Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 20 October 2022

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Your invitation to our 50th Anniversary celebration and inaugural FestiVOL

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to be a part of our 50th anniversary event, and our inaugural FestiVOL, a brand-new annual celebration of the local voluntary sector to be held on Thursday 24th November at the Banqueting Suite, Lancaster Town Hall, 9.30am – 3pm. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Our organisation was established in 1972 in response to the economic and social challenges our communities faced at that time. Half a century ago, a meeting at Lancaster Town Hall agreed to start the Council of Community Service, an infrastructure organisation dedicated to supporting a growing community sector. Over the years, the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector has grown resulting in positive differences to people’s lives and a much wider participation by our communities at every level of political, economic and social life.

50 years on, the economic and social conditions our communities face may have changed, but the challenges are no less. Today, as Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions, we are proud of what has been accomplished, but know there is much that remains to be done. It is with great thanks to you as our members and as our partners that we have sustained five decades of serving the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. To recognise the achievements of the last five decades, and looking forward to what the next may bring, we are taking advantage of this significant anniversary to launch, FestiVOL, our inaugural event to celebrate the past, present and future of the voluntary community faith and social enterprise sector.

Find out more and reserve your place here

Financial Crisis and Energy Cost Survey
We are aware that some groups and organisations which rent or own premises are seeing a large increase in their energy bills and in their operational costs.

If your group/organisation supports people across Lancaster District, we would like to hear your experience of rising costs and how this is affecting your services by completing our short survey.

We know that many of you are already seeing increased service user demand due to the overall financial crisis.

Through this short anonymous survey, your help will help us to gather local evidence to assist us in raising awareness of the growing financial pressures. This collective evidence will help us to:

  • To understand your needs so we can help support you better.
  • Ask local and national funders how they intend to respond to support rising costs.
  • Feed into local strategic meetings to ensure the sector situation is understood.
  • Back up campaign work alongside other local and national infrastructure organisations.
  • Lobby central government.

This survey will be ongoing and remain open for responses until further notice. You can begin completing the survey by clicking here.

Exploring Nature Webinar: National Lottery Heritage Fund Grants
This session is designed to support groups in the North West of England looking for funding to start their own nature project.

It will be focusing on grant requests between £3,000 – £100,000 and it is aimed at small charitable organisations (e.g. registered charities, C.I.Cs, trusts), community groups (e.g. ‘friends of’ groups, growing groups) and local representatives (e.g. parish councils, residents associations).

27 October, 2pm, online

Find out more and register

The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Fund – New Rounds
The Eric Wright Charitable Trust’s fund administered by Lancaster District CVS is once again open for applications.

Applying is easy and we would like to encourage all small groups around the Lancaster District to consider whether they could benefit from £500 towards a project.

Grants are awarded to organisations with income under £50,000, providing activities that can make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Deadline: 5pm on Thursday 21 July.

Find out more and apply.

If you have any queries about the fund or how to apply, get in touch by email at [email protected] or by ringing CVS on 01524 555900.

The Lancaster Community Fund 2nd Round Open – 4 week Application Window
The LCF second round is now open with four weeks in which to apply. The LCF provides grants of up to £1000 for projects across three main priorities:

  • Projects that increase community involvement, build community wealth and resilience.
  • Projects that contribute towards carbon reduction and a more sustainable district.
  • Projects that contribute to individual and community wellbeing

Deadlines upcoming for 2022/23 are 11 November 2022 and 10 February 2023.

For the rounds closing in November 2022 and February 2023 we are also encouraging and prioritising applications that can demonstrate a focus on activities addressing the current cost of living crisis. More information about this can be found in the guidance notes.

