Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 14 March 2024

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

An archive of previous editions can be found here.

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Our AGM – A Thank you from our Chief Officer
“Thank you, colleagues, for attending our AGM. It really does mean a great deal to us that you as our members and as our partners support the work we do. For over 50 years, our organisation has and continues to ensure we:

  • Support you as our members in every way we can.
  • Work with you to shape local services so that they best meet the needs our communities.
  • Bring everyone together to build relationships, share support and learn from each other.
  • Help you as our members to access the resources funding and support you need.

These are the areas we pride ourselves on and everyone of us at Lancaster District CVS are proud to work with you and support you. And it’s with massive thanks to you for keeping us motivated. For all your kind comments we receive, for your support at our events, for the sharing what we do with your communities, and for always supporting our mission – which is to help improve the lives of people living in our communities.

It goes without saying that what we do at Lancaster District CVS is down to the amazing board of trustees, our dedicated volunteers and the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of the staff team. Why we do it is simple – it’s because the sector changes people’s lives and we want to make it as simple as possible for you to do more good. So, thank you again everyone – we are always here whether it be a listening ear or whether you need to discuss any aspect of your work.”

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

Funding Application Training Opportunity
If you have some experience with funding applications but want to improve your skills, we have a face-to-face practical workshop – Writing a compelling funding application​ – led by LDCVS Development Support Officer Sharon Phillips on Wednesday 27 March from 9.30 to 3.30​ at Christ Church in Lancaster.

Here’s some feedback from previous participants:

“I really enjoyed this training – it was a great refresher, reminding me of what’s important and Sharon was a very effective facilitator”

“Really enjoyed the day and although we cover Lancaster I don’t know many of the other organisations in the Voluntary sector so its great to meet people and find out what they’re doing and what [fundraising] issues they face”

“It was really useful to rethink and take a step back from just sending in applications, I think we forget that fundraising roles can be quite isolating due to the nature of the work and its good to connect with other people doing the same role” 

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

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

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

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

Image: Grimshaw Architects 2017

Crowdfund Lancashire – Lancaster Projects
Twelve Crowdfund Lancashire projects in the Lancaster district need your support to enhance cultural experiences and promote health and wellbeing locally. From creating community football pitches to showcasing local talent, these initiatives aim to enrich the communities of Lancaster, Morecambe and surrounding areas. You can help by donating, sharing, or offering support to these projects, visit their Spacehive webpages to find out more…

Community Ownership Fund Accepting Expressions of Interest for Final Round
The UK Government is launching Round 4 of the Community Ownership Fund to help community groups acquire or renovate assets important to local communities. Express your interest via a simplified Expression of Interest form for quicker results. Visit the GOV.UK website for details.

Local School Nature Grants Programme Accepting Applications for First 2024 Funding Round
The Local School Nature Grants Programme offers outdoor learning training and nature equipment worth up to £500 for nurseries, schools, and early learning providers. Applications for the first funding round of 2024 are now open. Priority is given to projects involving children in decision-making and benefiting the local community. Contact [email protected] for more details.

Apply before April 26, 2024

Year 3 Lancashire Community Grant – Tendering Opportunity
Launching the Year 3 Multiply Community Grants program for 2024/25, offering grants of £10k to £25k to VCSE organisations supporting residents with numeracy skills needs. Eligible organisations must operate for at least 12 months with a turnover of £1.5 million or less. Applications are open until Midday Monday 8th April, with successful applicants notified by 29 April. Project activities to start on 1 May 2024 and complete by 28th Feb 2025.

To apply or learn more

7Stars Foundation Accepting Applications for Second 2024 Funding Round
The 7stars Foundation offers grants of up to £2,500 for registered charities with annual turnover under £1.5 million, supporting projects for young people under 16 in areas of abuse, addiction, child carers, and homelessness. Funding includes project grants, Shine Bright grants for items, and Social Impact funding aligned with awareness days. Trustees review applications four times a year.

Apply before 30 April 2024.

Find out more here

DfE’s Trust Capacity Fund 2023-25 Accepting Applications
The Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) supports multi-academy trusts (MATs) in England to grow, particularly in education investment areas, by taking on underperforming schools.

Applications for the next round of funding are open from March 1, 2024, to June 25, 2024.

Learn more about this funding opportunity

ENWL Storm Arwen Community Resilience Fund
Electricity Northwest Limited (ENWL) is offering grants to local volunteer-led organisations, not-for-profit community organisations, local registered charities, and parish councils in Cumbria, Derbyshire, Lancashire, and surrounding areas impacted by Storm Arwen in 2021. The grants aim to improve resilience to future emergency and extreme weather events. Priority will be given to projects enhancing community facilities, services, and communication for local response during emergencies. Funding ranges from £1,000 to £10,000, with exceptions up to £15,000. Eligible projects include community communications hubs, hot food provision facilities, and generator installations.

