Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 19 April 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

Core Funding for Local Charities Providing Hospice Care in the UK
The Albert Hunt Trust announced plans to spend all its resources by January 2029, focusing on UK charities supporting hospice care, homelessness, and health. They are currently working on the final grant making strategy. Emphasising hospice care, they’ve increased core funding to £20,000-£40,000 for staff and project costs. UK charities can apply monthly, with decisions made approximately six weeks later.

Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more

Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants
Grants of up to £6,000 are available for projects directly impacting individuals with breast cancer. Priority is given to organisations with limited financial resources.

Applications must be for specific projects, and up to 15% of requests can be for unrestricted funding. The Foundation considers funding for existing projects or pilot programs addressing new challenges. Charities, community interest groups, and social enterprises with charitable objectives may apply.

Applications must be hard copy and reach the Foundation by 31 May 2024.

Visit The Pink Ribbon Foundation website for more information and to apply.

Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants for Children
Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation.

The Charity aims to provide children aged 13 years or younger who are disadvantaged, disabled or from areas of high deprivation with a short recreational holiday or outing they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

Application windows depend upon trip and holiday dates

Learn more about the holiday grants

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts Fund Reopens for UK Applications
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts Fund aims to support organisations driving long-term cultural and social change. They seek to build capacity in underfunded communities, explore artists’ role in social justice, and create a more equitable cultural sector. Funding ranges from £90,000 to £300,000 per application, open twice yearly, and supports core costs and programs central to an organization’s mission over a three-year period.

The next application deadline is 12 noon on 31 May 2024.

Learn more about this fund and apply

Government Launches New £11m Water Restoration Fund for Parts of England
A new Water Restoration Fund has been established to support local communities in improving their water environment. This fund will use fines and penalties paid by water companies to finance projects led by farmers, NGOs, community groups, and councils aimed at protecting and enhancing rivers, lakes, and streams.

With £11 million available for local projects, initiatives will range from habitat restoration to innovative technology implementation. The fund aligns with efforts to hold water companies accountable and supports goals for environmental improvement and water management outlined in the Environmental Improvement Plan and Plan for Water.

Read more about this restoration fund

Shackleton Foundation Grants
The Shackleton Foundation offers the Shackleton Leadership Award to support social entrepreneurs with innovative projects aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. They provide seed funding and access to a network of alumni to help maximize impact and build sustainable business models.

Applications for awards are currently open until 29 April 2024.

Explore this funding opportunity

European Social Innovation Competition Opens with Focus on Digital Democracy
The European Social Innovation Competition encourages social innovators across Europe to develop ideas for a more inclusive, just, and sustainable society. The 2024 challenge focuses on ‘Digital Democracy’.

This competition looks for new entrepreneurial solutions responding to the most burning social needs, creating social relationships and enabling new collaborations in an innovative way and bringing effective solutions to systemic social challenges. It will award prizes for the best socially innovative projects, with funding opportunities available until June 11, 2024.

Read more about the competition

Government Announces Adult Social Care Training and Development Fund for England
The government is launching the Adult Social Care Training and Development Fund, allowing ASC employers in England to claim reimbursement for upskilling their workforce. The fund includes care skills and revalidation funding, aiming to support training and development.

Reimbursement claims will be made through a digital online service, with a phased rollout starting in summer 2024. The fund, transitioning from the Workforce Development Fund, offers increased funding for more training opportunities.

Learn more about this fund

Footie For All Fund
The Footie for all fund provides grants to encourage more children and young people to take up football or improve access to the game. Constituted not-for-profit grassroots football clubs can apply for up to £1,000 which will support 100% of project costs.

The funding can be used to assist clubs in improving facilities, purchasing equipment and new kits, and meeting any other needs that can enhance the experience of children and young people, enabling them to access and participate in football within the local community.

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

Learn more about this fund and apply

Big Bike Revival Grants
The Big Bike Revival program offers grant funding to deliver cycling events aimed at encouraging adults, particularly non-regular cyclists, to cycle more often. Events include fixing bikes, teaching maintenance skills, and leading bike rides. Delivery partners, typically volunteer-led groups or not-for-profit organisations, can apply for funding to organise these events.

Applications are open until June 25, 2024.

Find out more about the program

Lancaster University’s Community Benefit Fund 
Lancaster University’s wind turbine Community Benefit Fund recently celebrated its tenth anniversary – the fund allocates up to £20,000 to Lancaster District-based not-for-profit organisations, charities, trusts, community groups or voluntary organisations to support sustainable projects, large and small.  

Some examples of the recent recipients of the grant funding include Greaves Park, Stodday Picnic Area, St. Peter’s Church in Quernmore and Fairfield Nature Reserve.  Applications for the next round of funding are open now until Friday 30th June 2023.

Details on how to apply are available on their website. Here you can also find out more about the wind turbine Community Benefit Fund, and about the projects that have been supported. 

Commonweal is Seeking New Housing Ideas for Vulnerable Young People 
Commonweal Housing is offering up to £10,000 each to not-for-profits to develop new housing models for young people affected by care, mental health issues, or school exclusions. The funding aims to address gaps identified in research commissioned by Homeless Link, focusing on underserved youth populations.  

Organisations can apply until April 19. Learn more about the opportunity here 

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens for Second Round of 2024 
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities focusing on disability employment and training.

Applications for the second round of 2024 are open until April 30, 2024. Charities must meet certain criteria to apply.  

Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Comic Relief Launches New Youth Homelessness in the UK Fund 
Comic Relief has announced that it expects to launch a new funding opportunity in April for organisations that specialise in providing support to young people aged 16-25 in the UK, who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. 

This will be for organisations that are already working in this area. 

According to the Comic Relief website, further funding criteria is being developed. 

More information about the funding and the application process will be made available in April 2024. 