For further information and application details

The Youth Foundation Offering Grants for Research and Innovation
The new Community Knowledge Fund is making grants worth £10k and £100k available to community groups and organisations around the UK to support them to play a stronger role in research and innovation. Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Community Knowledge Fund seeks to foster stronger community connections to research and knowledge sharing, with a focus on the following two themes:

  • Community safety and resilience
  • Environment and sustainability

The deadline for application is 7 November 2022

For more information and how to apply

Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces New Strategy 2022-26
The Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced it’s new strategy for the next four years partnering with small and local charities, people and communities towards a more just and compassionate society. As part of it’s ongoing mission to address widespread systemic inequality, Lloyd’s Bank Foundation has released it’s ‘Building a Better Future’ strategy around the following core objectives:

  • To support small and local charities making a real difference to people’s lives.
  • To support collaboration between charities and their partners to collaborate so they can strengthen communities and shape policies, structure and society.
  • To influence practice and policy locally, regionally and nationally to tackle the causes and consequences of complex issues and the barriers people face.
  • To work effectively and efficiently to maximise impact, resources, opportunity and power.

Three-year grants totalling up to £75,000 will be available, with organisations able to use this as they see best.

Read their New 2022-26 Strategy here

#iwill Fund Offering Next Round of Youth Social Action Grants
The #iwill fund has now offered the next round of funding to allow young people the chance to make a difference in their communities.  Made possible by a £66 million joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the #iwill Fund is a UK-wide initiative aimed at empowering young people aged 10 to 14. Now in its third year, the purpose of the #iwill Fund is to create opportunities for young people to get involved in social action by developing their skills and potential, and in their communities where they gain the confidence to make a positive contribution.

More information at the UK Community Foundation website

Warm Welcome
The recently-launched Warm Welcome site lists over 1,600 warm, welcoming spaces open to the public for free this winter across 

Visit the site to find out more.

Organisations providing or intending to open a similar location in the Lancaster district may wish to consider registering their location, as well as supplying information to LDCVS for inclusion in our forthcoming digital Directory.

Summary of Recent and Expected Changes to Energy Support, Taxation and Benefits

  • The Energy Price Guarantee for all domestic customers will now run only for six months: 1 October 2022 – 31 March 2023. 
  • A review of the scheme will be led by the Treasury – further details to follow. 
  • Energy Bill Relief Scheme for non-domestic customers runs from 1 October 2022 – 31 March 2023. The BEIS Department is currently running a survey on the effectiveness of the scheme (see item further down in this edition of the Bulletin) 
  • Basic rate tax will remain at 20%. The reversal of the rise in National Insurance contributions will still go ahead. Other measures on cutting dividend tax, IR35 rules on off pay-roll working, and tax free shopping for tourists have been reversed. Alcohol duty will go up on 1 February 2023 but the removal of the cap on bankers’ bonuses remains.  
  • No announcement has been made on the amount benefits will increase.

Household Emergency Plan
With winter on the way, the Lancashire Resilience Forum is providing advice on how households can prepare to keep themselves and their loved-ones safe if a crisis occurs.

Visit the Protect Yourself site

Charity Fraud Awareness Week
As part of Charity Fraud Awareness Week, CAF Bank have shared their Security Centre website to non-customers, giving useful advice to all volunteers and staff on how to keep their charity safe.

The information is relevant whether or not you hold an account with CAF.

Visit the Security Centre

Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service AGM
The LDHAS AGM will held at the service’s Edward Street centre on Monday 14 November at 5.30pm, with refreshments from 5pm.

Download the AGM notice for more information

Government Business Energy Usage Survey
On 1st October 2022, the Government launched the Energy Bills Relief Scheme to provide support with energy costs relief to businesses until at least through to 31st March 2023.

In parallel, the Government also launched a three month review to identify businesses and organisations most at risk from higher energy costs that will still require support after 31st March, and consider the most appropriate means of providing this support.

A survey has been launched to help the government better understand energy needs for different business sectors, including charities and community organisations.

The survey includes questions on a range of topics, including information about your organisation, energy costs and usage, other costs and your expectations for the months ahead. Responses to this questionnaire will help inform and shape the review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme.

Find out more and complete the survey

The Charity Finance Group has also published a guide to completing the government survey, which may be of assistance. Find it here.