Learn more about this fund
Find out more about eligible postcodes

Grant Round: Youth Employment by Impetus
The charity Impetus has a funding opportunity for a £100k grant per year for two years.  They are open for applications from organisations supporting young people to prepare for and find work, with a particular focus on young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Applications must be submitted by April 7, 2024. Detailed eligibility and selection criteria provided.

Learn more about this fund

Congratulations to Easyfundraising Donation Recipients
Voluntary organisations in our area have just received a share of £1.6m in easyfundraising donations, meaning they can update their facilities, buy new equipment, and improve their services. Through easyfundraising, 8,000 online retailers including Sainsbury’s, eBay, Amazon, M&S, Just Eat and Argos will donate money to your organisation. To find out more and receive funds in easyfundraising’s next #donationday in May, visit

Nature for Health Grants
The People’s Health Trust is offering grants of between £20,000 and £40,000 for projects which improve mental health and provide greater access to natural spaces and nature-based activities for adults and young people experiencing mental health problems, socio-economic disadvantage, discrimination and marginalisation.

Funded activity should last for two years, and match funding of at least 25% of the grant value is required.

Apply by 1pm on 20 March

Find out more

Carbon Innovation Fund
The Co-op Foundation’s Carbon Innovation Fund third round is focused on sustainable ways to create a thriving food and farming sector, without the need to damage important peat soils across the UK.

Grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 are available for initiatives which do one or more of:

  • Reduce the amount of peat needed to grow crops within food supply chains 
  • Remove the peat needed to grow crops within food supply chains 
  • Sustainable management / looking after peat soils by using alternative, non-damaging farming methods for crops and/or livestock.

Apply by 15 March.

Find out more

Kellogg’s School Breakfast Club Grants
Kellogg’s is working with Forever Manchester to award grants of £1,000 to school breakfast clubs across the UK.

Priority will be given to schools that have either 35% or above of children eligible for pupil premium funding or free school meals, or that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Apply at any time, however the fund will close if oversubscribed.

Find out more

Impetus Youth Employment Connect Fund
This fund is open for applications from organisations supporting young people to prepare for and find work, with a particular focus on young people from ethnic minority backgrounds

Successful applicants will receive £100,000 in unrestricted grant funding for two years as well as expertise, coaching and capacity-building from the Impetus investment team, alongside a range of other opportunities and benefits.

Apply by midnight on 7 April.

Find out more

Kew Gardens Grow Wild – Grants for Young People’s Nature Projects
Grow Wild is once again offering grants of up to £500 to young people in the UK aged 14-25 to bring their nature project to life this summer. Individuals or groups of up to six people can apply for a grant to support an innovative project idea to celebrate why UK native plants and/or fungi are so special.

Grant recipients will receive:

  • £500 grant for the project which can be used for anything needed such as materials, equipment, resources or helpful training.
  • Support and online training from Grow Wild.
  • Opportunities to connect with a community of young nature enthusiasts completing projects across the UK. 
  • The chance to complete Kew’s Young Environmental Leader Award designed to work alongside their Grow Wild project and recognise their achievements.

Apply by 3pm on Tuesday 19 March

Find out more

Hinrichsen Foundation Contemporary Music Projects
The  Foundation is offering grants to charities and other organisations across the United Kingdom to support the performance of contemporary music, which may include the commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording, or publication.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • One-off small grants typically between £500 and £2,500 (for new applicants and former beneficiaries).
  • Larger projects or concert series generally £2,000 and over.

The next application deadline is 31 March.

Find out more

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants
Healthy Heart Grants of up to £15,000 are offered for community projects aimed at supporting adults to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease, helping them to live healthier, happier and longer lives. Grants are available to charities and community interest companies across the UK.

The funding is for new projects that work with communities to prevent heart disease, particularly for vulnerable and isolated groups of individuals who are at an increased risk of developing heart problems in the future.

Projects that are likely to have a big impact and have considered novel ways to encourage people to look after their hearts and promote positive lifestyle changes are also sought.

Applications for grants in the north of England can be made between 8 May and 5 June

Find out more

Comic Relief Grants for groups working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Re-Rooted: Safety and Security for Refugees and Asylum Seekers is offering grants of up to £200,000 over three to five years for UK organisations with an income of between £250,000 and £10 million.

Successful applicants to the Re-Rooted funding call will be offered flexible, core funding to continue and reinforce the good work of their organisation.

Proposals should focus on the following:

  • Services and support for refugees and asylum seekers,

  • influencing and advocacy focusing on safer routes and improved outcomes for refugees and asylum seekers,

  • or a combination of both.

Apply by 12 noon on 26 March.

