funding opportunities with the Lloyds Bank Foundation, contact Ella Sips (Manager, North West) at [email protected]

Online Volunteer Management System
Please take a few moments to register with our online volunteer management system:

Once registered you will be able to upload your volunteering opportunities to a local platform that is currently reaching hundreds of potential volunteers in the Lancaster area per week.

Not IT confident, or simply don’t have time? Contact Mark at [email protected] with your volunteer needs and he can upload everything for you. Mark can also answer any questions that you might have.

Once registered, our Volunteer Centre can promote your roles in various ways, both online and face to face, as well as in this bulletin and our bi-weekly column in the Lancaster Guardian.

Share your experiences of charity banking
Charity infrastructure bodies CFG, NCVO, ACRE and WCVA are collecting as much information as possible about the difficulties organisations have encountered in accessing and using banks.

Please consider contributing to their survey.

Small Charities Coalition Helpdesk Update
Although the Small Charities Coalition has sadly closed, the SCC Helpdesk has found a new home with the Foundation for Social Improvement and NCVO, meaning the service can continue.

Find out more here.

New CEO at The Gregson Centre
Charles Tyrer has been appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Gregson Community Association, following the Association’s decision to take the running of the Gregson Centre back into their own hands.

Find out more here.

Team Kickabout 
This programme is designed to help dads get out of the house, exercising and socialising through games of football suitable for all skill levels. Now active in Lancaster, games are available at ten local venues.

Find out more on the Team Kickabout website.

Free Microsoft 365 Business Premium licenses for non-profits
Up to 10 licenses per organisation (a registered charity or an HMRC exempt charity or church), including the most up to date version of Windows, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and all critical security patches and product improvements.

Find out more and apply.

Community Briefing: Refugees and Homes for Ukraine
Several useful links were shared at the Lancaster City Council Community Briefing on 30 March, which we would like to take this opportunity to share.

HM Gov – Record your interest to be a Sponsor

HM Gov – Frequently asked questions: Homes for Ukraine scheme

HM Gov Guidance – Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK
This is a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK. It also includes specific information for those arriving on the Homes for Ukraine scheme

Supporting civil society organisations and the UK Government to match refugees with sponsors to find suitable accommodation

British Red Cross International Family Tracing Service

Refugee Council Advice for Ukrainian People

Refugee Council Infoline
0808 196 7272


RAIS Lancaster (Refugee Advocacy Information and Support)

Global Link Lancaster

Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal

How to report a hate crime

ACEVO Sector Leaders Pay & Equalities Survey
Civil society leaders are asked to fill out this survey, which will inform the ACEVO annual report into pay and equalities.

Start here.

Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans
Lancashire County Council are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans for each area of the county, enabling a long-term approach to developing walking and cycling networks.

Find out more and take part in an initial survey about local provision.

Updated COVID-19 guidance for the charity sector
The Charity Commission have published an update to their pandemic-related guidance, to help staff, volunteers and trustees do their work legally, efficiently and effectively.

View the updated guidance.

Mental Health Support activities from Adullam – Summer Term
Adullam are offering a range of workshops, courses and activities over the coming months:

Purpose Workshop – 22 April 9.30am to 1pm – work alongside a professional life coach to discover your skills and talents.

Living Life to the Full Course – Fridays 10am to 12pm – using CBT principles to help people with their mental health.

Job Preparation Course – Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm – writing a CV and job application, interview techniques, and preparing for work.

Budgeting & Money Management Course – Mondays 11am to 1pm.

Social/Community Groups – Tuesdays 10am to 12pm – crafts, book club, monthly trips to local sites, cook-along sessions and more.

Woodlands Days – dates in April, May and June 10am to 2pm – visit a Woodland Project site and get involved in various activities.

Celebrate Recovery – Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9pm or Wednesdays 10am to 12pm – providing weekly support for those struggling with any of life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits (not just addiction).

To find out more about any of these activities, call Sarah or Kath on 07749 373979 or 07861 653978, email [email protected] or visit the Adullam website.

