Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 18 August 2022

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

An archive of previous editions can be found here.

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

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

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

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

NSUN to Launch the Sustaining Spaces Fund
The National Survivor User Network are set to award grants of £500-£1000 to groups in England that facilitate community spaces where people with shred identities and experiences come together in support of one another’s wellbeing. This may be in the form of peer support, mutual aid or self-help, but it is not limited to groups defining themselves in this way.

Priority applications will be for:
• Groups led by and for people from racialised communities/people of colour
• Groups led by and for young people (approximately defined as 18-25)
• Groups led by and for people from LGBTQ+ and QTIBPOC communities

Applications will go live on Monday 22nd August 2022
The deadline for applying is Friday 16th Sept, 5pm

For more information follow this link

Powering Up Programme now Open for Applications
Powering Up is a programme for community businesses who need support shifting from an emergency mindset to investing in future planning. The initial phase of the programme focusses on community businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help their business become more effective and efficient. The programme is also expanding to include support to help your business become more environmentally sustainable.

The Powering Up programme offers a tailored support package for each community business and is worth up to £20,000 in total, this can be drawn down over a 12-month period. It includes:

• Paid access to technical and business support providers (up to £9,000)
• Professional development and wellbeing support (up to £3,000)
• An £8,000 unrestricted grant to support you as a community business leader, and your team, to engage in the required support of the programme.

Learn more about the programme, eligibility and application

Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme Re-opened for Applications
Lancashire County Council have announced a re-opening of applications for the Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme. The scheme is a small grants programme aimed at local organisations within the voluntary, community and faith sector that deliver projects to tackle food insecurity in Lancashire.

There is a total of £180,000 available in the 2022-23 financial year. Groups can apply for up to £3000 to support group projects that provide emergency food and/or tackle food insecurity, focusing on supporting those most in need.

The full list of eligible expenditure is:

• Equipment
• Venue hire
• Training
• Volunteer expenses
• Food
• Projects and activities that build resilience for those accessing community food organisations.
• Organisational staff costs

The application deadline for the first round of funding is Sunday 18th September 2022.

See full details on the grant scheme and application process

Autumn Round of Rewilding Innovation Fund Open for Applications
Rewilding Britain is offering grants of up to £15,000 to help foster new and ambitious rewilding projects, or scale-up pre-existing projects, for community groups, public and private landowners across England, Scotland and Wales. Funding is for works that could potentially unlock further funding or move a project in scale such as a carbon capture project, a seagrass restoration study, a tree seeding experiment or developing a new rewilding strategy.

The idea behind the fund is to help remove barriers to rewilding projects within Britain whether they’re at the early planning stages or want to move a project one step wilder. There is a two-stage application process and applicants must first become a member of the Rewilding Network before submitting a full application.

Read more on the project funding

The deadline for applications is 14th October 2022.

Follow this link to apply

Defra Opens UK Seafood Fund for Skills & Training
The UK Seafood Fund Skills & Training Scheme is providing a one-off fund of up to £10 million to improve training in the seafood industry, including the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors. The money will be split to allocate up to £5 million for training courses and specialist equipment and £5 million for modernising and building training centres.

To get funding, this competitive scheme requires application for a grant with each successful applicant being awarded between £10,000 and £250,000. The UK Seafood Fund is a £100 million fund set up to support the long term future and sustainability of the UK fisheries and seafood sector.

The Skills and Training Scheme is now open for applications.
Applications must be submitted by before midday on Wednesday 12 October.

Learn more about the objectives of the UK Seafood Fund

For more information on how to apply

The Edward Gostling Foundation – Available Grants
The Edward Gostling Foundation provide financial support to a number of Charity partners who, through their day to day operations, strive to bring about lasting change that enhances the quality of life for society’s most disadvantaged. The foundation’s aim is to ensure their grants have a significant impact across one or more of their “4 life themes” and priority is given to organisations that clearly demonstrate this within their application for grant funding.

Covering the deliberately broad ranging areas of health & wellbeing, independent living, respite and transition, the foundation support a number of activities within each theme.

Find out more information

The Bally’s Foundation – Financial Support towards helping Mental Health
The Bally’s Foundation has been set up to preserve and protect the wellbeing of individuals suffering from mental health issues. This is accomplished through providing grants and funding to organisations who care for these individuals directly, as well as those who focus on research in the mental health field.

Mental health is a broad term which can encompass a vast variety of ailments, treatments, and experiences. Bally’s hope to spread their goodwill as far as possible by donating to diverse causes and international communities.

