Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 22 February 2024

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LDCVS Annual General Meeting – Thank you!
Today (22 February), we held our AGM and reported on the year ending 30 June 2023. We welcomed 24 attendees to the online event including members, trustees, staff, volunteers, and representatives of partner organisations. The meeting, led by our Chair of Trustees Paul Jebb, reported on the year’s activities and financial accounts. Members also agreed the appointment of auditors and elected Ali Richards, Emma Brant and Anthony Murray to their first full terms as trustees and directors.

Highlights included the Chair’s report, which set out our achievements across all areas of our work including some significant developments and new initiatives. The retirement of Sam Riches from the board was acknowledged with unanimous appreciation for her enormous contribution to LDCVS over many years, including nearly a decade as a trustee.

We’d like to share a heartfelt thanks to all that attended. 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.

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

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

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

Deadline Reminder: Jerwood Foundation Spring 2024 Funding Round
Jerwood Foundation invites funding applications from UK-based arts organisations committed to making art accessible for public benefit. The next funding round will be awarded in April 2024, with a focus on projects starting between June 2024 and March 2025. Applications must include a project summary, budget, and organisation’s financial details. The Foundation does not fund individuals, educational courses, or capital endowments. Successful applicants will be notified by May 8, 2024.

Application deadline 1 March, 5pm

For more information and how to apply

ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund Reopens
The ScottishPower Foundation Marine Biodiversity Fund is now open for applications until March 19th. With a focus on marine conservation, the fund seeks to finance projects that contribute to the protection and enhancement of marine ecosystems in the UK. Successful projects will receive funding of up to £200,000 per year for up to three years. Eligible organisations must have a track record in marine conservation, an active board of trustees, and meet specific financial criteria. To apply, organisations must first complete an eligibility form, followed by the application form.

Application deadline Tuesday 19 March, 12pm

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

Upcoming Deadline: Delamere Dairy Foundation
The Delamere Dairy Foundation is offering funding between £1,000 and £5,000 to charities, community groups, and social enterprises in England, Scotland, and Wales. The funding aims to support projects aligned with the Foundation’s objectives, including agriculture, environmental protection, youth development, financial hardship relief, education, and healthcare. Organisations must have a constitution and a bank account, or nominate an established group to administer the grant on their behalf.

Applications must be submitted by February 29, 2024, with decisions announced in April and funding awarded in May.

Guidance notes and application form here

Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards Returns for 2024
The Benefact Group is set to distribute over £1 million to charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland this year through random draws as part of its Movement for Good Awards, now in its sixth year. Charities and good causes can be nominated by the public to participate in draws for grants of £1,000 or £5,000, with nominations open year-round. Additional special draws and larger grants of £10,000 will also be awarded later in the year. Nominations must be submitted before the respective draw dates, and winners will be announced on the Movement for Good page on the Benefact Group website.

Further details on nomination

Funding to Refurbish Rental Accommodation for UK Veterans with a Housing Need
The Major Capital Grants programme, part of the Veterans’ Capital Housing Fund, is now open for applications, offering grants ranging from £75K to £500K for projects supporting Veterans with housing needs. Charities and registered social housing providers with extensive experience in working with Veterans are eligible to apply. Exceptional projects may receive larger grants of £500K to £1M, subject to additional criteria including secured match funding. Projects must demonstrate clear need, involvement of Veterans, avoidance of duplication, and potential for long-term impact.

Expressions of Interest for Round 1 are welcome, with a closing date of 3 January 2024.

Further details are available on the programme page

Village Halls in Rural England Can Apply Now for a Small Capital Grant
The Village Halls Small Grants Fund, administered by ACRE, is part of the £3 million Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund by Defra, aiming to aid volunteers in enhancing village halls with smaller projects like disability access and kitchen upgrades. Grants of £2,000 to £5,000 cover 20% of eligible capital project costs including VAT, prioritising smaller projects. Applications are open to registered charities, CIOs, and community associations in rural areas with less than 10,000 population, with projects to be completed by March 2025. Deborah Clarke of ACRE emphasizes the importance of accessible community spaces, especially in light of rising energy costs and the current cost-of-living challenges.

