Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 24 August 2023

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Swop Shop Skill Share Network Workshop Empowers Community Collaboration
Thank you so much to everyone who attended our introductory Swop Shop Skill Share event held on the 12th July at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club, Lancaster, and for making it a success. A diverse range of community organisations came together in an atmosphere of innovation, collaboration, and knowledge exchange, all prompted by the evaluation feedback received from delegates at our inaugural FestiVOL and 50th anniversary event last November.

You asked for more opportunities to exchange resources skills, knowledge, and best practice, and expressed a need for time spent together and face to face networking. Everyone gathered with creative enthusiasm, ready to tackle challenges and share ideas resulting in a day filled with productive discussions and fruitful outcomes… Read more

Break the Mould – Residential Weekend
A huge thanks to all the young people that joined us from across Lancaster district and Cumbria to take part in our Break the Mould residential weekend at The Kepplewray Centre on the 17th and 18th June.  The inspiring group of young people worked hard to design a grants programme which will give out £60,000 to local communities.  Thanks also to Buzz and Steve from Think Forward CIC for doing such a fabulous job in galvanising the young people.   

The  ‘Break the Mould’ project is funded by the Francis C Scott Charitable  Trust to celebrate their 60th Anniversary and is delivered in partnership between LDCVS and Cumbria Youth Alliance.

Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize Opens for 2024 Nominations
The Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize for 2024 is now open for nominations. Valued at US$2.5 million (approximately £1.96 million), it stands as the world’s largest annual humanitarian award. The prize recognizes outstanding charitable or non-profit organisations globally that have made significant contributions to alleviating human suffering. Nominations should focus on the organization’s achievements rather than future goals, highlighting its impact on addressing important issues, demonstrating effective programmatic approaches, nurturing partnerships for greater influence, showcasing organisational capacity, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The 2023 winner is yet to be announced, while the 2022 recipient was the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which assists displaced individuals in more than 35 countries.

Nominations for 2024 will be accepted from 17 August 2023 to 27 September 2023.

Learn more about the fund and nominations

Funding for Search and Rescue Organisations to Support Operational Volunteer Training
UK charitable search and rescue (SAR) organisations have the opportunity to secure funding for operational volunteer training in support of SAR operations. Charities Aid Foundation is providing grants starting at £1,000 for organisations nationwide, aiming to enhance the quality and safety of SAR services by improving volunteer training. The UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund offers support for high-priority training that strengthens the capabilities of SAR organisations and volunteers. This includes core skills training for new and existing volunteers, preventing skills deterioration due to pandemic-related disruptions, revalidation of core training, and well-being-focused training. Eligible costs cover operational training, essential courses, external trainers, administrative expenses, volunteers’ travel and accommodation, training equipment, and up to 50% of training costs. The training activities are scheduled between April 1, 2024, and March 31, 2026.

The deadline for application is 14 November 2023.

Find out more about this fund and apply

New £10m Community Energy Fund for England to Open in Early Autumn
New government funding will empower local communities across England to develop renewable energy projects that will benefit their local areas. The Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero’s new £10 million Community Energy Fund will give both urban and rural communities the opportunity to develop clean energy projects in their area. Setting up local energy projects is expected to provide local jobs and deliver energy security.

The funding is for projects that are proposed, designed and owned by local people, such as small-scale wind farms, rooftop solar partnerships, battery storage, rural heat networks, electric vehicle charging points, and fuel poverty alleviation schemes. As with the former Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), the new Community Energy Fund will be delivered through Local Net Zero Hubs (partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses).

The government announcement can be read on the GOV.UK website.

The Community Energy Fund will open to applications in the early Autumn.

Community Justice Fund Launches New £30m Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme
The National Lottery Community Fund, in collaboration with the Access to Justice Foundation and support from the Community Justice Fund, introduces the “Improving Lives Through Advice” (ILTA) funding program with a budget of £30 million over five years. This initiative aims to provide specialist welfare legal advice to the most marginalized communities in England, including individuals with disabilities, domestic abuse survivors, and families facing eviction.

The ILTA program will have two funding rounds. The first round focuses on granting multi-year core costs grants to registered charities working in England, supporting the sustainability of advice services and empowering marginalised communities. Funding is categorised based on the size of the organisation, with grants ranging from £50,000 to £100,000 per annum.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest for Round 1 is September 15, 2023.

Learn more about this grants programme

Scops Arts Trust Accepting Applications for Second Funding Round in 2023
Charities across the United Kingdom can apply for funding for new high-quality projects that provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to access, enjoy, and participate in the arts. Scops Art Trust is offering grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities, and other constituted, not-for-profit organisations, to deliver projects and activities that give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in, and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts (music, drama, opera, and dance).

There is a two-stage application process, wherein groups must complete an eligibility check before being invited to submit a Stage 1 application. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a Stage 2 online application form.

The next deadline for Stage 1 applications is 22 August 2023.

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme
The Lancashire Community Food Grant Scheme offers small grants to community groups in Lancashire, particularly those within the voluntary, community, and faith sector, aiming to address food insecurity. In the previous year, 97 successful applications were made, showcasing the scheme’s impact. For the 2023-24 financial year, a total of £100,000 is available.  Projects addressing emergency food needs and food insecurity, specifically targeting vulnerable populations, can apply for up to £2,000. Eligible expenses include equipment, venue hire, training, volunteer expenses, food, resilience-building projects, and organisational staff costs. Previous grant recipients who’ve submitted project progress reports are eligible to apply. For enquiries, contact [email protected]. Note that applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

The closing application date for the scheme is October 1st, 2023.

Learn more about it and how to apply

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Announces Funding Theme for September Round
The MSE Charity has unveiled the funding theme for its September 2023 grant round as ‘Life Changes’. This round will allocate grants to not-for-profit organizations in the UK that focus on delivering vital financial skills to specific groups impacted by major life changes, such as bereavement, retirement, homelessness, relationship breakdown, or resettlement.

The grants, which have been increased to a maximum of £8,000, aim to empower adults to navigate these transitions more effectively through improved financial literacy. Eligible organizations, including charities, social enterprises, and credit unions, can apply if they meet criteria such as being UK-based, having an annual income below £750,000, and holding unrestricted reserves less than six months of their running costs.

The application window will open from 4th to 29th September 2023, and early review of the application form and eligibility quiz is encouraged due to the limited acceptance capacity of 40 applications.