Learn more about the Bally’s Foundation

Green Loan offers for Energy Efficient Improvements by Charity Bank

Charity Bank have announced a financial support incentive for those looking to build or develop energy sustainable buildings. Applicants can be rewarded up to £2000 cashback when you buy or build an energy-efficient building with their Sustainable Buildings Loan offer. If you use a Charity Bank loan to make improvements to your existing building, they will reward you by refunding the loan arrangement fee relating to the improvements once the energy work is complete.

Find out how it works and how you can apply

Mark McQueen Foundation
Community Foundation for Lancashire have re-opened the Mark Mcqueen Foundation fund for applications. Groups can apply for up to £3000 for projects that seek to support young men struggling with emotional and mental health issues, with the ultimate aim of helping to reduce the rate of male suicide.

Closing date for applications 2 September 2022.

Find out more and apply.

Social Enterprise Growth Impact Fund
Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and learning partner Shift have launched the Growth Impact Fund, a potential £25 million investment fund providing equity, patient debt, and revenue-based funding to early-stage and growing social businesses in the UK.

The Fund is open to social enterprises that are focusing on tackling inequality or are ‘diverse-led’.

Find out more and apply.

The Henry Smith Charity
The Charity aims to use its resources to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change. It funds organisations that work with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage.

Improving Lives
Grants for small and medium sized organisations in the UK to support projects and the running costs of organisations.

£20k – £60k per year for up to 3 years, paying for running costs, salaries and projects.

Strengthening Communities
Running costs grants for small, grass roots, community based organisations working in the 10% most deprived areas of England.

£20k – £60k per year for up to 3 years, paying for running costs, salaries and projects.

Holiday Grants
Grants towards recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged.

£500 – £2,500

Christian Projects
Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith, helping to grow faith communities and churches.

£10k+ per year for up to 3 years.

Find out more and apply.

Grand Plan
£1,000 grants to creative people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen. It can be anything from: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs to workshops or events.

Find out more and apply.

BA Better World Community Fund
£50,000 or up to 50% additional funding towards successful, pre-approved crowdfunding campaigns.

Find out more and apply

The Fore’s Autumn 2022 Funding Round
For this funding round, opening on 25 July, The Fore is offering unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 that can be spread over one to three years. Grant funding will unlock potential for small charities who are ready to take their next step forward and for whom our support will have transformational impact on an organisational level. The grants can be used for whatever grantees think will help transform their scale, sustainability, reach or efficiency.

Find out more and apply.


Contingency Toolkit by Charity Excellent – Save Money, Without Cutting Costs
At a time when costs are rising, the Charity Excellence Framework provide 20 suggestions to help reduce overheads and administration costs. This was published during the height of the pandemic but is still relevant now.

Learn more on how to reduce costs, without damaging your charity

The Charity Commission Clarify Respective Responsibilities for Bullying and Harassment
The CC have clarified the roles and responsibilities for responding to incidents of bullying and harassment in charities. Following a collaborative project involving a range of charity sector and other representatives, safeguarding guidance has been set out to include clear policies for staff, and procedures to be in place.

Read more about the clarifications made on this subject

NDTi Join Mencap for Research into Work and Learning Disabilities
The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) are working together with MENCAP to conduct research on those with learning disability and work life. They are looking to explore what those with learning disability want to achieve from work, what helps them find and undertake the job they want and what difficulties they are faced with in the process.

The research team are looking to hear from as many people as possible in the UK with a learning disability. The team are working with a group of people with lived experience of a learning disability and a range of experiences of work to plan, design and advise on different parts of the research including methods, questions, analysis and sharing the findings.

The research has a planned completion date by October 2022.

Do you have a learning disability or know someone that does? Your help with this project could help make a difference.

Here is a short video, explaining a little more on what the research is about…

I’d like to help contribute, take me to the survey!

Further reading about the research being conducted by NDTI and Mencap

DataConnect22 Annual Conference is Back for September
Organised by the Government Data Quality Hub and Central Digital and Data Office, this fully online free conference is taking place on 26-30th September 2022. In previous events, speakers from all over the public and third sector educated and enlightened participants bringing together people and data stories with workshops, show and tells and “community meet-ups”. There will be speakers from government bodies such as the DWP, Office for National Statistics, Central Digital and Data Office, Environment Agency and others.