Find out more

Pots of Possibility Community Pots Round 2
Do you have an idea for a community initiative that could help with:

  • reusing, repurposing and repairing materials currently going to waste (e.g. textiles, electronics, packaging, surplus food, etc)
  • sharing resources (e.g. tools, materials, skills, etc) or repurposing unused space for community benefit
  • inspiring people to use and buy things more sustainably and to produce less waste
  • growing, cooking and eating food that’s local, seasonal and sustainably produced
The second Community Pots round of the Pots of Possibility fund will be open for applications between 18 March and 30 April, providing grants of up to £5,000 for projects taking place anywhere in the Lancaster district (Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and all the surrounding rural areas).
If you’ve got questions about the fund or would like to tell us more about your idea, we’re also holding drop-ins at:
  • Morecambe Library (1:30pm – 3:30pm on 26 March)
  • The Sustainability Hub at Marketgate (10am – 12 noon on 27 March)
  • Brief Encounter Bistro in Carnforth (10am – 12 noon on 9 April)

Funding Application Training Opportunity
We have we have a face-to-face workshop – Writing a compelling funding application​ – on Wednesday 27 March from 9.30 to 3.30​ at Christ Church in Lancaster.

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

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

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2024

Further details click here

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

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

Find out more about this fund and how to apply

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

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

Explore the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust Fund

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

Learn more about the scheme

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

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

Learn more about this fund

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

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

Visit the Royal Society’s website for more

NLCF’s Climate Action Fund (Energy and Climate)
The new Climate Action Fund, opening on March 27, will focus on inspiring more people to take climate action. £8.5 million is available for 8 to 12 projects with grants of up to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years.

Find out more and apply

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

The deadline for application is 17 March 2024 11.59pm

Explore this funding opportunity

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

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

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

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

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

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information, visit The True Colours Trust website

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

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

Find out more about this funding opportunity

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

The next application deadline is April 1st.

Learn more about this fund

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

Application deadline July 31st. Contact [email protected] for queries.

For further details on the fund click here

ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund Reopens
The ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund is now open for applications until March 19th. With a focus on marine conservation, the fund seeks to finance projects that contribute to the protection and enhancement of marine ecosystems in the UK.

Successful projects will receive funding of up to £200,000 per year for up to three years. Eligible organisations must have a track record in marine conservation, an active board of trustees, and meet specific financial criteria. To apply, organisations must first complete an eligibility form, followed by the application form.

Application deadline Tuesday 19 March, 12pm

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

Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards Returns for 2024
The Benefact Group is set to distribute over £1 million to charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland this year through random draws as part of its Movement for Good Awards, now in its sixth year.

Charities and good causes can be nominated by the public to participate in draws for grants of £1,000 or £5,000, with nominations open year-round. Additional special draws and larger grants of £10,000 will also be awarded later in the year.

Nominations must be submitted before the respective draw dates, and winners will be announced on the Movement for Good page on the Benefact Group website.

Further details on nomination

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

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

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

Spring Budget 2024 – A Round Up from NAVCA
In the Spring Budget 2024, a few highlights include the extension of the Household Support Fund and a 2% reduction in employee national insurance contributions. However, it doesn’t cover everything, especially in areas like adult social care and education. There’s concern that the planned 1% increase in government spending isn’t enough, potentially leading to big cuts in other areas by 2028. On the brighter side, inflation is expected to drop, but taxes might go up. The budget includes more money for the NHS, improvements in public services, and help for families with their finances. Plus, there are changes in taxes, support for charities, and plans for local areas to have more control over their own decisions.

Read more of the NAVCA Spring Budget 2024 summary

Lancashire Voluntary and Community Sector Questionnaire
Lancashire County Council is looking to enhance its prevention and support offer within Adult Social Care and are looking to work alongside Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to develop future services alongside them.

Please take the time to complete this questionnaire if you would like further information around working with them in the future.

The Low Pay Commission’s 2023 Report
The Commission has recently published their report for 2023, setting out the evidence and analysis Commissioners relied on when making recommendations to the Government on minimum wage rates for this year.

The report examines the state of the UK economy, developments in the labour market, who minimum wage workers are, and how employers respond to mimimum wage rises.

Download the report here

BeWell’s Staff Wellbeing Toolkit
BeWell exists to improve the wellbeing of people working in organisations that support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Their new Wellbeing Toolkit is intended to encourage organisations and their staff to have inclusive conversations about wellbeing and to help them create wellbeing policies.

Access the toolkit here

Stop Hate UK’s Hate Crime Toolkit
The Responding to Hate Crime Toolkit emerged from training provided by Stop Hate UK to organisations working with refugees and migrants. It has been provided in order to help our sector better respond to hate crime in communities and spread this knowledge to their clients.

Download the toolkit here

An A.I. Checklist for Charity Trustees and Leaders
AI is a much-discussed topic and can have real benefits for charities. But there are also drawbacks and it is worth thinking about its use carefully.