Find out more and how to apply

Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund – Small Grants Application Deadline 25 August
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) is offering small grants to UK registered non-profit organizations focusing on grassroots initiatives within diverse and deprived communities across the UK. The fund supports projects falling within themes including heritage and conservation, education, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, environment, and countryside development. Single-year grants of up to £5,000 and multi-year grants of up to £15,000 are available, with an average single award of £2,000. Eligible organizations should have an income of up to £1 million, completed two years of activity, and align with the PWCF’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Priority is given to projects and organizations associated with King Charles III.

The application deadline is 25th August 2023.

Learn more about this fund and apply here

Deadline Announced for Energy Globe Awards 2024
The Energy Globe Awards, which recognise and reward both large and small projects addressing climate change, are accepting submissions for the 2024 awards. These global awards highlight practical and sustainable solutions to major environmental challenges, emphasizing resource conservation, improved air/water/soil quality, energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and contributions to combating climate change. Projects from individuals, companies, organisations, and public authorities can be entered across categories such as Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Youth.

Projects must be already implemented or nearing completion to be eligible. The awards follow a two-stage competition, starting with national awards and culminating in international recognition for the best projects. The top projects in each category will share a €10,000 prize fund and gain extensive global media coverage during the award ceremony.

The deadline for submissions to the 2024 awards is 31 December 2023.

For more information and to submit your project

The Arts Society Accepting Applications for Autumn 2023 Funding Round
UK-based charities have the opportunity to secure funding for impactful arts and heritage projects through The Arts Society. With grants of up to £3,000 available, this initiative supports initiatives that enhance people’s lives through arts engagement, skills development in the arts and heritage sector, and bolster local arts organizations and museums. Charities with an annual turnover below £3 million can apply for diverse projects spanning artistic experiences, skills training, crafts apprenticeships, and support for regional museums, galleries, and arts groups. Prioritizing accessibility, local engagement, and community impact, the application process involves registering with The Arts Society’s online portal before submission.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2023

Look into this funding option and apply

Water4All European Partnership Pre-Announcement of Joint Transnational Call on Aquatic Ecosystem Services
The Water4All European Partnership is set to launch its second joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on 12 September 2023. This co-funded partnership under Horizon Europe is centered on the theme of ‘Ecosystem Services’, particularly focusing on aquatic ecosystems such as inland surface water, groundwater, transitional and coastal water.

The call seeks proposals in areas like mapping ecosystem services amidst changing contexts, understanding pressures on services, and integrating services into water resource management. Early Career Researchers and expressions of interest for a Knowledge Hub are also encouraged. Eligible consortia must have at least three partners from different countries participating in the call. With a budget of around €34 million, this call involves countries including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, UK, and more.

The application procedure includes pre-proposals and full proposals, with anticipated closing dates in November 2023 and April 2024 respectively.

Learn more about this funding opportunity

Home Office Community Engagement Fund Reopens for Applications
Funding is available for grassroots and community groups to engage communities and raise awareness of and address any misinformation about the Windrush Compensation and Windrush Schemes, with a focus on non-Caribbean communities.  The Community Engagement Fund (CEF) is a £150,000 grant fund to support grassroots and community groups to engage communities and raise awareness of priority Home Office policy areas and the support available. Some nationality groups, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana and India, despite possibly having been impacted, are not coming forward for compensation to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

The fund should support short and easy-to-deliver projects which must be completed by 29 March 2024.

Applications will be accepted from 1 August 2023 to 30 August 2023.

Read more about this fund and how to apply

Arts Council England Announces Changes to National Lottery Projects Grants From Autumn 2023
Arts Council England has announced upcoming changes to the National Lottery Project Grants (NLPG) from Autumn 2023. NLPG, designed to support arts, museums, and libraries projects in England, is being modified to enhance accessibility for applicants. Starting with new guidance notes in September 2023 and new application forms and online resources in November 2023, the changes involve introducing three application forms based on grant amounts: up to £30,000, £30,001 to £100,000, and £100,001 or more. The restructured NLPG will include a focus on Major Projects (formerly Nationally Significant Projects) supporting ambitious cultural endeavors and Touring Projects promoting cultural communities and international aspects. Expressions of Interest for these strands will open in late 2023.

The current version of the National Lottery Projects Grants programme remains open for applications until the end of October 2023.

Read more about the changes here

Funding to Support Training in Ecclesiastical Heritage Skills Across UK and Ireland
Registered Christian charities throughout the UK and Ireland can apply for funding to support individuals who are training in Heritage skills deemed necessary for the preservation and maintenance of historic Christian buildings. Benefact Trust is offering grants for registered Christian charities across the United Kingdom and Ireland to support the preservation of key heritage skills that are essential to the conservation of historic Christian buildings.

Through the Heritage Skills for Christian Buildings Grants Programme, groups can train individuals with apprenticeships, scholarships, and training courses in skills that are relevant to the maintenance and preservation of Christian buildings, including stonemasonry, carpentry, heritage plumbing, electrical, bricklaying and more! Grants can be used to support individuals for the duration of their training up to a maximum period of three years. All individuals supported through this programme should receive an accredited qualification at the end of their training that is recognised within the Heritage sector.

Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more about the Benefact Trust Funding Support

Foundation Launch New Funding Programme – Local Collaborations
The Lloyds Bank Foundation have launched the Local Collaborations programme which provides grants of £100,000 over two years and development support for collaborations led by small charities to influence and achieve change locally around three themes: social security, accommodation and refugee and asylum seeker support. It is recommended to sign up to their webinar on Thursday 13th July for more information.

The programme is now open for applications until Friday 22nd September.  The Panel decisions will be in late February 2024.

Find out more about the grants programme

Next Round of Pots of Possibility Funding Opening Soon
Do you know a local zero waste or regenerative project or enterprise that could grow into something great with a little financial help? Put this date in your diary!  The Pots of Possibility ‘Your Pots’ fund is offering grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to community organisations to develop regenerative ideas, scale up existing regenerative projects and help our communities and environment to flourish. Applications will be open from 4 September to 6 October 2023.