Learn more and register your place

Contribute to the Call for Evidence – Civil Society Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2022
Do you work with young people? An opportunity has arisen to be able to share your expertise on the issues affecting young people’s rights and inform the civil society report on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UN Committee are examining the UK in 2023 on its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The last review of the UK was in 2016.

The examination presents a key opportunity for civil society to raise important issues of concern affecting children’s rights with the UK Government and the UN Committee and to highlight where action is needed, as well as outline where progress has been made.

CRAE will be leading this process on behalf of civil society in England and warmly invites its members to send in written evidence to inform our submission to the UN Committee.
Read more and find out how to contribute

Read more and find out how to contribute

What does the cost-of-living crisis mean for the charity sector?
The UK’s cost-of-living crisis has been gathering pace for several months now, and with food banks to community groups seeing a spiralling demand across the UK, charities are facing enormous challenges.

“We absolutely ran out of food, I was shocked in some ways, but… this is something that I should have expected because our list has become so overwhelmed and people are reaching out so much more.” – Yorkshire Food Bank Manager, Tanisha Bramwell

Read the full story here

Spiralling inflation leaves charities facing tough dilemmas
With the unknown outcome of upcoming elections, post- pandemic uncertainty and spiralling inflation, what should be at the front of mind for charities in the months ahead? This article explores the moral and financial dilemma facing charities, early steps to take and the importance on serving communities.

Read more

New Deadline for Digital Inclusion Grants
Clarion Housing Group has announced the final application window of this financial year for its Digital Grants programme. Clarion Housing residents can receive funding support to get online and build their digital skills and confidence.

The Fund is designed to address digital exclusion, and to:
• Support Clarion residents to discover the full scope of how the internet can assist them in their everyday lives, and provide them with the skills and confidence to do so.
• Support residents to access the tools that meet their individual needs and circumstances.
• Encourage residents to use the internet safely and with confidence.
• Support residents of all ages, regardless of whether they go online regularly, to use it safely, and avoid risky and/or illegal behaviour.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations as long as they can prove that the majority of project beneficiaries will be Clarion residents. Funding can cover costs associated with running activities, as well as equipment and software costs that are necessary and appropriate to the project.

The deadline to apply is midday on 21 September 2022.

Learn more

BBC Children in Need Publishes New Grantmaking Strategy 2022-25
The major funder has made significant changes to how it will deliver funding schemes in the future. In response to the events of the past years, BBC Children in Need has developed a new charitable ambition based on the principles of: Sharing power with children and young people, acting flexibly, building awareness and empathy and building partnerships to bring communities and investors together.

The new funding streams are set to open in October 2022.

Read about their Grantmaking Strategy
Learn about how to apply for a grant

Government Published Consultation on the use of Dormant Assets
The government’s consultation paper published several weeks ago proposes Community Wealth Funds as a possible beneficiary which might share in the nearly £740m which the expanded dormant assets scheme will generate for projects in England. The conception of a Community Wealth Fund is that it would provide support and funding to reinvigorate social infrastructure in ‘left behind’ neighborhoods; providing long-term, patient investment over 10-15 years directly to these neighborhoods, with local people taking the lead in making decisions about how to use the funds to improve their areas and the prospects of their communities.

There is an opportunity for your organisation to respond to this via an online questionnaire.

The consultation is open until midnight on Sunday October 9th

Follow this link for background information

Take part in the Questionnaire

Modelling resourcefulness
Two years. 26 communities. One pandemic. The final report on communities responding to COVID-19, led by the Third Sector Research Centre, explores the complex factors at play in community responses to the pandemic.

Read more.

Mencap 2022 Survey
Mencap would like to invite people with a learning disability to take part in their 2022 Big Learning Disability Survey.

This survey was fully co-produced by people with a learning disability and asks questions on topics they say are important to them, including healthcare, discrimination, mental health, and money and support.

Take part here.

Charity Annual Returns Consultation
Are you interested in sharing your views on potential changes to your Annual Return process? Charities, their trustees and the public are invited to comment on a new approach to the Annual Return process via the Charity Commission public consultation.

The Commission welcomes responses on revisions to the Annual Return 2023-25, applying to charities’ financial years starting on or after 1 January 2023. Have your say by responding to the consultation here, by 1 September 2022.


Local Free Health Checks in Morecambe
Lancashire’s Choose Health are visiting Morecambe to hold free drop-in NHS Health Checks this month. The Health Checks are free to anybody aged 40 to 74, although people with certain pre-existing health conditions may not be eligible.

