Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 23 May 2024

Our weekly Bulletin is full of useful information. It’s one of the ways that LDCVS  supports you to support your communities.

Before you read this week’s edition, help us to help you by anonymously answering this quick question about some of the challenges our sector faces. Everyone can answer – you don’t have to be involved in dealing with these sort of issues as part of your role.

Which of these are the biggest challenges to your group or organisation? Put them in order from greatest to smallest.

Click headings below to expand each section.

An archive of previous editions can be found here.

We Asked, You Said: Sources of Funding
Over the last two weeks, we asked you to look at various ways of finding funding and tell us which ones you thought presented the best opportunities for your organisation or group.

Thank you to everyone who answered – we’ll use this information to help us better plan our services and support in the future.

Here’s what you said:

Volunteer Recruitment Event – Friday 7 June 2024

Our next Volunteer Recruitment Event will take place between 12 noon and 2:30pm on Friday 7 June 2024 at St Nicholas Arcades in Lancaster.

See the Volunteering section for further information, or book your free stall now.

BUPA Foundation Green Community Grants 
The Bupa Foundation’s Green Community Grants, part of the #HealthyCities initiative, open for 2024 applications from June 1-30, offering up to £2,000 to schools and community groups for green space projects. In 2023, over £500,000 was invested, funding over 230 projects including outdoor classrooms and community gardens across the UK. The programme, administered by Groundwork, aims to enhance local environments and promote health. 

Find out more about this fund and apply 

NHS Blood and Transplant’s Community Grants Programme Opens for 2024 Applications 
The NHS Blood and Transplant’s Community Grants Programme is part of a commitment to build support for donation amongst Black, Asian, mixed heritage and minority ethnic communities.  The programme funds community and faith/beliefs organisations to drive awareness, understanding and behaviour change. Trusted local organisations can be effective at achieving these goals due to their specialist knowledge, understanding and footprint in the community.

The programme coordinators are holding a launch webinar at 5pm on Tuesday 28 May, where organisations can learn more about the programme.

The application window for funding will close at 9pm on 30 June 2024.  

Read more about this fund and how to apply  

Synergi Focuses Small Grants Fund 2024 on Democratising Policy (England) 
Synergi is offering grants of £5,000 to build power and take collective action on mental health and racial justice within an abolitionist framework. Collectively they hope to dream, build and practice being in the world they need for the liberation from carceral structures of care.

This round of funding is open to groups led by and for those racialised as Black and as people of colour, with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, or trauma. 

Applications must be submitted by 30 May 2024, 5pm 

For more information and how to apply 

Funding for UK Theatres to Improve Environmental Sustainability 
The Theatres Trust, in association with Wolfson Foundation, is currently accepting applications for grants of up to £20,000 to support not-for-profit theatres in the UK who need financial support to help reduce their environmental impact. The Wolfson Foundation renewed its support for the scheme this year (2024), with a further £510,000 in total to be awarded over the next three years, thus providing further opportunities to secure funding from this highly competitive scheme. Grants can be used for capital costs of building or equipment.

The theme for applications is Improving Environmental Sustainability. Funding will be given to projects that demonstrate how a small intervention can have a big impact on reducing the theatre’s environmental impact. 

The deadline for applications is noon on 6 September 2024. 

Full details here 

Hubbub and Starbuck’s ‘Eat it Up Fund’ Accepting UK Applications 
The Eat it Up Fund was created last year with funding provided by Starbucks (using the money coming from Starbucks 5p cup charge) in partnership with Hubbub Foundation UK, an environmental charity. Now in its second year, the grant fund is offering six grants of £60,000 each to support innovative ideas to tackle food waste in the UK. The grant must be used within a year. 

The fund will support UK registered organisations with an early-stage food waste project with potential for impact at scale.  

The funding is for initiatives that do one or more of the following:

  • Address pre-farmgate waste (the food production process, up to the point where the products have been harvested and prepared as produce for sale). 
  • Prevent food from being wasted at the manufacturing and processing stage. 
  • Minimise food waste from retailers. 
  • Find creative ways to use surplus food in communities or at home.  

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 14 June 2024 (5pm). 
For more information click here  

Meet the funder: easyfundraising, your easy route to unrestricted funding
Does your community organisation need additional funds? Come along to find out how your organisation can receive free unrestricted funding via funding platform easyfundraising.

In this informal online session, Becky from easyfundraising will:

  • Do a live demonstration of how it works
  • Explain how to get your organisation set up
  • Give you tips on how to raise as much as possible 

There will also be Q&A session with Becky to help get a full understanding of how your organisation can benefit.

Suitable for: anyone involved in fundraising for good causes of all shapes and sizes including voluntary groups , CICs, social enterprises, churches, schools, sports clubs and charities

Date: Monday 24th June 2024
Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm

Register here (via Zoom) 

Set up your free easyfundraising account before the session, here.

Crowdfund Lancashire Summer Round 2024
Crowdfund Lancashire is back, offering communities and individuals the opportunity to bring their projects to life. The Lancashire Culture and Sport Fund provides funding of up to £15,000 for community organisations, £5,000 for town and parish councils, and £1,500 for businesses and individuals. The summer round kicks off with an online launch event on June 12th at 12 pm, followed by drop-in sessions at various libraries throughout July and August. The deadline for project submissions is September 12th, 2024. Make sure to check the updated eligibility criteria for this round.

The Lancaster 1-to-1 drop in event will take place at Lancaster Library on Wednesday 17 July 2024, between 4-6.30pm.  Please email [email protected] to reserve your slot.

View the eligibility criteria here

Hilden Charitable Trust to Accept Applications from 30 May
The Hilden Charitable Fund supports small organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees, and penal affairs, especially projects aiding women prisoners and post-release resettlement. A new programme for Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda will be available later in 2022.

UK Programme applications will open at 10am on Thursday 30th May 2024 and close at 3pm sharp on Thursday 11th July 2024

More details here

Electricity Northwest Accepting Applications for Community Energy Projects
Electricity North West’s “Powering Our Communities” fund returns for its seventh year, offering £100,000 for early-stage community energy projects across the North West. This funding can assist with local plan development, engagement activities, overcoming barriers, feasibility studies, and business plan development.

Total Funding: £100,000
Project total: Up to £15,000
Application Deadline: Friday, July 26
Notes: Successful applicants will be notified in September

Find out more about this fund

Funding to Combat Soil Degradation
Naturesave Trust is currently accepting applications fpr its Spring 2024 round. This small, registered charity is the charitable arm of Naturesave Insurance, an ethical insurance provider, and provides funding three times a year to support specific UK-based environmental, conservation and community renewable energy projects.

The theme for the current round is soil health. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects and initiatives working to combat the problem of soil degradation, the way land is managed and increasing soil organic matter levels in UK arable and horticultural soils in the next 20 years.

Applications are accepted from a range of UK based organisations, including charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, small grassroots community groups and businesses.

The application deadline for the current round is 27 June 2024 (12 noon).

Full details here

Arnold Clark Community Fund Opens for 2024
Arnold Clark, the UK’s largest family-run car retailer, is offering grants to support communities across England, Scotland, and Wales. Registered charities and not-for-profit groups can apply for funding under three categories:

  • Cost of Living Support for those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis
  • Our Communities Support for local projects addressing community needs
  • Gear Up for Sport, which provides 150 sports kits each month to youth teams.

Eligible projects for Our Communities Support must fall under categories like animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, disability, education, recreation, relief support, or mental health support. Grants are up to £2,500, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis until December 2024.

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Poundland Foundation Reopens to Applications
Groups from across the UK can now apply for the next round of Poundland Foundation’s Kits for Kids programme, which will see local children’s teams and clubs provided with new sports kit.

The funding is available for local charities, community interest companies and unregistered community organisations across the UK, providing they have an annual income of less than £10,000 and reserves of less than £5,000. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £750. These must be spent on kit (clothing) for under 18s sports clubs.