Find out more about the Pots of Possibility grant programme here

National Lottery Heritage Fund Announces Details of Transition to New Strategy
The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), the UK’s largest funder of UK heritage has published the details of its first delivery plan (2023-2026) for its new 10-year strategy, Heritage 2033 with an anticipated £3.6 billion to be awarded to good causes over the next decade. The process will be simplified and more proportionate, and there’s a recognition of rising costs with an increased upper grant limit of £10 million. NLHF will also distribute over £43 million in government funding in 2023-24, invest in 20 locations across the UK through its Place initiative, and support urban nature recovery with Nature Cities and Towns.

Changes to applications for grants between:
£3,000 and £10,000 – Applications will close in December 2023.
£10,000 and £250,000 – Applications will temporarily close in November 2023 and reopen in January 2024
£250,000 and £10 million – Applications for grants will reopen in January 2024

Visit the NLHF website for full details on the Heritage 2033 delivery plan (2023-2026)

Funding for UK Theatres to Improve Environmental Sustainability – Early September Deadline
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. This is a small fund with a total budget of £115,000 for this round. Grants support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact, such as: Sedum roofs, new windows, building management systems and more efficient water heaters.

The deadline for applications is noon on 5 September 2023.

Learn more about this funding option

Government Launches Cladding Safety Scheme for Residential Buildings in England
Grants are available for the remediation of unsafe cladding which poses a fire risk on residential buildings in England where a responsible developer cannot be identified, traced, or held responsible. The Cladding Safety Scheme has been established to meet the cost of addressing fire risks associated with cladding on residential buildings in England. Grants are available to mitigate life safety risks, where this is recommended in a Fire Risk Assessment of External Walls (FRAEW).

Applications are now open. There is no stipulated deadline.

Find out more about this scheme

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme Now Open for Applications
The Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme is now open for applications! The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has allocated funding for the continuation of the programme for another year (2023-2024). Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums, and prospective neighbourhood forums can apply for grants and technical support to develop a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development. The programme offers basic grants ranging from £1,000 to £10,000, and for more complex projects, groups can receive an additional grant of up to £8,000, making the maximum total amount available £18,000.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted before March 2024.

More information on this programme

Branching Out Fund Accepting Applications for the 2023 Winter Planting Season
The Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund is now accepting applications for the 2023 Winter Planting Season. This fantastic opportunity offers grants ranging from £250 to £2,500 to support tree and hedge planting projects between November 2023 and February 2024. With the funding, you can purchase a wide range of tree-related resources, including native trees, hedgerow trees, fruit trees, bioplastic tree guards, stakes, mulch, and more. Non-native tree varieties, chosen with climate change resilience in mind, may also be considered. Priority will be given to projects incorporating diverse tree types, so apply early to secure your chance. If you’re looking to create a positive impact on your community’s green space, apply today!

The deadline for applications is 3 December 2023.

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

Five years of Empowering Places Report
The Empowering Places program, a five-year initiative aimed at strengthening community anchors and developing sustainable clusters of local businesses, has concluded. This provided an opportunity to share the program’s insights and findings. Cooperatives UK, in collaboration with New Economics Foundation and CLES – Centre for Local Economic Strategies, led the program, offering funding and capacity-building support to catalyst organisations in six socioeconomically deprived areas. The final program report by Renaisi provides a comprehensive overview of Empowering Places, examining the diverse approaches taken by catalysts in utilising investment and delivering outcomes. The report delves into the program’s impact on both individuals and the localities involved, offering valuable insights and lessons for community development.

Read the evaluation report here

NAVCA NEW: Social Prescribing Resources
NAVCA have announced the launch of two new social prescribing resources, developed by NAVCA with the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) and Spirit of 2012. The Self-Assessment Development Guide for Social Prescribing Link Worker Host Organisations is a practical, day-to-day guide on how to develop and deliver a quality SPLW hosting service with useful practical advice for programmed in all stages of development from considering hosting link workers to maintaining an existing highly successful programme.

The Impactful Social Prescribing resource is a presentation template and accompanying guidance notes that aim to increase the impact of social prescribing through increased co-design/production of the social prescribing infrastructure, and by creating stronger connections between local VCSE infrastructure organisations (LIOs) and stakeholders involved in social prescribing at a national, regional, system and place level. This template is meant to set the stage for your conversations with the Integrated Care System around social prescribing and provides a clear framework and instructions for adaptation to suit your unique local situation.

Both of these resources can be found here

Rural Community Business Awards 2023
The Plunkett’s Rural Community Business Awards returns for another year to recognise and celebrate the incredible achievements of community businesses across the UK and the dedicated individuals involved in them. These businesses are essential for their local communities, providing economic growth and social well-being. The awards acknowledge achievements in various categories and showcase the impactful work of rural community businesses in driving positive change and sustainability.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 8th September 2023.

Read more about the awards and nominate

NCVO Survey: The Impact of Inflation on Charities Delivering Public Services
Income from government and public bodies through grants and contracts to deliver public services makes up 26% of the voluntary sector’s income. Underfunding of these services is a longstanding problem for the sector, and it is now being exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis. Voluntary infrastructure bodies are working together to make the case to government for sustainably funded public services. This survey from NCVO will help to build evidence of this problem, and influence government. This survey is about services funded by contracts and grants from government (both central and local) and public bodies. It is not about funding from trusts and foundations, public giving, or enterprise.

Learn more about the survey and take part

Love Lancaster Business Awards – Lancaster Superhero Award
With the return of this year’s Lancaster Business Awards, nominations are now open for the Lancaster Superhero award. The only community award, sponsored by HPA, seeks to recognise the individual who has voluntarily given up their time to make a significant positive contribution to Lancaster city centre. This could be someone at a school, local community group or charity who has given up their time to help others. Tell us what they have done for other people which really makes them stand out from the crowd.  

Place your nomination here

Enhancing Engagement with the VCFSE Sector in Social Care Research
Dr. Jenny Harlock, Associate Professor at Warwick University’s Health Sciences department, and the collaborative efforts of BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Service Council) and NIHR RDS (National Institute for Health Research – Research Design Service) have produced a set of final reports and recommendations aimed at enhancing engagement with the Voluntary, Community, Faith, and Social Enterprise Sector within the realm of social care research. These reports and recommendations are intended to serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement for researchers and funders, encouraging them to build upon existing partnerships. The outcomes of this collaborative effort will be presented at the upcoming VSVR (Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research) Conference in September. 

Find further information on the work, including a blog and links to the full report and executive summary here.