The Queer By Gum FC : Training + Pitch Hire Targets Met! 
Congratulations to Queer By Gum the local community project in the Lancaster District who are pleased to report that thanks to your help, Queer By Gum CIC’s funding target for their crowdfunder has been met and the ‘Queer By Gum FC : Training + Pitch Hire ‘ campaign is now complete!

The plan for the fundraiser project was to raise money for 3 members of their team to receive Introduction to Coaching Football Training via England Football learning (including Intro to First Aid + Safeguarding), for their pitch hire cost to be covered for a year and for extra funds to cover costs of equipment and football kits.

The funds raised will now be transferred to the project team ready for them to deliver the project.

Thank you to everyone who donated for your generous support in making this happen. 

Learn more about the project ahead 

Road Safety Trust Small Grants Round
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 24 months that make UK roads safer.

The aim of the fund is to improve road safety at a local level through projects with a practical focus, linking to local priorities and reducing casualties either directly or through interim measures.

Grants are available to public sector bodies, UK registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and CICs.

Find out more and apply

Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity Programme
42 grants of £75,000 over three years will be provided alongside tailored development support for registered charities and CICs which are led by and working with people who are experiencing economic inequity because of their race or ethnicity.

A information webinar and live Q&A will be held via Zoom on 24 April at 10:30am. Register here to attend.

Find out more and apply

Urban Tree Challenge Fund
This fund, offered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, helps public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England.

The fund aims to level-up access to nature across the country, planting trees in socially deprived urban areas with low canopy cover.

Funds are available for 80% of the cost of planting and establishment over three years.

Apply by 30 June.

Find out more

New Funding Opportunity for the Youth Homelessness Sector (UK)
As part of its new funding strategy, Comic Relief has announced that it will be launching a new fund for organisations that specialise in providing support to young people aged 16-25 in the UK, who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. The opportunity will be for organisations that are already working in this area. Further funding criteria is being developed.

Information about the funding and the application process will be made available in April 2024.

Visit the comic relief funding opportunities page

Baring Foundation Offers Funding for Small Expert Legal Hub Organisations
The Baring Foundation is offering grants of up to £150,000 over three years for small expert legal ‘hub’ organisations aiming to achieve positive social change through legal action collaboration. Eligible organisations must have an income of under £750,000 and meet specific criteria outlined in the application guidelines.

The deadline for the first stage of applications is April 30, 2024.

More details and application guidelines are available on their website.

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

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

Apply before April 26, 2024

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

Apply before 30 April 2024.

Find out more here

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

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

Learn more about this funding opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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

  • reusing, repurposing and repairing materials currently going to waste (e.g. textiles, electronics, packaging, surplus food, etc)
  • sharing resources (e.g. tools, materials, skills, etc) or repurposing unused space for community benefit
  • inspiring people to use and buy things more sustainably and to produce less waste
  • growing, cooking and eating food that’s local, seasonal and sustainably produced
The second Community Pots round of the Pots of Possibility fund will be open for applications between 18 March and 30 April, providing grants of up to £5,000 for projects taking place anywhere in the Lancaster district (Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and all the surrounding rural areas).

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

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2024

Further details click here

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

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

Find out more about this fund and how to apply

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

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

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

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

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]

Bee Unique National Diversity Awards Nomination
Bee Unique have been nominated for the National Diversity Awards 2024, in the Community Organisation category. They are asking anyone who has been helped their work to log in and vote as recognition in these awards could enormously help the growth of the organisation, allowing them to reach out to more SEN families.

Congratulations to Bee Unique!

Log in and vote here

Love Your Local Market 2024
Lancaster City Council is offering businesses the chance to trade at Morecambe’s Festival Market during Love Your Local Market (LYLM) 2024 from May 17th to June 1st. New and experienced stallholders are welcome, with stalls being free for new traders during LYLM, with a donation to a local charity requested.

Interested parties can express their interest via this online form by 19 April, 11.55pm, with notifications of successful applications sent by April 26th. For more information, contact Farrah Boutros at [email protected]

Find out more about the Festival Market here

Trauma Informed Lancashire Conference
Compassionate Lancashire Communities is hosting an event on trauma-informed community development in collaboration with Trauma Informed Lancashire and the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network. The event set to be held on 17th July aims to share best practices, research, and diverse perspectives, making connections, promoting resilience and community healing.

The event is aimed at system leaders, practitioners, lived experience professionals, community navigators, and third-sector professionals. The event will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Broughton, Preston.

Please use this link to register your interest

Conversations with Organisations regarding Welfare and Safeguarding 
Active Lancashire is the strategic lead for sport and physical activity in the county, who look to work in partnership and support organisations across Lancashire to get more people physically active. They have recently appointed two new County Sport Welfare Officers, who are looking to have a conversation with local clubs, community groups and welfare officers about their experiences. The objective of this is: 

  • To learn more about current welfare/safeguarding practice in Lancashire 
  • Share best practice 
  • Develop networks  
  • Plan training and events 
  • Support better relationships and information sharing with Active Partnerships, CPSU, Ann Craft Trust, NGB’s and Local Authorities 
  • Develop a support offer for clubs/groups/welfare officers which will raise awareness, promote and develop safer environments and cultures in physical activity spaces 

It would be great to hear from as many people as possible, so if you would be happy to have a conversation please contact Gwen and Nathan via [email protected] and they will arrange a time to speak to you. 

Reimagining Organisations by Lily Piachaud 
A delightful read from the New Constellations blog.In “Reimagining Organisations,” Lily Piachaud reflects on the need for a profound shift in organisational structures amidst today’s uncertainty and complexity. With a focus on regenerative practices, she shares insights gathered from diverse sources and experiences.

Piachaud emphasises principles like care, love, and reciprocity, offering practical examples and tools for creating more humane and effective organisational models. She invites readers to join the conversation and explore innovative approaches to organisational development…Read more about this transformative journey 

Opportunity to join NIHR Committee 
Be part of the research programme committees at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). Help decide which health and social care projects to fund. No scientific background needed—just a passion for improving health and addressing inequalities. 