Previous grant recipients are eligible to apply but they must have received their last grant before 7 November 2022.

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2024 11.59pm

Find out more about the Poundland Foundation

Lancaster Community Fund 2024/5 – open now!
Lancaster City Council and Lancaster District CVS are inviting local charities and community groups needing help to deliver projects and activities which will benefit local people to apply for funding from the Lancaster Community Fund.

Organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 and applications from new start up groups and small grassroots groups are particularly welcomed. The grant pot is made up of several charity funds donated to Lancaster City Council to support those living in disadvantaged areas of the community.

The fund has 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

The opening and closing dates for the 2024/5 rounds are:

  • Round one opens 9 May 2024 and closes 7 June 2024
  • Round two opens 3 October 2024 and closes 1 November 2024
  • Round three opens 30 January 2025 and closes 28 February 2025

Find out more and apply

The Henry Moore Foundation Sculpture Grants
The Henry Moore Grants support sculpture projects across historical, modern, and contemporary categories. Funding is available for new projects, acquisitions, research, and travel grants for individuals and organisations involved in sculpture.  Grants range up to £20,000 for organisations and up to £2,500 for individuals.

Applications are accepted four times a year, and the upcoming deadline is 1 June, 11pm.

Apply online through the Foundation website

Funding to Support Contemporary Music Projects
The Hinrichsen Foundation is offering grants to charities and other organisations across the UK to support the performance of contemporary music, which may include the commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording, or publication.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • One-off small grants typically between £500 and £2,500 (for new applicants and former beneficiaries).
  • Larger projects or concert series generally £2,000 and over.

The Trustees will occasionally provide funds for research projects that are not being conducted under the remit of an academic institution. Multi-year partnerships may also be considered.

There are typically three application deadlines per year.

The next application deadline is 31 August 2024

Learn more about the Hinrichhsen Foundation

Jerwood Foundation Accepting Applications for Summer 2024 Funding Round
Jerwood Foundation’s Summer funding round is now open with decisions to be announced in July 2024. They support arts organisations with projects aiming to make art accessible for the public. Grants range up to £20,000 and are awarded to projects starting between 3 to 12 months from the funding round closing date. The focus is on promoting arts for public benefit, and they do not fund individuals, educational courses, or core organisational costs.

Apply for this fund before June 14th

More information here

Funding to Reduce Isolation and Loneliness Among Older People Across Great Britain
Barchester Healthcare Foundation is offering grants of up to £2,500 to small community groups and local charities across England, Scotland, and Wales. These grants aim to combat isolation and loneliness while enhancing the quality of life for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Whether it’s funding for activities, equipment, transport, or day trips, Barchester prioritises innovative projects that promote social engagement and active living.

Applications are open year-round, so apply today!

Sport England Launches New £160m Movement Fund
The new £160 million, four-year Movement Fund offers grants of between £300 and £15,000, crowdfunding pledges, and resources to improve physical activity opportunities for the people and communities who need it the most across England. Priority goes to projects addressing activity gaps, with particular focus on marginalised groups. Funding can cover equipment, facilities, training, delivery costs, and emergency relief. Apply now to make a difference in your community’s health and well-being!

There are no deadlines for applications.

Further details here

Morrisons Foundation
The Morrisons Foundation supports charities across England, Scotland, and Wales with grants of up to £10,000 for projects addressing poverty, community improvement, and health.

They prioritise smaller charities but consider applications from larger ones as well. The foundation does not support salaries or ongoing service delivery and accepts applications year-round with no deadlines. 

Apply for funding here 

Save money on your energy bills with the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme 
Micro, small or medium organisations in England that are directly supporting individuals or communities with critical needs are eligible for support from the VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme ‘future-proof’ their buildings and reduce energy bills.

There is up to £3.4m of funding available for organisations to apply for an independent energy assessment, and up to £20m of funding for capital grants of up to £150,000 to install energy efficiency measures.  

It only takes 3 minutes to check your eligibility on the Groundwork webpage. 

Applications for independent energy assessments close on Thursday 20 June  

Find out more here 

Steel Charitable Trust Accepting Applications for Rolling Grants Programme 
The Steel Charitable Trust is offering funding opportunities for charities, CIOs, and municipally funded museums in the UK with annual incomes exceeding £50,000. Projects across various categories like Arts and Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage are eligible.

Health projects should focus on mental health or healthcare for older people, while social or economic disadvantage projects should target disadvantaged children or housing/homeless individuals. Funding can cover core costs, capital works, and specific projects, with grants starting at £10,000.  

The next application deadline is July 11, 2024.  

For more details on the grants programme 

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]

Charity Campaigning During the General Election
Following yesterday’s announcement of a General Election, the Charity Commission have issued guidance around charities, political activity and campaigning. There is a short 5 minute introductory guide and more detailed guidance if you need it.

Find out more

Community Conversation: Disability Access  
This is your opportunity to have your say about the subject of “Disability Access” in the Lancaster district. Small groups of participants will discuss where they have faced barriers across four themes: Transport, Buildings, Public and Private, Attitudes and Environmental access.    

This is an online discussion hosted on Teams and is free to attend and you can register here  

Time and Date: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday the 23rd of May 2024 

Request for Grand Opening of Accessible Nature Trail 
The team at Claver Hill are in the process of organising a grand opening of their accessible nature trail, with a likelihood of it being held in the first half of July.  The organisers hope to confirm the date once they have ideas of which activities can be arranged.  This is where your help is needed! 

The event organisers want to welcome all people to visit the new accessible nature trail.  You may be partially sighted, have mobility issues, require the use of a push chair, or just want to join in the celebration.  There will be refreshments and activities for all ages. 

Do you know of anyone who would be willing to host a session on using nature’s items for percussion music, lead an art session using natural materials or lead a well-being walk or forage walk?   

All ideas and offers of support will be appreciated 

Interested? Please get in touch with [email protected]  

How to Support Disabled Employees in the Workplace  
There are 16 million disabled people in the UK – that’s one in four people. Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. This is partly due to a lack of support for disabled employees at work.

Sally Hooper, an expert in disability inclusion at Scope, has written an article for CharityJob about what you should do to support disabled employees at your organisation.

Read the article here 

Unlocking Finance for Community Business 
Power to Change’s latest report, “Financing the Future Economy,” explores how to unlock affordable, flexible, and accessible finance for community businesses.

The report emphasises the importance of diverse funding sources while highlighting the challenges faced by community businesses in accessing finance, and offers recommendations for funders, social investors, and government to support the growth and sustainability of community businesses. It also outlines why unlocking funding is key for communities to create an economy fit for the future. 

Read the summary here 
Read the full report here 

Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations for Charities 
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) are in place to protect individuals from unsolicited marketing communications. Breaches of these regulations can have serious consequences for charities, including fines and damage to their reputation.

Read Hope & May’s latest blog to find out how this could affect your charity


King Street Arts (Lancaster) CIC Crowdfund Project Update
King Street Arts is crowdfunding to offer free acrylic painting workshops for people with little or no art experience. The project aims to provide 8 sessions for 2 groups of 8 participants, encouraging creative expression and promoting the benefits of play. The project will culminate in a public exhibition of participants’ work. They aim to raise £8,451, with £5,292 pledged so far.

Roy and Kath at King Street Arts have provided an update on how things are going:

“We are extremely moved by the generosity and support we have received to date for this campaign to provide free opportunities for people to explore ART; and in particular the health and wellbeing benefits learning to be creative can bring into our daily lives.

We strongly believe that being able to access creative experiences can significantly contribute to improving wellbeing and self-fulfilment. Feedback and discussions with workshop participants over the years have reinforced our belief that engagement with creativity in all its forms has the potential to have a positive and life affirming impact on anyone’s life.

