Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 15 February 2024

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LDCVS Annual General Meeting – 22 February at 1pm
Our next Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 22 February 2024, starting at 1pm. We’ll be holding the meeting online, via Teams. Use this link to join, or download this calendar file to add the event and Teams link to your own calendar.

The meeting is open to anyone who would like to learn more about our work and meet our staff and board. We will be reporting on our activities and financial performance for the year ending 30 June 2023, as well as conducting business relating to the appointment of trustees and auditors.

Download: AgendaAnnual Report & Accounts for the year ending 30 June 2023 ▪ Election Statements

Organisations that are full members of LDCVS are able to vote at the AGM and will have received the papers above by email, plus the minutes of the last AGM and a proxy nomination form. If you think your organisation should have been contacted but wasn’t, please email [email protected] to check your membership status.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

FestiVOL 2023 – Thank You!
We’d like to thank everyone who came along (in the words of talented poet-in-residence Nathan Parker) “through the dreary November drizzle” to network and explore at FestiVOL 2023. The More Music building was buzzing the whole day long and they were wonderful hosts alongside The Exchange for our second annual celebration of the voluntary sector.

The event really showcased the vibrant tapestry of our district, demonstrating the power of community spirit and dedication.

Very special thanks go to the presenters and performers: East Meets West, Lancaster Mens Hub, Fighting Loneliness, The Gregson, West End Playhouse, King Street Studios, More Music, Stanleys, The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery, CancerCare, Wise Up Workshops, Bee Adventures, Positive Futures, and Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission – what a list and what an incredible group of people!

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about this fund

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

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

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

Further details on this fund

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

This includes young people who:

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

Find out more here

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

Innovation and Improvement In Health and Care – Initial Deadline Extended
The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust offers a limited number of substantial grants to registered charities, exempt charities in the UK, and NHS organisations to further innovation and advancements in health and care services. Grants range from £150,000 to £500,000, with projects required to demonstrate potential for improved outcomes, enhanced access, or increased resilience in health services. Priority is given to scalable or replicable projects addressing serious long-term conditions, service integration, or unmet needs. Funding can cover infrastructure, project costs, and staffing necessary for implementing innovative practices, with the initial step being a call with Trust staff to initiate the application process.

The first step in the application process is to book a call with the Trust’s staff.

Appointments are currently available until 16 February 2024 (an extension from 31 January).

Find out more about this funding opportunity

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

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

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

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Watch their video below…

Landaid Move-On Programme
Landaid’s23-02-2024 Move-On Grants Programme aims to unlock bed spaces in private or social, rental sector. These bed spaces will be for move-on accommodation. Grants for organisations working with young people (16-25 year olds) who are ready and wanting to move forward into independent living, but face barriers in accessing rental accommodation. Supports young people who are, are at risk of, or who have experienced homelessness. This does not have to be the exclusive focus of your organisation’s work.

Application deadline 23 February 2024

Download the application form here

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

Application deadline 13 March 2024

Learn more about the fund and how to apply

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

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

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

Find out more about the Henry Moore Foundation Grants

Energy Redress Scheme – Main Fund and Small Project Fund Reopen for Applications
The Energy Redress Scheme is open for its seventh funding round, offering £20 million across four streams. Charities and community groups in England, Scotland, and Wales can apply for grants to aid vulnerable households, develop innovative energy solutions, and reduce carbon emissions. Graham Ayling and Cathryn Scott encourage applications, stressing the scheme’s impact on communities and commitment to customer protection. Over £100 million has been awarded to 535 projects since 2018.

The deadline for applications is February 20, 2024, with pre-registration required.

Learn more about the scheme and how to apply

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

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

Learn more about this exciting fund

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

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

Find out more here

Download the application form here

The Better Community Business Networks Grant Initiative
The Better Community Business Network’s grant initiative aims to provide small third-sector grant awards to empower charities and local community projects. This initiative will distribute a one-off grant award of up to £3,000 per charity or to small but credible community projects, which are able to demonstrate their positive impact on the communities they aim to serve.

Application deadline 18 February 2024

Find out more about this grant initiative

Impetus Seeks Two Partners to Improve School Engagement and/or Reduce Exclusions
Impetus and the Henry Smith Charity seek two impact-driven not-for-profit organisations to join their Engage Fund that focusing on improving school engagement and reducing exclusions, or enhancing outcomes for excluded children. Selected partners will receive £100,000 in core funding annually for two years, along with hands-on support from the Impetus Investment Team, access to pro bono experts, peer learning forums, and co-investment opportunities. Priority is given to organisations committed to improving outcomes in areas such as school attendance, exclusions, attainment, and post-school destinations, with particular interest in those working directly with schools or employing a place-based approach.

The deadline to complete the online eligibility form is 16 February 2024 (midnight).

Find out more this partnership request

Paul Hamlyn Foundation to Pause Shared Ground Fund
The Shared Ground Fund is evolving to better align with the needs and aspirations of those advocating for migrant justice. After extensive consultations with migrants and stakeholders, the Foundation will temporarily pause the Fund to implement changes and prepare for its re-launch in early spring 2024. During this period, new applications or enquiries won’t be accepted, but individuals can register their interest for future opportunities on the Foundation’s website. Grateful for the invaluable input received, the Foundation anticipates reopening with clearer criteria and a streamlined application process.

The fund won’t be able to accept new applications or enquiry calls to the Shared Ground Fund from Friday 9 February (11:59pm) through early spring 2024.