Keep your Property Safe – FREE Immobilise System
Immobilise is a national online property database and mobile app that allows individuals to register their valuables, such as electronic devices, bicycles, and other belongings. By registering items on Immobilise, users can help law enforcement to recover stolen property and return it to its rightful owners. The platform aids in reducing crime and provides a way for individuals to protect their possessions. Immobilise also facilitates the reporting of lost or stolen items, making it a valuable tool in safeguarding belongings and assisting in law enforcement efforts.

Find out more about this useful security tool

‘Dont Take the Bait’ Phishing Campaign – Lancashire Cyber Crime
Lancashire Constabulary are encouraging individuals and organisations to stay vigilant and safeguard against phishing threats. Phishing attacks can have serious consequences, compromising sensitive data and security. The National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) have provided valuable resources to help you protect your organisation, to access essential information and campaigns aimed at raising awareness about phishing dangers.

In this digital age, attacks are becoming increasingly common and becoming more cleverly targeted.  It is important to educate yourself and your team, recognise phishing attempts and adopt best practices to ensure your cybersecurity remains strong. Don’t take the bait – stay informed and defend your business against phishing attacks.

If you have any queries please contact the Cyber Crime Unit at [email protected]

Learn more about the ‘Dont Take the Bait Phishing Campaign

Contract Uplifts
Charities are increasingly facing challenges due to the growing disparity between the costs of delivering services and the value of contracts provided by contracting authorities. As the expenses of service delivery rise, it has become more difficult for charities to maintain operations within the contract’s specified value.

In collaboration with NCVO and other partners, efforts are being made to address this issue with the government and seek solutions that ensure charities receive adequate funding for their contracted services. Charities engaged in contracts with local authorities, PCCs, ICSs, central government departments, or other authorities are encouraged to share their experiences through a survey aimed at comprehensively understanding the financial hurdles arising from insufficient uplift in public service contracts.

The survey, accessible until September 1st, gathers data about contract types, values, and delivery costs. Participating in this survey can help shed light on the challenges faced by charitable organisations in meeting contractual obligations.

Access the survey and contribute your valuable insights here

Whatsapp Scam – Community & Religious Groups
Beware of a new WhatsApp scam targeting large community and religious groups, where scammers infiltrate the groups to deceive members into sending money. The fraud involves a scammer posing as a group member, gaining trust through a false profile picture and audio call. Victims are then tricked into sharing a one-time passcode, which they use to hijack their WhatsApp account.

With account access, scammers request money from other group members or contacts, claiming they are in need. To protect yourself, never share your account’s two-factor authentication code, set up two-step verification, and verify unusual requests by calling the person directly. Report and block suspicious messages within WhatsApp, and if you’ve been a victim, report it to or call 0300 123 2040.

Social Investment Linked to Boosting Local Economic Growth
A collaborative report by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Social Investment Business explores the impact of social investment on local economic growth. The analysis is based on neighborhood-level data and reveals that areas receiving social investment exhibited notable reductions in deprivation and higher economic indicators like output, income, and employment compared to areas without such investment.

Notably, a 12% improvement in deprivation levels was observed between 2010-2019 when investment exceeded £3 million, rising to over 17% for investments surpassing £4 million. Moreover, gross value added (GVA) data indicated a 14% difference in GVA increases with a minimum of £500,000 social investment, reaching 42% and 106% for investments exceeding £3 million and £4 million respectively. The research was largely informed by the UK’s Futurebuilders fund, which targeted disadvantaged communities through loans, grants, and blended finance investments.

Read more about the report

A New Community Workshop in the Lancaster District?
Are you part of a local group, organisation or business that repairs, makes or mends? Could your group make use of a shared Community Workshop space, tools and equipment? For example, you might want to use the space to:

run making/mending classes
hold repair sessions
store tools and equipment.

Closing Loops would like your views! Please tell us whether a Community Workshop would be useful to your organisation – click the link below and answer a short survey.

Learn more about the new digital service

Get involved with Vision for Volunteering Workshops
The Vision for Volunteering is a movement to create a diverse, innovative, ambitious, equitable and person-centred future for volunteering. It aims to set out a view of what volunteering needs to look like, and how this will make volunteers feel about their roles, by 2032. More than 350 people from more than 300 organisations contributed to the Vision for Volunteering, which is led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, and the Association of Volunteer Managers.

The Vision for Volunteering programme team are leading a range of in-person and virtual workshops throughout June and July to inspire you and your organisations to bring Vision for Volunteering to life in your communities. The workshops will be places for you to share what practical tools and resources will best help you with making the Vision a reality.

Find out more on the Vision for Volunteering events webpage.

Volunteer Centre News Update
For the latest from the Volunteer Centre you can read our Volunteering News Update here

Lancaster Guardian Column
Read all about aspects of volunteering and other third sector items in the Lancaster District with our regular Lancaster Guardian article. This week’s article is titled – Community isnt Just Where You Live.

Read all about it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the guide here

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

Volunteering Opportunities

Tractor Pull Championship Volunteer Opportunity
Do you want be part of a unique event raising money for a good cause and have a great day out at the same time? The Tractor Pull Championship are hosting the final round of the ETPC Eurocup and BTPA Championships finals and the event is raising vital funds for the NSPCC. Volunteers will be greatly appreciated and are needed for help with parking cars, bucket collecting and manning the NSPCC stand. In return for volunteering and giving your time you will receive free food and drink and will also get a free ticket on the day to see this exciting sport.

The dates and times are: Friday Aug 25th  3pm-7:30pm, Saturday Aug 26th 12am-7pm, Sunday Aug 27th 11am-4pm. You can choose to volunteer on any or all of the 3 days and shorter shifts are available on the Saturday.

Register for a voluntary place at this event

Bay Volunteers Opportunities
Bay Volunteers are offering various roles including the new role for a community group buddy!  

Do you have time during the week to support individual residents with things like shopping, Eggcup and prescription collections, telephone or in-person befriending, digital support, attending a community group with someone on a short-term basis, and more? 

  Bay Volunteers needs volunteers to take up either regular or one-off missions that you can pick and choose, carrying them out when and as often as it suits and fits in with you in a given week to support vulnerable members of our communities. Missions are made available to volunteers on a mobile app and website which is very easy to use, so you can choose which ones you can do. 