In our gallery at 5a King Street we have over the past 6 years regularly offered creative workshops to the public. These are offered for a fee to reflect the costs of providing a space to deliver the workshop, the materials needed, and the cost of paying the artist to prepare and deliver the sessions. For most of these workshops we (the directors) provide free support in the form of marketing and administration.

Every contribution we receive will help us to get to our goal, if you have already contributed or not in a position to please share to anyone you feel would be interested in supporting the work we do.”

For more information or to support the project click here

Rookhow Availability
A late cancellation has opened up an opportunity for a Summer weekend at the Rookhow Retreat. The newly renovated and energy efficient Bunkbarn has underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump, with new toilets and showers and kitchen. The site includes 12 acres of woodland with use of the Quaker Meeting House for extra group space and the yurt for a nature-filled stay in the middle of the woods.

The available dates include 5-7 July and August Bank holiday.

Click here to secure these dates

The Dukes & Lancaster University – Dementia Research
The Dukes are working in partnership with a research team from Lancaster University, and are looking for people to take part in a short-term pilot project. The research title is ‘Cinema, Memory Work and Well-being in Older People’. 

If you are 65+ or are living with dementia, they would like to invite you to come and watch a free screening of The Graduate at the Dukes on 20th May, and also consider applying to take part in some research tasks prior to and following the film screening. 

Book tickets for The Graduate  

For more information view their event poster and take a read through this information sheet. 

If you would like to get more information or to speak to someone about the project, please contact: 

Dr Megan Polden 07552 645080 or [email protected]  

Bay Health Festival Support Request 
Bay Health Festivals are looking for support from the community to help fund their future events. From individual donations to corporate sponsorship, all contributions to their population health mission are gratefully received.  

Visit their website to find out more about how you can get involved. 

Community Shares Impact Report
Co-operatives UK has published the first ever Community Shares Impact Report of its community shares work. A retrospective of 2023, the report captures some of the numbers and stories from the Community Shares Unit’s activities.

The report reflects on the achievements of the Community Shares Unit, highlighting its role in supporting community investment. Co-operatives UK, along with partners Locality and Plunkett Foundation, oversees the initiative, promoting best practices, funding community share offers, and training practitioners.

In 2023, the Booster Fund, with support from Access the Foundation for Social Investment, aided numerous communities in raising investment for various projects. Key stats include support for 80 communities, 33 share offers meeting the Standard Mark, and a total of £5.24m sought through the Booster Fund.

Read more about the Community Share Impact report

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

Congratulations to Bee Unique!

Log in and vote here

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

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

Please use this link to register your interest

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

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

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

Urgent Request for Volunteers for St John’s Hospice on Bank Holiday Monday
St John’s Hospice, in partnership with Carnforth Rotary Club, are hosting a big car boot sale on Ryeands Park in Lancaster on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May. They urgently need more volunteers to help at the event. Full details are below. If you think that you can help, please contact Karin Stennett, Community Fundraiser either by email at [email protected] or by phone on Direct line: 01524 551199.

Volunteers will be needed for the following:

  • Traffic control marshals on the gates from 5.30am (this is for the stall holders who will start arriving from around 5.45am)

  • Car parking marshals for visitors

  • Bucket collectors for payments

  • Tidying up at the end – litter picking etc between 2.30pm and 4.30pm

ANY support, even if it’s just for an hour or two through the day will make a huge difference. This is an annual event that raises vital funds for the Hospice.

Volunteer at the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s Lancashire Events
The RABI is a leading charity supporting farming communities. They are looking for volunteers at their events including:

  • Great Eccleston Show on 13/14 July
  • Royal Lancashire Show on 19/20/21 July
  • Garstang Show on 3 July

Helping out at these events is great for anyone who likes the fresh air, enjoys meeting people, and has a keen interest in farming.

Find out more and apply on our website

Volunteer Roles with Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs is seeking a Fundraiser to join their local team, assisting with event stalls, collection boxes, and donation counting to raise money for Guide Dogs. Ideal candidates enjoy interacting with others and have good communication skills. Volunteers will gain experience in event organisation and support people with sight loss.

This role includes one hour of training and offers support from a dedicated volunteer manager. Expenses related to volunteering are covered.

Fundraising Group Coordinator
This role will organise local fundraising activities such as collections, social events, and Tea Parties. This role involves coordinating with volunteers, building relationships with local organisations, and ensuring compliance with fundraising policies. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, good communicators, and passionate about event planning.

The role typically requires 5-6 hours per week and a commitment of at least 12 months. Training and support are provided, and expenses are reimbursed.

Puppy Raiser
By raising puppies, volunteers will provide them with essential training for their future roles as guide dogs. Volunteers will care for the puppy in their home for 12-16 months, following the PREP programme and providing necessary socialisation, exercise, and training. Ideally, volunteers should have time to invest, be physically able to handle large breed dogs, and have access to a car and a secure area for the puppy.

Training and support are provided, with 13 hours of initial training. Expenses are reimbursed.

Visit the Guide Dogs website to find out more information on the above positions and other roles.

Volunteer Recruitment Event – Friday 7 June 2024
Book your place now at our volunteer recruitment event on Friday 7 June, 12 noon til 2.30pm, at St Nicholas’ Arcade in Lancaster. Space is limited and booking is required.

We will be setting up some tables in the arcade and if you are an organisation in need of new volunteers you will have the opportunity to bring your banners and promotional materials and talk directly to people interested in volunteering. The event will be advertised widely to partners and communities and we expect that there will be a good amount of people attending.

To book a space please register here, via TryBooking.

If your volunteering opportunities are not currently registered on our website you can register and add them here.

Trustee Vacancy – Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust
Are you experienced in the third sector? The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel trust are seeking a new Trustee with senior-level experience in the charitable sector, preferably in Lancashire or the North West. The charity are encouraging applications from women and people of color, including retirees.

Trustees receive an honorarium of £4,500 annually and dedicate about four hours per week. Visit for more details.

Submit your application with a cover letter and CV to [email protected] by July 12, 2024. Contact [email protected] for inquiries.

More information about this role here

Facilitators Wanted – Acorn Recovery
Acorn Recovery supports individuals in ending homelessness by facilitating personal development and life skills. Aldcliffe House and two other sites in Lancaster provide temporary supported housing for 17 residents.

Volunteers are needed to run weekly sessions or one-off workshops in various subjects. Benefits include free parking, refreshments, skill development, and CV enhancement. Required skills include effective communication, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude. 

Learn more about this opportunity and get in touch 

Independent Monitoring Boards Opportunity 
Volunteer to monitor standards in prisons with your local Independent Monitoring Board. No special qualifications needed, training will be provided. Candidates must be over 18, live within an hour of the prison, and possess effective communication skills. Unpaid role, but travel expenses covered. Flexible time commitment of 2 to 3 visits per month.  

Learn more about this opportunity 

Social Media Volunteer – Lune Valley Beekeepers  
Lune Valley Bee Keepers are seeking a volunteer to manage their Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp social media platforms. As the new beekeeping season is in full swing, the majority of their social media activity takes place between March and October.

The responsibility entails 1-2 hours of work each week inserting newsworthy articles on social media with the active support of the trustees. You do not need to be a beekeeper but the role is likely to appeal to someone who is interested in natural history and improving our local environment. 

Bee quick to explore this volunteer role! 

Morecambe Maritime Festival 2024
Morecambe is a town rich in history and culture connected with the sea and the Morecambe Maritime Festival aims to bring those things to local people and visitors later this year – from acts performing traditional and “modern” songs or shanties, which were used to coordinate the physical labour of hauling ropes etc on sailing ships, to local  heritage, cultural, wildlife and environmental community groups running activities. It promises to be entertaining and fascinating in equal measure, but the team behind it need urgent help if it’s going to go ahead as planned.

Volunteers are needed to act as treasurer, secretary, and social media coordinator for the festival. You can see all three roles on our website.