The sessions will take place at the Morecambe Arndale Centre, on Tuesday August 16th from 9am to 4pm.

Follow this link for more information on Choose Health

Red Rose Recovery: Upcoming Group Events
Red Rose Recovery have an exciting line-up of upcoming groups and activities to keep active and connected. Their calendar of events includes both face-to-face and online/digital interaction.

Red Rose Recovery was established as a charity in 2012 and has become nationally recognised as a pioneering organisation in developing recovery systems and creating opportunities for people affected by substance misuse, dual diagnosis and offending behaviours.

Their Risk of Relapse Group will take place in Lancaster on Mon 15th August 2022, at 2-3pm.

It’s really easy to get involved, once you’ve found the event you’d like to get involved with, simply click the ‘Join Now’ button.

Explore their upcoming events here

Giving World Partner with Food Aware
Giving World have partnered with Food Aware to expand in the North where they can redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinue stock to the most deprived communities in the UK. The collaboration means they can now offer greater volumes of vital and life enhancing goods, such as clothing, non-perishable foods, toiletries, cleaning and household products, from their new distribution hub in Rotherham. Goods are free and can be collected directly from them, or delivery can be arranged (at cost). 

To access these goods when you need them, simply register your organisation here.

‘Heads up: Rethinking Mental Health Services for Young People at Risk of Harm
A new report by Dr Huong Le, Charlotte Rainer and Commission on Young Lives (COYL) explores how to improve mental health support for young people. Launched in 2021, the COYL is seeking to re-imagine the systems of support which prevent marginalised children and young people from falling into vilence, exploitation, and the criminal justice system, and to support them thrive.

“We know that young people from marginalised groups have particularly high levels of mental health need, often undiagnosed and frequently exacerbated by the trauma they have experienced. Therefore, any work to improve outcomes for these groups of young people cannot ignore mental health.”

Read more on the barriers to support and care and what is and isn’t working well in mental health services for young people.

Long Covid: Coffee & Chat – The Recovery College
With long covid still present in peoples normal day to day lives, the Recovery College are bringing people together that have experienced long covid to share information and socialise in a safe space.

Held monthly on Tuesday’s from 10.30-11.30am at Bamber Bridge Community Centre

View the event leaflet here

The Health Benefits of Volunteering – ‘Volunteering Makers you Healthier, Survey Finds’ 
According to a new survey, volunteers involved in the parkrun events reported a boost to their physical and mental wellbeing. Researchers concluded that ‘the characteristics of parkrun (free, regular, local, accessible and optional) could be used ‘as a model for community events seeking to attract volunteers’.

Learn more and run along to this article

Session table for August – The Recovery College
Take a look at the many wonderful sessions around health & wellbeing hosted by The Recovery College from walking football to anatomy of a seed and gratitude and joy to understanding depression.

The sessions are an engaging and revolutionary way to get involved in recovery learning.

View the session timetable or visit the event listings online.

Cost of Living Crisis: Let’s Keep Talking
The latest phase of Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership’s Let’s Keep Talking suicide prevention campaign focuses on the cost-of-living crisis.

The rising costs of day-to-day living is rarely out of the news with more and more people struggling to pay the bills and make ends meet.

Sometimes when people are in debt, they can become so worried about it that they consider taking their own lives.

This campaign urges people to ‘keep talking’ about their money worries so they don’t reach that point.

Find out more and see the website supporting this latest phase of the campaign.

Smartphone Film Workshop at the Dukes (16-25 Year Olds)
The Dukes are hosting a unique interactive session for young people looking to enhance their creative filmmaking skills using just their Smartphones. The workshop will be run by filmmaker Josh Wilkinson who will provide all the essential tips and tricks for making a short film using the device already in your pocket!

The event is FREE but registration is required.

*Travel bursaries are available if needed.

This workshop will take place on Saturday 3rd Sept, 11am

Find out more and reserve your place

Education and Children’s Services Digital Consultation: Parent and Carer Virtual Drop-in Sessions
Lancashire County Council are reviewing how parents and carers currently contact the council to seek support, access services or share information about their children. LCC are looking to make this easier for residents of Lancashire and want to improve their use of technology to support these tasks wherever possible.

A short online survey is required to get involved. You can also attend one of their four virtual drop-in sessions and share your views with the team. The virtual drop-in sessions will be held using Microsoft Teams.