 Email: bayvolunteersmanager@[email protected] 

Visit their website here for more information

Volunteer Van Driver- Morecambe
The Well Communities are looking for a volunteer/s who can help assisting their community members to access the gym, take members to the Saturday hub in Lancaster and do their food collection from FareShare in Preston on Friday mornings.

If you like variety and want to meet new people, this could be the role for you! Their community relies on their volunteers to keep them running successfully.

Duties include:
Weekly Friday collection of food from Fareshare, Preston – Helping load and unload items for delivery (including bulky items) in line with their health and safety guidelines. This enables them to run their weekly food club for the community. 2-3 times a week (1.5hrs) – Transporting residents to local Salt Aye Gym, returning to the hub. Saturday – Transporting residents to their hub in Lancaster and collection, returning to the hub in Morecambe.

An opportunity to be part of The Well Communities CIC and the knowledge that you are making a positive difference to people’s lives.

A clean driving license and able to drive a 15-seater minibus.
Contribute to maintaining safe systems of work and a safe environment.
For an informal discussion please contact: Richard Hancock on 07444 907135 or Jo O’Brien on 07581 027413

For an application form, please contact Sarah Lunan – [email protected]

Visit their website here

Lancaster Men’s Hub
Lancaster Men’s Hub support men of all ages in the Lancaster area with their physical and mental health through a wide variety of activities. They are looking for two volunteers to help in the kitchen during their Friday meals.

Kitchen Coordinator
This role will plan the weekly menu, buy food, and arrange a rota for cooking

Kitchen Assistant
This role will serve food and drinks, keep the cafe and kitchen area tidy, and conduct other kitchen duties.

The Cornerstone
The Cornerstone is part of Lancaster Methodist Church and is a community of people working together to create a safe place in the city. They are currently looking for volunteers in the roles of Kitchen Assistant, Promotions & Social Media, and Administration Support/Fundraising.

Kitchen Assistant
Required between 10am and 3pm on Tuesdays for general kitchen duties.

Promotions & Social Media Lead
Design eye-catching leaflets and posters, and engage the community through social media.

Administration Support – Fundraising
Help with general office duties and complete funding applications.

Home-Start Volunteers
Home-Start, who offer home-visiting support to local families are looking for more volunteers such as parents, carers or grandparents who feel they could spare 2 to3 hours a week to support a family. They provide training and also other training opportunities and are hoping to run their net course in September. If anyone is interested in this position, please contact Debra Dawkins, the Senior Coordinator of Home-Start to further discuss this role.

Tel: 01524 414871
Mob: 07939404194
Email: [email protected]

PDVS Freedom Program
Did you know the Preston Domestic Violence Services provide a free confidential freedom program? This support group is open to women who have or are, experiencing abuse and want to learn more about the different forms of abuse, coping strategies and warning signs. The program runs for 12 weeks and is delivered virtually via zoom. If you would like to access this program, call our helpline on 01772 201601 or email us at [email protected] to receive a referral form.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month – Learn, Share, Support
September is Blood Cancer Awareness month. Every September, Blood Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness and understanding of blood cancers, the signs and symptoms and its impact, which will help to improve early diagnosis, encourage policymakers to prioritise the disease, as well as help everyone with blood cancer feel connected and heard. Find out about the initiative to spread awareness and knowledge about blood cancers.

Watch the following video on ‘Why Spot Leukaemia?’…

The Bay Health Festivals 2023 Impact
The Bay Health Festivals have crunched the numbers and created this infographic highlighting the key achievements of last month’s Bay Health Festivals events.

Take a look at the breakdown!

Join the Cycle September Challenge!
Ride a bike this September and you could win a £4,000 holiday, plus lots of other prizes. Join Love to Ride Lancashire’s Cycle September Challenge for a chance to win while pedalling your way to better health!

Find out more

NHS Lancashire & South Cumbria ICB AGM
The ICB will be holding its first annual general meeting on the evening of Wednesday 13 September, after the board meeting. Staff, partners and members of the public are invited to attend the session, which will include a presentation of their annual report and accounts, and a look back at achievements and challenges in the ICB’s first year.

Details of the event and booking form

PeerFest is an annual celebration of community-led groups doing peer support. Every year they get together to throw an event that aims to put people with lived experience in control and showcase the power of community mental health support. PeerFest celebrates the importance, power and diversity of peer support- led by people with lived experience. It’s a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers together to network, and share knowledge and best practice through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards. Admission to this event is free! 

Date and Time: 7th September 10am-7pm Location: The Lowry Theatre, Manchester, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ  

More information and reserve your place

Lancashire Mind VCFSE Collaboration – Mental Health Support
The mental health charity Lancashire Mind have been commissioned to collate the opinions and impacts of the Voluntary, Charity, Faith, and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector on supporting people’s mental health. The community mental health model is being developed through collaborative efforts with various partners in the system, including mental health providers, primary care, social care, and the voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector.

The current project phase aims to comprehensively understand the mental health support landscape in Lancashire and South Cumbria within the sector. This involves gathering information on existing initiatives and stakeholders involved. Subsequent stages will involve collaboration events, focus groups, and detailed surveys to compile a report and presentation outlining the current scenario, impact, and support provided by VCFSE organisations. The process will be followed up with recommendations and potential collaborations between VCFSE and public sectors.

To contribute, please complete the survey by August 28th.

Access the survey here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your place coordinator –
Chris Bell, Project lead, Central and West coordinator: [email protected]
Emma Hickson, Fylde Coast (Inc. Blackpool) coordinator: [email protected] Samantha Blackburn, The Bay coordinator:  [email protected]
Joanne Birkner, Pennine Lancashire Coordinator (Inc Blackburn with Darwen): [email protected]

Healthwatch Together Feedback on Section 42 Safeguarding Enquiries
Healthwatch Together want to hear from multi-agency professionals who have been involved in a section 42 safeguarding enquiry. Healthwatch Together is a collaboration between local Healthwatch within Lancashire and South Cumbria, this includes Healthwatch Lancashire, Healthwatch Blackpool and Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen. Healthwatch Together has been commissioned by the Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Adult Safeguarding boards, to review the involvement of people within a section 42 safeguarding enquiry.

Alongside this, Healthwatch Together want to hear from professionals who have been/are involved in a section 42 Safeguarding Enquiry in the last 12 months and understand what is working well and if anything can be improved.