Morecambe Riso Press Community Business Start-up
The Morecambe Riso Press is a new creative, social, sustainably focused community business start-up getting ready to launch and be based out of a studio in Morecambe. It will provide community access to low carbon, affordable printing.

Led by local artist Charlotte Done, the Morecambe Riso Press will be a not-for-profit Community Risograph printing service. Charlotte is now raising funds for the initiative.

Find out more about the Riso Press and the community crowdfunder here.

NCVO & FSI Partnership – The New Home for the Small Charities Coalition
Since the winding down of the Small Charities Coalition earlier this year, the collaboration of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has continued to maintain the SCC Helpdesk and it’s key services. This means that Small charities can still access vital help and support from the partnership. This invaluable service provides a number of available resources accessible for those already operating in the third sector as well as individuals or groups looking to set up a charity from scratch.

Small AND Mighty – A report on the life and legacy of the Small Charities Coalition

A report has been written that provides a useful insight into it’s 14 year journey, organisational lessons and learnings and celebration of the practical and strategic recommendations that small charities can embrace moving forward.

Read the full report here

Charity Set Up Support Tool

Following a pitch to take on take on hosting the helpdesk by the organisations invited by the SCC trustees, six strong proposals were brought to the table and the joint proposal of the FSI and NCVO represented the best outcome. With the collaboration, a number of services and assets will be transferred. Alongside the transfer of one full-time staff member from the SCC, resource hub and data provision a charity set up support tool will be available. 

As part of the partnership, this tool will continue to be used to ensure charities get the support they need.  This FREE to use set up tool will help guide you through the logistics of setting up a charity in simple steps.

Looking to make a difference in the world? Take that step and get started today!

Visit the Charity set up support tool here.

Cost of Living Help and Guidance

With the cost of living crisis affecting charities whether large or small, and with demand for support increasing yet resources limited the NCVO provide guidance to help your charity work efficiently and effectively through these challenging times. The NCVO offer a wealth of support and information online from financial advice to policy and influencing.

Learn more about their cost of living online resource

Call on Government to Provide Urgent Financial Support to Communities

With the cost of living crisis impacting communities pushing many into poverty and desperation, voluntary sector partners have provided a joint statement request to government to support during these challenging times. With inflationary pressures increasing and no time to recover post pandemic, organisations are taking all measures in order to survive, including selling essential community facilities because they’re struggling to afford to remain open. From food banks working flat out to mental health charities being stretched to the limit, this joint statement looks at the key areas concerned.

Read the cost of living joint statement here

NCVO & FSI Membership

NCVO are the membership community for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in England.  Becoming a member provides a number of benefits such as access to a wide range of tools and resources, exclusive member events, help with compliant law and more.

For more information on how to become an NCVO member

FSI is a registered charity that supports the UK vibrant small charity sector through the delivery of free advice and heavily subscribed training in strategy, governance, fundraising and impact. FSI also delivery bespoke consultancy and training packages. Membership is free for small charities.

For more information on becoming a FSI member

CILIP Research Best Practice for Warm Hub Set Up 
With the colder days drawing in and the cost of living crisis looking to persist through the winter months, the idea of warm hubs has increasingly received a warm welcome. Setting up a warm space in your community for those having to face making the choice between heating or eating could be an important lifeline.  The Library and Information Association CILIP have researched and collated best practice information on how to do it and this document may prove useful for those looking to set one up locally.

Read more on their findings

How can we make care better for people from minority ethnic groups with a learning disability?
Interested individuals and organisations are invited to take part in this research organised by the Race Equality Foundation, UCLan, Learning Disability England and Manchester Metropolitan University.

An online focus group will take place on 1 November, 10am – 12:30pm (download the flyer for joining instructions)

Information sheets are also available to download for participants and for carers

We Are With You Managing Money Worries Course
The Managing Money Worries series of webinars is a self-help course based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

It aims to help attendees develop ways of managing the difficult thoughts and emotions that can come with money troubles.