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement team at the NIHR are looking for members of the public with a broad interest in health, social care, and public health.  

How to Apply: Watch a short video or visit the NIHR website for more information 

Deadline: Submit your application by midnight on Sunday 28 April, 2024.

Questions or Support: Contact [email protected]  


More Music Appoint New Executive Director 
Marianne Barraclough has been appointed as Executive Director at More Music, starting in July. Marianne brings extensive experience in community music programs and strategic leadership. She aims to uphold More Music’s commitment to inclusivity and high-quality arts experiences. Her arrival marks a significant moment in the charity’s thirty-year history…Read more here 

Campaigning & Political Activity
With a general election likely to take place this year, it is important to keep updated about the rules around charities, campaigning and political activity.

ACEVO and NCVO have put together a briefing about the law for our sector, and Lloyds Bank have put together a guide focused specifically on small charities during elections.

Charity Banking Survey
Since 2022, the Civil Society Group and partners have been working to improve bank account services for charities and voluntary organisations across the UK. They have launched a new survey to help them understand the challenges the sector is facing so that they can advocate on behalf of our sector to regulators, government, and the banking sector.

Find out more and take the survey

April 2024 Employment Law Changes
Several changes to employment law and regulations come into force from April. These include rights related to flexible working, carer’s leave, holiday entitlement, paternity leave and redundancy.

People Management have published a useful roundup of April’s changes.

Carnforth Food Club – Opening 5 April
Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership are opening a new food club in the Carnforth Community Hub.

The club will be open every Friday from 5 April, between 2pm and 4pm. A £5 weekly membership helps reduce your shopping bill and stops food from going to waste.

Find out more about how to become a member by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01524 928027

Download the promotional poster to find out more

LSCFT Strategy Refresh Workshop
Whether you attended the recent LSCFT Strategy Refresh workshop or missed it, here are the slides from the workshop, along with a survey link for your valuable feedback.

LSCFT are adapting their strategies to reflect the changing landscape post-COVID-19. While the Trust Values and Quality Priorities remain unchanged, they’re introducing the Quadruple Aim framework to guide objectives moving forward. LSCFT are also keen to engage with colleagues and partners to shape strategic goals, focusing on themes like partnership working, mental health provision, and access to services.

Your input is important – please take a moment to complete the survey and share your thoughts. For more details, visit their website. Questions? Contact the LSCFT strategic team at [email protected]

The Long-Term Plan for Towns
Following the Spring Budget, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Long-Term Plan for Towns plans to invest £1.5 billion towns across the UK over the next decade.

Each town will develop a long-term plan based on the priorities of local people, around the themes of safety and security; high streets and heritage; and transport and connectivity. Towns will receive £20 million and establish Town Boards to work with local communities to develop these plans… Read more

Lloyds Bank to Invest in Community Development
Lloyds Banking Group is to be the lead investor in a £62mn fund that will back community development finance institutions, becoming the UK’s first high street bank to support the not-for-profit lenders that offer credit to customers who cannot access it elsewhere…Read more

How Can You Recruit Volunteers More Effectively?
Volunteer recruitment is essential for any organisation, but finding the right people can be challenging. This guide, written by Gerbrand Holland at Deedmob, offers insights and strategies to navigate this process effectively.

Read the guide online

Volunteer Roles at Lancaster & Morecambe MS Society
Administration Volunteer
The volunteer will act as the first point of contact and they make sure all relevant information is circulated to other volunteers and members, and play an important role in keeping data and details up to date to comply with data protection legislation.

Find out more and apply

Communications Volunteer
The volunteer will help to make sure people know they have a local MS Society group to turn to, develop their writing skills, and gain an experience of communicating across a range of digital channels.

Find out more and apply

Activities Volunteer
The volunteer will help to set up activities in the area, including serving refreshments, talking to people, registering attendees, collecting payments, and making sure everyone feels welcome.

Find out more and apply

Volunteer Roles at Out in the Bay
Out in the Bay are a Morecambe-based charity that works with LGBTQAI people & young adults, people who misuse drugs and alcohol, and those living with long-term sexual health conditions.

They are looking for volunteers to help provide support services within an inclusive, passionate and caring environment. Roles are available within OITB’s support services and within their No Labelz project.

Find out more on our website:

OITB Support Role
No Labelz Support Role

Volunteer Group Facilitators at Acorn Recovery
Acorn Recovery Projects support individuals to end homelessness by obtaining independent, permanent accommodation, and become tenancy ready through facilitating personal development and the learning of life skills.

They are looking for volunteers who are interested in running weekly sessions or one-off workshops in any of the following subjects:

  • art
  • music
  • creative writing
  • cooking/food
  • personal development
  • mental health
  • outdoors/nature
  • physical exercise

Find out more on our website

Treasurer for REMAP
REMAP is a national charity whose aim is to improve the quality of life for those living with short or long-term disability through infirmity, illness or ageing.  Their dedicated volunteers produce equipment to help with day-to-day tasks and even to participate in activities such as sports or hobbies at no cost to the individual. 

The local branch of REMAP, Lancashire and South Lakes need a volunteer treasurer to manage their accounts with immediate effect.

Applicants must have a knowledge of financial accounting. 

If you are interested in this role, please contact the secretary: [email protected]

Chair of Trustees for Eggcup
Eggcup, a local food charity, is seeking a Chair of trustees to drive transformation from emergency food support to a more sustainable model using surplus food. The ideal person would have knowledge of food systems, as well as an interest in food sustainability, and would also hold values around fairness in society and the reduction of inequality and poverty.

They are looking for someone who can support this change, representing Eggcup to external organisations, who can offer light-touch supervision to our charity manager, who can analyse data effectively, and communicate clearly in meetings and in writing. For more information, please contact the current chair Deborah Finn at [email protected] More information about Eggcup can be found on their website.