The fund is open from 1 February 2024 until December 2024, or until available funding is fully allocated.

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about this fund

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

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

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

Further details on this fund

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

This includes young people who:

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

Find out more here

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

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

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

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

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Watch their video below…

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

Application deadline 23 February 2024

Download the application form here

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

Application deadline 13 March 2024

Learn more about the fund and how to apply

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

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

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

Find out more about the Henry Moore Foundation Grants

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

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

Learn more about this exciting fund

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

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

Find out more here

Download the application form here

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

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

Find out more about the Shared Ground Fund

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

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

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

Learn more about this funding

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

Learn more about this fund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about this funding opportunity

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

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

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

For more info, eligibility guidance and application details

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

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

Deadline: Monday 26 February 2024, 6pm.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

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

Read more about the programme

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

Application deadline: 13th March 2024

Find out more and how to apply

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

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

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

Full details here

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

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

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

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

The next deadline for applications is 1 March 2024.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

Lancashire & South Cumbria – Strategy Refresh Engagement Workshop
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) are due to hold an online workshop series looking to engage in the Trust Strategy refresh. As they adapt to evolving needs, they are inviting LSCFT colleagues and system partners to provide input on their strategic goals. Learn about the new Quadruple Aim framework and help shape objectives for the future. Choose from multiple dates in March and email Strategic. Email [email protected] to register.

Date/time of the workshops:

Thursday 7th March: 2-3pm
Monday 11th March: 11am-12pm
Tuesday 12th March: 6-7pm
Wednesday 13th March: 10-11am

Learn more about the workshop series

Menopause in the Workplace-Guidance
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has released comprehensive guidance, endorsed by various organisations, which is deemed more reasonable and practical than the recent Avanti West Coast initiative. The initiative, involving “gift bags” for menopausal women, garnered significant publicity earlier this week. While Avanti stated the bags were designed by a support group of menopausal women and included practical items, such as a fan and chocolate, they faced criticism on social media and were labeled as demeaning and insulting gimmicks by equality rights campaigners and trade unions.

Read more about the guidance

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

You can submit your abstract here

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

For more details about how the New Researchers Stream works

For more details and abstract submissions

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

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

Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

For more information and to book your place

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for being an essential part of Neuro DropIn.

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

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

Read more here

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

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

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

BBC Make a Difference Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the guide here

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

Volunteering Opportunities


Living Life to the Full New Courses
West End Impact are running new courses for anyone struggling with negative thinking patterns. The course will help provide you with important principles to keep your mind healthy. The majority of the course costs are subsidised however a £5 contribution per session will help sustain the service.

Upcoming sessions with Rachel:
28 February 2024, 9.30am

Upcoming sessions with Emma:
13 March 2024, 9.30am

Find out more: Call 01524 888929 or email: [email protected] or [email protected]

View the workshop leaflet here

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

Find out more here

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

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

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

View their event e-poster for more

For further details please contact Deborah Thompson on 07517 916866.

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

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

See more about the Orange Button scheme

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

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

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

Read more information on the campaign here

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

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

Pre-enter here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the project briefing document

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit their website

Lancashire Youth Climate Conference
The Lancashire Climate Action Network (LancsCAN) is organising a groundbreaking conference on October 30th, 2024, at The Blackpool Sixth Form College, aimed at engaging 16-19-year-olds in climate change action and sustainability. The event will inform young people about study and career opportunities in sustainability, boost their confidence in shaping climate responses, and generate ideas for community involvement.