You don’t need to know anything about Morecambe’s maritime past, or even maritime topics in general, to help with these roles, although obviously an interest in the subject would be an advantage. If you are interested in helping out you can apply via the link above, or you can contact the organiser directly, John Metcalfe, by emailing [email protected].

Please share these roles with your networks, or perhaps with someone you know who might be interested in them.

Fundraising Roles with the RNLI
Do you have a passion for or an interest in fundraising? The RNLI in Morecambe needs you! They currently have roles available for a fundraising group leader and fundraising group members. As part of the team you will carrying out and supporting vital fundraising activity in your local community, which will help ensure that volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews are able to save lives at sea. We often say here at the Volunteer Centre that volunteering saves lives and by volunteering for these roles you will be doing just that!

Please share these roles with your networks, or perhaps with someone you know who might be interested in them.

3R Foundation – Volunteers wanted
Would you be able to spare 3 hours a week to volunteer in the 3R Charity Shop in Carnforth?

You’d be serving in their lovely, bright and airy shop. There are many behind the scenes tasks such as sorting and cleaning stock, or helping on their van with deliveries and collections. Shifts are once a week morning or afternoon and the shop is open Monday to Saturday.

If you want to find out more, please call 01524 932125 or call into the shop and have a chat with Sue their shop manager.

3R means : Reuse, Rehome, Recycle – you would be helping to raise funds for local small charities, clubs and groups in the Morecambe, Lancaster, North Lancs and South Lakes Area.

See who they have awarded grants to here

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

Find out more and apply

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

Find out more and apply

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more on our website:

OITB Support Role
No Labelz Support Role

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

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Applicants must have a knowledge of financial accounting. 

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

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

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

Find out more on The Gregson’s website

Lancaster Health Festival Volunteers

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

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

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

View and share the Facebook post

View and share the X / Twitter post

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.

Health & Wellbeing Support in the Lancaster District 
Discover the Lancaster District Directory, your go-to resource for finding essential services offered by local community groups, the NHS, and local authorities. From health and fitness to mental wellbeing, financial advice, and job skills, this comprehensive directory has it all. Easily browse through detailed listings, contact information, and referral instructions to access the support you need. Voluntary organisations can also participate at no cost, gaining visibility and facilitating referrals. Explore the directory at and connect with services to enhance your wellbeing. For more information or to join, email [email protected] or call 01524 555900. 

Help could be closer than you think! 

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Trans and Gender Diverse Health Needs Assessment  
Local stakeholders who provide services to the TGD population are being encouraged to take part in a remote interview which will investigate the particular health needs and challenges experienced by TGD individuals across Lancashire.   

This will cover aspects such as physical and mental health and well-being. For example, rates of smoking, drinking and physical activity. Topics also covered will include housing, employment and education along with healthcare services and barriers to accessing these.   

Interviews will be expected to last about half an hour, will be semi-structured and both audio and visually recorded.   

For further questions, please contact:  Ellie Shackleton, Cumbria and Lancashire Public Health Collaborative [email protected]  / [email protected] 

Stay Connected with Your Integrated Care Community (ICC) 
Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) are integrated teams of health and care workers, third sector organisations, statutory organisations and wider community assets. We work together with the aim to improve physical & mental health outcomes, promote wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. 

In the Lancaster District we have 3 ICCs, Lancaster, Bay and Carnforth. Each hosts a monthly online networking meeting which is a great opportunity to meet new partners, find out what is happening locally and share updates of your own.  Each ICC also has a Facebook page and a monthly newsletter that goes out far and wide. 

If you aren’t available to go along to a meeting but have something to share – don’t worry! Jenny, our Community Health Officer, attends each ICC and is very happy to update the meeting on your behalf – sharing items of news or events that are coming up.  

Contacts for each of the ICC’s are below. 

Lancaster ICC – Sarah Baines (development lead) – [email protected] / Lorraine Ducket (ICC admin) – [email protected]  

Bay ICC – Anji Stokes (development lead) – [email protected]  / Amy Dawson (ICC admin) – [email protected]  

Carnforth ICC – Hayley Clarke  (development lead) – [email protected]  / Janette Wright (ICC admin) –  [email protected]

Contact Jenny Reddell, Community Health Officer for LDCVS, at [email protected]

Meet Up Mondays at Marketgate Shopping Centre 
Come along every Monday from 9am to 10:30am at Marketgate Shopping Centre for Meet Up Mondays. This free drop-in event aims to combat loneliness in Lancaster.

Enjoy a friendly chat and complimentary hot drinks and biscuits with our volunteers at the Ping Pong Parlour, located near M&S and Waterstones. No registration or commitment required.

This weekly event is supported by Age UK Lancashire, St Thomas’ Church, The Friendship Centre Lancaster, and Lancaster District Community & Voluntary Solutions. For more information, contact [email protected]. 

Find out more about this event


Funding Opportunity for Innovative Early Cancer Diagnosis Projects
The NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria is offering funding for innovative projects aimed at improving early cancer diagnosis. Organisations across healthcare sectors are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £100,000 per project. Previous successful projects include initiatives such as self-booking for cervical screening and a pancreatic cancer toolkit.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 24 June. For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Waiting for Wellness Phase Two Report
Health Watch Lancashire have released a report of Phase Two of the “Waiting for Wellness” project which delves deeper into the mental health experiences of young people in Lancashire. It highlights barriers faced by neurodivergent youth, such as inadequate staff training and discharge without treatment. The report offers recommendations, prompting responses from key service providers.

Read the report here

Lancashire County Council Get Ready for Spring Campaign 2024
Spring has sprung, encouraging outdoor activities, but it’s important to be aware of health risks. Lancashire’s Health Protection Team advises on tick-borne Lyme disease, Giant Hogweed burns, and Weil’s disease from contaminated water. They also caution about infections from farm animals and hay fever symptoms.

Take a look at their information leaflet for practical tips and contacts for further information are provided.

FREE 2-Day Health Coaching Core Skills Courses
Discover a Core Skills in Health Coaching Programme, tailored for practitioners across health, care, community, and voluntary sectors. This 2-day course equips you with essential skills to integrate health coaching into your role. Accredited by the Personalised Care Institute, the programme emphasises practical tools, interactive learning, and ongoing support. Join us to enhance personalised care and empower your practice.

The 2-day courses will be delivered face to face across areas of Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Learn more about the programme
View the health coaching flyer

Mental Health Awareness Week 
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from the 13th to the 19th of May 2024. The theme this year is “Movement: Moving more for mental health.”

Moving more can increase your energy, reduce stress and anxiety and boost your self-esteem. This is just one of the fascinating facts you will learn if you take this PAC certified Mental Health First Aid Course. The course takes place live and online. If you live, work, study or volunteer within the Lancashire County Council border then the places are free!  

The course will cover youth and adult mental health, suicide alertness and suicide intervention skills training. There are just a couple of places left on the first course in June and the course is also taking place in July with places already filling up.  

Please complete this form to book a place and return it to [email protected] to reserve a place.    

Course 1 Time and Dates: June the 3rd, 4th,6th and 7th from 12:30pm –4:30pm  
Course 2 Time and Dates: July the 1st, 2nd,4th and 5th from 9am-12:30pm 

Phoenix Takes Flight Report Feedback Meeting  
The Phoenix Takes Flight research team (Lancaster University) and report writers (Sue Flowers from Green Close Studios & Jenny Reddell from Lancaster District CVS) will take you through the final report, presenting the recommendations and giving people a chance to ask questions and find out more.  

Date: Friday 24 May 2024 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   
Location: Online event access details will be provided by the event organiser  

Book your free ticket here

Walk with a Dog – Adullam 
If you fancy venturing outdoors now the weather has turned warmer, Adullam welcome you to their “Walk with a Dog” group. They meet at 2pm on Tuesdays at the Millennium Bridge for a nearby walk and the chance to appreciate the beautiful and varied surroundings in Lancaster. Along with the walk, they offer a short discussion on a health-related topic. For the remaining hour, you can enjoy chatting with the walk leaders and other walkers.  