Find out more about the Shared Ground Fund

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens for First Round of 2024
UK registered charities or organisations that are exempt from registration in the UK can apply during the month of February for a grant of £1,000. The Trust operates a three-year rotation system, with different fields of interests being funded each year. During this round, the focus is on disability, specifically employment and training for people living with disabilities to ensure better access.

Charities must have an operating income of between £100,000 and £1 million to apply. There are normally four application rounds per year with applications accepted for one month only, usually in February, April, July and September. Charities can only apply for one round per calendar year.

Round 1 opens on 1 February and closes on 28 February 2024.

Learn more about this funding

Boots Charitable Trust
Boots Charitable Trust, an independent registered charity wholly funded by Boots UK Limited, is dedicated to supporting local communities across the UK. In 2023, the Trust expanded its reach beyond its home county of Nottinghamshire to fund projects nationwide. Focusing on health, lifelong learning, community development, and social care, the Trust encourages applications from charities and voluntary organisations. Grants of up to £10,000 are provided to organisations where the impact can be most significant, aligning with the Trust’s commitment to caring for people, customers, and communities.

Learn more about this fund

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

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

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

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

Charles Plater Trust’s Annual Large Grants Open for Applications
The Charles Plater Trust are offering grants ranging from £5,001 to £60,000 to local charities with an annual income below £10 million in England and Wales. The Trust supports projects promoting social justice through education in its broadest sense. Focused on three types of change—individual, organisational, and societal—the grants aim to bring significant positive impact to marginalised individuals, enhance organisational capacity, and contribute to social or systemic change. The funding covers project revenue costs for activities related to Leadership for Laypeople, Social Action, and Applied Research. Collaborative applications aligned with Catholic Social Teaching principles are encouraged, irrespective of the applicant’s religious affiliation.

The deadline for large grant applications is 22 February 2024, 5pm
Learn more about this fund and how to apply

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

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

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

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

Find out more about this funding opportunity

Black and Racially Minoritised-Led Groups Can Apply Now for Flexible Finance
The Flexible Finance Fund, a collaboration between Social Investment Business, The Ubele Initiative, and Create Equity, aims to provide £4 million in funding and support to 15-25 Black and Racially Minoritised charities and social enterprises in England. The initiative supports organisations dedicated to improving people’s lives or their environment.

The funding package includes flexible grants, support, and loans from the Government’s Recovery Loan Fund. The funding is unrestricted, allowing organisations to utilise it for various community-benefiting purposes, such as hiring staff, undertaking building projects, or expanding capacity through new initiatives. The fund encompasses individuals outside the category of ‘White British,’ covering diverse ethnic backgrounds.

There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time.

For more info, eligibility guidance and application details

Funding to Support the Conservation of Rural Historic Buildings
The Historic Houses Foundation is offering grants of up to £250,000 to support organisations in England and Wales involved in the repair of rural historic buildings, including gardens, grounds, and outbuildings where applicable. Projects eligible for funding should demonstrate a compelling need for work within the next two to three years, enhance the historic environment, ensure appropriate public access, exhibit financial need for the grant, proceed within a reasonable timeframe, and have a sustainable conservation and/or business plan.

The buildings or structures must be listed, but grants involving unlisted structures, particularly in conservation areas, may be considered. Eligible organisations should be legally responsible for repairing buildings, garden, and grounds. Grants ranging from £1,000 to £250,000 are available, with larger awards granted in exceptional circumstances.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Read more about the Historic Houses Foundation

Naturewatch Foundation Launches New Pet Rescue Grant for UK
The Pet Rescue Grant is a new fund provided and administered by Naturewatch Foundation, a registered animal welfare charity whose mission is to end animal cruelty and advance animal welfare standards. The Foundation is offering £5,000 to help frontline animal welfare services in the UK to provide a second chance to pets who have been exploited for profit.

UK registered charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) registered with the Companies House can apply. Priority will be given to projects by smaller organisations that may not have the time or resources to apply to larger funding bodies.

At least £5,000 will be made available each year. One or more organisations may be selected to receive a grant each year.

The grant can be used for things such as:

  • Veterinary care.
  • Behavioural support.
  • Specialist facilities or equipment.
  • Training for personnel

The 2024 application window opens on 24 January and closes on 21 February 2024.

Learn more about the Pet Rescue Grants

PRS Foundation Launches Talent Development Network to Support UK Music Initiatives
The Talent Development Network aims to support and unite frontline organisations involved in talent development for music creators across the UK. Organisations selected for the network will have access to grant support, with funding of up to £25,000 per year available for Phase 1 of the initiative (2024-27). Multi-year funding will be considered based on demonstrated creative, career, and professional outcomes.

Selection criteria include the quality and diversity of opportunities offered in the region, nation, genre, or music specialisation, as well as the year-round impact on supported music creators. Decisions will also be based on what organisations can contribute to the Network, with an expectation that Network members will actively collaborate with PRS Foundation, partners and other Network members.

Deadline: Monday 26 February 2024, 6pm.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

Nature Computes Better: UK Opportunity Seed Funding Call Invites Applications
Funding is available to support projects based on bold ideas that challenge assumptions, open up new research paths, or provide steps towards new capabilities by means of scientific and technological breakthroughs.

The Nature Computes Better funding call is provided by the Advanced Research and Innovation Agency (ARIA). Created by an Act of Parliament, and sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, ARIA funds projects across the full spectrum of R&D disciplines, approaches and institutions.

In this call, ARIA is seeking to fund high potential proposals with between £10,000 and £500,000 each. ARIA initially expects to fund up to 10 opportunity seeds in this space.

The deadline for Round 1 applications is 19 February 2024, 4pm.