Lancashire Recovery College Courses
The Recovery College’s courses are co-designed, alongside people with lived experience and professionals by experience, to help you find accessible and fun health and wellbeing opportunities.

All courses are available free of charge to anyone over 18 years.

Find out about April’s courses and make bookings here.

Healthy Relationship Course from Children & Family Wellbeing Service
This six week course, held in a group setting, is intended to provide couples with the tools to their their relationship through positive communication.

Westgate Children Centre from 20 April (5.30pm – 6.30pm) and Lune Park Children Centre from 21 April (1pm – 2pm)

Download the flyer here.

Covid-19 Toolkit
The latest edition (31 March) of the Cabinet Office Covid-19 Communications Toolkit can be downloaded here.

Health & Social Care Bill – Involving People and Communities
Lancashire & South Cumbria Health & Care Partnership would like to hear from local people about the way that the public want to be involved in improving services in the future.

Find out more and complete the consultation here.

Mental Health in the Early Years Level 2 course
See the Training section for more information

Stay and Play at St Chads Hall
Open to all parents and carers and their children aged from birth to preschool. Enjoy play, songs and a snack on termtime Fridays 1.30pm – 3pm.

For more information call Ryelands School on 01524 64626.

Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Children and young people receiving free school meals are being invited to sign up to enjoy free activities during the Easter break with Lancaster City Council’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).

Find out more and book.

Undressed: a festival unravelling our relationship with clothes, by the Sewing Cafe
Sustainability starts with us and can be easy when we know that the best option is to Buy Less and Care More.

Join the Sewing Cafe over the course of 4 days from 22 April for a clothing swap, guest speakers, activities, mending drop ins, and an exhibit.

Undressed Fest coincides with Earth Day and Fashion Revolution Week, an international event. With the exception of the opening night Clothing Swap Soirée, all events are free.

Find out more and get involved.

Key’s Big Sponsored Sleep Out
Key is challenging you to give up your bed for a sleeping bag for just one night, on Friday 13 May. Adults can come together at Lancashire Football Association to their very first sponsored Sleep Out, while families can host their own at home.

Find out more.

Vision for Volunteering Online Launch (NCVO)
What should volunteering look like in 2032? What changes are needed to adapt to upcoming trends, challenges and opportunities? Explore that future with NCVO and the Vision for Volunteering.

10 May, 10am, online

Find out more.

Have a go at sailing
Morecambe Sailing Club is offering free taster days on April 16, April 30 and May 28. All welcome, but pre-booking is essential via email to [email protected]

FLOW of Voices Sound Creation Workshop
How does the voice of a buried river sound? Come and join choir leader and vocal teacher Loz Kaye and be part of a workshop afternoon exploring the voice.

This is part of a three year cultural programme “Mill Race: Flow of Change” and will celebrate the heritage and emerging contemporary character of this part of Lancaster.

9 April, 2pm, Friends Meeting House LA1 1TX

Find out more and book.

Get Grants Fundraisers Networking
Join a Get Grants expert to hear updates on the current fundraising landscape and take part in discussions on new opportunities and challenges.

26 April, 1pm and 25 May 10am, both via Zoom

Find out more and book.

Free Training for Paid Staff
The Upskilling the Health and Social Care Workforce in Lancashire project is a fully-funded EU project offering paid staff the chance to gain an award in something that will benefit them in either their work, their general professional development, or both.

Upon registering your organisation will be supported by a dedicated training team to help your paid employees take part in training and gain an award. Awards can be accredited or non-accredited and the delivery is bespoke, tailored to your needs, from topic to timing and location.

To fin out more please contact Mark at [email protected]

Mental Health in the Early Years Level 2
This seven-week, fully-funded online course will provide information on young children’s mental health development, the significance of attachment and adverse childgood experiences, and the role of the Early Years Practitioner.

Find out more.

National Funding Scheme DONATE Training 
Learn how to set-up and run digital fundraising activities through the DONATE platform, opening up donations to your cause by text message.

Various topics/dates, online, free to attend.

Find out more.