Find out more and sign up

NHS Covid Booster Eligibility Guidance for Carers of Vulnerable People
NHS England have published guidance about COVID vaccine booster eligibility among those who work or volunteer with vulnerable people. The guidance states that those eligible include

“staff who have frequent face-to-face clinical contact with patients and who are directly involved in patient care in either secondary or primary care/community settings. This includes doctors, dentists, midwives and nurses, paramedics and ambulance staff, pharmacists, optometrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and radiographers. It should also include those working in independent, voluntary and non-standard healthcare settings such as hospices, and community-based mental health or addiction services. Staff working on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, temporary staff, students, trainees and volunteers who are working with patients must also be included.”

To find out more about getting your booster, visit the NHS website or talk to your GP or pharmacist.

Supporting Mental Health in Remote Workers
Checking in on the mental health of your employees can be tricky, especially when they’re working remotely some or all of the time and you’re not seeing them in person. But it’s important to look out for signs that there might be a problem and to set boundaries to help support the mental health of your remote workers in the long-term. Charity Job have shared a useful article with guidance on identifying and supporting your remote workers when struggling with mental health.

Read the full article here

Integrated Care Partnership Strategy and Survey Launch
A strategy is being co-produced by members of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). The joint strategy will focus on the most complex issues that can only be solved by the organisations within the partnership working together. Six draft priorities have been identified based on data and insight from communities and you are now invited to provide your feedback on those priorities, before they are considered in more detail to form part of the final strategy.

Read more on their Engagement Summary

Follow this link to the survey

Oxford Archaeology North evaluation of educational resources
Oxford Archaeology’s Lancaster office and National Highways are working on an exciting new project ‘Archaeology Legacy’, to evaluate existing educational resources and design a new, digitally innovative educational package. The project aims to connect young people with the archaeology on their doorstep and bring their studies alive through the wonder of archaeological discovery.

They want to hear from educators of under 18s in any context – be that school or work, youth groups or home education – to help them design a resource package that’s truly fit for purpose. Find out more and take part in the survey here.

Oxford Archaeology are also hosting some focus groups to explore the topic in more detail. If you are interested please contact Clem and Jess at [email protected]

Campaign for Learning Family Learning Conference

Family Learning in the Early Years: First Steps to a Fairer Future
This online conference will give delegates opportunities to:
  • Understand the impact covid has had on increasing inequalities and what you can do within your organisation to address this.
  • Discover creative and effective early years initiatives that will engage new learners or family audiences.
  • Gain a richer understanding of how you can expand your curriculum or learning offer to support children in your community to be school ready.
Speakers and workshop leaders include representatives of NESTA, Children North East, NCFE, and National Children’s Bureau among many others.
24 November, 9:30am – 2pm, online
Delivering ChemiStories for Families
Join the Royal Society of Chemistry for a free workshop where they will share practical ideas that will enable you to engage families with chemistry concepts using storytelling techniques.
15 November, 9:30 – 12:30, online
The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery Nature & Wellbeing Sessions 
The Bay are offering a 6-week after-school programme of Nature & Wellbeing sessions for 11-18 year olds. The weekly sessions, held on a Thursday 4-6pm at Lancaster Maritime Museum, will help young people to improve their wellbeing while getting creative, learning about and taking action to protect the fantastic wildlife of Morecambe Bay. 
To book a space please complete the online referral form or for more information contact Alex: [email protected] / 07884 605256

Lancashire Youth Partnership Triathlon Success
The Morecambe Bay Youth Triathlon team recently came together at Stanleys Community Centre Morecambe for a celebration of their achievements in taking part in the Morecambe Bay Triathlon project. The project was managed by Lancashire Youth Challenge,  Stanleys Community Centre and Bay Leadership Academy School in Morecambe. A team of 30 local young people were supported, enabled and empowered to complete three significant physical challenges. Have a watch of the video below which gives an insight into the project and their amazing feats.

Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice Drop in at the Gregson
Reimagining mental health: A day of talking, reading, viewing and creating.

The Gregson will be hosting a day of activities and opportunities to share knowledge with individuals and community groups in the Lancaster district with the aim of increasing collective confidence to help develop existing services and to intervene in new, creative and supportive ways.

