Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 14 July 2022

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

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Third Sector Trends Survey
We are once again encouraging all third sector organisations to take part in this regular survey, so that we can build a picture of what is happening locally, what has changed since 2016 and 2019 and what you think is going to happen next.

It’s quick, interesting, and easy to do. You can respond on your phone, tablet, or computer.

If you’re ready to answer the survey, start here.

All answers are securely stored completely anonymously and confidentially, and we will provide a report focusing on results from the Lancaster district in the coming months.

Eric Wright Charitable Trust – Deadline Approaching
LDCVS administers the EWCT fund which provides smaller organisations (income under £50k per annum) the opportunity to apply for up to £500 for a project which makes a positive difference to the community.

The application form is easy to complete, and the next deadline is Thursday 21 July at 5pm. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of the following week.

Find out more and apply.

Lancaster District Hardship Fund
Lancaster City Council has set up the Lancaster District Hardship Fund. The scheme is being run in partnership with North Lancashire Citizens Advice and the Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership.

The aim of the fund is to provide longer term support to residents who are struggling financially.

The types of short term support the fund can help with include:

  • Utility bills
  • Food
  • Debts
  • Housing costs
  • Household appliances
  • Other essential items

Applicants will go through an assessment with Citizens Advice who will submit requests to the fund and make recommendations to the Council.

Find out more and begin the application process.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Following the impact of the pandemic on income and employment and the increase in cost of living people are finding it harder to make ends meet, and low income households are having to choose between food and fuel. These small grants are available to help organisations provide the much needed support that low income families need.

The types of projects the fund hopes to provide grants for are:

  • Food Poverty projects
  • Information, Advice & Guidance projects
  • Social groups
  • Projects supporting the homeless
  • Or any other project which would benefit those in crisis

Find out more and apply.

Nominate a group that you admire for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Can you nominate a local volunteer involving organisation for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023? Is there a group that you really admire, whose work you think has been vital and has changed lives? Is there a group whose volunteers YOU would like to see recognised for their amazing work?

Each year we encourage organisations to consider whether THEY would like to be nominated, and to join our conversations about how to give their organisation the best chance of success. This year we want you to think about nominating another organisation, a group that you have no involvement with but whose work you admire.

The nomination process is now open and the closing date is this September.

We want to celebrate Lancaster and the volunteers that make our communities great. To find out more about the process, including how you can nominate a group for the Award, you can join an online session on Monday 18th July at 1pm. Join the Zoom meeting to meet Helen Bingley who is an assessor on the Lancashire panel, as well as a previous recipient of the Award with the Abaseen Foundation.

To receive the link for Monday’s session, email [email protected].

Information Navigator at Citizens Advice North Lancashire
CANL need a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help their clients find the digital information or book them appointments.

Find out more on the LDCVS volunteering website.

Independent Visitor at National Youth Advocacy Service
Independent Visitors directly support and befriend a child or young person who is under Local Authority care. The aim is to support them by visiting, advising, giving them practical help where possible, and acting as a trusted friend.

Find out more on the LDCVS volunteering website.

School Service Volunteer at NSPCC
Speak out. Stay safe. volunteers visit primary schools to deliver Speak out. Stay safe. workshops that teach children about the different types of abuse and how they can speak out and stay safe.

Find out more on the LDCVS volunteering website.

Lancashire LGBT Survey
Lancashire LGBT has recently launched a new survey for LGBT+ people aged 50+ in Lancashire. The aim of this survey is to help service providers improve services for this group. LGBT+ people aged 50+ are invited to complete the survey here.

Paper copies are available for those without access to the internet – contact Lancashire LGBT on 07788 295521.

Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership Social Media
The Food Justice Partnership have now launched social media accounts. Take a look at the links below and follow for the latest updates.




Pro Bono Economics’ Data First Aid service is open for new applications
Is your charity struggling to tell a story with your data or to transform it into impactful visual designs? Do you need your data analysed or simply want to know how to make the most of your spreadsheets?