Dates and times for the Virtual Drop-in sessions:

Parent & Carer Teams Meeting – 8 Sept, 10.30am to 11.15am
Parent & Carer Teams Meeting – 15 Sept, 12.10pm to 12.55pm
Parent & Carer Teams Meeting – 5 Oct, 5.30pm to 6.15pm
Parent & Carer Teams Meeting – 10 Oct, 10.30am to 11.15am

Find out more and get involved

National Youth Agency (NYA) Regional Roundtable Roadshow Comes to the North West
The NYA are set to tour the regions of England in September providing an afternoon of discussions, planning, sharing and networking. The in-person events will run from 12.30-5pm with a networking lunch included. There will be a presentation and discussion themes will focus on Sector Policy and Advocacy, Youth Work Standards, National and Regional Programmes and Youth Sector Investment.

The Northwest event will take place on Wednesday 21st September at Elliot House, Manchester.

Find out more and book your free place

Escape 2 Make Green Festival
Join E2M for a creative free and fun family event in Lancaster on 27th August, 11am-4pm. See what the local young people have been making this summer. Family and friends also get the chance to be interactive and have a go at the crafts themselves. 

E2M will be running at least 1 FREE workshop a day until the event itself. Workshops include a variation of eco creative fun such as land art, wild cooking, woodwork DIY and re-leaf printing. There are still places available which can be booked via the QR code or visit 

Find out more here.

Summer Activities for Young People from CEEP
Over the next four weeks, free activities are available to young people aged 13-17. To find out more and book places, please contact Steven on 01524 310030. Booking is essential.

• Wednesday 17th August – Football at Morecambe Bay Academy – 11am – 3pm
• Thursday 18th August – Outdoor activity day at Forrest hills – 11am-3pm

Summer Events at St Thomas Centre, Lancaster
Fun Day
Drop in with your family and enjoy games, toys, craft, facepainting and refreshments at St Thomas Centre, Lancaster on Tuesday 16th August from 11am – 3pm.  Free entry.

Find out more.

Come down and enjoy a parent/carer and child learning session at The Centre, St Thomas Church. Sessions to restart 16th September, every Friday during term time from 10-11am. 

Find out more.

SEND Information Event
Families with a child or young person with special educational needs or a disability are invited to attend a family fun and information event at Morecambe Library on 11 August at 10am – 2pm.

Discover what’s on offer locally, understand available services, and find out about support groups. Refreshments provided.

No need to book, just turn up. Find out more here.

Summer Fun Days 2022
The Children & Family Wellbeing Service are offering fun days from 10am – 12.30pm at locations across Lancaster and Morecambe:

3 August – Morecambe Library – Make it!

10 August – Lune Park Neighbourhood Centre – Explore it!

17 August – Westgate Neighbourhood Centre – Experience it!

24 August – Lune Park Neighbourhood Centre – Build it!

31 August – Westgate School – Move it!

Free to attend, just turn up.

To find out more, visit Lancaster and Morecambe Family Zone on Facebook or call 01524 581280

SCART Club 2022
SCART Club (which stands for Science, Culture, Active, Reading and Technology) is Lancashire Library Service’s Summer Activity programme for children which runs throughout the summer school holidays.

Eden Project Communities Present Community Camp
The Eden Project Communities are hosting a fully funded, immersive learning experience to help in making change in the community. The Community Camp will offer a mix of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for people across the UK interested in community action. Two of of the four camps will take place at the Eden Project Cornwall and the remaining two will be online sessions.

Online Community Camp: Monday 7th, Thursday 10th, Monday 14th, Thursday 17th and Monday 21st November 2022 (all sessions 6.30 – 9pm)

Online Community Camp: Monday 30th January, Thursday 2nd February, Monday 6th, Thursday 9th and Monday 13th February 2023 (all sessions 6.30 – 9pm)

Follow this link for your Camp Application


FundraisingTech 2022
Fundraising everywhere are hosting FundraisingTech this November which will provide direct access to the experts behind some of the sector’s top digital tools. There will be opportunity to ask questions and hear how charities are engaging with donors, remaining compliant and raising millions. All speakers briefed to deliver only advice and insights that can be applied assist with your strategies.

Sessions can be watched live or on-demand in your own time until the end of the year.