Digital change expert Zoe Amar has written this helpful checklist intended to assist community organisations in understanding how this emerging technology is changing the lives of their beneficiaries, and what this could mean for the decisions about strategy, scrutiny and support that need to be made around the board table.

Access the checklist here

Call for Expressions of Interest for Space in Lancaster City Centre
Escape2Make (E2M) are hoping to open a small space in the centre of Lancaster in the next few months.

Escape2Make will not need to use the space from 9am-3.30 from Monday – Friday and also on Sundays (during term times). They would love to collaborate with other organisations that work with young people and might benefit from a space in Lancaster City Centre.

To put in an expression of interest and receive more information please write to [email protected]

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

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

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

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

The Minister for Civil Society, Stuart Andrew, said:

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

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

Read more about it here

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to know more about being a volunteer driver with Community Transport?
Are you aged between 25 and 80 with a full, clean UK driving licence and your own vehicle? Would you like to support people with no private transport who have great difficulty using public transport? People who may be lonely, isolated and possibly dealing with multiple and long term health issues? People who may have few friends or family able to assist?

We are working with Community Transport in Preston which runs a Lancashire-wide network of volunteers who help people get where they want to be. With a maximum radius of 20 miles from your own address, this is a great opportunity for people who like to drive and who want to help others live more fulfilling lives.

Training and expenses are provided. If you would like to know more we have arranged a briefing session on Tuesday 26th March at The Cornerstone in Lancaster where you can find out more about the role, what to expect, what impact your support will have on people in need, and anything else that you might want to know.

You can book a FREE place on the session by clicking the following link and completing the registration details: Book now and register

If you would like to discuss anything before booking on please contact Mark Waddington at Lancaster District CVS by email at [email protected]

If you don’t need the briefing and would simply like to apply right away you can do so here.

Trustee opportunity with Escape2Make
E2M are looking for a new trustee who would oversee safeguarding for the charity. This is a highly important role, working closely with the E2M team to ensure the safety of young people in our activity and supporting us to address any safeguarding issues that arise. Ideally this would be a current or former youth worker, teacher, or someone who has experience being a DSL working with lots of young people. How to Apply: Email CV and cover letter (or ask for more info) to Jane Samson at [email protected]    

Escape2Make is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging diverse candidates to apply.

Under 18 Volunteering
We have recently had enquiries from parents and students looking for volunteering opportunities for people aged between 14 and 17. We asked registered VIOs whether they might have roles for under 18s and got a great response, so if YOU know a young person under 18 looking for a volunteering opportunity, we might be able to signpost them to something.

If your organisation has volunteering opportunities for under 18s and you haven’t already let us know, please email [email protected] with the details.

Befriending Volunteers
Lancaster District CVS recently produced some videos with some volunteers at Bay Volunteers to help help recruit more befrienders. You can see them at the links below. Please share them!

Steve, our communications officer, has done a magnificent job, and if we can help to get the message out far and wide about what it means to be a befriender, perhaps more people will come forward to support those in need.

View and share the Facebook post

View and share the X / Twitter post

Admin volunteers needed for Promenade Orchestra
The Promenade Concert Orchestra is looking for volunteers to help carry out administration tasks such as maintaining their website and social media, assisting with fundraising, banking and financial duties, publicity and much more!

There’s lots to be done, but it won’t all be down to a single person. What you do can depend on your existing skills and interests.

Find out more on the LDCVS website.

Volunteer Opportunities at MS Society
MS Society groups provide belonging, unity and friendship, and they deliver services and support for their local MS community.

The Lancaster, Morecambe and District Group is looking for a Communications Volunteer to communicate across a range of digital channels, an Activities Volunteer who will help set up and run activities, and an Activities Organiser who will develop and plan an annual calendar of events.

Find out more on the LDCVS website: Communications Volunteer / Activities Volunteers / Activities Organiser

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.

Neuro Tea & Coffee Social
Come along for a Neuro Tea and coffee social on 2 April at Kings Community Church, Phoenix St, Lancaster. The social session will be from 10am till 4pm.  There will be cake! For more information contact [email protected]

View event poster

Have you hear about StreetSafe?
Are you familiar with StreetSafe? It’s an online platform where you can anonymously share locations where you feel unsafe, even if no crime has occurred. StreetSafe has been introduced as part of the Government’s response to tackling violence against women and girls and identify areas where there are fears caused by other things such as anti-social behaviour and environmental issues. The aim is to help identify areas of concern and implement measures to enhance safety.

Visit Lancashire Police online to learn more. Please remember, this tool is not for reporting incidents; for that, call 101 or 999 in emergencies.