More details on this fund

Grow Wild Guidance for Applicants
Grow Wild’s Community Programme awards groups across the UK with £2000 grants to transform urban spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife through planting and championing UK native plants. This opportunity is more than just a grant – they are seeking groups who will actively engage with the programme, including bespoke online training and peer support facilitated by Grow Wild…

Read more about the programme

Open Societal Challenges Programme
The Open Societal Challenges Programme at the Open University is running a competition open to  UK Charities  to find the most exciting research ideas tackling real-world problems.

Winning Challenges will be assigned to an OU Research Team to take on the research idea and will receive a baseline of £25,000 in research funding.  Winning Charities will be invited to co-design the specifics of the research project with the research team, and to contribute their perspective, knowledge, and experiences to the project. The winning Charity will also receive an optional paid internship for one of its employees, trustees, or volunteers with the research team to help build research capacity (hybrid or in-person).

Find out more and how to enter

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

Application deadline: 13th March 2024

Find out more and how to apply

Funding to Develop Volunteering Infrastructure in Health and Care Systems Across England
CW+, in collaboration with NHS Charities Together and NHS England, is providing grants ranging from £150,000 to £500,000 over three years through the Volunteering for Health Programme. The funding supports partnerships of NHS and VCSE organizations aiming to enhance volunteering infrastructure, ultimately improving the experience and outcomes of individuals in health and care systems.

Projects should contribute to outcomes such as better integration of volunteering, support for health and care priorities, improved volunteer experiences, and the sharing of innovative approaches. Eligible organizations include NHS trusts, ICBs, and VCSE entities. The application process involves multiple phases, including initial development grants for successful Phase One applicants.

The deadline to submit a Phase One application is 23 February 2024.

Full details here

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

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

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

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

The next deadline for applications is 1 March 2024.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Programme Guidance
The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme, supported by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport, aids voluntary, community, and social enterprise organizations in enhancing energy efficiency and sustainability. Available until August 2024, the scheme offers Independent Energy Assessments (IEAs) and Capital Grants, assisting eligible organizations in reducing energy costs and improving services. IEAs involve comprehensive assessments to identify potential savings, while Capital Grants fund energy-saving installations aligned with IEA findings. Eligibility criteria, application details, and priority factors are outlined for both components. Access more information and apply early via the online portal to benefit from this scheme’s support.

Visit this link for more details or contact [email protected].

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

You can submit your abstract here

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

For more details about how the New Researchers Stream works

For more details and abstract submissions

Lancaster Men’s Hub AGM
The Lancaster Men’s Hub would like to remind you of their Annual General Meeting held on February 23 at The Cornerstone, Lancaster. It is your opportunity to hear about the past year and to influence next year, especially by voting to elect trustees for the coming year! It has been recommended to please arrive at 10:15am for a 10:30am start (before “elevenses”).

Landlord’s Forum
If you’re a landlord of private rented housing in the Lancaster District, Lancaster City Council would like to invite you to a Landlord Forum taking place later this month. The aim of the Forum is to bring together landlords and agents from around the district to talk about a range of topics so that landlords feel better informed. This event will focus on the housing crisis in Lancaster district, supply and demand, and moving forward post pandemic.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

For more information and to book your place

3R Foundation Celebrates it’s First Year!
The 3R Foundation Charity Shop is celebrating its first birthday in Carnforth, and what a year it’s been! Originally aiming to repay setup costs and distribute £10,000 in grants, the shop has exceeded expectations, awarding £38,000 to 63 local charities, clubs, and community groups. This success is attributed to the overwhelming support from the community and the dedication of volunteers and staff. For more details on the grants awarded, visit their website. Congratulations and Happy Birthday 3R! Here’s to another fantastic year ahead!

To apply for a grant, small charities and groups can visit their website and fill out a simple form. Spread the word to help reach more organisations in the Lancaster, Morecambe, North Lancs, and South Lakes area.

Neuro DropIn Community Input Needed
Community input is required for Neuro DropIn’s Future! After a setback in their search for a new home due to uncertainty of their current building’s future, the charity are rallying our vibrant community to shape their next chapter. Your insights are crucial to help inform decisions and direction. They have recently asked the community the following questions:

  • How far would you travel to attend?
  • What facilities would enhance your experience?
  • What makes Neuro DropIn special to you?

Please share your thoughts to help them tailor their approach. Comment via their Facebook post or message them directly. Stay tuned for upcoming member group forums and individual discussions.

Thank you for being an essential part of Neuro DropIn.

NIHR North West – Social Care and Social Work Research Briefing
The Winter Research Briefing presents an exciting opportunity for social workers and care practitioners to enhance their research skills through Round 4 of the Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowships (PLAF). This fellowship provides funding for a year to develop a PhD Fellowship application, offering a bespoke training program while retaining existing salaries.

Additionally, the briefing highlights other NIHR funding calls, upcoming events such as World Social Work Day, and ongoing research initiatives across various institutions. It aims to engage social care professionals in contributing to policy research and improving the evidence base for adult social care.

Read more here

BBC Opportunities – Make a Difference Awards & Question Time
2 Community opportunities have been provided by the BBC:

Apply to be in the audience for BBC Question Time
The BBC’s political discussion programme, Question Time, will be recorded at Lancaster University’s LICA (the lovely building that hosted the Festival of Culture) on Thursday 15th February.