Trustees at Lancashire Mind
Join Lancashire Mind as a Trustee and contribute to their mission of supporting mental health and wellbeing. They are seeking individuals who share our values and commitment to prevention and resilience.

As part of the national Mind Federation, you’ll have opportunities for collaboration and learning. Various skillsets are welcome, with particular interest in marketing, HR, legal, fundraising, and clinical health expertise. The Board oversees key governance areas, including Finance & Audit and People & Governance subcommittees.

Mentoring support is provided, ensuring you feel confident in your role. Apply by April 29th. 

If you would like to discuss the trustee role before applying, contact David Dunwell, Chief Executive Officer – [email protected] 

Deadline: 12noon Monday 29th April 2024 
Interviews: Friday 3rd May 2024 

Learn more at the following link  

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

Find out more on our website

Trustees, Directors and Chair at The Gregson
The Gregson is seeking to appoint a new Chair and Trustees to the board of the Gregson Community Association, and an additional Director for the newly established Gregson Trading Ltd which manages the bar and catering.

Find out more on The Gregson’s website

Lune Valley Beekeepers Social Media Volunteer
The role entails 1-2 hours of work each week inserting newsworthy articles on social media with the active support of the trustees. 

You do not need to be a beekeeper but the role is likely to appeal to someone who is interested in natural history and improving our local environment. The person should be experienced in managing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp social media.

For an initial chat about what the role entails, please contact Nigel Leech on 07795 437444.

Lancaster Health Festival Volunteers

The 2024 Lancaster Health Festival takes place on 13 and 14 July. Organisers are looking for volunteers to support the event by:

  • giving out leaflets and directing people to activities
  • general stewarding
  • helping out on the smoothie bike

Find out more on our website

Become a Trustee at Lancashire Youth Challenge
LYC empower, enable, and inspire young people to make meaningful positive change in their lives and the wider community via a holistic, person centred programme of participatory activity and learning.

They now seek new trustees to join their award-winning charity, particuarly people with diverse lived experiences which can help LYC enhance networks and build meaningful relationships with organisations, donors and sponsors.

Find out more on our website

Morecambe Maritime Festival Volunteers
Take part in the development and implementation of a new festival for Morecambe and help raise funds for the festival’s nominated charity, the RNLI.

Find out more about three roles on our website:



Marketing & Publicity Coordinator

Community Cars Volunteer Driver
Make yourself and your vehicle available to assist members of your community get to shops, services, social activities and appointments.

Volunteer as and when you are available with additional insurance provided to cover your excess and no-claims bonus.

Find out more on our website

Maternity & Neonatal Engagement Volunteers with Healthwatch Lancashire
A Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership (MNVP) is an independently led NHS working group for mothers, birthing people and families to share their maternity and neonatal experiences with commissioners and providers.

As an MNVP volunteer, you will be an essential part of a team which ensures people’s voices are collected and heard in the right places.

Find out more and apply

Community Road Watch Volunteers
Lancashire Constabulary are looking for volunteers to join their Community Road Watch Scheme in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Community Road Watch involves Police working together with local communities at sites where people are worried about road safety. Volunteers work with local officers to address various driving issues including drivers exceeding the speed limit, use of mobile phones and drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts and/or child restraints. The team monitors and records driver behaviour so that action can then be taken.

Find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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

View and share the Facebook post

View and share the X / Twitter post

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

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

Find out more on the LDCVS website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the guide here

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

Trauma Informed Lancashire Conference
Compassionate Lancashire Communities is hosting an event on trauma-informed community development in collaboration with Trauma Informed Lancashire and the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network.

The event set to be held on 17th July at the Marriott Hotel, Broughton, aims to share best practices, research, and diverse perspectives, making connections, promoting resilience and community healing. It is aimed at system leaders, practitioners, lived experience professionals, community navigators, and third-sector professionals.

Please use this link to register your interest

LancsCAN Healthcare Event
The next LancsCAN event in their new Lunch & Learn programme is on the theme of Healthcare.

This online event will be presented by Sam Pywell (UCLan), George Coombes (Natural England) and Simon Bennet (Environment Agency) talking about their Green Social Prescribing pilot project, and Alison Sathiyanathan explaining her climate action and sustainability-related work in the NHS.

This is the third in the series of online ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions. The aim of these events is to allow members to showcase what they’re doing, spread the word about upcoming opportunities, and support peer-to-peer learning to strengthen the network through interaction and help build the LancsCAN community.

Find out more and join the guestlist

“Who can help me?” Exploring the experiences of carers for people with a neurological condition
Healthwatch Lancashire are exploring the experiences of family members and carers for people with a neurological condition, to understand whether the individual needs of carers are addressed.

Everyone who is currently caring or has cared for someone with a neurological condition in the last 12 months is invited to complete this survey. By gathering feedback from family members and carers, Healthwatch Lancashire will produce a report highlighting good practice along with any recommendations for areas of improvement. This will be shared with local decision makers to influence change and improvements for carers.

Take the survey

Stress Awareness Month 
April is Stress Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of recognising and managing stress.

Stress is our response to pressure or perceived threats, often arising from various life challenges like financial difficulties, exams, or loss. While some stress can be beneficial, prolonged stress can negatively affect both physical and mental health. Common signs include irritability, anxiety, sleep problems, and physical symptoms like chest pains or digestive issues. Recognising these signs is crucial for seeking support and managing stress effectively.  

Resources like Mind’s information line (0300 1233 393) and local support services are available to provide assistance.  

So stress less using useful resources at the Mind website or visit the Lancaster District Health & Wellbeing Directory for more local information.


Wise Up Workshops Activities
These groups and workshops all take place at Unit 7-9 Plaza Shopping Arcade, Queen St, Morecambe LA4 5YJ. For further information and to book, call 07506 295782.