Childhood Immunisations Campaign 2024
UKHSA and NHS England have launched a nationwide campaign to boost childhood immunisation rates for children aged 0-5. With a focus on regions like the North West, West Midlands, and London, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks posed by preventable childhood diseases and the importance of vaccination. Stakeholders are encouraged to promote the campaign using the communications toolkit provided.

The Big ‘Cards Fighting Loneliness’ Get Together
The Halton Neighbourhood Watch Fighting Loneliness – One Village At a Time project are inviting everyone who has been involved in their Cards Fighting Loneliness campaign to a celebration get together on 23 March.

The event, taking place between 3pm and 5pm at The Centre @ Halton will feature guided exercise, a bouncy castle, face painting, sunflower planting, creative activities, a storytelling zone and much more.

Download the event poster to find out more

Lancaster Men’s Hub to play a part in National Suicide Prevention Strategy
The Hub has been provisionally awarded £9950 from the Suicide Prevention Grant Fund to undertake a project called Upping Our Game.

The aim is to become more proactive in reaching out to men in groups identified as at a higher risk of suicide so that they can benefit from the safe, welcoming and supportive environment of the Hub. To achieve this, the project team will seek to build partnerships with other organisations that specialise in meeting the needs of those whose circumstances may lead them to consider suicide.

Read LMH’s press release to find out more

Action on Frailty Focus Groups & Survey
Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB, together with colleagues in Primary Care and Provider Trusts, are seeking to take action on supporting people with frailty, especially those with moderate frailty. The ICB’s aim is to reduce the non-elective admissions to hospital of this group of people, which is significantly higher than it needs to be and may be preventable.

The ICB recognises it needs to work with partners across all sectors, both in identifying how we achieve this and in implementing any actions needed, and would like to better understand what people who are frail, or their carers, need from their point of view. In particular, their views are sought on:

  • self-care,
  • their experience of access to support and how improvements can be made,
  • where people with frailty will prefer to be cared for and
  • what this should look like

If your group or forum would like to take part in such a focus group, please contact Jeremy Scholey, Engagement and Communications Senior Officer at the Integrated Care Board – [email protected]

Alternatively, an online survey is open to all – click here to complete it

Carnforth Rotary’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference
Community organisations involved in supporting mental health and wellbeing are invited to this conference taking place on Friday 19 April between 10am and 1:30pm at Crag Bank Village Hall.

Speakers include representatives from Active Lancashire, Lancashire & South Cumbria ICB, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, and The Well Communities.

Afterwards there will time for refreshments and networking opportunities.

Download the event poster and email Arthur Jones at [email protected] to find out more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more here

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

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

Visit the survey here, please share with your colleagues.

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

Find out more here

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

Whether you need guidance or want to explore local support groups, CFW is their to help.

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

Inclusive Dance Workshop
Join DanceSyndrome for an inclusive dance workshop at St. Thomas’s Church in Lancaster! Whether you have a disability or not, everyone is welcome to join for a fun and fitness filled dance session.

Come and be a part of their inclusive dance community every Saturday (except 10th & 17th February) until March 23rd. The workshop runs from 2-3pm and is open to ages 14 and above. Grab this opportunity to move, groove, and connect with others through dance!

View their event e-poster for more

For further details please contact Deborah Thompson on 07517 916866.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training
PAC Training and Empowerment is offering a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Course funded by Lancashire County Council. The course equips participants with the skills to recognize signs of mental ill-health and respond appropriately. Previous attendees commend the engaging activities and valuable insights gained. For those unable to commit to the two-day course, a half-day Youth Mental Health Aware course is available.

Additionally, PAC offers courses on Adult Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, and ASIST. Participants receive certification from MHFA England or Living Works. The initiative aims to increase mental health awareness and support individuals within the Lancashire area.

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

See more about the Orange Button scheme

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

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

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

Read more information on the campaign here

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

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

Pre-enter here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s On Guide and Fun Easter Days – Children and Family Wellbeing Service
Take a look at the family fun activities taking place in the district over the coming weeks with the Children and Family Wellbeing Service.  View their What’s on Guide below:

What’s on Guide March – April 2024

Parent & Baby Sessions – The Virtual Group Programme
Lancashire Healthy Young People & Families Service offers free Health Visiting and School Nursing Services across Lancashire, providing support from antenatal to early childhood and up to age 19 (or 25 for SEND). They offer guidance on various health-related issues and work with professionals to assist young families and carers. Their weekly virtual schedule of parental support sessions include:

  • Understanding Colic & Reflux (Tuesday)
  • Moving into Solids (Wednesday)
  • Baby & Me (Thursday)
  • Bump, Birth & Beyond (Friday)

View the schedule here
Visit their Facebook page

Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHW) Workshops
The Primary Mental Health Service facilitates collaboration among various sectors to support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing. Primary Mental Health Workers offer guidance within the CAMHS team, assisting with referrals and providing information on available services. Additionally, Mental Health First Aid training is accessible for Primary Mental Health Workers in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Upcoming workshops include:

Escape2Make Updates

Bicycle Club
A lovely, small group learning how to repair and maintain bikes. Some group bike rides in the Summer. They lost a few members towards the end of last year so have about 5 places available. They meet every other Monday at Morecambe Library, 5-6.30pm, sessions completely free. Next session Monday 18th March.