Developed in collaboration with experts and young people, the conference will feature expert inputs, hands-on sessions, and round-table discussions. Schools, colleges, and youth groups across Lancashire are invited to bring a small group of young people, with networking opportunities for staff. Complete a short survey by March 22nd, 2024, to register interest. Contact Jon McLeod for more information at [email protected]

View the event e-flyer here

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young person’s survey
Parent/carer’s survey

To find out more, visit the Healthwatch Lancashire website.

Share the Harvest Co-design Session

If you’re interested in helping reduce fruit waste across the district this autumn, please consider joining a Share the Harvest co-design session on Wednesday 6 March (10-11 on Zoom). The event gives you the chance to find out more about how you, your group or organisation could link in with the surplus fruit rescue campaign;

Learn more about getting financial support for your community event related to growing, harvesting, preserving or promoting the use of seasonal fruit. It’s for anyone interested in helping design the festival or run their own events.

Find out more

Join in online via this zoom link

Meeting ID: 878 2391 2405
Passcode: 752822

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

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

More details here

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

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

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

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

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

To register your attendance please email [email protected]    

More info here

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about the scheme

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

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

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

The upcoming workshops are:

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

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

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

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

Read the full report here

FREE LGBTQ+ Awareness Training Workshops
Free LGBTQ+ awareness training workshops for mental health workers in Central Lancashire and the South Lakes. The next event will take place at the Holiday Inn on Caton Road, Lancaster on Thursday 18th April from 10am-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided. The focus of these workshops will be on the experience of LGBTQ+ people accessing mental health services, with the aim of improving access and removing barriers. This is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS mental health transformation project.

View the training advert here

Go to the booking form here

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

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

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

For more information and to book

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

Tickets available now, get yours here!

NFP Training Workshops
NFP are offering a series of engaging and affordable training courses tailored to charities, schools, healthcare, and public sector organisations. This week’s lineup includes Bid Writing, Corporate Fundraising, Fundraising Regulations, Managing Staff, and Project Management. Running from Mon 19th to Fri 23rd Feb 2024, these workshops will equip you with essential skills to enhance your organisation’s impact. Each session costs £95 per participant and is conducted online via Zoom, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Secure your spot now by visiting our website or contacting us for further details.

Send an email query regarding this event

Find out more at the NFP website

Acrylic Workshop: Series Two at King Street Arts
Join Roy Smith for Series Two of his workshop on “Working with Symbols and Abstraction.” This series is ideal for those with previous experience in acrylic paint. Priced at £80, which includes all materials, these workshops build on Series One, focusing on composition, image construction, and self-expression. Through carefully selected exercises and subject material, participants will gain confidence and familiarity with acrylic paint, while exploring their own unique painting styles.

Taking place on Wednesdays from 10am to 12.30pm on February 28th, March 6th, 20th, and 27th at King Street Arts, Lancaster.

Find out more and book

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

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

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

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

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

See more about the Orange Button scheme

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

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

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

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

View their advert here

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

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

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

Find out more and book your place here

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

The Piano – Tuesday 19th March at 11am

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

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

More information about the Prime Time project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about their training here

Mental Health Champions Network Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about the above MHCN sessions

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

Upcoming courses:

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

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

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

Download their Aspiring Leaders Programme here

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


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

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

Dates available:
Friday 23 February 2024

More information on NFP workshops

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

Find out more and sign up

Visit site here

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more here

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more and apply


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

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

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

Read full description and apply here

Director Of Development for Recourse Alliance 

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

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

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

Read full description and apply here 

Executive Director at More Music
More Music is hiring an Executive Director to spearhead their vision and guide the team into the future. The charity, with 30 years of experience in music and education, seeks a leader to drive strategic planning, oversee programs, manage human resources, build partnerships, and handle policies and operations. More Music, an Arts Council NPO, holds a strong reputation in community arts locally and internationally. The role requires a dynamic individual with inspirational leadership to further the organisation’s vision.

Details and application information

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

Funding and governance support, contact [email protected]

Volunteering and DBS,
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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