For more information you can also contact them at [email protected] or call 07449373979 / 07861 653978 

Find out more about Adullam  

Ways to get involved with Loneliness Awareness Week  
Loneliness Awareness Week is coming up from 10 – 16 June, and DCMS welcomes you to get involved by sharing the Department’s loneliness campaign across your channels.

Loneliness Awareness Week is an annual campaign organised by Marmalade Trust to raise awareness of loneliness. This year’s theme, ‘Random Acts of Connection’, encourages everyday moments of connection to help us feel happier and increase a sense of belonging. Research shows that feelings of loneliness are most prevalent among young people.

The DCMS Better Health – Every Mind Matters loneliness campaign aims to normalise loneliness so that 16 – 24 year olds know that it is OK to feel lonely sometimes, and feel able to speak to someone if they do feel lonely, building a national conversation. 

Find out more here 

MS Society Awareness
The MS Society is collaborating with partners in Lancaster and the Bay area to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis (MS) and available services. With an estimated 600 individuals affected in the area, the focus is on enhancing support for those living with MS and their caregivers.

Plans include identifying local services, offering awareness sessions, and reestablishing the local MS Society group. For more information on supporting people with MS, contact Paul Smithson at [email protected]

Venus Revisited Sessions
King Street Arts Lancaster are back with a series of empowering free workshops celebrating the form and nature of women and their self-image.

Venus Revisited provides workshops for menopausal or postmenopausal women of all ages in a supportive environment where participants will learn new skills and get creative with clay modelling , drawing and creative writing mentorship to express their journey. The project has 16 places in total with 8 in the Morecambe group, and 8 in the Lancaster group.

Artwork will be showcased in public exhibitions at Morecambe Library and The Storey, alongside a free publication featuring your project work. By sharing your story, you’ll spark important conversations about menopause, challenge societal beauty norms, and increase visibility for postmenopausal women.

If you would like more information about the project or have any questions, please contact Kath McDonald on 077499 32899 or email [email protected]

The Cornerstone, Lancaster
Date and times: Wednesdays 6.30-9pm | June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th | July 3rd & 10th

Morecambe Library, Morecambe
Date and times: Thursdays 2-4.30pm | June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th | July 4th & 11th

View the Venus Revisited poster here

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

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

Please use this link to register your interest

Family Hubs Coffee & Connect
The online coffee afternoon for parents and carers takes place every Thursday afternoon from 1pm, providing information and adivce, access to help from the Children & Family Wellbeing Service and signposting to local agencies as well as peer support opportunities.

Email [email protected] to get the Teams link.

Volunteering opportunities for young people under 18
A number of organisations have indicated that they will consider offering volunteering opportunities to people under 18. You can contact CVS or the organisation directly for more information.

Police Cadet recruitment opened in April, ages 13 to 17.

Marsh Community Centre has a food club that they need volunteers for, Thursdays 10am til 1pm.

The Centre@Halton can possibly offer a couple of hours on either a Saturday or Sunday in the Coffee Shop (open 10am to 5pm) helping to take orders, prepare drinks and snacks.

The Salvation Army charity shop in Carnforth offers volunteering roles to 14 and 15 year olds specifically to support DofE completion, offering different hours on Saturdays and Sundays depending on whether it’s bronze or silver.

The Global Village Cafe have said that they’re open to under 18s taking part, but there is no regular schedule/opportunity. Keep an eye on their website – and contacting around the times when events are coming up.

St Johns Hospice take volunteers for their shops from age 14 upwards.

Ryelands Junior Park Run have said that they can offer various roles for people under 18 to help towards the DofE award.

West Lancashire Scouts (they cover the whole of this side of Lancashire) have roles for younger people as part of their young leaders work.

The YMCA charity shop in Lancaster is happy to take a 15 year old volunteer, however some paperwork will need to be completed by parent/guardian beforehand though. The role is not customer-facing and is mainly sorting/tagging stock (mostly clothing) and tidying the shop.

Claver Hill is a food growing project in Lancaster and they will take people under 18 but only if they are accompanied by an adult.

The NHS has a work placement scheme. It is for people aged 16 and above only and people can check out the ‘placements’ section here. Their next recruitment window has just opened in May.

Please do contact [email protected] if you would like to add your organisation to this growing list.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award with Escape2Make
E2M are offering young people the opportunity to gain their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award complete free, with everything they require for the award offered through E2M’s clubs. There are five spaces left in the 2024/5 cohort, with the overnight expedition taking place over 22/23 July at Gathering Fields.

Find out more and sign up here

More Music Sessions
Sing it Out
More Music invites 11-18-year-olds to find their voice at Sing It Out! sessions. Led by Emma Williams and Ash Murphy, these Wednesday sessions from 5 pm to 7 pm offer a safe space for singing, promoting positive mental health. No experience is required, making it perfect for those managing social anxieties or seeking to connect with peers. Admission is free, and inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

Time and Date: Running from April 29th to June 28th, with a half-term break from May 27th to May 31st. 5-7pm, every Wednesday
Location: More Music, 13-17 Devonshire Road, Morecambe, LA3 1QT
Price: FREE 

Find out more here

More Media Collective
An exciting opportunity is being presented by More Media Collective for young people to join their team for a yearlong exploration into climate change. It will give them both a voice to shape their future and early career opportunities. Being part of the team will mean expanding knowledge of environmental issues, helping develop a new festival along with hands on experience of the live events industry, developing leadership and organisational skills and more!

To find out more and sign up please email: [email protected]  

Time and Date: 5-7pm, every Wednesday
Location: More Music, 13-17 Devonshire Road, Morecambe, LA3 1QT
Price: £3 (Suggested fee) 

This is a weekly session on Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm, catering to 11-18-year-olds at a cost of £3. Whether you’re interested in learning drums, guitar, or joining a band, refining production skills, or seeking rehearsal space and gig opportunities, Stages has you covered. Led by an experienced team, the session supports musicians at all levels and across various genres. Contact [email protected] for details.

Learn more about Stages

Bay Youth Voices
Bay Youth Voices is a vocal group tailored for 6-12-year-olds who love to sing or want to start. Led by Leroy Lupton, the sessions focus on singing favorite songs, learning harmony, and performing as a group. No prior experience or music reading skills required. For more information, contact Rachel Parsons at [email protected] or call 01524 831997. Sessions take place on Fridays from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at More Music. Tickets cost £1 per session.

Learn more about Bay Youth Voices

Work Experience – Can You Help? 
Our Lady’s Catholic College are looking for your help with Work Experience placements. Placements provide students with a chance to experience life at work for a week, discover working with new people and develop their confidence and aspirations.

The work experience programme is administrated through Unifrog, which helps to complete and record placement details, insurance requirements, and safeguarding information.

Dates: Year 12 – 17th to 21st of June. Year 10 – 8th to 12th of July

If you can help, please contact: [email protected] 

Exciting Opportunity for Young Leaders in the West End of Morecambe
Are you a young person aged 15-18 in the West End area of Morecambe? Do you want to make a difference in mental health support for your community? Take part in designing and delivering a grants program worth £20,000 to support mental health initiatives in the West End. Gain valuable experience, receive training, and make a real impact! Each participant will also receive a £100 voucher.

Funded by West End Big Local and facilitated by LDCVS. Contact [email protected] or call 01524 555900 to learn more.

Aspiring Leaders Programme
Recruitment for the Aspiring Leaders Programme is now open. This is a bespoke 95% funded undergraduate degree which has been created by local organisations (Cumbria & Lancaster District) to support the development of leaders within our voluntary and community sector.

Led by Brathay Trust and a local university, ALP combines academic teaching with experiential learning and mentoring, culminating in a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

See the programme’s promotional leaflet
Find out more and apply

Kooth Webinars – Supporting the Mental Health of Young People
Webinars for education staff
Kooth are offering short webinars for education staff and professionals working with young people, to highlight how Kooth can prevent mental health issues escalating with young people.