If you are interested in being part of the audience, you should apply this weekend/by early next week by phone: 0330 123 9988 or by completing the online application form

BBC Make a Difference Awards

Earlier this week, the BBC’s Make a Difference Awards opened their nominations window. The categories this year are:

  • Volunteer Award
  • Community Award
  • Fundraiser Award
  • Great Neighbour Award
  • Carer Award
  • Bravery Award
  • The Green Award
  • The Animal Award

To nominate and/or find out further information, please follow this link

Lancaster City Council receives accreditation from White Ribbon UK
Lancaster City Council has received accreditation from White Ribbon UK for its commitment to ending male violence against women. White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls. We are inviting communities from across the district to also make the White Ribbon promise, or become a White Ribbon Ambassador or Champion. Visit White Ribbon UK to find out more.

Are you In The Know?
Are you, your family and friends kept up to date on important matters in the community? Would you like to feel safer in your neighbourhood and be informed of urgent occurrences in your area? ‘In The Know’ is a free messaging service brought to you by Lancashire Police supported by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire County Council.

The service allows you to decide when and how you are kept informed about what is happening in your area such as regular crime updates, information on road closures and other emergencies. You can also learn about what your local neighbourhood policing team is doing.

Be informed, be In The Know! Find out more and sign up here

Community Conversation: Disability Access
Join the community conversation on “Disability Access” in the Lancaster district at Lancaster University Management School. Participants will discuss barriers to access in the Lancaster District, focusing on Transport, Buildings (public and private), Attitudes, and Environmental access. The identified issues will inform future campaigns. The venue, equipped with disabled parking and accessible by bus, is partnered with organisations such as the NHS, LDCVS, RNIB, and more. Refreshments are provided, and the event is free to attend.

Two sessions are being held on Thursday, February 29th (2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm)

Find out more and reserve your place

Free Guide on Sexual Harassment Prevention – 10 Key Steps for Employers
The new Worker Protection Act, receiving Royal Assent on October 26, 2023, is set to come into force in October 2024. This legislation introduces a proactive duty for all employers to take “reasonable steps” to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. QED training services provide a Free Guide which outlines 10 steps to help employers meet this duty, creating a workplace free from harassment, promoting respect and inclusivity, and cultivating an open culture. Additional free resources, including case studies, PowerPoint slides on advertisements, and insights on managing social events, are available upon request.

Read more about the 10-step approach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the guide here

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

Volunteering Opportunities

Recruiting Student Volunteers
Next week, 12th to 18th February, is National Student Volunteering Week. While the Volunteer Centre does support students to find local volunteering roles, students are much more likely to use the portals provided by their respective universities. You can register your volunteering opportunities directly with both the University of Lancaster and Cumbria University by registering below.

For the University of Lancaster

For the University of Cumbria

Parish Administrator Volunteer
Rev’d Carol and Christ Church, Lancaster, are seeking volunteers to assist with parish administration. Responsibilities include collaborating with church leaders to ensure community operations run smoothly, embodying the welcoming spirit of Christ Church, typesetting documents for various events, managing communication channels, upgrading software, handling supply orders, invoicing, and coordinating building maintenance.

If you possess some or all of these skills and are interested in contributing, please contact Rev’d Carol Backhouse at 01524 942105 or [email protected] to discuss the role further. Please note that the position is contingent upon references and DBS clearance.

View their volunteer advert here

Eggcup Volunteer
Eggcup are seeking volunteers to collect and deliver surplus back of store food from local supermarkets to support their distribution efforts. The charity are looking for a variety of timeslots, many of them out of their usual working hours and therefore requiring access to your own vehicle. UK valid drivers licence is required.

To get involved or for more information, please email [email protected] and we can discuss your availability and connect you to an available slot.

Befriend a Local Young Person in Care
Nyas (National Youth Advocacy Service) are looking for Volunteer Independent Visitors who will take a young person who is in care out for a ‘fun’ visit once a month for a minimum of two years. An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who befriends and develops a long-term friendship with a young person in care.

This can involve helping young people develop new interests, skills and hobbies or going on outings such as to the cinema, bowling or just a walk in the park. Becoming an Independent Visitor can be very rewarding for you and life changing for a young person in care, being a consistent and supportive person in their life, helping them learn to trust, have fun and grow.

View their campaign poster
Click here for opportunities

Escape2Make Trustee Role
E2M seeks a passionate Trustee – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to enhance the well-being of young people (11-18). Responsibilities include advising on safeguarding, policy support, training oversight, and collaboration for safe events. Essential: experience with youth, safeguarding training, Microsoft proficiency. Desirable: youth work knowledge, policy writing experience, DSL training willingness.

How to Apply:
Email CV and cover letter (or ask for more info) to Jane Samson (she/her) at [email protected] by Fri, 9th Feb.

Escape2Make is passionate about equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion and encourage diverse candidates to apply.

Learn more at

Volunteer Opportunities – Lancashire Youth Challenge

Lancashire Youth Challenge are seeking volunteers who have experience of working with young people, such as retired teachers or those working in the youth sector or about to enter it, although any interested parties are welcome.

LYC primarily work in the Lancaster district but also have projects in Preston and South Ribble. LYC would provide safeguarding and any other training required. Any out-of-pocket expenses would also be provided.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit:

Wise Up Open Evening for Volunteer Opportunities

Wise Up Workshops will be holding an Open Evening on January 24th, 2024, at 6 pm, to celebrate their ten-year journey and seek to enhance their board’s expertise. Volunteer opportunities are available as board members for this successful community-based organisation in Morecambe and surrounding areas. Whether you have experience in the charity sector, creative and performing arts, finance, education, or working with people with disabilities, come and meet the team to explore exciting possibilities. 