Innovation in Social Care – A Design Thinking Workshop at Lancaster University
This workshop will explore issues relating to the information-giving practices of care services relating to ageing.

Eligible Lancashire SMEs will be asked to consider how families looking at care options are not able to access the appropriate information at the correct time and how current practise fails to meet customer needs regarding the support they require.

This workshop will aim to bring together relevant parties, representing suppliers and customers, to look at how this can be addressed.

28 April and 5 May (attend both days), Health Innovation Campus, Lancaster University.

Find out more.

Cash First Conversations Training (Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance)
This training provides education around how poverty should be perceived in the modern world, and teaches service providers what financial support is available to residents in the North Lancashire area, as well as how to begin conversations about people’s financial situation with sensitivity and confidence.

19 April at 10am, 25 April at 7pm, 28 April at 3pm (more dates to come), via Teams.

Find out more and book.

LinkedIn Essentials for Women in Business (The Growing Club)
This workshop is a great opportunity for interactive learning and skilling-up of your essential digital knowledge

20 April, 10am, Women and Enterprise Hub (White Cross Business Park).

Buy tickets here.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Awareness Training
Hope for Justice is a global and national charity with a mission to bring an end to modern slavery. In partnership with Lancaster CVS they are offering our members free training to raise awareness and to help identify and support potential cases of modern slavery and human trafficking across Lancashire and the North West of England.

Date/time: 27 April, 12pm – 1pm
Location: online

Find out more and book

Evaluation Workshop
ImaginationLancaster have teamed up with LDCVS and Cumbria CVS to organise this workshop, focusing on how embedding evaluation early on can inform an organisation’s activities, processes, services and evidence the intended and unintended outcomes.

18 May, 1pm, via Zoom

Find out more and sign up

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

To support this work, we are recruiting a Project Officer and a Project Administrator. Full information is available in the Application Packs below, but if you have any questions please do get in touch with us by email at [email protected] or telephone on 01524 555900.

Project Officer
Salary: £18,974 (£25,300 pro rata to 9 months)
Contract: 35 hours per week, for 9 months from start date
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 27 April 2022, 5pm
Interviews: 5 May, via Microsoft Teams

Download application pack here

Project Administrator
Salary: £15,015 (£20,020 pro rata to 9 months)
Contract: 35 hours per week, for 9 months from start date
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 27 April 2022, 5pm
Interviews: 5 May, via Microsoft Teams

Download application pack here

Charity Manager at Achieve Change and Engagement 
Ace wants to appoint a vibrant, efficient, forward-looking manager for four days a week. They are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset, with outstanding organisational skills and inspiring leadership abilities.

Salary: £31,886 (pro rata)
Contract: 30 hours a week over four days
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 22 April 2022

Find out more and apply.

Youth Support Worker at Lancashire Youth Challenge
LYC are seeking an individual who is supportive, caring, and passionate about working with young people to join their team.

The role will involve planning and co-facilitating delivery of the Fitness and Physical Well-being programme, the Emotional Well-being and Life skills programme, and leading on the Coaching and Mentoring programme and Youth Advisory Groups.

Salary: £10.50 per hour
Contract: Fixed term for one year, 12 hours per week, including evening working.
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 27 April 2022

Download the job pack here.

Several Roles at Healthwatch Lancashire
The roles include:

  • Engagement Officer (22.5 hours per week, permanent, £20,092 pro rata)
  • Senior Engagement Officer x 2 (37.5 or 22.5 hours per week, permanent, £23,541 pro rata)
  • Team leader (37.5 hours per week, permanent, £24,982)
  • Volunteer Coordinator (22.5 hours per week, permanent, £23,541 pro rata)
  • Strategic Lead (37.5 hours per week, permanent, £35,000)
  • Seasonal Engagement Officer (flexible hours, £12 per hour)

Find out more and apply.

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

Funding and governance support, contact [email protected]

Volunteering and upskilling your workforce, contact [email protected]

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

Membership queries: [email protected]

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

Alternatively, call us on 01524 555900

To promote your events, training, jobs, and sector news, email [email protected]