If you have been involved in a section 42 safeguarding enquiry, your feedback would be invaluable in influencing change and improving services.

Go to the survey!

New Research Exploring Stigma Associated with Loneliness
To coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week in June, DCMS published new research exploring the stigma associated with loneliness. Findings suggest that loneliness stigma exists and comes in three forms:

  • an individual feeling shame or embarrassment (self stigma);
  • individuals assuming others will have negative attitudes or beliefs towards them experiencing loneliness (perceived social stigma); and
  • negative attitudes or beliefs towards a person experiencing loneliness (actual social stigma).

The research found examples of stigma across all age groups and that stigma is heightened by greater feelings of loneliness. Normalising loneliness, tackling negative associations and encouraging conversations will help people experiencing loneliness.

DCMS will continue to normalise loneliness through the ongoing communications campaign, with a particular focus on reaching young people.

New Blog Feature: ‘Discovering Wellness in the Lancaster District’
Lancaster District CVS are pleased to announce a brand new series of blogs all about Health & Wellbeing in the district. Lead by our Community Health Officer Jenny Reddell, we will be shining the spotlight on the many activities and services available for improving your health and wellbeing. Centred around our Directory of Services, which now has nearly 400 services from across the health sector and beyond listed, we will be discovering the many opportunities to help you begin your journey to wellness.

This fantastic resource is already being used across our district to help people find new hobbies and interest for themselves, support with loved ones ill-health, support with individual’s long term health conditions, support with understanding what is out there that can help you and me stay well. This is the first of our new health and wellbeing blog series, over the next few months and years we will continue to feature individual services listed in the Directory, helping you discover more about the service and helping us promote this amazing local directory.

Read our first health & wellbeing blog here

Cervical Screening Questionnaire
The NHS need your valuable insights to better understand the reasons behind the low uptake of cervical screenings in our region. In the North West there are fewer women attending cervical screening (also known as smear tests) than in the rest of the country which has brought the NHS cause for concern. Your help is needed to provide more of an understanding about how women feel about cervical screening and what needs to change to support more women making the decision to get cervical screening. Your participation matters to help prioritise women’s health.

For more information and to complete the survey

National Academy of Social Prescribing Webinars
The National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) have provided a series of webinars over recent weeks.  The webinars offer a thought-provoking session that explore the transformative impact of connecting people to non-medical sources of support in their communities. Learn from experts in the field and gain valuable insights into promoting well-being through arts, nature, physical activities, and more.

NASP Upcoming Webinars:

12th September – NASP webinar: A multi faith exploration into social prescribing

To book your place or for more information

NASP Green Social Prescribing Toolkit: Embracing Nature for Health and Well-being
The National Academy of Social Prescribing have introduced a new toolkit the Green Social Prescribing Toolkit, a powerful resource for the third sector to help tackle and prevent mental ill health. This comprehensive toolkit aims to enhance social prescribing by harnessing the therapeutic potential of the natural environment. With a wealth of information, guidance, and best practices, the toolkit equips healthcare professionals, community leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to connect individuals to nature-based activities for improved well-being. By integrating the healing power of green spaces, outdoor activities, and environmental projects into social prescribing initiatives, we can build stronger, healthier communities. The results and findings were positive!

Read more here about the programme!

The Lancaster District Directory – NEW IN!
The Lancaster District Directory is a comprehensive resource offering information and listings related to various health and wellbeing services, organizations, and community initiatives in Lancaster and the surrounding areas.

The Lancaster District CVS Health & Wellbeing Directory has some exciting new updated content…

Visit the following links for NEW Items:

Armed Forces Covenant 
Luneside & Rosebank Bowling & Recreation Club
Experience it by the Sea
Hornby Institute
Hornby Drama Group

If you would like your organisation to be included on our directory, please contact our Community Health Officer [email protected]

Escape2Make Craft Club
There’s a great opportunity for young people aged 11-18 who are either already keen crafters or those who are interested and wanting to learn a new variety of skills! Open to all skill levels and particularly beneficial for beginners the E2M Craft Club is a free of charge place for young people to go and escape from the various aspect of life that can be quite stressful such as school and social media, amongst other things. The club has a friendly, quiet and welcoming atmosphere and is really beneficial for those who are either struggling with their mental health, want to make new friends and socialise more or would just like something fun and productive to do to occupy their free time.

They will show young people techniques and guide them through activities that they can continue at home and the sessions will be split into half consisting of one half working in a group and the other working individually.

All equipment is provided and they encourage young people to also bring in projects that they have been working on at home. The club can also count towards young people’s Duke of Edinburgh Award under the SKILL section.

Session are run at Ethel & Em, 24 New Street, Lancaster, LA1 1EG every other Tuesday, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Sign up using this link and read more information

Love Lancaster Business Awards – Young Person of the Year
The popular Love Lancaster Business Awards are back for 2023 and are now open for nominations. The Young Person of the Year award is sponsored by Lancaster and Morecambe College and is specifically for young people aged 16-25 working in any city centre business who excel and go above and beyond to create a positive impression on their customers. Nominations are welcome from the public or colleagues. 

Do you know a worthy winner? Nominate here

Rookhow Retreat Away Fund Next Round Deadline
The Rookhow Retreat Away Fund is offering subsidised residentials for vulnerable groups who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a break away at their Quaker charity in the Rusland Valley, South Lakes. The fund has benefitted over 400 people from 30 organizations, including refugees, LGBTQ+ youth groups, and those dealing with mental health issues and domestic violence.

New applications are welcomed for their next upcoming round in September, and groups funded previously are also considered. The fund covers part or all of accommodation costs for a minimum of 2 nights, with spaces for up to 30 people. Interested groups can contact Rookhow for discussions and inquiries, and Open Days are available for visits. More information and application forms can be found on their website.

The next round’s application deadline is on 27th September.

Find out more about their programme here

Be Body Positive
With so many aspects of life affecting young people and their relationship with food and their self-image, such as social media, etc, creating unrealistic expectations, the NHS have provided a useful tool for young people, parents and carers and professionals around the topic of body positivity and disordered eating. 

This is a great early intervention tool and contains self-guided modules for young people and helpful content for adults to help them learn how to support young people who are struggling with any of the featured topics. The topics cover Body Image and Normal Eating, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and disordered eating. There are interactive quizzes, drag and drop exercises and engaging videos and tutorials.