The board meets quarterly online and/or in person, engaging in proactive tasks, advocacy, and contributing to strategic work. RSVP at 07506295782 or [email protected]  Visit for more information.

Treasurer (trustee position)

Let’s BeFriends needs a new trustee to act as Treasurer. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with finances. Let’s BeFriends is a lived-experience charity, which means that ideally you will have firsthand, secondhand, or tertiary experience of addiction, poor mental health and/or homelessness but this is NOT essential for the role of treasurer. You will however have empathy and a desire to support people living challenging lives.

The role will require your commitment to approximately 5 to 6 hours per month dealing with staff and volunteer expenses, ensuring that invoices are paid on time, updating the finance system, and other associated treasurer duties.

Find out more about this opportunity!

SAFE’s Prop Up Project Session Volunteer
An opportunity has arisen to help support young adults, aged 20-25, facing challenges related to mental health and wellbeing at SAFE’s Prop Up Project. Your role involves facilitating creative activities, encouraging participation, and encouraging social interactions among attendees. Volunteers will prepare sessions, assist during activities, and contribute ideas for engaging sessions. Training and DBS checks are provided, and adherence to SAFE’s safe working policies, including safeguarding, is required. Sessions in Morecambe occur monthly on the last Monday from 2:30pm-5:30pm.

Find out more about this opportunity

SAFE will also be running a Carnforth session on a Tuesday.

Find out more about getting involved with their Carnforth session

Administration Volunteer – MS Society
Join the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Group of the MS Society as an Administration Volunteer. In this role, you’ll support our local group’s activities by managing information circulation, ensuring data compliance, and being the initial point of contact. Offering around 2 hours a week, this flexible role helps our group run efficiently, supporting the MS community. You’ll enhance administration skills and contribute to valuable services. Apply online if you’re tech-savvy, have local understanding, and are passionate about aiding those affected by MS.

More information about this role

Chair of Governors at Lancaster & Morecambe College
The College seeks a new Chair of the Board of Governors, responsible for providing effective leadership of the Board in the discharge of its duties. This is significant voluntary role and applicants should be willing to attend monthly meetings and other College events regularly, with an average time commitment of circa 1-2 days per equivalent per month. No formal qualification is necessary.

For further information, please contact Oona Cushen, Governance Adviser on 01524 521238 or email [email protected]

Volunteer at Lancashire Police Museum
The Lancaster Police Museum are looking for volunteers with a passion for policing to assist with the day to day running of the museum. You’ll be expected to engage visitors, assist with enquiries, and explore the rich history of Lancashire policing. Experience a tour of cells, forensic advancements, and current policing. Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 am to 4 pm. Opportunity for passionate individuals, subject to police vetting, approximately 1 to 2 days a month.

Find out more about this opportunity

Conservation Volunteer – Friends of the Lake District
An opportunity has arisen for volunteer Conservation Work Across the Lake District. There will be hands-on tasks from tree planting to walling, open to all skill levels. Enjoy the outdoors at scenic sites like Kendal’s Helm and Ambleside’s Sweden Wood. Benefits include learning new skills, meeting friends, and, of course, cake! Physical ability needed for outdoor work.

Find out more about this role

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

Find out more here

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

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

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

View their event e-poster for more

For further details please contact Deborah Thompson on 07517 916866.

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

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

See more about the Orange Button scheme

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

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

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

Read more information on the campaign here

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

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

Pre-enter here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the project briefing document

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit their website

29 Ways to Fundraise on the 29th!
Are you looking for a way to make the most of the extra day we get this leap year? Why not put it towards a good cause? Fundraise at work for the disabled children and young adults that come to Unique Kidz and Co.

By using your extra workday to fundraise for Unique Kidz and Co, you will be making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether you choose to organise a sponsored walk, run a bake sale, or simply donate an hour’s pay, every little bit helps.

Not only will you feel great knowing that you’ve contributed to a worthy cause, but you’ll also be setting a positive example for others to follow. So, why not make this leap year extra special by dedicating your extra day to helping others?

Want to get involved but needing some ideas? Please see attached the Unique Kidz handy guide that contains 29 ideas to fundraising this Leap Day!

Children’s Mental Health Week
Last week was Childrens Mental Health Week! This year’s theme is ‘My Voice Matters’, and Place2Be which aims to empower, equip and give a voice to every child in the UK. 1 in 6 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition. Join us and help shine a light on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

You can learn more and find free resources for schools and families which can help empower children and young people, and provide them with time, space, and opportunities to express themselves. 

Learn more here

Break the Mould Evaluator
In 2023, the Francis Scott Trust celebrated 60 years of supporting work with young people. To mark this milestone year, they asked that a group of local young people to distribute funds on the Trust’s behalf. Young people from across the Trust’s beneficiary area of Cumbria and Lancaster District were invited to design a grants programme and distribute £60,000 throughout 2023 that would benefit other local young people via their organised groups to support activities that are important to them.

To help us document the impact of a pilot initiative, Cumbria Youth Alliance and Lancaster District CVS are seeking an experienced interviewer and evaluator to work with a small group of young people and staff from the Break the Mould project. To gather the information, CYA and LDCVS will support the professional to set up a series of informal meetings with young people and staff from the project.

Find out more about this opportunity and how apply

The Confucius Institute Chinese Language Courses
The Conficius Institute are offering Chinese Language classes for children at Lancaster University.

To register for these classes, please visit the Lancaster University Confucius Institute website: Extracurricular Classes – Lancaster University

Healthwatch Lancashire Waiting for Wellness Phase 2
Healthwatch Lancashire have now launched a second phase of their Waiting for Wellness project (see report in the Health & Wellbeing section) to explore in more detail the experiences of young people’s mental health and accessing mental health support. They also want to hear from parents and/or carers about their experiences.