Life Wise  
Are you still feeling a bit lost since the pandemic? Has school, college or uni life been a challenge for you, and would you like to learn new skills?  

Come along for a friendly chat to learn about the new workshops taking place in Morecambe for ages 16-25.  

Date and time: Every Wednesday from 6-8pm.   

Well-being Wednesday  
This is a safe, creative space, open to all and held at the Wise Up central hub in Morecambe.  Learn new skills such as woodwork, cooking, massage, natural remedies, exercise and enjoy monthly trips out for all ages and all abilities.   

Date and time: Every Wednesday from 10am-1pm.  
The cost is £5 and a healthy lunch is included.

Adult Theatre Group  
Collaborate, participate and build your confidence with the ATG. A group for older adults and adults with disabilities. It’s a safe and creative space which is fun and inclusive where people can express themselves and grow in their performance skills, storytelling and build up their general confidence.   

Date and time: Every Friday, 2pm

Measles Immunisation for Adults
Supporting the UKHSA’s campaign to promote MMR vaccination for 0-5 year olds, Lancashire County Council has circulated materials relating to MMR for the adult population.

Information leaflet

Posters for printing and display (version 1, version 2)

Social media graphics (.zip file)

Healthy Weight Programme
Lancaster City Council is offering free weight management courses for adults over 18 years of age who are overweight. Courses last 12 weeks, for an hour each week, and are held at Ridge Community Centre, Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, and More Music. There is also a 12 week email course which is entirely online.

On completion of the course, participants will be offered a free 12 week membership of Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.

Download the flyer to find out more

You&Me, Mum Groups
You&Me, Mum is an 8 week programme which aims to empower, support and develop further understanding of the role as mothers in addressing the needs of children and young people who have lived with domestic violence. The next group sessions of You&Me, Mum will be held at Lune Park Childrens Centre (Owen Rd, Lancaster LA1 2LN) every Monday from 8th April at 1.30pm-2.30pm.

For more information or to refer please email [email protected]

Parents Supporting Parents
Parents Supporting Parents is a welcoming group designed for parents seeking guidance on supporting their children through life’s challenges, including managing phones, friendships, school, and anxiety. This informal gathering offers a space to share ideas and experiences because parenting is undoubtedly challenging.

Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month from 7:45 to 9:15 PM at Marsh Community Centre, Willow Lane LA1 5PP.

For more information, contact Debz at [email protected] or Katie at [email protected] or 07868314807. Get in touch and join this group for support and solidarity.

See their group poster here

UKHSA 0-5s Immunisation Campaign
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have launched a campaign highlighting the importance of immunisation to protect children.

Measles outbreaks occur when vaccination rates are low, and the disease can lead to severe complications including infections and even death. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are needed for optimal protection. Parents should ensure their child receives both doses, even if they’re overdue, by contacting their GP.

If unsure about previous vaccinations, it’s better to administer two doses now rather than risk leaving the child unprotected. For more information, visit the nhs website.

View the measles information sheet

Download the Measles How to Stay Safe leaflet

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

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

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

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

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

UK Youth Research Request
UK Youth is conducting research to understand the needs and preferences of young people in England to shape the future of youth provision.

To take part, youth practitioners should engage with a young person, ask them three questions, and record their responses on a mobile device. The recording can then be submitted using a simple online form.

The deadline for submissions is April 22nd, and all completed entries will be entered into a prize draw. One randomly selected pair will each win £250.

To participate, the young person must be:

  • Aged 11-17
  • Involved in out-of-school youth provision
  • Residing in England

For the online form and further details

Young Minds Resources & Advice
Young Minds provides help and advice for young people and parents who are struggling with mental health issues.  The charity helps adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives and give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.

Young Minds provide a range of free resources and training for those working with young people. Young Minds’ in-house training brings their uniquely immersive mental health and participation training to organisations, and their service design consultancy supports you to commission, design and improve mental health support across a broad range of sectors.

Explore the resources available at Young Minds

Love Your Tree
Claire Harris from Natural England is running a project with CAMHS and the Prop up Project.  Young people will photograph local trees for display at the CAMHS offices.

They are asking local people to nominate a tree in their local community.  The young people at the Prop Up Project will be offered training in photography and learn how to frame and display them.

Nominate your favourite tree in the Lancaster district by using this form

British Red Cross Workshops for Schools & Youth Groups
These free workshops, covering humanitarian and wellbeing topics, are designed to teach vital life skills including confidence, resilience building and developing empathy for others.

Topics include first aid, empathy plus migration, and coping with challenges.

Workshops can be delivered online or face-to-face, and an additional set of resources is available for further use.

Find out more

Wildlife Trust Youth Council
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside is seeking new members for their Youth Council.

The Youth Council is a group of young people aged between 13 and 25 who live across Lancashire, Manchester, and North Merseyside. They are volunteers who are dedicated to improving the Trust and its offering for young people. This includes helping to tailor the campaign calendar, giving input on the marketing plan, and creating events and volunteering opportunities specifically for those under 25.

The Youth Council is passionate about protecting the local environment, inspiring other young people to take action, and creating positive change across the region and beyond.

Youth Council members attend four meetings a year, and travel expenses are provided.

Find out more and apply

Banks Lyon Memorial Trust Step Up Fund
This fund will help individual young people living in Lancaster District in the age range 16-24 facing social and/or financial barriers to accessing education, training or employment with the aim of helping the young person into employment.

The grants to young people can be spent on anything which will help the young person progress on the route to employment. The maximum spend on any one individual is £250.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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

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

View the schedule here
Visit their Facebook page

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

View the competition e-leaflet here

Lancashire Youth Climate Conference
LancsCAN is hosting the Lancashire Youth Climate Conference for 16-19 year olds on October 30, 2024, at Blackpool Sixth Form College. The event aims to engage youth in climate action, inform about sustainability opportunities, boost confidence, and generate ideas for community projects.