Kooth offers free anonymous counselling without the usual wait times, as well as moderated peer support and self- help tools. The session will also make you aware of how you can access free printed and digital resources.

Thurs 30th May – 3:30 – 4:00pm

If you would like to register please email [email protected], to receive the teams link and for any questions (recording available on request).

Pre- SAT’s Webinars – Year 6 pupils
Kooth webinars will be offered to year 6 classes, ahead of the SAT’s on the dates below. These are to promote Kooth as a resource to manage stress and anxiety with young people ahead of SAT’s.

Please select a date to attend below and request a link by emailing [email protected]

Children & Family Wellbeing Service What’s On April – June
Lancashire County Council’s Children & Family Wellbeing Service have published their schedule of activities taking place in their centres at Lune Park Hub, Poulton Neighbourhood Centre, Westgate Neighbourhood Centre, and Carnforth Hub throughout April, May and June.

Download the guide here

Blue Influencers Scheme
Developed by UK-wide educational charity The Ernest Cook Trust, the Blue Influencers Scheme is a three-year initiative that focuses on reconnecting young people aged 10-14 to their blue spaces.

It will support young people from underserved communities and those living in deprived coastal, estuary and riverside locations, by empowering them to act on environmental issues.

There are now Blue Mentors in post at Global Link and Morecambe Bay Partnership who are seeking to work with groups of young people (target age 10-14 years-olds) on environmental social action projects.

If you are a school (primary and secondary), community space, charitable organisation, or know of a group of passionate young people, contact Ant at Global Link ([email protected] or 07717 655515) or Lauren at Morecambe Bay Partnership ([email protected] or 07505 962212)

Lancashire Youth Challenge Programmes
Time To Breathe
This is a 14-week programme for 13–19-year-olds aimed at giving young people opportunities to be in nature and develop life skills to better manage their emotional health and well-being.

For more information and to sign up, please email Sam Duckles, the LYC Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Time and Date: Mondays starting the 13th of May 2024 from 5-7pm
Location: The Cornerstone, Lancaster, LA1 1PX

Learn more about this programme

Restore with Empire Fighting Chance
Are you aged 16-24 and ready to step up, feel the fear and take on a personal challenge? Then sign up to a FREE action packed 10-week boxing programme which aims to build confidence and personal resilience!

Working with Lancashire Youth Challenge and Morecambe Football Club Community Sports, you will gain a sense of personal achievement and increase the ability to better manage your emotional and physical wellbeing, through non-contact boxing training.

For more information and to sign up, please email Sam Duckles, the LYC Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Time and Date: Wednesdays starting the 15th of May 2024 from 5-7pm
Location: Morecambe Football Club, LA4 4TB

Download the young people’s support referral form here

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

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

Explore the resources available at Young Minds

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

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

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Lancaster District Green Spaces Forum
The next Forum meeting is themed on Heysham green spaces. Meet at Heysham Library at 5pm on 5 June for a walk to Bay Cottage Play Area and Glebe Gardens before the Forum meeting back at the Library at 6pm.

Find out more about the Forum and read other news from around the district’s green spaces in their latest newsletter.

Wildlife Wellbeing Walks & Marsh Community Centre
The Pots of Possibility grant programme has funded a collaboration between Wildlife Wellbeing Walks and Marsh Community Centre, which aims to bring people together with themes around connection, food, environment and sustainability.

As well as sessions for the centre’s regular youth groups, Gardening Club, and Coffee & Cake club, a series of events will take place one Saturday a month:

  • Family Day: Teddy Bears’ Picnic – 25 May 1.30pm – 3pm, 50p per person
  • Bug Hunt & Nature Collaging – 22 June 1.30pm – 3pm, 50p per child
  • Cooking for All: Sharing Lunch – 27 July, 1pm – 3pm, £1 per person
  • Harvest-time Family Day – 28 September, 1pm – 3pm, 50p per person
  • Halloween Pumpkins: Carving & Cooking – 26 October, 1.30pm – 3pm, £1 per child

Tickets for all events are available in the Centre.

Launch Event: Lancaster District Allotment Review 
Join LESS for a seasonal community meal and hear about the Lancaster District Allotment Review findings and recommendations for Lancaster City Council, allotment sites, and others. This 8-month project examined the current state of allotments in the Lancaster District, including their size, facilities, management, contribution to biodiversity and other areas of support needs. 

Information was gathered through visits to 21 allotment sites, an online survey with nearly 250 responses, interviews, community conversations, and reviewing relevant reports and research. A summary of the report will be presented, followed by a Q&A session. 

The meal will be provided by the Closing Loops community chef network. 

Please book by 3 June to help minimize food waste. 

Book your place at this event here 

Open Space Assessment in the District Consultation 
Do you live in the Lancaster District and visit our open spaces? 

Lancaster City Council officers in Planning Policy and Public Realm are working together with consultants Ethos Environmental Planning to produce a new Open Space Assessment for the District.

This will be used as a key piece of evidence to help inform the preparation of the Local Plan review, by identifying and assessing open spaces to better understand the needs of the District and where there might be deficiencies in provision, which in turn will be used to establish a set of standards that can be used to calculate developer contributions towards the enhancement of existing open spaces. 

The planning team are keen to understand more about how residents use and value local public open spaces and recreation facilities; and what might improve their attractiveness to local people. This will provide invaluable information to assess if there are any gaps in provision and to ensure that existing facilities and open spaces are managed effectively to meet the needs of the local people.   

It would be much appreciated if you would be able to take 5-10 minutes to complete an online survey which can be found on their consultation hub. 

There is also the opportunity to add any site specific comments you may like to make on an interactive map. 

Coastal Activities with The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery
Enjoy some fresh sea air and learn more about our coastal environment this May.

Wonder Walk: Bug Hunt
Meet on Smithy Lane in Heysham and search for some of the fun creepy crawlies commonly found around Morecambe.

29 May, 11am – 1pm

Both events are free, but booking is essential via The Bay’s website.

The Sew and Sow Boxes Project Needs You!
Food Futures, the Sewing Cafe and Lancaster Seed Library are part of a great joint project, inspired by free book libraries where members of the public can share their resources or pick up some for repairing, making or growing. The boxes are filled with haberdashery items and packets of spare seeds.

More people are being encouraged to get involved to take joint responsibility of a box. This would involve checking the box’s condition, keeping it free of insects, topping it up with supplies and keeping it protected from the weather, with help if required! 

Read more about this great project here and to get involved, please contact [email protected]   

The Food Champions Celebration
The Food Champions network is hosting a midsummer celebration where people can come together, share a meal and celebrate the wonderful projects and food citizens across North Lancashire.  There will be a guided tour of the site at Claver Hill, an open fire cooking demonstration, a composting/food waste demonstration and the day will finish with music and songs around the bonfire!

Please bring your own plant-based food and plates/crockery and those who play an instrument, please take that along too! 

Time and Date: 4pm-9pm, Saturday the 22nd of June 2024
Location: Claver Hill, Ridge Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3JY

Please book a place here

Share the Harvest
This autumn, Share the Harvest will have two sets of fruit pressing equipment available to use. They can come to you – your school, community group, food club etc. to use for free for a fun day of fruit processing. Get in touch if you’d like to host a fruit picking event (from one tree to whole orchards, all are welcome!) or would like to use the fruit press.

Support is available for organisations, community groups and individuals to help with the costs of running an event.

Find out more

Nature’s Blueprint North Spring Event
Discover Nature’s Blueprint North, an initiative empowering individuals to address environmental challenges. Join their Spring Event on Friday, May 31, 2024, at Leighton Hall where you can engage with experts, reconnect with nature, and explore solutions.