As well as a number of pop-up community engagement events which will be announced in due course, they would like young people and parents/carers to have their say by filling out surveys:

Young person’s survey
Parent/carer’s survey

To find out more, visit the Healthwatch Lancashire website.

We Are With You – STAR, ASDAN Peer Mentoring & RisKit
STAR (Start Together Achieve Results) is a targeted 8-week treatment programme for young people with substance misuse issues. The programme will run in small groups of 2-6 people within school in weekly 1-hour sessions. 

After an individual assessment, risk assessment and care plan, the project will cover many areas of substance misuse such as personal experiences, goal setting and the laws around drug use and possession and to help identify triggers and developing strategies for reducing and managing substance use. 

For information see the programme overview or contact With You on 01772 281495 

ASDAN Peer Mentoring
This short course provides recognition for skills in mentoring and buddying younger people. It is open to young people of all abilities ages 13 – 18. A number of activities undertaken across five challenges leads to a ten hours certificate.

Find out more in the digital flyer

RisKit is a multi-component risk reduction programme for young people who are vulnerable to risk taking behaviour including drug and alcohol use, early and unprotected sex and offending. The programme is aimed at 14-16 year olds, and although usually delivered in school can be used for anyone of this age group.

Find out more in the programme information pack

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

Our Future Coast
This project encompasses 14 sites along the North West Coast. This is a 5–6 year project ending in 2027. They are looking for people who are interested in helping to design nature-based solutions to help areas become more resilient to flooding and erosion. 

If this is something that would be of interest, then you would be greatly welcome to attend the Special Committee meeting on Wednesday the 28th of February in Gaskell Hall from 6-8pm.

To register your attendance please email [email protected]    

More info here

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

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

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

Sandylands and West End Morecambe, Safer, Greener and Healthier Streets
Residents and businesses in Sandylands and West End, Morecambe, have the opportunity to contribute to plans for safer, greener, and healthier streets. Lancashire County Council, with funding from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund, aims to enhance sustainable transport, reduce traffic collisions, and create a pedestrian-friendly environment. Measures may include traffic calming, improved crossings, and enhancement of the street environment. Share your views through an online survey and attend information events on January 30th and February 23rd at Morecambe Library. Engage in the initiative to help achieve a vibrant and safer community.

You can contact them by email at [email protected]  (It is advised to use subject ‘Sandylands and West End Safer, Greener and Healthier Streets Stakeholder’).

Learn more about the scheme

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

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

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

The upcoming workshops are:

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

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

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

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

Read the full report here

Food Futures – Sustainable Food Places Award
North Lancashire has been awarded a prestigious Sustainable Food Places Silver Award! This is all thanks to the outstanding effort of individuals, organisations, businesses and community groups from across the region. 

This award recognises the work of partnerships in promoting healthy, sustainable and local food which also helps tackle some of the most common social challenges such as food poverty and diet-based ill-health and the disappearance of family farms and independent retailers.

The Gift of a FoodFriends membership
FoodFriends is a fundraising scheme created to support the development of regenerative local food projects and the training of new small-scale farmers. The proceeds from the scheme currently support the Plot, (a new market garden and education centre), and is used for training new entrant farmers.

The gift of a FoodFriends membership provides the recipient with the knowledge that they are supporting the future food security of the district. Every FoodFriends member is also entered into a monthly draw where they have the chance to win one of six £30 Food Vouchers to spend with a partner business.

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 

Lune Valley Greenway: Active Travel Family Fun Day
Sustrans is upgrading the Lune Valley Greenway from Caton to Bull Beck, enhancing accessibility and user experience along this scenic route. Supported by a Department for Transport grant, improvements include path resurfacing, signage installation, and access enhancements. Check out the ongoing works and join the community for the Roll Into Spring family fun day on Saturday 17th February from 10am-3pm to learn more about the project and enjoy free activities.

Stay connected for updates on this exciting initiative to make walking, wheeling, and cycling safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

Find out more

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]

Large Church Hall for Event Hire
Are you looking to hold a large social event or celebrate a party or similar but short on venue ideas? The Christ Church Hall in Lancaster is currently for hire. It’s modern and spacious, with a well-equipped kitchen.  The venue is fully accessible, with disabled lavatory facilities. There are also plenty of chairs and a good number of tables (large and small). A data projector and screen are available on request for your media requirements.

Bookings are welcome for social events, classes, courses, meetings, etc., either one-off or on a regular basis. The standard charge is £24 for the first hour, then £12 per hour or part-hour thereafter.  Hall users are expected to set up and clear away within the times booked.

If you are interested in booking the Hall, please contact the church on [email protected], or phone 07980 351855, to check availability and/or to fix a time to visit the Hall and view the facilities. The address is Wyresdale Road, LA1 3EA.

View their advert here

Embark on a Nautical Adventure with Baylight ’24 this Half Term!
Morecambe Sparkle CIC is excited to introduce a series of standout installations for the upcoming Baylight ’24 festival. Amidst the 12 captivating installations and a mile of light interventions, you are invited to see the Morecambe prom transformed in light over the 3 exciting nights of Baylight. Be amazed as a giant sea creature’s tentacles take over the stunning Grade 2 listed Morecambe Winter Gardens. This fun installation promises to be a visual spectacle, seamlessly blending creativity and innovation to bring a touch of magic to Morecambe Seafront. To help keep this extraordinary fusion of art and architecture going in the years ahead visitors are being asked for their support through donations via the Baylight website or paying by phone on the evening.