The event will take place on Thursday 24th November, 12pm

Find out more

Out in the Bay Groups – LGBT Support
Out in the Bay have a variety of upcoming group events to get involved with. Here are some useful dates for the calendar:

Family Support Group – 3rd Tuesday in the month
Trans Female Group – 2nd Tuesday in the month, 4-6pm
Trans Male Group – 1st Tuesday in the month, 4-6pm
Over 50s Group – Every Thursday, 1-3pm
Coffee Afternoon – Every Monday 4-6pm

The above events will be held at 30-32 Claremont Rd, LA4 4HL

For more information contact: 07449311406

Find out more about Out in the Bay

Exploring Social Prescribing with FoodFutures
FoodFutures will be hosting an event in September that seeks to bring together local residents, community initiatives and key stakeholders to discuss the approaches to social prescribing. The event will build on the experience and understanding of what is currently happening across North Lancashire and surrounding areas. This collaborative event seeks to identify opportunities and approaches that can bring together community health and wellbeing projects to improve the health and wellbeing for individuals, families and their wider communities.

All views and ideas are welcome. Lunch is provided.

Booking is essential and numbers are limited.

For more information and to book place

Skills Bootcamps by Skills City: Cloud Engineering to Immersive Technologies
Skills City have released news of six Skills Bootcamps designed to help people kickstart a career in tech across the North West, from Software engineering to Games Development. The Skills Bootcamps offers you a range of professional qualifications, recognised by employers and further education institutes in the UK and Internationally.

These digital Bootcamps are fully-funded by either Lancashire County Council or the Department of Education. As part of the programme Skills City also provide careers support to all their learners and guarantee a minimum of one job interview with an employer based in the region upon successful completion.

Their next set of Digital Skills Bootcamps will begin in September/October.

Learn more and apply today

Community Research Partnerships Learning Programme: September Workshops
The NCCPE, The Young Foundation and a consortium of partners have been commissioned by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to design a learning programme that would strengthen capabilities for individuals involved in community research partnerships.

Find out more about this project.

The next phase of this work is a series of workshops in September, exploring a potential ‘menu of options’ for different learning programmes. The workshops will be a chance to learn more about the work to date, share your ideas and perspectives, contribute to the design of learning opportunities, and meet people working in similar fields. Sessions will take place online as follows:

  • Public Engagement Professionals or other connector/facilitator roles – Thurs 8th Sept, 10:30 – 12:30
  • Community Organisations – Thurs 8th Sept, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Researchers – Fri 16th Sept, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Communities and Researchers – 14:00 – 16:00

Two follow up final online workshops will be held on Tues 27th Sept.

To express your interest in taking part, please complete this expression of interest form.

Harvest Market, Lancaster
Food Futures and others will be bringing together local food producers, crafts people and artists at the Harvest edition of the Lancaster Seasonal Market, with a good selection of stalls, music and information about food and the natural world. This event is free.

If you would like a stall at the market, please contact Andi Chapple on [email protected] or 07891 908025

Date: Friday 16th September 2022
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HT

Micro Gardens Summer Programme
With support from Grow Wild UK and Kew Gardens, Good Things Collective bring to you a series of workshops and activities with local partners and artists. This summer is all about the Micro Gardens Summer Programme, the launch of the Cooperation St heritage project and developing new projects with local artists and makers in Morecambe. The idea of the sessions is to enhance your limited outdoor neighbourhood space, be able to grow new things and help nurture your local environment.

The next workshop will be ‘Grow Wild Fund Day 2’ on Sunday 21st August, 2-6pm

Find out more and book your place.

Social Value UK MemEx Conference 2022 – The Future of Social Value
Social Value UK, along with their members and partners are hosting this online and in person event that will dive into a range of social value topics and themes to help everyone to take the next steps towards a shared future of social value driving decisions for more equality, improved wellbeing and greater environmental care.

The conference is running both online and in person on Thursday 15th September.

Find out more and reserve your place.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Sessions – Lancaster & Morecambe College

PIP Clinics for Clients – Tues 16th August, 2-4pm

L&M College are hosting a clinic for anyone who is thinking of applying for PIP or has applied and would like to know more about what to include on the form. They will provide detailed guidance on all the questions with tips on what to include – or not to include. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and chat to an advisor, but no forms will be filled in on the day.

PIP Training for those working in the community – Tues 30th August, 9.15am – 12.30pm

This training session for professionals will be a 3 hour session all about PIP.  You will learn how PIP works discovering about application, assessment and award. The session will also include learning how to support clients and challenge decisions and you will also be presented with research and case studies.

Find out more and register.

Morecambe Beach & Street Clean
Join your local community and Neighbourhood Watch team in a collective clean up event on Morecambe beach. There will be free refreshments and equipment provided. It is advised to bring your own gloves and suitable clothing and footwear.