With collaboration from professionals and academics, the conference offers expert inputs, hands-on sessions, and discussions to empower young agents of change. The Conference Steering Group are now starting to work on the detail of the event programme.

Organisers are keen to hear from any offers of sponsorship for the event from companies and other organisations who are keen to support youth-focused climate action.

Please contact Jon McLeod [email protected]  LancsCAN Community Lead for Schools and Youth, about the above and any other aspect of the event.

Find out more about this event

Second Lancashire Community Climate Action Forum
LancsCAN is organising the Lancashire Community Climate Action Forum, bringing together members, council representatives, and business leaders to discuss climate projects and support for community groups.

Workshops and discussions will focus on key areas like energy, food, and transport. The event aims to develop collaboration towards climate action. The organisers are hoping to have around the same number of people attending (around 160) as they did for the first Forum held last year that helped establish the network.

To register and book your place go to this Eventbrite page. All are welcome. If you have any questions, contact event leader Naomi Robinson at [email protected]

Date: 6 June 2024, 9am-5pm
Location:  UCLan campus, Preston

Click here for more about this event

Exploring a Local Food Hub & Community Farm
In these sessions, LESS will share information about two exciting new projects:

  • A community food hub pilot planned for 2024, connecting local food producers to consumers
  • The purchase of a site in the district for a community farm

25 April, 6pm – 7pm (food hub) and 7:15pm – 8:15pm (community farm)

Find out more and save your place for one or both sessions.

Transform your Garden ‘Where the Wildings Are’ Style!
This two hour workshop will help you revamp your garden to include food growing, rewilding and outdoor living spaces. You’ll learn many of the tips and tricks that have been used to create beautiful, low maintenance gardens for food growing and wildlife so that you can apply these principles to your own garden for optimum results.

21 April, 9am  11am at Scotch Quarry Community Garden. Tickets £50

Find out more and book

FarmStart Business Game
This interactive workshop hosted by The Plot will enable you to put yourself in the shoes of a small-scale vegetable grower for the day. You’ll work with other participants to create a vegetable growing business, pick a site and ‘run’ your business.

26 April, 10am – 3pm at the Friends Meeting House.

Find out more and book your ticket

Community Meal and Conversation – Going Beyond Surplus Food
The conversation will explore the increasing challenge of accessing surplus food to supply the District’s food support organisations, including food banks and food clubs. What alternatives exist to the current surplus food model? And what can we do as communities to create more fair access to healthy and sustainable food?

This is part of a week of ‘Spring into Action’ events to celebrate North Lancashire’s Silver Sustainable Food Places award.

22 April, 6pm – 9pm at Father’s House, Skerton.

Book your place here

Nature Recovery Strategy Survey
Following up on recent workshops and other events relating to Lancashire’s Nature Recovery Strategy, the County Council has now opened a consultation survey to the public.

This is a chance to share your experiences and views about Lancashire’s natural environment and the biggest environmental issues we face locally.

Find out more and respond

North Lancs Silver Celebration
North Lancashire has been awarded the prestigious Sustainable Food Places Silver award for its outstanding efforts in promoting sustainable food practices. Achieving Silver after four years of dedicated work, the region’s application highlights progress across various aspects of the food system, from reducing food waste to promoting healthy and local food procurement. The award celebrates collaborative efforts involving individuals, organisations, and community groups.

FoodFutures is hosting a Silver Award Celebration on April 20, 2024, followed by Spring Into Action events from April 21 to 28. Activities include networking sessions, skill shares, mushroom growing, fermenting workshops, and more.

There’s now discussion about aiming for Gold, with a poll to gather opinions, reflecting the ongoing commitment to enhancing the local food system.

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

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

Find out more and get in touch

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Grants Fundraising Training & Support
Get Grants offers training courses and free events for fundraisers of all levels, providing practical support, advice, and information that can be taken away and put into practice. Their team shares insights from the world of funding, helping organisations increase their fundraising success and access a nation wide Get Grants Community.

Find out more about Get Grants training

Make Every Cuppa Count – A Tea Party in support of Guide Dogs
The Lancaster Fundraising Group are hosting a Tea Party in support of Guide Dogs. Come along for a fun afternoon and meet wonderful Guide Dogs and volunteers! Every penny raised will go towards helping us provide life-changing services.

Every day, 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight. When that happens, Guide Dogs is here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. If there’s a better excuse to get together over a cuppa and cake, we haven’t heard it!

Date & time: Thursday 18 April 2024, 2-4pm
Location: St Paul’s Church Hall, Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4TS

See the event poster here

Rhythm Makers – Eden Project Morecambe
Morecambe residents are invited to co-create the Eden Project Morecambe experience at the Rhythm Makers event on April 23 and 24. Attendees can share their stories and ideas to shape the exhibits and public experience of the project, which aims to connect people with nature and celebrate Morecambe Bay’s environment.

Discover more about this event here

Challenge Phil!
Phil McGrath, formerly of The Cornerstone Lancaster, now working with Citizens Advice North Lancs as Macmillan advisor, Beyond Radio presenter (and all round amazing human) recently bravely shared that he is fighting cancer for the third time and is taking on 60 different challenges before his 60th birthday to fulfil his bucket list and raise money for charity. Phil has launched his ’60 Before 60 Challenge’ aiming to do all the things he’s always wanted to, but never got round to before. Phil has challenged us to nominate him a challenge to add to his list.  

If you would like to challenge Phil, please Email Beyond Radio at [email protected] with your suggestions. Phil is also raising money for Citizens Advice North Lancs – you can donate by following this link. 

Free First Aid Training from British Red Cross
Learn basic first aid with the British Red Cross’s practical first aid training workshop, which is available both online and face-to-face. 

This practical first aid training workshop, available both onlineand face-to-face, helps adults learn basic lifesaving skills using everyday objects. The workshop is not accredited, but is a free and simple way to improve your first aid knowledge and build confidence.