Contributions will help to ensure the success of the Baylight festival and to allow it to continue bringing captivating experiences to the community for years to come. With FREE entry for the public from 6 pm – 10 pm, the Baylight ’24 festival welcomes everyone to witness this enchanting display.

Go to Morecambe Promenade from February 15th – 17th during Half Term for an unforgettable experience and consider making a donation to support the festival. Readers’ generosity will help create lasting memories for all.

Find out more about Baylight ‘24

FREE CAP Money Coaching 2 Week Course
CAP UK are delivering a 2 week money coaching course.  The course will be in person with video content, you will learn about building your budget, planning your budget & applying this to your own finances. Lunch will be included.

Dates: Thursday 22nd & 29th February 2024 12:30-2:45

Location: ‘The Centre’ (St Thomas Church) Marton St, Lancaster, LA1 1XX

Find out more and book your place here

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 Servant – Wednesday 21st February at 11am
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]

The Woman Who Influenced Me – an online exhibition for International Women’s Day 2024 (Closing date Monday 19th February)

King Street Arts and Lancaster City Council are working together to mark International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. The Woman Who Influenced Me will collate responses from people living in the Lancaster district about women they know who have played an important role in shaping their character and interests, being a positive influence in their life.

It only takes a few minutes to submit a response. Entries are open until Monday 19th February. (It may not be possible to include all responses.)

Please see the attached flyer. Responses can be sent via email. The ‘Print version’ PDF is for groups to use as a discussion activity in which scans/photos of written work can be submitted. You can also  submit online.

The exhibition will be available at King Street Art Studios on Friday 8th March.

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

Find out more about their training here

Lancaster Chess Club – Third Rapid Play Congress
The Third Lancaster Rapid Play Congress is set for Sunday, February 18, 2024, offering a £1,000 prize fund (subject to entries). The event features sections like Open, Major, Intermediate, and Minor, each with specific prizes. The schedule includes 6 rounds, ECF rated, with 20 minutes per game plus 10-second increments.

The Chief Arbiter is Keith Freshwater, and Assistant Arbiter is Marcus Fung. Entry cost is £20 for platinum, gold, and silver ECF members, with an additional £9 ECF fee for bronze or non-ECF members. Entries received after February 14 will require a £5 late entry fee. Parking is available near the Alexandra building, and the venue is disability-friendly.

Refreshments may be limited, and participants are advised to check the website for updates. For more details, contact Richard Walsh at [email protected]

Find out more about the event here

Mental Health Champions Network Training

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

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

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

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

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

MHFA for Self-Harming Behaviour and Suicidal Thoughts
Facilitated by Sam and Charmaine on MS Teams

Date & time: Thursday 22 February, 2-4.30pm
Location: Online
Limited to 10 people max per session

Find out more about the above MHCN sessions

Aspiring Leaders Programme
Lancaster & Morecambe College are running a leadership programe for those aspiring to attain leadership positions, providing guidance on the best way to demonstrate key leadership characteristics. Whether you’re a leader in an official capacity, or a team member who seeks greater responsibility, adopting, practicing, and applying the aspiring leader’s principles will support you to develop the key  traits to achieve personal and professional objectives.

Upcoming courses:

Strategic mindset • 6 March 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Leaders are responsible for aligning their team’s performance to the strategic objectives of the  organisation. Exceptional leaders have a deep understanding of the organisation’s mission and  are able to model its core values.

Innovative • 27 March 1:30pm – 4:30pm
In today’s uncertain times we need to harness the skills, knowledge, and experiences of
those around us to develop a creative and innovative environment. We will explore how to
capture rebel ideas to enhance organisational performance.

Download their Aspiring Leaders Programme here

For further information contact [email protected] or call 01524 521223


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]

Project Management Workshop with NFP
An introduction to the principles and issues of project management within organisations. Covers a wide area of topics from Project phases to scoping, stakeholder analysis to risk management. The course is for staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools, healthcare or public sector organisations who wish to manage projects within their organisation. People who provide advice to organisations are also welcome.

Dates available:
Friday 23 February 2024

More information on NFP workshops

Lancaster Skill-Share Workshops
From the end of January, a series of monthly workshops will be asking local people with skills in repairing, mending and maintenance to pass on their tips and techniques. The workshops are all about using resources efficiently: maintaining, preserving, and repairing to avoid throwing things away and consuming unnecessarily. Each month will have a different theme.

Find out more and sign up

Lancaster & Morecambe College Net Zero & Sustainability Courses

Carbon Reduction Plans and Net Zero
Lancaster & Morecambe College are running these short and informative fully funded courses. This is a practical guide for businesses to understand topics around carbon such as understanding it, guidance on how to reduce its usage and understanding Science-Based net zero targets and loads more.

Dates and Times:
20 February 2024, 9am – 12pm

Environmental Certification for Your Business
This course will involve understanding how business can impact the environment, which environmental certification is right for your business and taking environmental action with practical ideas.

Dates and times:
20 February 2024, 9am – 12pm

Visit site here

Green Doctor Trainee with Groundwork
Groundwork are seeking a Green Doctor Trainee to assist experienced Green Doctors in providing energy advice to residents, focusing on energy efficiency, bill reduction, and home comfort. Responsibilities include conducting home energy visits, fitting energy-saving measures, and participating in promotional activities. The role involves learning to use tools, gather data, and provide high-quality advice to vulnerable individuals.