Saturday 13th August – 1-3pm, Starting from the Eric Morecambe Statue

More information here.

Health Research – the what, the why and the how
Being involved in research brings many benefits to VCFSE organisations and the communities with which they work. From providing evidence to funders of the success of their work, to helping plan future projects, being involved in research can make a real difference.

This session delivered by the CoREN (Community Research and Engagement Network) explains more about the what, the why and the how of applied health research.

22 September, Gujarat Hindu Society and Community Centre, Preston

Find out more and register.

Personal Independence Payment Training
Citizen’s Advice North Lancashire are offering a PIP Training Session for organisations who work in the community.

This is for those who are working with the community and want to know more about PIP, how to help clients fill in the forms and challenge decisions. They will also share some research into client experiences with PIP.

30 August 2022, Lancaster & Morecambe College.

Download the flyer to find out more.

Basic Drug and Alcohol Awareness
During this session attendees will learn a little more about the services that are available at We Are With You in Lancashire, discuss current themes and trends, look at some of the reasons why young people use substances, and consider risks and harm reduction messages.

Attendees will also gain acces to We Are With You’s Tier 1 resource booklet & drug use screening tool, which includes practical information and worksheets for working with young people.

Multiple dates, online, free

Find out more and register.

Trauma Informed Lancashire Basic Awareness Workshops
Lancashire Violence Reduction Network’s (LVRN) “Becoming a Trauma Informed Lancashire workshops” aim to cultivate collective, cross-sector learning to support the ongoing development of trauma informed services.

These workshops are for all practitioners both from statutory and 3rd sector organisations across the PAN Lancashire Multi agency footprint .

The Learning Outcomes of the presentation are:

  • To understand the transformation to becoming Trauma Informed Lancashire.
  • To begin to explore how Trauma affects our body, brain and behaviour.
  • To be able to recognise how trauma may present in people we work alongside.
  • To consider how a Trauma Informed Approach impacts on individuals and communities.
  • Begin to think about changes we can make to our working practices, services and organisations.

Multiple dates, AFC Fylde Sports and Education Centre (Wesham), free.

Find out more and register.

The Well Community Bay 5k Recovery Run
11am on 24 September from The Sailing Club, Marine Road, Morecambe. Registration open from 9.30am.

The first 100 runners to register will be given a free Bay 5K Recovery Run T-Shirt to wear for the run and there will be a Medal for the first 150 to complete the race.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Support Worker – Supported Living at Making Space

An opportunity has arisen to join an award-winning and value based national charity.  Making Space are seeking a support worker to join the team at their supported housing service based in Lancaster.  The role will involve supporting adults on a person centered basis to live independently in their own properties with the aim of help them move towards independent living. The focus of Making Space is on building relationships, connecting communities and providing quality care as unique as the people they support.

Salary: £9.90 per hour
Contract: Part time
Location: Lancaster,
Closing date: Unconfirmed

Find out more and apply

Visitor Experience Manager – Leighton Moss RSPB
RSPB Leighton Moss are looking to expand their team with a Visitor Experience Manager.  The chosen candidate will form a key part of the flagship reserve visitor operation, leading, inspiring and supporting staff and volunteers to ensure the visitor experience is excellent. This role will be responsible for leading and delivering a high quality and on-brand visitor experience.

Salary: £23,939 – £26,558 per annum
Contract: 12 months covering a secondment, Full-time
Location: Carnforth, Lancashire
Closing date: 02 Sept 2022, 11.59 pm

Find out more and apply

Honorary Treasurer at The Lancashire Association of Boys & Girls Clubs
The LABGC are actively seeking an Honorary Treasurer. The role will require someone with an excellent understanding of financial management, accounting and book keeping frameworks and able to support, advise and guide the Trustees, Finance Officer and County Director in financial matters. The potential candidate must have an interest in disadvantaged young people’s welfare and their personal social development. 

Lancashire Association of Boys & Girls Clubs is a charity who support over 60 youth clubs across Lancashire, with many member clubs dotted around Lancaster.

If you are interested in this role and would like to learn more please contact;
Adrian French (County Director), Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs
Email: [email protected] Tel: 01524 65106

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Fylde Coast LET Operations Lead at Empowerment Charity
Empowerment is looking to recruit an Operations Lead to be part of their growing Fylde Coast Lived Experience Team. Empowerment is an innovative charity based in Blackpool, which has made a long term commitment to supporting their local communities and improving lives.