Find out more

Around the World Supper Club
The Global Village Cafe’s supper club at The Cornerstone will feature appetisers from Ukraine, main courses from Kurdistan, and sweets from Syria, along music selected by their chefs as their favourite reminders from home.

£35 per head with £10 deposit on booking, sittings at 6pm at 7:30pm.

Download the flyer to find out more, book by emailing [email protected]

Get Grants Capital Fundraising Masterclass
Capital projects are related to the purchasing of or improvements to Fixed Assets. This regularly includes purchasing, or renovating buildings or permanent infrastructure assets (such as green spaces). It also includes the purchases of vehicles, large equipment or IT equipment.

This online workshop from Get Grants explains some of the practicalities of capital fundraising with the aim of increasing your chances of success.

3 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm, online

Buy your ticket here

Free Tennis and Pickleball Open Day
Try tennis and pickleball in a friendly atmosphere at Lancaster Tennis Club (Lune Road LA1 5QU) between 12 noon and 3pm on 20 April.

Adults, juniors and family groups of all abilities including beginners are all welcome. Racquets and balls will be provided. No need to book – just turn up.

For further information call Michael on 07523 866116, email [email protected] or visit the Lancaster Tennis Club website.

Eden Project Communities Community Camp

Jam-packed with workshops, inspirational talks, networking and fun, Community Camp is for anyone who’d like to take the next steps on their community action journey.

The next Community Camp is taking place at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester on Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April. It’ll take place over two full days plus evenings.

40 places are available and applications are now open.

Find out more and apply for a place

Prime Time Short Films at The Dukes
On Tuesday 30th April, Sloths and Cucumbers and Class of ‘65 will be introduced and screened in the Rake cinema and theatre space at the Dukes.

Members of Prime Time’s Young Company whose words were used during the making of the films will be in attendance, and the screenings will be followed by a drinks reception and Q&A in the Gallery space afterwards.

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Prime Time project provides free, creative opportunities for older members of the local community. Taking part in this series of workshops, has encouraged the participants to embrace the use of technology, demystify the film production process and make it accessible, by using only equipment and software that is readily available.

30 April, 4pm at The Dukes

Find out more and book

LMC Training Opportunity
Lancaster and Morecambe College, through UKSPF, is dedicated to assisting local businesses in their training and development. They are currently providing a diverse selection of fully funded courses and qualifications tailored to meet the needs of local organisations.

Available courses include:

  • Food Safety Level 2 certification
  • Food allergen awareness training
  • Cyber Security workshops
  • Bookkeeping essentials
  • Aspiring Leaders program

All these courses are provided at no cost to individuals residing or working within the Lancaster district. For a comprehensive list of available courses and further details, follow this link.

Lyrics and Lunch Celebration Event 18th May
The singing and music group charity Lyrics and Lunch will be holding their annual celebration day in May, a day of speakers, discussion, their AGM and a sing-a-long. The community organisation provide a network of friendly singing and lunch groups which creates community for those living with dementia and their carers. You can expect talks by Cat Msith MP, Dianne Smith and the Bay Information Hub along with a theatre performance “William Kite has memory Issues”.

The Celebration Day will be held on Sat 18 May, 10.30am – 3.30pm at The Centre, Marton Street, LA1 1XX.

View the event poster here

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

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

Reserve your place here

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

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

In addition, there are still some sponsorship opportunities available.

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

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

Tickets available now, get yours here!

Grants Officer with Blue Skies Hospitals Fund
Blue Skies Hospitals Fund is hiring a Grants Officer to join their team in Blackpool. The role involves securing grants from Trusts and Foundations, delivering income targets, and managing stewardship activities. Applicants should have a degree qualification or equivalent experience, a proven track record in fundraising, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Salary: £28,407 – £34,581 per year pro rata
Contract: Part-time (22.5 hours per week)/(12 month contract)
Location: Blackpool
Closing date: 30 April 2024 at 11.59pm

Find out more and apply

Events Coordinator at Neuro Dropin
Neuro Drop In Centre is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Events Coordinator to join their team. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in organising events, activities, and initiatives aimed at fostering community engagement, raising awareness, and generating support for their cause. Reporting to the Charity Manager, the Events Coordinator will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing a variety of events and outreach efforts.

Salary: £23,400 (FTE) plus bonus incentives
Contract: Minimum 20 hours per week with flexibility to cover evenings and weekends
where required to lead or support events.
Location: Initial training in Torrisholme
Closing date: Unconfirmed

To apply send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] (Laura Duncalf, Charity Manager)

Find out more and apply

Morecambe Winter Gardens Volunteer Coordinator
The Morecambe Winter Gardens are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator role to recruit, manage, and oversee volunteers for the Preservation Trust’s revitalisation project. The coordinator will work to achieve fundraising and restoration goals, ensuring the smooth operation of the volunteer program. This position requires competence, enthusiasm, and a focus on people, with duties including interviewing, hiring, and assigning volunteers to roles. Weekend work is required, with corresponding weekdays off.

Salary: £30,938 per year for two years, equivalent to £24,750 per annum pro-rata for 4 day per week.
Contract: Permanent (funding until April 2026) / 28 hours per week over 5-7 days
Location: Morecambe
Closing Date: Monday 29 April 2024, 12pm
Interview Date: Between 8-10 May

Find out more about this post and how to apply

Lottery & Regular Giving Fundraiser at CancerCare
The role involves being responsible for developing and increasing income from new and existing donors through regular giving, campaigns, appeals and direct marketing initiatives. The position will encompass donor development, supporter acquisition and retention through research and relationship building, combining a target driven approach with a caring and empathetic manner.

Salary: £14,777 per annum
Contract: Part time
Location: Slyne or Kendal
Closing Date: 3 May

Find out more and apply

Careers & Education Adviser at Lancashire County Council
The Youth Futures Team is a new team within the Education Improvement Service at Lancashire County Council and is focused on providing young people with high quality, impartial information, advice and guidance, supporting them to engage in education, employment or training once they have left school.