The event will take place on Saturday 22nd October, 10am to 5pm at The Gregson Centre, 33-35 Moor Gate, Lancaster, LA1 3PY.

To learn more click here

For further details contact: [email protected]

Closing Loops Launch Events
World Cafe launch events for the FoodFutures network project Closing Loops continue across the district after a very successful event at the Gregson Centre.

The project aims to transform waste into a valuable resource whilst cultivating a circular and regenerative local economy. Activities which will be delivered include starting a composting academy, creating a gleaning network, nurturing a citizen journalist movement, and co-creation of North Lancashire recipes.

Come along to a local launch event to find out more and discuss your ideas:

Carnforth Civic Hall – 3rd November – Register here

Salvation Army, Balmoral Road, Morecambe – 9th November – Register here

The Victoria Institute, Caton – 19th November – Register here

All events start at 5:45pm, followed by food served from 7:30pm

Read more about the World Cafes and the Closing Loops project

Everyone’s Environment launch
This new programme from NPC is working to gather evidence of the impact the environmental crises will have on different social groups, hear directly from people in these groups, and work out how charities and policy makers can design programmes and policies to support and empower people to respond.

This launch event will explain more about the programme and includes speakers from UK Youth Climate Coalition, Race Equality Foundation, and Wildlife & Countryside Link

20 October, 10am – 11:30am, online

Find out more and book your place

Cause4 & Clothworkers’ Company Trustee Leadership Programme
An enriching career development opportunity offered across two online sessions, the course covers the key responsibilities of Trustees and other regulatory issues alongside real-world insights from experts from across the charity sector.

7 December, 2pm – 5pm
8 December, 10am – 1pm
(attend both sessions)

£109.22 for both sessions. Find out more and book here.

LEAP Blackpool Workshop Week
LEAP is a FREE 4-day learning residency from November 14-17 at Lightworks, the home of Blackpool Illuminations, in Blackpool, exploring the fundamentals of video-mapping and storytelling in projection installations.

It’s a great opportunity for aspiring digital artists or artists looking to develop their skills in this medium!

Applications via Google Form by 10am, Monday 31st October. Full details, including FAQs and the application form can be found here.

Interactive Roles and Duties of Trustees e-Learning Course
The NCVO are running an e-learning course which will equip you with the basics of being a trustee. Trustees play an important role in making sure charities are well managed and can achieve their aims. Understanding your duties as a trustee will help you run your charity effectively, keep to the law and make a bigger difference. The NCVO eLearning course is hosted by the FSI’s learning management system.  The course lets you study in your own time and at your own pace that can fit around your schedule and priorities.

Learn more about how to register

How to support and Retain Your Staff through the Cost of Living Crisis Webinar
In partnership with Atkinson HR Consulting, an NCVO trusted supplier, NCVO are hosting a webinar exploring what charities can do to support and retain their staff when resources are limited. The webinar will run for 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for questions. This event will take place virtually via Zoom.

For more information and register your place

Supporting Young People Course at Lancaster & Morecambe College
Lancaster and Morecambe college have introduced a new AIM Level 2 course for anyone supporting people in education, care, pastorally and in a residential setting. The qualification has been developed by industry experts including the National Youth Agency (NYA), Education and Training Standards (ETS) England and Wales, and aims to develop youth work practitioners.

You will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in the following:

• The key purpose and role of youth work including the skills, knowledge, qualities and values required to practice
• Safeguarding in a youth work setting, including how to protect young people when using contemporary technologies
• Young people’s development and how youth work can support young people during adolescence
• Working with challenging behaviour
• Work-based and reflective practice.

There are 8 mandatory units to complete including the work experience module and with an additional unit from the optional section. You will build a portfolio of evidence through class work, observations and reflective log as well as active class participation. You will also complete 40 hours of work experience in a youth work environment paid or unpaid.