The purpose of this role is to lead and co-ordinate the key operational functions of this dynamic and expanding team; including responsibility for safeguarding, buildings, volunteers, training and overseeing their Fylde and Wyre Operations. 

Salary: £28,000 per annum
Contract: Full-time
Location: Blackpool
Closing date: Not available

Interviews: 09 Sept 2022, 11.59 pm

Find out more and apply

Recovery Worker at Richmond Fellowship
The Richmond Fellowship Outreach Service are looking for a caring, flexible and creative recovery worker to join their team in Lancaster. The applicant must be able to thrive under pressure and know how to connect with people at all levels and really enjoy helping others to live as independently as possible.

No relevant experience is required as full training will be provided, although candidates with an understanding of mental health issues and/or lived experience is welcomed.

Salary: £20,054 per annum
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Lancaster (On-site)
Closing date: 04 September 2022

Find out more and apply

Escape2Make are excited to recruit a person to join as their champion to further develop equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in their practice as an organisation.  EDI is a vital construct of good governance and the delivery of E2Ms charitable purposes. 

E2M are looking for a passionate, motivated, individual who has strong Lancaster and Morecambe community links to work alongside all trustees in developing their reach and practice as a charity around EDI. Capabilities required for the role include; 

– Community links
– Media 
– Research / evaluation
– Training 

Join their vibrant board and make a difference in your community! 

For more information about Escape2Make


Support Worker Vacancy at Lancaster LGBT
Lancaster LGBT are currently looking for a part-time support worker.  The post is currently funded for six months, subject to further funding.

LGBT are a registered charity working across Lancashire for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Queer or Questioning people. Their mission is to support LGBTQ+ people in Lancashire to be happier, healthier and better connected. 

Salary: £26,325-£27,144 per annum
Contract: 22.5 hours per week
Location: Lancashire 
Closing date: Midnight Sunday 11 Sept 2022

Find out more and apply.

Accommodation Finding Housing Officer 
Calico Group Service are seeking Housing Officers to join their team in Lancaster. Are you passionate about supporting and transforming the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness? The role will involve supporting clients to seek appropriate accommodation that meets decent homes standards within the Private Rented Sector. 

Salary: £21,930 per annum 
Contract: 37 hours per week
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: Unconfirmed

More information here

Kentown Wizard Project Lead at the Rainbow Trust
The Rainbow Trust is looking to recruit a Project Lead for the North West Care Team or as home based, to be responsible for the day to day development and management of the Kentown Wizrd Children’s Palliative Care Programme, ensuring that the pilot project is delivered successfully and to time within budget.

Salary: £32,000 per annum + benefits 
Contract: Fixed Term, 3 years
Location: North West and surrounding areas
Closing date: 02 September 2022, 11.59pm

For further information and application 

Various roles with the Nature & Wellbeing Team – The Lancashire Wildlife Trust
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust currently have four jobs available in their Nature and Wellbeing team, suitable for people with a range of experience. Are you passionate about the effects of nature on mental health and wellbeing?

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Business Development Manager at Birchall
Birchall are looking for an experienced Business Development professional with a track record of leading winning bids, responsible for identifying and winning new business.  The role will work in partnership with operational colleagues and other stakeholders to co-produce service models, budgets and partnerships for tenders, as well as managing all aspects of the tender process, including tender interviews and quality assurance of written responses. 

Salary: £30,000 per annum – flexible base
Contract: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Morecambe or Barrow in Furness
Closing date: 19 August 2022

Find out more and apply.

Senior Children/Young Person Counsellor 
Birchall are seeking an experienced Children & Young person’s therapist with experience of managing a team, supporting people to reach their potential whilst delivering  trauma informed counselling services.

Salary: £22,400 per annum
Contract: 30 hours per week
Location: Morecambe or Barrow
Closing date: 19 August 2022

Find out more and apply.

Various Jobs at The Lancaster Priory
There are a host of exciting paid opportunities to join the team at the Lancaster Priory and get involved at Facing the Past, a city-wide arts and heritage project here in Lancaster.

Facing the Past: PR and Comms (freelance)

Facing the Past: Festival Director

Facing the Past: Evaluator

Facing the Past: Public Realm Creative Consultation

Facing the Past: Filmmaker

Find out more and apply.

Change Grow Lives (CGL) Recruitment Sessions
Are you looking for a new job? CGL are providing recruitment sessions to help people change their lives and break the cycle of crime and substance use. The sessions will provide information on the roles and who Chang Grow Live is.

Learn more

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