The Careers & Education Adviser will support young people aged 16 and 17 to engage in education, employment or training, liasing with education and training providers, including secondary schools, as well as local employers to understand the range of opportunities available to young people.

Salary: £25,979 – £29,777
Contract: Full time, fixed term to 9 July 2025
Location: Preston
Closing Date: 26 April

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Energy Matters Advisor at Green Rose
Green Rose CIC are working in partnership with North Lancashire Citizens Advice to be delivering the new Energy Matters project, and they are looking for an Energy Matters Advisor to be at the forefront of this service. This role will help vulnerable households and the community by providing essential home energy advice and support. This part-time role involves home visits, community outreach, and collaboration with local organisations. Essential skills include customer service experience, communication skills, and a commitment to community welfare. Training provided.  

Salary: £25k per annum (pro-rata) plus 5% employer pension contribution 
Contract: 20 hours per week, schedule may vary 
Location: Lancaster & Morecambe with some district-wide travel, homeworking opportunity. 
Closing Date: Mon 29 April 

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Lancashire Mind Vacancies

Head of Housing  
Lancashire Mind are seeking a dynamic leader to strategically oversee their housing offer and adult community engagement projects. As an independent mental health charity, the charity impact over 10,000 lives annually. Join them in shaping impactful services, driving growth, and building on continuous improvement. 

Salary: £43,000 – £46,000 per annum 
Contract: 35 hrs per week, Full time 
Location: Chorley, Lancashire 
Closing Date: 3 May, 12 noon 

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Coordinator at Healthwatch Lancashire
The Coordinator will be the first point of contact for people getting in touch with Healthwatch, providing information and signposting support via the telephone and email enquiries, and providing comprehensive administrative support to the team.

Salary: £22,308 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Leyland
Closing date: 22 April 2024

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Several Roles at The Birchall Trust
Senior Counsellor

  • Recognised qualification in counselling or psychotherapy (minimum Diploma level 4 or 5)
  • Minimum of 2 year’s post qualification or 100 hours counselling sessions
  • Experience of managing/leading a team – either in a paid or voluntary capacity

Salary: £22,320 per annum
Contract: Part time
Location: Morecambe, Barrow or Blackburn

Wellbeing Practitioner x 2

  • A recognised sociology, care, or social work qualification, newly qualified counsellor, an ISVA qualification or an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant area of work
  • Demonstrable understanding of issues and nature surrounding rape and sexual abuse and knowledge of the impacts of sexual violence
  • Have experience of working with vulnerable people and providing practical and emotional support.

Salary: £14,490 – £24,900 per annum
Contract: Flexible hours – minimum 22.5, maximum 37.5
Location: Barrow

Training Coordinator

  • Experience in coordinating and delivering training programmes, preferably within a charity setting.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to deliver engaging training sessions.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, including survivors of rape and sexual abuse, professionals, and volunteers.

Salary: £19,920 per annum
Contract: 30 hours per week
Location: Morecambe, Barrow or Blackburn

Volunteer Coordinator

  • Relevant health, social care or third sector experience working with vulnerable people with a demonstrable ability to communicate with a wide range of people with lived experience of services.
  • Experience of working with volunteers, including recruiting, and managing volunteers.
  • Ability to motivate, support and encourage volunteers, with experience of supporting volunteers to develop skills and confidence, as well as engaging with an organisation’s mission.

Salary: £21,720 per annum
Contract: 30 hours per week
Location: Morecambe, Barrow or Blackburn

Business Development Support Officer

  • A recognised qualification in Business related field or at least two years related experience of working business / charity development related field.
  • A persistent, positive attitude to problem-solving and proactive approach to tasks.
  • Experience and ability of gathering information from databases, managing, and analysing large quantities of statistical data

Salary: £23,500 per annum
Contract: Full time
Location: Morecambe, Barrow or Blackburn

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Outdoor Learning Officer at LESS CIC
This role will plan and deliver the PermaWarriors Club, a three-year programme of permaculture, gardening and nature-based after school clubs and holiday clubs across school communities in Lancaster and Morecambe, inspiring children and their families to develop a connection to their local environment.

Salary: £21,933.60 per annum
Contract: Part-time
Location: Lancaster and schools across the district
Closing date: 3 May, 12 noon
Interviews: 22 May

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Project Manager at Ishara Press CIC
Ishara Press CIC serves cross-sectoral initiatives working in sustainability and regeneration through game-based publishing. They are looking for a project manager to support the development of a sustainability-related series Regen-D (“regenerative design”) and Transition Games, and to support the work of a newly established Game Studio.

The role includes contribution to external events and internal workflows, maintaining an up-to-date website, and contributing to the strategy of developing an ethical business.

Ishara Press provide supportive mentoring and purposeful personal development, including for candidates without previous experience in the publishing sector.

Salary: £28,500 pro rata
Contract: Part-time, flexible one day per week initially, with potential for longer hours over time
Location: Hybrid, remote with attendance in Lancaster at least once per month
Closing date: 19 April 2024
Interviews: Week beginning 22 April 2024

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Domestic Abuse Outreach Support Worker x2 Vacancies – Preston Domestic Violence Services
PDVS are seeking x2 Domestic Abuse Outreach Support Workers to provide practical and emotional support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

X2 Vacancies

  • Full time (37 hours per week)
  • Part time (16 hours per week)


  • Hourly rate £14.20
  • Full time post: £27,231 (actual)
  • Part time post: £11,814 (actual) £27,321 (pro rata)

Closing date: 12 April 2024
Interview date: 25 April 2024

Further information and application

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

Funding and governance support, contact [email protected]

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

Health and social prescribing, contact [email protected]

Children and young people, contact [email protected]

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