Register now for a day of inspiration and action

Bee Adventures Summer Calendar 
BEE Adventures have shared their upcoming summer adventure calendar to get involved with from May and beyond. BEE Adventures offers outdoor adventures for both adults and children, focusing on affordable mountain walks. As a non-profit organisation, they use any surplus to provide free adventures to those facing barriers to outdoor activities. Their mission is to create ethical, personal adventures promoting well-being and outdoor exploration.  

Take a look at their upcoming summer adventures, including mountain hikes and camping trips: 

  • Ireland weekend (bookings closing soon so grab your spot ASAP): Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June  
  • Snowdon: Saturday 8th June 
  • Snowdon for sunrise: Saturday 22nd June  
  • Scafell Pike camping weekend: Saturday 6th-Sunday 7th July  
  • Kinder Scout: Saturday 10th August  

Book your outdoor adventures with Bee here 

Sustainability and Carbon Reduction – Local Resources
If you are interested in sustainability or in reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint, here are some ideas:

Lancaster & Morecambe College have some free environmental courses coming up:

  • Carbon Reduction Plans & Net Zero: 8 July,  9am – 12pm
  • Environmental Certification for Your Business: 8 July, 1pm – 4pm

Following the above-mentioned Carbon Reduction Plans & Net Zero half-day course the College has a small number of grants available to support businesses with producing a Carbon Reduction Plan. To book or for more information, email [email protected] or call 01524 521483.

UCLan is hosting a Lancashire-wide Climate Action Forum on Thursday 6th June. Climate experts, community groups, businesses and the public get together to share best practice, discuss existing projects and plan future actions. The event is free to attend. Book your place here.  
There is a free monthly meetup in Morecambe for anyone interested in sustainability issues. The next Morecambe Planet Pint is on Thursday 30th May at Mia Italia. Click here for more information and to book.

Giles Metcalfe offers workshops on CRAB (Carbon Reduction Action Box) and also offers audits and pointers for reducing your website’s carbon output.

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

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

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

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

Find out more about this event

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

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

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

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

Click here for more about this event

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

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

Find out more and respond

Lancaster Evaluation Group  
The Lancaster Evaluation Group (LEG) is a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners based at Lancaster University, who have come together through a common interest in evaluative practice.  

The group is hosting a series of hybrid events exploring different aspects of evaluation. Each session will include a seminar led by visiting experts in the field of evaluation followed by a networking session, called ‘Evaluation Café’. Participants can connect, converse, and collaborate on all things evaluation. Each of these 4 sessions will cover a different theme.  

Please register to attend here  

Times and Dates:   

  • Session 1 – 10:30pm-2:30pm, Mon 3rd June  
  • Session 2 – 10:30pm-2:30pm, Mon the 10th June   
  • Session 3 – 10:30pm-2:30pm, Wed the 19th June  
  • Session 4 – 12:30pm-4:30pm, Thurs the 27th June 

Global Village Cafe celebrate Festa Italia 
Come along to The Cornerstone during Festa Italia on 26 May to join Global Village Cafe in collaboration with Jon Hill of Community Pizza Events.

Jon will be helping to make made to order, freshly baked pizza and their chefs have designed some interesting toppings for you to try along with more traditional options.   

There will be coffee and cakes from 10am and pizza orders from 12 midday to 2:30pm.   

Location: The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster, LA1 1PX


Workplace Safety, Compliance and Regulation 
In this webinar, WorkNest provides an update on recent and upcoming legislative changes and what’s on the HSE’s agenda. The hosts will also share valuable lessons from recent prosecution cases to help you strengthen your systems and procedures, enhance training programmes and reinforce best practices.

Watch on-demand now.

That Spring Thing  
Celebrate spring on Sunday 26 May at a free neighborhood party featuring planting, acoustic music, healthy food, street performances, and arts and crafts. This event revitalises an unused public space near More Music to embrace community spirit and raise environmental awareness.

Enjoy interactive activities, including a compost game at the FoodFutures stall, and learn about the upcoming Share the Harvest festival. Come together to enjoy the season and support a greener future.  

Find out more about this event  

Conservation Careers
Are you interested in a career in conservation and would like to gain the relevant knowledge and experience to pursue this? Come along to this free, one-day event to learn about conservation career pathways. Gain practical conservation experience and visit the home of environmental sustainability for Lancaster University. 

Time and Date: 10am-5pm, Wednesday 5th of June 2024
Location: The Arndale Centre, Market Street, Morecambe, LA4 5DH

Book your place here, with the trip being suitable for those aged 16 and over. 

Supporting and engaging with people in recovery
Join us online on Tuesday 25th June for a 30 minute briefing session about the particular needs and experiences of someone in recovery. How can you better support service users who are in or have gone through recovery from drug/alcohol addiction? How can you better support and engage volunteers from the recovery community?

We will be joined by Ged Pickersgill from The Well Communities who will talk about his own lived experience and give his professional perspective. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Everyone is different and sometimes we need to rethink our approaches, whether in service delivery or other engagements, depending on who we’re supporting. Even when we think we’re being inclusive, we might be inadvertently not treating someone in the most effective way to help them, simply because we don’t know about or understand the things that we could do differently that would make a difference to that individual in the best way possible.

For more information and to book a place on this free session:

Have a go at Crown Green Bowling
Head down to Luneside & Rosebank Bowling Club between 2pm and 5pm on 26 May to have a completely free go at playing Crown Green Bowling as part of the Bowls’ Big Weekend 2024.

Find them on Fairfield Close, off Fairfield Road, Lancaster LA1 5NT

Email Graham Brandwood at [email protected] for more information

Iredell Annual Lecture: Feelings at Work in Modern Britain
Reserve your place for the Iredell Annual Lecture at Lancaster University featuring Professor Claire Langhamer on ‘Feelings at Work in Modern Britain’. Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Cavendish LT. The lecture explores the emotional dynamics of work throughout history.

Register for free on this link

Social Investment – an Alternative Source of Funds
Social investment is an increasingly popular form of funding which can help a charity or social enterprise to increase its social impact.

As a charity or social enterprise, you can use repayable finance to help you increase your impact on society, for example by growing your business, providing working capital for contract delivery, or buying assets.

The session will explore how social investment can help with organisations diversifying income sources, rather than relying on grants, as the grant climate becomes more and more competitive.

It will explore social investment, demystifying some myths, as well as helping organisations decide whether social investment is the right fit for them.

This session will provide insight into the process and the support organisations can access to start their investment journey.

Tuesday 4th June, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Storey (Reading Room), LA1 1TH
This event is free, with lunch and refreshments provided.

Find out more and book here

Risk Management and Insurance in the Third Sector
This free session will look at the risks that community groups and charities face.

By the end of the session you will understand:

  • how to assess risk
  • who should assess risk
  • the role of insurance

We will discuss risk matters of concern to the groups present, raise subjects that you might not have thought about, and answer common questions that arise. We encourage participants to provide subjects, questions and scenarios before the session to be specifically answered on the day to make it as relevant for local groups as possible.

Tim Larden of Ladbrook Insurance will run the session. Tim has over 20 years experience in the insurance sector and has worked specifically with charities for over 12 years. Ladbrook provide insurance advice and services within the NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) network.

Find out more and book

Budgeting for Sustainability Training
The Fore is partnering with Embrace Finance for a workshop on Budgeting for Sustainability.

Budgeting for sustainability in small charities can be challenging. Business models and the operating environment often makes this difficult.

This session will revisit good budgeting principles, explore ways to build sustainability and talk about the very real challenge of having to do more with less.

  • Understand the benefits of budgeting
  • Know how to prepare a simple multi project organisational budget
  • Understand how budgeting can contribute to sustainability
  • Understand the limitations of full cost recovery and budgeting when building sustainability

23 May, 9:30am – 12:30pm, online. £22.38 per delegate.

Find out more and book here

Westgate Family Hub Hairdressing Course 
The training provider Realise are running a free hairdressing course opportunity at the Westgate Family Hub. The program provides attendees with empowerment, camaraderie, and valuable skills. Whether you are on the path to becoming a freelance hairdresser or simply learning about the latest styling techniques, the sessions will teach you all about braiding, blow-drying, hair up’s and more, and all fully certified at Level 1.  