Salary: £12 per hour
Contract: 37 hours per week/ 12 months, fixed term
Location: Westmorland in Furness based in Barrow
Closing Date: Midnight on Friday 23 February 2024

Find out more and apply

Fundraising and Development Officer with Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust
The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) seeks a Development Officer to support their fundraising efforts. The charity has a successful history of delivering impactful projects in the Yorkshire Dales, including tree planting and habitat conservation. The role involves implementing a new fundraising strategy focused on securing partnerships to address climate change and biodiversity loss. The ideal candidate will have experience in business development or fundraising and possess strong relationship-building skills.

Salary: £28,492 – £30, 561 (pro-rata) per year
Contract: Full-time or part-time (3-5 days) / Permanent
Location: Clapham nr Settle
Closing Date: Thursday 29 February 2024, 9am

Find out more and apply

Regional Fundraiser (Lancashire & South Cumbria)
North West Cancer Research is seeking a Fundraising Officer to drive fundraising efforts and community engagement initiatives across the North West and North Wales regions. Responsibilities include identifying new fundraising opportunities, supporting community fundraising activities, delivering outreach sessions, recruiting volunteers, and fostering donor relationships. The role requires collaboration with the Marketing team, effective donor database management, and event coordination to support the charity’s mission of funding cancer research and education.

Salary: £29,000 – £34,000
Contract: 37.5 hours per week (full-time or part-time)
Location: Home based with occasional travel to Head Office and across the region
Closing Date: 23 February 2024, 11.59pm

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more and apply


Global Community Manager for Recourse Alliance 
The Global Community Manager will play a pivotal role in developing and executing innovative marketing strategies to expand the community. The Resource Alliance will launch a digital platform where they can bring the Global Community together also in virtual ways – and collect and disseminate content, learnings, best practices anywhere and everywhere, while connecting people from all over the globe.

They are seeking a dynamic, energetic, and engaging individual to lead their community and relationship management efforts. The role focuses on community building and engagement, relationship management and marketing.

Salary: £35,000 – £45,000
Contract: Full time, Permanent
Location: Remote
Closing Date: 28th of February 2024 at 11:59pm

Read full description and apply here

Director Of Development for Recourse Alliance 

This is a pivotal leadership position at the Resource Alliance. The successful candidate will strategically collaborate across the organization to cultivate and manage transformative, long-term partnerships with a diverse range of entities, including foundations, trusts, and private sector partners. They are looking for a dynamic and strategic individual with expertise in marketing, alongside strong leadership in partnership development and fundraising. 

As the Director of Development, you will be instrumental in driving income development, leading fundraising initiatives with a pronounced emphasis on foundations, trusts, key accounts and business development. This role involves building and nurturing enduring partnerships to advance the Resource Alliance’s purpose, working closely with the CEO to enhance engagement and income growth. 

Salary: £60,000 per year 
Contract: Full time, permanent 
Location: Remote 
Closing Date: February the 26th 2024 at 23:59pm 

Read full description and apply here 

Lancaster Floating Support – Accommodation Finding Officer
Gateway are looking to expand their offer of homelessness services and are recruiting a Accommodation Finding Officer. This role is to support customers to source affordable, private rented accommodation, and provide casework support to set up and maintain their accommodation for the long term. Building up networks with private landlords to increase move on provisions and maximise

Salary: £24,355 – per annum
Contract: 37.5 hours per week. Fixed until 31st March 2025 – Opportunity for extension on a yearly basis.
Location: Lancaster
Closing Date: 20 February 2024

Learn more about this role and apply

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

The Well Communities Multiple Roles

Female 12-Step Behaviour Change Facilitator/ Supported Housing Colleague for The Well  

This role will involve you having a specific remit to work with an identified cohort of service users with multiple, complex needs.  The cohort includes individuals with additional support needs such as offending behaviour, substance misuse, ill mental health and domestic violence which may make them vulnerable to homelessness. Also assessing the needs of individuals to give then the best support in their personal growth, practical skills and development for them to live independently. 

A 12-step recovery program will form a key part of a holistic approach to recovery and wellbeing and the experience of participation in such models of recovery is essential to this post. 

For an informal conversation, please contact Sharon Mullen, on 07594254142. 

To request an application form, please email [email protected]

Salary: £22,000 – £25,000 per annum 
Contract: 1 Year 37.5 hours per week 
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire 
Closing date: Unconfirmed

Volunteer Van Drivers
The Well are looking for a volunteer/s who can help assist their community members to access the gym, take members to the Saturday hub in Lancaster and do their food collection from FareShare in Preston on Friday mornings. If you like variety and want to meet new people, this could be the role for you! Their community relies on their volunteers to keep them running successfully. But one thing that never changes is that they need volunteers to help them to spread the power of kindness.

Read full description for duties and requirements

For an informal discussion please contact Richard Hancock on 07444 907135 or Jo O’Brien on 07581 027413

Apply here

Break the Mould Evaluator
In 2023, the Francis Scott Trust celebrated 60 years of supporting work with young people. To mark this milestone year, they asked that a group of local young people to distribute funds on the Trust’s behalf. Young people from across the Trust’s beneficiary area of Cumbria and Lancaster District were invited to design a grants programme and distribute £60,000 throughout 2023 that would benefit other local young people via their organised groups to support activities that are important to them.

To help us document the impact of a pilot initiative, Cumbria Youth Alliance and Lancaster District CVS are seeking an experienced interviewer and evaluator to work with a small group of young people and staff from the Break the Mould project. To gather the information, CYA and LDCVS will support the professional to set up a series of informal meetings with young people and staff from the project.

Find out more about this opportunity and how apply

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