More info and sign up here

Duke of Edinburgh
Escape2Make offer a Bronze DofE Award programme, including an overnight residential at Gathering Fields on 22nd -23rd July and volunteering opportunities within their clubs and activities. E2M offer a more creative approach than other providers, meaning a good fit for young people who would love to get the award and try some outdoor activities, but who feel the more outdoor challenge based offers aren’t for them. It’s a small group (up to 15 places) and have places available for this year’s programme. All costs are covered for participating young people.

More info and sign up here

Call for Expressions of Interest for Space in Lancaster City Centre
Escape2Make (E2M) are hoping to open a small space in the centre of Lancaster in the next few months. E2M will not be using the space from 9am-3.30 from Monday – Friday and also on Sundays (during term times).

The young peoples charity would love to collaborate with other organisations that work with young people and might benefit from a space in Lancaster City Centre.

To put in an expression of interest and receive more information. Please write to [email protected] 

Find out more at

Lancashire Constabulary Youth Advisory Group
Lancashire Constabulary are launching their first Youth Advisory Group and are seeking the views of residents aged 14-21 from Lancashire.

The group will be an open and safe environment for young people to provide honest and constructive feedback about policing policies and matters to senior officers within the police.

The police want to understand the issues young people are facing as they work to develop and improve policies and the policing service.

Find out more

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

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

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

Celebration of Youth Voice, Social Action, and 10 years of #iwill
The Celebration of youth voice and social action marked 10 years of #iwill, featuring the annual House of Commons sitting with 220 Members of Youth Parliament focusing on the ‘Food for Learning’ campaign. UK Youth Parliament empowers 11-18 year olds elected as MYPs to drive social change.

#iwill week, from 20-24 November, highlighted efforts to engage youth in social action, with DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund contributing £66 million to the #iwill Fund. Notable events included a Points of Light award presentation and discussions on youth social action barriers. More details available on UK Youth Parliament and #iwill YouTube channels.

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

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

View the competition e-leaflet here

Lancaster District Green Spaces Forum Meeting
The Lancaster District Green Spaces next forum meeting is on 21st March, 5 pm for a tour of the lovely Greaves Park and 6 pm for the meeting in Greaves Park pub. If you are coming by car, you can nip into the pub before the tour and register your number plate, so you don’t have to pay parking fees.

Find out more in their latest newsletter

FoodFutures Events for March
Introduction to Seed Saving
9 March, 1pm – 5pm at the Friends Meeting House.

Explore the importance of seed saving and find out how to go about it in a North Lancashire Climate!

Find out more and book.

Closing Loops Compost Workshop
23 March, 10am – 12 noon at the Sustainability Hub, Marketgate

Understand the basic process of composting and learn different ways to use your compost.

Find out more and book

Induction to North Lancashire Food Champion Network
23 March, 11am – 12:30pm at the Friends Meeting House

This session gives an overview of different projects and allows people the chance to do some visioning on how they wish to be involved in developing a healthy local food system. It is a chance to meet like minded people and explore ways of co-creating a thriving local food citizen movement.

Find out more and book

Fermentation Workshops: kimchi, sauerkraut and kvass
23 March, 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the Friends Meeting House

This hand-on workshop explores the environmental and health benefits of lacto-fermented food and will equip you with the skills and the confidence to make your own fermented food at home. Taste homemade lacto-fermented food in the workshop and take home your own filled jars and recipe cards.

Find out more and book

Silverdale’s Coppice Co-op
Coppicing is an ancient form of woodland management and involves cutting trees down at ground level to promote multi-stemmed regrowth. The harvested materials – or rods – are then processed to create a wide range of products.

This Spring, Silverdale’s Coppice Co-op is keen to develop local links with Allotment Groups, growing and community projects to see if they can use their products. Depending on the size of the order, they may be able to offer free delivery and a brief talk or demonstration too.

Find out more and get in touch

Should North Lancashire go for Gold?
North Lancashire recently received a Silver Sustainable Food Places Award, recognising and celebrating the success of taking a joined up, holistic approach to food.

Now, FoodFutures is asking: should North Lancashire go for a Gold award?

Find out more about what this would involve, and take part in a poll to give your opinion.

Search for a new community farm site
LESS, a Lancaster-based social enterprise, is seeking to buy land for a community farm. They are looking for 10-60 acres to be used for food growing, as an education and training centre, and to host a range of other small enterprises and community projects.