Date & time: Wednesdays from the 1 May between 9.30am – 2.30pm  
Location: Family Hub, LA4 4XF 
Eligibility criteria apply 

See the course leaflet for more information 

Tell us what should be celebrated at FestiVOL 2024
Our annual celebration of the voluntary sector will take place on 21 November at Lune Valley Methodist Hall in Caton – don’t forget to save the date! The event will use performances and workshops to highlight achievements and share good ideas.

Which organisations, projects, or areas of voluntary sector activity do you want to see celebrated this year?

Click here to tell us

How to Recruit your Volunteer Dream Team
This full-day workshop from the Association of Volunteer Managers will help attendees grow and diversify their volunteer talent by learning the essential skills and frameworks that are needed to expand and deepen volunteer impact using today’s tools and strategies. Sessions include:

  • Plan for strategic volunteer involvement
  • Convert committed volunteers with better messaging
  • Implement a “full stack” volunteer recruitment strategy
  • Onboard volunteers with intention and purpose

The day will be led by Tobi Johnson, a consultant and expert trainer in volunteer recruitment.

6 June, 9:30am – 4:30pm at Manchester Metropolitan University, £89/£109

Find out more and book here

Beacon Lighting Event for 80th D-Day Anniversary
A beacon lighting event will take place in Morecambe to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Come along and join Morecambe Town Council outside Morecambe Town Hall at 9pm on June 6 for a special beacon lighting ceremony commemorating the anniversary.

Attendees can witness the lighting of a specially-designed beacon and enjoy nostalgic war-time songs performed by Morecambe-based singer Leigh Rhianon Coggins.

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

Find out more about Get Grants training

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

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

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

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

3 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm, online

Buy your ticket here

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

Available courses include:

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

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

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

The next available workshops will take place on Thursday 27 June.

Reserve your place here

Lancaster Floating Support – Accommodation Finding Officer with Gateway 
The Calico Group’s Gateway are looking for an Accommodation Finding Officer to support customers to source affordable, private rented accommodation, and provide casework support to set up and maintain their accommodation for the long term.

The role will include building up networks with private landlords to increase move on provisions and maximise outcomes for customers.  Further responsibility will be to provide support to Landlords engaging with the scheme to ensure their tenants receive effective support to avoid risk of eviction and homelessness. 

Salary: £24,355 per annum 
Contract: Fixed until 31 March (extension opportunity)  
Location: Lancaster & Morecambe 
Closing Date: 17 June 2024 

Find out more about this role and apply

Caretaker Role with The Rainbow Centre
The Rainbow Centre in Morecambe is seeking a Caretaker to maintain cleanliness and carry out minor repairs. The role, aimed at reducing social isolation and enhancing wellbeing for over-50s, involves daily cleaning, waste management, and building security, along with weekly tasks and occasional additional hours. Contact [email protected] or call 01524 415502 for more information. 

Salary: Circa £5,000 per annum 
Contract: Mon – Fri 44 weeks a year, over 12 months 
Location Morecambe 
Closing date: Friday 14 June 

Applications are open until June 14.  

View the role job description 

Volunteer Coordinator at Together Trust 
Volunteer Coordinator is needed to support the Volunteer Service at the Together Trust. Responsibilities include recruitment, maintaining records, volunteer training, and coordinating volunteer activities. Required for the role are GCSEs, good organisational skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office.  

Salary: £23,412 per year FTE 
Contract: 20 hours part-time (worked 4-5 days per week) 
Location: Hybrid role combining working from home as well as the Together Trust centre, Cheadle, and other services across the operating area of the organisation.  
Closing date: 13 June 2024, 10.59pm 

Find out more about this role and apply 

Regional Fundraiser with Charity Horizons 
Join the North West Air Ambulance Charity’s dynamic Fundraising team to develop local fundraising plans, build partnerships, and promote the charity’s mission. The role requires an experienced, creative, and organised fundraiser with strong relationship-building skills. Benefits include flexible working, life assurance, cash back scheme, and more. Must have a driving license and access to a vehicle.  

Salary: £29,111 per year 
Contract: Full-time, permanent 
Location: Preston, Lancashire (Hybrid) 
Closing date: 31 May 2024, 11.59pm 

Full details and how to apply  

Multi-skilled Tradesperson for Preston Care & Repair
Preston Care & Repair are seeking to recruit a passionate, motivated individual to join their growing team based in Leyland, Lancashire. Preston Care & Repair is an independent, charitable organisation that aims to provide the best possible support and services to help keep people safe, secure, warm and independent at home. The role involves installing various home adaptations and performing small jobs.

Salary:  £27,767 – £30,243 (£14.43/hr – £15.72/hr)
Contract: Full Time – Full Time – 37 hours per week, 26 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays
Location: Leyland, Lancashire
Closing Date: Friday 31 May 2024, 4pm

Find out more about this role and apply

Regular Giving Fundraiser – CancerCare
CancerCare at the Slynesdale Centre are seeking a Regular Giving Fundraiser to be responsible for developing and increasing income from new and existing donors through regular giving, campaigns, appeals and direct marketing initiatives. The role will encompass donor development, supporter acquisition and retention, through research and relationship building, combining a target driven approach with a caring and empathetic manner.

Salary: £14,777 per annum plus benefits
Contract: 22.5 hours per week (flexible working hours)
Location: Slynesdale Centre, Kendal or Barrow with travel and working remotely.
Closing date: Friday 7 June 2024

Find out more and apply

Multiple Roles with the Together Trust
Occupational Therapist
The Together Trust are looking for an Occupational Therapist to join their team. This role involves providing consultancy, training, and therapy interventions primarily to mainstream schools. You’ll assess and refer students, manage therapy team appraisals, and ensure evidence-based interventions. Requirements include an Occupational Therapy degree, HCPC registration, experience in mainstream schools, and excellent communication skills.

Salary: £39,327 FTE
Contract: Full-time-permanent
Location: Liverpool and surrounding areas
Closing date: 10 June 2024, 1059pm

Find out more about this role and apply

Children’s Residential Support Worker
Together Trust are seeking a Children’s Residential Support Worker to expand their team. You’ll provide care and support to vulnerable children and young people with autism and learning difficulties. No previous childcare experience is required as full training is provided. Key responsibilities include attending to the children’s needs, planning activities, and supporting their communication and development.

Salary: £23,412.00 per annum with biennial increments(Starting)
Contract: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Lostock, Bolton
Closing date: 30 May 2024 at 10.59pm

Apply now and make a difference in the lives of children and young people in need!

North Lancashire Food Hub Communications Coordinator with LESS
LESS is seeking a communications professional to set up the sales and marketing channels for a new North Lancashire Food Hub which will connect local producers with customers in the District.

Salary: £27,964.35 for full time (pro-rata £5593 for 7.5 hours per week for a full year)
Freelance: £130 day rate
Contract: On average 7.5 hours per week. A fixed term contract until 31 March 2025. It is hoped that continuation funding would be secured.
Location: The Storey Institute, Lancaster and homeworking

View the full job description

See the Food Futures jobs page

Panel Chair – Community Foster Care 
Community Foster Care are looking for a Panel Chair for Community Foster Care. The role will require the individual to participate in lead panel meetings, ensuring adherence to regulations and policies. Other responsibilities include preparing for meetings, promoting diversity, and safeguarding confidentiality. Key requirements include experience in complex meeting management. 

Salary: £30-£35 per hour plus £75 reading for each panel and One panel per month or as required) 
Contract: Permanent 
Location: Lancaster & Gloucester (Hybrid) 
Closing Date: 30 May 2024, 11.59pm 

Find out more about this role 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 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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