The classes will be interactive and full participation is required. There is an expectation of 90% attendance required. On successful completion of the course you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice

For more information view the course e-leaflet

Emergency First Aid 1 Day Course – Lancashire Adult Learning
Lancashire Adult Learning are running an Emergency First Aid 1 day course on Thursday 20th October at Lancaster Methodist Church, Lancaster.  This 1 day accredited course is designed for those who have a specific responsibility at work, to provide first aid in a range of emergency first aid situations. It will enable learners to act as an appointed person, take charge of the First Aid arrangements, including looking after the equipment, calling for the Emergency Services and confidently dealing with specific first aid situations. It is also ideal for people who have a specific responsibility to provide basic first aid in voluntary and community activities. Learners will complete practical assessments and a final multiple-choice theory paper to demonstrate competency, knowledge and skills in emergency first aid.

The course starts at 9.30am till 4.45pm.  The course is free for volunteers, or anyone on active benefits.

Further course details and how to register

Wellbeing Day at The Growing Club 
On November 16th, at The Storey, the Growing Club have their Winter Wellness Day for Women in Business, supported by Lancaster City Council. As part of that, they have funding from the Emergency Fund, to put on a special breakout event for women in the 3rd sector. This is in recognition of all your hard work over the last 2, very challenging, years.

The purpose of this, is for women in the 3rd sector to come together in a safe space, to explore what we all need to continue to support our teams and our communities through this winter.

The day will run as follows:
9.30am welcome brew and networking in the writing room.
10am gather in the Tara Centre room for a morning facilitated by Sarah Ludford, to help us explore what We need as leaders, to support our teams and our communities this winter.
12.15 lunch
1.15 activities; choose between art rant or aromatherapy
2.15 gather as a whole group for an end of day session
2.30 close
There are just 12 places.

For the event e-leaflet click here

For tickets follow this link

Any questions, and to book your free place please email [email protected] 

Quiz  Night at the First Light Trust
Are you a veteran of the Armed Forces or Emergency Services? Are you keen to pick up a new skill and engage with other veterans? First Light Trust are holding a quiz night on Friday 21st October, 6pm at the Lancaster Hub, Market Street. Booking is essential so please contact the organisers on 01524 587068 or email [email protected]

View their event leaflet here

The Gregson Community & Arts Centre Multiple Event Space Venue
The Gregson Community & Arts Centre has multiple spaces in their venue – a hall, meeting room and even a secret cinema which are suitable for a range of workshops, performances and events.

As they reimagine the future of this Lancaster Institution they have launched a Creative Support Programme to nurture regular classes/workshops at the centre and help creatives try something new by minimising the financial risk to them.

Creatives can sign up to our Creative Support Programme and receive:

* 3 weeks free room hire

* 2 weeks half price

* Only pay full room hire from week 6

* Marketing support

Their standard room hire prices start from just £10 an hour, making them affordable long term.

There’s more info here

If anyone has any questions or would like to talk an idea through they can call the centre on 01524 849959 or email Katherine on [email protected]

Children’s Nearly New Sale at the Centre, Halton
The Centre Halton are to be hosting their regular Children’s Nearly New Sale on Saturday 15th October from 9am till 12pm.  There will  be all sorts to rummage through such as nursery equipment, clothes, toys, games and books.  There will be raffle and refreshments.

For more information take a look at their event flyer here

FREE Young Carers CPD Training in Lancaster
According to Carers Trust, 800,000 young people across the UK are providing full-time care to relatives – many in complete isolation. Since the pandemic, nearly 40% of young carers say their mental health has been impacted as they have had to spend on average 10+ hours more a week caring for a loved one. Looking ahead to the winter, young carers are now faced with new challenges.

Barnardo’s Lancashire Young Carers Service and The Who Cares Campaign are running free young carers CPD training at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster on Thursday 20th October. The training is around young carers and aimed at anyone who works with young people in any capacity.

 Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to identify, refer and support young carers. The event will take place from 11am till 2:30pm run by Matt Woodhead (LUNG) / Barnardo’s at The Dukes Theatre in the Gallery spaces  

This includes lunch (please email any dietary requirements to [email protected]).