LESS would love to hear from landowners who have an interest in passing land into community ownership and who would work with LESS during the next 6-12 months to complete a sale.

Find out more

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

For more details about the market

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

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

More details here

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

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

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

Citizen Journalist Training
Explore the latest edition of THRIVE North Lancashire online! Access the ninth edition featuring local stories, citizen journalism, knowledge sharing, and research highlighting the journey of FoodFutures towards creating a thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient, and fair.

All are invited to participate in a training day dedicated to the pool of journalists contributing to THRIVE. If you’re interested in writing for the magazine or attending the free training day, please reach out to Jim Greenan at [email protected].

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

Lancaster Skill-Share Workshops
A local collaborative partnership will be hosting Lancaster Skill-Share Workshops throughout 2024, a series of 11 sessions aimed at promoting resource efficiency and sustainability.

Led by local experts, the workshops will include bicycle repair, efficient control of lighting and heating, laptop revival, furniture repair, and more. Attendees are encouraged to share their skills, fostering a collaborative learning environment.  If you’re on benefits, discount codes are available.

The sessions take place at the Sustainability Hub, Unit 6, Marketgate Shopping Centre in Lancaster, providing practical insights into maintaining and repairing various items.

The upcoming workshops are:

  • Revive your laptop – 17th March

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

The Peer Partnership Training Opportunities
The Peer Partnership offers 4 online workshops in April and May for VCSE, local authority, and health sector workers. Topics include:

These workshops aim to enhance professional skills and effectiveness in working with service users. Group bookings and exclusive sessions for organisations are available.

Visit their website for more information

FREE LGBTQ+ Awareness Training Workshops
Lancashire LGBT in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria ICC are running free LGBTQ+ awareness training workshops for mental health workers in Central Lancashire and the South Lakes. The focus of these workshops will be on the experience of LGBTQ+ people accessing mental health services, with the aim of improving access and removing barriers. This is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS mental health transformation project.

The Lancaster workshop will take place at the Holiday Inn on Caton Road, Lancaster on Thursday 18 April, 10am-3.30pm. Lunch will be provided.  Other dates are also available both in-prson and online.

View the workshop advert here

To book your place click here

Crowdfund Lancashire Workshop: How to Run a Great Crowdfunding Campaign
Attend a free online workshop hosted by Spacehive where you can learn how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign for local sports and culture projects in Lancashire. Lancashire County Council will support eligible projects with pledges from the Lancashire Culture & Sport Fund (LCSF). Participants can receive up to £20,000 toward their target.

The workshop takes places on March 21, 2024, 12-1pm, online.

Find out more and book your place

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training – PAC
On March 15th, World Sleep Day highlights the importance of sleep for mental health. An Adult Mental Health First Aid course organised by PAC (Positive Action in the Community), will be running the week of March 18, covers various mental health topics, including sleep, on Zoom. Completing the course certifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, equipped to recognize and assist those struggling with mental health issues. Limited funded places are available for Lancashire residents.

Register by returning the booking form by email to [email protected]

Think CO! Carbon Monoxide Risk Awareness Workshop
An online workshop called “Think CO” educates frontline workers and volunteers on carbon monoxide (CO) risks in vulnerable people’s homes. It covers CO sources, signs, prevention, and implications for both workers and clients. The workshop, hosted by Gas Safe Charity, is conducted on Zoom and lasts for about an hour. Attendees receive additional resources after the session. Limited places are available, and registration is required via email.

The next available workshops will take place on Tuesday 30 April, Wednesday 22 May and Thursday 27 June.

Reserve your place here

New Funding Webinar: Developing and Nurturing High Value Relationships
The Benefact Group will be hosting a free webinar in April focusing on Developing and nurturing high value relationships to aid fundraisers amidst heightened competition for grants and the cost-of-living crisis. Led by Mark Carrigan, MD of Carrigan Consulting Ltd, the webinar offers practical strategies. They offer free fundraising tools, including an article on high-value philanthropic relationships. The email also promotes the Movement for Good Awards, where 50 charities can win £1,000 each, urging subscribers to nominate their favorites.

The webinar will take place on April 10, 2024, 10.30-11.30am

Learn more and reserve your place

NFP Workshops
NFP Workshops offers affordable training courses for charities, schools, healthcare, and public sector organisations. Their upcoming workshops cover fundraising, managing staff, and project management. Each session costs £95 and is held online via Zoom. Check out their website for booking details and reviews from past participants.

Find out more here

DanceSyndrome’s EXPRESS ’24
EXPRESS ‘24 is a two act celebration of inclusive dance presented by award winning charity DanceSyndrome. The first act will showcase each of their community groups from across Lancashire.

This will be followed ‘SENse’, an Arts Council England funded contemporary dance piece. SENse, performed by our company of dancers with and without disabilities, explores humanity’s need to be seen, felt and heard.