View the site here to use the modules and discover more information such as stories, resources and useful links. 

National Youth Agency Youth Work Training
The National Youth Agency (NYA) and its regional partners are offering over five hundred bursaries for youth work courses, providing opportunities to specialise in various aspects of youth work or advance into leadership roles. This initiative, backed by a third year of funding from the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), aims to enhance the skills and capacity of the sector.

The bursaries are available for Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in youth work for 2022/3, with a new Level 4 Certificate in Professional Development (Youth Work) catering to existing youth workers seeking higher-level qualifications. The training can be a combination of online and in-person sessions, and applicants should be involved in working with young people either as volunteers or in paid positions.

Register your interest and apply for their bursary here

Strategies Against Extra-Familial Harm Event – The Innovative Project Webinars
The Innovative Project that research the areas of youth, risk and complexity are hosting an enlightening event focused on empowering community youth. The first of 5 webinars will be looking into “What Works in Helping Young People at Risk of Extra-Familial Harm.” The session will delve into effective strategies that ensure the well-being and safety of young ones. With engaging discussions and expert insights, with enhanced collective efforts the aim is to support youth facing potential risks beyond their families.

Date & time: Wednesday 27 September 2023, 4-5pm
Location: Online

Secure your place here on the webinar here

IICSA Report: Mandatory Reporting Final Call for Evidence
Earlier this year, Government published its response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse final report. Charities, voluntary organisations, charity workers and volunteers working with young people are invited to help in the development of a new duty for reporting signs of abuse.

It is vital that the VCSE sector’s voice is represented through this Call for Evidence, which seeks views on how implementing a duty to report could impact individuals and their organisations. Your feedback will inform a consultation later this year on a shortlist of developed policy options. Responses from interested parties to the Call for Evidence are strongly encouraged by Monday 14 August.

Digital Music Production and Research Project
Are you aged between 16-25 years old? Or aged 65+ years old? Lancaster University and Queen Square Medical Practice are running an exciting digital music production and research project called “Intergenerate.”.  The sessions will provide the opportunity to delve into cutting-edge music production techniques and explore the latest advancements in digital sound.

The sessions will also look into the impact of ageism whilst exploring the positive effects of digital music production on health and wellbeing. There will be 6 x weekly sessions starting Sept 2023 at the Gregson Community Centre in Lancaster. Taking part in an interview beforehand and a focus group afterwards about your views.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the researcher (Rachael), you can email her at [email protected]

Learn more about the project

Gregson Event details

View the project e-poster here

LABGC Summer Events

Fishing Project ‘LetsFish’
Thanks to funding from the Environmental Agency and the Get Fishing Fund, the Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs are now providing 6 free introduction to fishing days for young people aged 10-18 years. Engaging in fishing not only connects youth with nature but also raises awareness of the environment while enhancing concentration and coordination. The Get Fishing campaign was launched by the Angling Trust, to promote angling participation. Annually introducing over 30,000 individuals to angling through fun, safe, and friendly events backed by the Environment Agency. The LetsFish project provides new opportunities and experiences for young people locally to get involved with the international sport of fishing.

Get in touch with Daria at 01524 65106 or [email protected] to learn more or express your interest in taking part.

View the LABGC LetsFish e-poster here

Summer School Holiday Activity Programme at Forrest Hills
Join the Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs for action-packed multi-activity days at Forrest Hills. For a nominal fee of £5 per person, covering transport costs, participants will enjoy an array of exciting activities, including pillow bashing, various archery challenges, and mountain boarding.

Gather your friends and form a group of at least 16 young people to take part in the fun. Don’t worry if you have slightly fewer participants; just reach out to Leon Dove at [email protected] for assistance. The maximum group size is 30, and if you have a few extras, get in touch with Leon Dove to see if they can accommodate your group. The programme runs every Monday to Wednesday throughout the summer holidays, and if those days don’t suit, the team are flexible and can consider other options. Age restriction is 8+, and they currently have funding for 16 slots.

Beach Clean – Social Action Project 2023
Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs, in partnership with The Marine Conservation Society & Sea-Changers, presents an exciting Beach Clean Social Action Project. They are looking for groups of young people from 5 Member Clubs to join the Annual National Beach Clean initiative. The event, taking place on the weekend of Sat 23rd Sept – Sun 24th Sept, will involve cleaning up the beaches and conducting beach litter surveys, contributing to a cleaner and healthier marine environment.

There will be provision for all the safety equipment, protection, and training for group leaders, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. The delivery framework will be decided by the participating clubs and young people, incorporating fun and interactive activities. As a token of appreciation, all participants will receive a Beach Clean participation certificate and medal. If your club is interested, complete the expression of interest form, and they will be in touch to discuss the next steps.

Register your interest

View their event e-poster here

Happy Healthy Holidays – Summer Activities for the Kids
Looking for fun-filled activities to keep your children entertained and engaged this summer? Look no further than the Lancashire County Council HAF programme! With an exciting range of children’s activities available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Funded by the Department for Education, ‘Happy Healthy Holidays’ provides a great opportunity for local children and young people who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to get out and about, get creative and get active. From sports and games to arts and crafts, the programme offers a diverse selection of activities that promote a happy and healthy holiday season. Whether your little ones are aspiring athletes or budding artists, they’ll have the opportunity to explore new interests, meet new friends, and have lots of fun. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to keep your children active and entertained during the holidays.

Find out more about the amazing activities waiting for them and local providers

NHS Support Young People to be Body Positive Webinars
The NHS are introducing a series of transformative webinars designed to empower and support young individuals on their journey towards body positivity. The series explores all that their new resource has to offer to support young people with disordered eating and body image. Through expert-led webinars, they aim to provide invaluable tools, insights, and guidance to help young people develop a healthy relationship with their bodies. From understanding media influences to cultivating self-love and resilience, the Be Body Positive webinars offer a comprehensive approach to body positivity. Sign up to become part of a safe and inclusive space, where individuals can learn, grow, and celebrate their bodies.

Read more about the NHS Be Body Positive Campaign

View the event e-poster here

Family Fun Summer Events
There is lots going on over the summer for families and young people. View the latest What’s On Guide Poster for the Children and Family Wellbeing Service, along with information about their Fun Days taking place over August.  All groups/activities are totally free to attend.