The good news is PBE could match your charity with a dedicated volunteer economist to help you with your ad hoc data needs – all free of charge. That might include data analysis or visualisation, spreadsheet task automation or short pieces of research.

Visit their website to find out more and apply.

The National Institute for Health Research SPARC
Local Authority SPARC Round 2
The Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (LA SPARC) offers awards of up to £15,000 per individual and provides opportunities for both individuals working in Local Authority settings and NIHR Academy members to undertake placements and move between NIHR and LAs in either direction. The aim of the award is to provide opportunities for individuals to enhance their careers, as well as their skills, knowledge and expertise to work at the interface between practice and academia, co-creating research and helping to support meaningful research collaborations and partnerships between NIHR and LA’s.
Hosting a Placement
Local authority commissioned services interested in hosting an NIHR Academy member (masters, PhD or early-career post-doc researcher) for a short placement should complete this online form by Friday 19 August. The form asks for a short summary of your LA’s areas of interest/focus (e.g active travel, air pollution and health, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children with disabilities etc.) as well as a key contact(s) for interested applicants to get in touch. 

Heat Exhaustion
With temperatures climbing over the weekend and into next week, the NHS is reminding people of heat exhaustion, the danger of heatstroke, and what to do to stay safe.

Find out more here.

Walk with a Doc-Lancaster
Dr Nick Johnstone, a semi-retired GP, will lead a ‘Walk with a Doc-Lancaster’ programme which is aimed at local people who do not take regular exercise, allowing them to improve their health and wellbeing.

The Lancaster walks are free and will take place every Tuesday from 11am starting at the Lancaster side of the Millennium Bridge. The first walk will take place on Tuesday 12 July.

Find out more about the worldwide Walk with a Doc movement here.

Prince’s Trust Lancaster & Morecambe Team 59 Final Presentation
The aim of the presentation is for young people who have taken part in this 12 Week Personal Development Programme to show what they have achieved and to receive the certificates they have gained during the course.

11 August, 12.30pm, King’s Community Church Lancaster

Find out more and register here.

Young People’s Emotional Health
The Samaritans have published a new guide to emotional health for people working with young people aged 16-24.

The guide covers emotional health issues, how young people dealing with them can be helped, and how those working with young people can also look after themselves.

Download the guide here.

Lancaster & Morecambe Additional Needs What’s On Guide
LSCFT have compiled information focusing on summer holiday activities for young people with additional needs, including activities from Escape2Make, Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Unique Kidz & Co, Bee Unique, Jump Rush Morecambe, and our local cinemas.

Download the guide here.

Lancaster Music Festival
Lancaster Music Festival is working with the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum and Lancaster City Museums on a rewind to 1942 Hinge of Fate event and are programming the Sunday of the music festival in Market Square around this. The date of the event is Sunday October 16th.

There is an opportunity for 10 young people 13-18 to become involved in the programming and production of the afternoon.

They will research the music, dance and history of 1942,attend some planning and production workshops, attend a promotion, design and publicity workshop, help book the acts and help out on the day.

Find out more and register here.

Escape2Make Green Festival and Free Creative Workshops
11-18 year olds in Lancaster and Morecambe who want to try something new this summer and contribute to an amazing festival can sign up to one of Escape2Make’s fifteen five-week creative courses.

Courses range from woodwork to music to textiles to graphic design and much more – and they are all free.

The courses will culminate in a festival on 27 August.

Find out more and sign up here.

Girls Can Bootcamp at More Music
July’s boot camp will focus on advanced songwriting techniques. Girls will have the opportunity to nurture and develop their musical, technical and professional practice, focusing on:

  • developing advanced songwriting techniques
  • learning to write in a team
  • exploring the demo process
  • developing creativity within songwriting
  • developing understanding of production terminology
  • vocal care
  • building professional working relationships

16 & 17 July, 11am – 8pm

Email [email protected]  to find out more.