If you would like to attend, please book a space (using the link provided) by Tuesday 18th of October by 12 Noon, the spaces will be on a first come first served basis.

Please note this training is a repeat of the CPD training run last November. Return delegates are very welcome, as this is a fantastic opportunity to refresh your practice.

To reserve your place, please visit the event page here

Operations Manager (Lancashire) at We Are With You
The Manager will be jointly responsible for the delivery of high-quality recovery-orientated services (both clinical and non-clinical) for people with drug & alcohol misuse problems or mental health issues.

They will work collaboratively with local partners and senior staff in the Operations Directorate to deliver high quality services to users that are in line with We Are With You’s business strategy and local business plan and engage with stakeholders to ensure We Are With You is known positively and has a high profile within the sector.

Salary: £30,000- £36,000 per annum pro rata
Location: Preston
Closing date: 24 October 2022

Find out more and apply

Learning Officer at RSPB
This role delivers the RSPB’s curriculum-linked programs to early years, primary, secondary and tertiary students at RSPB Leighton Moss, encouraging meaningful connections to nature.

Salary: £23,939 – £26,558 per annum pro rata
Contract: 22.5 hours per week, permanent
Location: Carnforth/Silverdale/Arnside
Closing date: 9 November 2022

Find out more and apply

Kentown Family Support Workers at Rainbow Trust
Reporting to the Kentown Project Lead and working in partnership with health, education and social care professionals, the Support Workers will take responsibility for providing needs-led emotional, social and practical support to families where a child/young person has a life threatening or terminal illness.

Salary: £19,500 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Two posts – East Lancashire or Preston/Blackpool/Lancaster
Closing date: 31 October 2022

Find out more and apply

Caseworker at Victim Support
Focusing on victims of domestic abuse, the Caseworker will provide a pro-active, short to medium term crisis intervention service, through individual safety planning, advocacy, emotional and practical support.

Salary: £23,072 per annum
Contract: Full time, fixed term to 31 March 2025
Location: Blackpool (hybrid working offered after end of probation period)
Closing date: 14 November 2022

Find out more and apply

Complete a Skills-Gap Analysis for Your Charity
Do you need to hire someone new? Before you write a job ad, it can help to conduct a skills gap analysis to understand the types of skills that might be lacking in your organisation. Charity Job have provided a step-by-step process to create one.

Learn more about their Skills-Gap Analysis here

Data Manager at DanceSyndrome
Dance Syndrome are looking for a Data Manager with  minimum of 2 years experience to led their data collection, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and analyse results to better inform their work and how they can help people with learning disabilities.

Salary: £25,000 pro-rated to 8 hours per week
Contract: Flexible over 2 or 3 days or freelance opportunity
Location: A combination of Accrington office, homeworking and in locations around the North-West
Closing date: Not confirmed

Find out more and apply

Shared Lives Officer (Team Manager)
Shared Lives are looking to recruit an inspiring, proactive, and highly well organised Shared Lives Officer (Team Manager), to work within this well-established friendly team. This main base for this post is in Lancaster, however the post holder will have some flexibility to work from home if the business needs allow this. The successful post holder will be expected to be able to manage a team of Shared Lives Support Workers who are the main point of contact for our carers and the individuals we support. The post holder will also be overseeing a large group of Shared Lives Carers within North Lancashire, ensuring they are carrying out their responsibilities in line with their carer contract, alongside CQC’s key lines of enquiry – Safe, Caring, Responsive, Effective and Well Led.

Salary: £34,373 – £39,571 per annum
Contract: Permanent, Full time (37 hours per week)
Location: Covers Wyre, Fylde, Lancaster and Morecambe
Closing date: Oct 27th 2022

Find out more and apply

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

Funding and governance support, contact [email protected]

Volunteering and upskilling your workforce, contact [email protected]

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

Health and social prescribing, contact [email protected]

Children and young people, contact [email protected]

Membership queries to: [email protected]

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

Alternatively, call us on 01524 555900

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