17 March, 3pm at Blackburn Empire Theatre

Find out more and book

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

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

In addition, there are still some sponsorship opportunities available.

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

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

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

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

For more information and to book

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

Tickets available now, get yours here!

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

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

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

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training
PAC Training and Empowerment is offering a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Course funded by Lancashire County Council. The course equips participants with the skills to recognize signs of mental ill-health and respond appropriately. Previous attendees commend the engaging activities and valuable insights gained. For those unable to commit to the two-day course, a half-day Youth Mental Health Aware course is available.

Additionally, PAC offers courses on Adult Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, and ASIST. Participants receive certification from MHFA England or Living Works. The initiative aims to increase mental health awareness and support individuals within the Lancashire area.

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

See more about the Orange Button scheme

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

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

The Piano – Tuesday 19th March at 11am

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

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

More information about the Prime Time project

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

North West Community Engagement Officer with Parentkind
Parentkind, a dynamic charity, seeks a North West Community Engagement Officer to engage and support Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), schools, parent groups, and stakeholders. The role involves growing PTA networks, supporting PTAs through leadership transitions, organising events, and promoting Parentkind’s support programs and more.

Salary: £20,462 (£28,000 FTE equivalent)
Contract: Full-time or part-time / Permanent (37 hours per week, term time only (38 weeks per annum))
Location: Liverpool, Preston, Lancashire
Closing Date: 12 April 2024, 11.59pm

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Senior Advocate at NYAS
NYAS seeks a Senior Advocate for a 9-month fixed-term contract in Lancashire, with potential for extension. Responsibilities include managing a team of advocates, handling referrals, conducting advocacy, and monitoring service performance. The role involves collaboration with NYAS services, local authorities, and reporting on service targets. NYAS is committed to inclusivity and offers various benefits, including annual leave, pension scheme, healthcare, and learning opportunities.

Salary: £21,857 per year (pro rata of £25,500) with future progression increase
Contract: Part-time (30 hours per week), Temporary fixed term maternity cover
Location: Lancashire
Closing Date: 31 March 2024, 11.59pm

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Part Time Carers Review and Support Officer with N-Compass
N-Compass are seeking a Part time carers review and support officer to help support carers in reviewing and reassessing their Carers Assessments and contingency plans, ensuring compliance with local authority procedures. Responsibilities include contacting carers for annual reviews, identifying changes in their caring role, providing information and support, and facilitating access to relevant services. The position also entails maintaining accurate records, processing notifications, and contributing to service reporting.

Salary: £22,866 FTE
Contract: Part-time, permanent
Location: Lancashire
Closing Date: 1 April 2024, 01:00

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Fundraising and Engagement Manager at The Foxton Centre
This role will oversee and implement all aspects of fundraising and grant delivery/ reporting, supporter stewardship, and a fundraising strategy. It will require relationship building with key funding bodies and an up-to-date knowledge of the funding climate.

Salary: £31,037 per annum
Contract: Full-time, permanent
Location: Preston
Closing Date: 19 March

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Housing Support Worker at Nacro
This role involves delivering the Community Support Service – Tier 2, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to provide accommodation and support as an alternative to custody. The worker will support residents to find and keep a stable home at their end of their placement, managing a caseload across Lancaster, Preston and Burnley.

Salary: £22,740 per annum
Contract: Full-time, permanent
Location: Lancaster, Preston and Burnley
Closing Date: 19 March

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Job Vacancies at With You Lancashire
Young Persons Workers
Young Persons Worker teams offer vital support, training, and education to young people in their locality. They work with other agencies and professionals to safeguard their young clients, working with their families too where appropriate.

Salary: £22,687 to £31,762.50 per annum
Contract: Full-time
Location: Wyre, north Lancashire, and central Lancashire (three roles)
Closing Date: Sunday 24 March

Find out more and apply: Wyre / north Lancashire / central Lancashire

Adult Recovery Worker
Recovery Workers provide support and advice to people who are experiencing difficulties due to substance misuse. With their own caseload, they work as part of our team and alongside other social care services. They develop plans with their clients to help them get their lives back to where they want them to be.

Salary: £22,687 to £31,762.50 per annum
Contract: Full-time
Location: central Lancashire
Closing Date: Sunday 24 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Executive Director at More Music
More Music is hiring an Executive Director to spearhead their vision and guide the team into the future. The charity, with 30 years of experience in music and education, seeks a leader to drive strategic planning, oversee programs, manage human resources, build partnerships, and handle policies and operations.

More Music, an Arts Council NPO, holds a strong reputation in community arts locally and internationally. The role requires a dynamic individual with inspirational leadership to further the organisation’s vision.

Details and application information

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

Health and social prescribing, contact [email protected]

Children and young people, contact [email protected]

Membership queries to: [email protected]

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

Alternatively, call us on 01524 555900

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