Children and Family Wellbeing Service
The 2022 Summer Holidays what’s on guide from Lancashire County Council’s Children and Family Wellbeing Service is available here.

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

The sessions include a variety of fun activities alongside a nutritious meal each day.

The programme includes specific provisions available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no cost to you.

Visit the HAF website to find out more.

Switching Careers to Social Work
Want to use your professional skillset to drive social change?
Frontline’s upcoming event helps career changers to discover why children’s social work might be the right career for them.

21 July, 6pm, online

Find out more and register

COVIDNow Exhibition
Poetry, printmaking, crafting, film & sound booth installation project

Tell us your stories. How are you living now? What has changed?

The last two years plus have been very tough on us all.

We want to share your stories by making art with you.

This event is for all but particularly families and children.

27 & 28 July 2022, The Storey

Find out more and book workshops.

Lancaster University & FoodFutures Community Conversations
These community conversations will explore people’s food habits and how these may have changed over time. Whether you have never thought about where your food comes from, or you consider yourself to be an active food citizen, all are welcome!

The findings from these discussions will inform the dissertation project of a MSc student at Lancaster University and will also shape FoodFutures work.

Wednesday 20th July, 5.30pm – 7pm, register here.

Sunday 24th July, 2pm – 3:30pm, register here.

Locally sourced snacks and refreshments will be provided. There will also be a prize draw for a £30 local food hamper for those that attend each session.

Williamson Park Family Fun Day
As part of the Lancaster Grand Prix Cycle Race, there will be free family activities at the park, including a bouncy castle, face painting, live music, and stalls.

17 July, 9am – 6.30pm

Find out more online.

COVIDNOW at The Storey
This event, taking place on 27 and 28 July is intended to open up conversations about people’s experiences during the pandemic through arts, crafts, poetry and music.

The organisers are interested to hear from potential artist/maker exhibitors and those who may wish to help out on the day.

To find out more, contact Maya Abeysuriya at [email protected]

COVIDNOW has been funded with support from the Community Health Champions Fund.

Individual Giving Manager at AgeUK
The Individual Giving Manager will be responsible for managing relationships with people who donate to Age UK Lancashire, and a range of work to encourage more people to give their support.

Salary: £29,100 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Lancaster/Lytham Saint Annes/Ormskirk
Closing date: 9 August 2022

Find out more and apply.

Crisis Recovery Worker at Richmond Fellowship
Responsible for helping and inspiring the people who use the Fellowship’s services to maintain their tenancy and independence in the community, the postholder work with them to come up with a personal support plan that will see them achieve their goals and aspirations.

Salary: £20,054 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 24 July 2022

Find out more and apply.

Retail Store Manager at Cancer Research
Cancer Research are looking for a commercially aware manager with a passion for charity, keen to engage with the local community.

Salary: £21,775 – £26,825 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 21 July 2022

Find out more and apply.

Services Manager at Sight Advice South Lakes
The postholder will lead the operational delivery of person-centered services across South Lakeland. They will collaborate with people living with sight loss and develop these services to ensure they will deliver new and innovative opportunities.

Salary: £25,966
Contract: 30 hour per week, permanent
Location: Kendal
Closing date: 18 July 2022

Find out more and apply

Relationship Manager at Cancer Research
The postholder will be building, maintaining and growing relationships with a wide range of CRUK supporters within your community. They will deliver tailored information about legacy giving and offer the opportunity to attend Cancer Research UK events.

Salary: £30,500 – £33,500 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Lancaster/Manchester/Liverpool/Preston
Closing date: 18 July 2022

Find out more and apply.

Dementia Service Manager at AgeUK
AgeUK Lancashire are looking for an individual with professional and personal attributes who can make a real difference to the lives of older adults in Lancashire, ensure that services are person centered, high quality and that people affected by Dementia are at the heart of all service delivery.

Salary: £29,100
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Lancaster/Lytham Saint Annes/Burnley/Ormskirk
Closing date: 29 July 2022

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

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