Summer Fun Days 2023
Explore it! Dinosaur Hunt and creative activities
Experience it by the Sea Punch & Judy, arts and crafts and more
Move it! A mix of activities from welly wanging to face painting to archery

Youth  Work Training Needs Analysis Questionnaire
Lancaster District Young People’s Foundation is aiming to assess the need for youth work training (at all levels) across the district.  If your organisation employs youth workers (or has ambitions to), we would appreciate your support in completing the questionnaire below.  The form should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. The results of the survey will help to gain an understanding of the need for youth work training and the barriers to accessing training across the district, which will help to inform the priorities of the YPF (Young People’s Foundation) moving forwards.  

You can access the form here

Please complete the form by Thursday 31st August 2023.

Seagull Café Fundraising Dance/Cycle-athon Day
A small group of people, consisting of Christian, Karen, Rob and Hannah, are inviting members of the public to join in a fun day of fundraising for The Seagull Café in Heysham Village. This is a group held at More Music in Morecambe for over 60’s which uses music and movement, singing, breathing and meeting others to improve their health and well-being.  The Seagull Café is now in its 4th year and all money raised will be going towards trying to keep this valuable group going. Join in the fun in this 12-hour event and have fun either by having a go on one of the spare spin bikes or join in with or lead a dance yourself! The day will also end with a conga through the village at 7pm!

For anyone interested in joining the group, The Seagull Café group is held on Tuesdays at 2-3:30pm  and is free to attend.

Learn more about The Seagull Café watching this YouTube video

Donate money by visiting this Just Giving crowdfunding site and discover more about the small group of individuals who are holding this event

The event will take place on the 26th of August from 7am-7pm at the Heysham Village Institute.

Free Webinar Fundraising Support
Find out how to make fundraising Challenge events more successful by registering to take part in this free webinar! Expert speaker with over 45 years between them will share their insights on how they have achieved success with their own campaigns. Challenge events are not only good for income but also provide PR opportunities and introduce multiple new contacts onto your database. Join speakers Sarah Goddard, DSC Associate and founder at Fundraiser Sarah and Ian Tate, Independent Fundraising Consultant by registering here for the free webinar

Date: 13th of September 2023
Time: 10:30-12:00pm

Cranfield Trust Essentials to Excellence Webinars

Charity Branding
There has always been much talk, misunderstanding, and debate around the concept of branding. What is it?  Do charities need a brand?  And, if so, how do we develop a brand? The Cranfield Trust is holding a 1-hour webinar aimed at CEOs, managers, fundraisers, and trustees, this webinar will discuss the concept of branding within a charity. They will discuss what a brand is, why branding is important, and how your brand goes much deeper than your logo or website. They will also look at how you can build a charity brand with limited resources and some quick wins.

Date & time: Wednesday, 6th September, 2023, 12-1pm

Find out more and register here

Charities, Understand Marketing and its Importance
If the fundamental purpose of marketing is to increase profit for a company, what is the fundamental purpose of marketing in a not-for-profit charity?   Aimed at CEO’s, marketing managers, fundraisers, and trustees, this one-hour webinar will discuss the importance of marketing and what it is within a charity context. We will look at how, through developing a simple one page marketing plan, you can help grow a charity’s online community, raise awareness and increase donations.

The second of their marketing-focussed webinars will take place on Thursday, 28 September 2023 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

 Secure your FREE place now!

Charities – Why Bother with Process Improvement?
Cranfield Trust are also offering a new webinar on Process Improvement. 100% of your charity’s performance is a result of how well your people design, operate and continuously improve your processes. So if you know you need to make a step-change in performance, you will only be able to do that by changing your processes and this webinar can help.

Date & time: Thursday 12 October 2023 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Find out more and book your place now!

NFP Third Sector Workshops
NFP provide affordable training courses for charities, school, healthcare and public sector organisations. Workshops are held online via Zoom. 10.00 to 12.30 on a single date. There is a break 11.10 to 11.20. Multiple dates shown are alternative dates. Each workshop costs £95 per participant. There are no discounts available.

Courses are in:

Bid Writing
Major Donor Fundraising
Corporate Fund Raising
Trust Fundraising
Introduction to Fundraising
Legacy Fundraising
Fundraising Regulations and GDPR
Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
Managing Staff
Charity Finance
Project Management

Dates for courses running from August through to October can be found on the link below.

Find out more and book

Windrush 75 Exhibition at Lancaster Museum
The Dukes Lancaster are hosting the “Windrush 75 Exhibition” at the Lancaster Museum. This free event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Windrush generation’s arrival in the UK. Through this exhibition, attendees can explore the stories, contributions, and experiences of the Windrush generation, reflecting on their impact on British society. The event serves as a platform for reflection and recognition of the historical significance of this generation.

Date & time: Thursday 31 August 2023, all day
Location: Lancaster City Museum

Find out more about this event

Lancaster Sustainability Hub Launch Event
Green Rose CIC are excited to announce that the Lancaster Sustainability Hub will be officially opening  in September and would love to invite you to their launch event.  All are welcome to drop in to take a look at the displays and interactive installations any time.  There will be a short reception with refreshments at 12.30pm.

Date & time: Friday 15th September 2023, 10am-4pm
Location: Lancaster Sustainability Hub, Unit 6 Marketgate, Lancaster, LA1 1JF

View their event poster here

NABGC Annual Conference & Awards Evening
The National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs will be hosting their annual conference and awards evening, titled “#StrongerTogether,” on Sunday, October 15, 2023. The conference will take place at the University of Lincoln, followed by the awards evening at the Hilton Hotel in Lincoln. The event aims to bring together Club Leaders and staff for a day of learning and recognition. Ticket options include a £40 day ticket covering both the conference and awards evening, or a £75 full ticket with conference, awards evening, and one night’s B&B accommodation. More details and booking information will be available in the coming weeks.

More information on this event

Register your interest here!

Good Things Collective Summer Programme
The creative charity Good Things Collective have an exciting Summer program of #CollectiveCreativity, thoughtfully curated by their members, offering an array of engaging activities accessible to the entire community, and all completely free! Get ready for good vibes and warm welcomes as they invite everyone to join in on the fun.

The fun begins with a Micro Garden Meet Up with Amy & Ellie and a picnic lunch, followed by a studio session of Communal poems and story writing next week and lots more activities throughout August.

View their Summer schedule here.  All on-site activities are highlighted in green and studio sessions at the Arndale Morecambe Bay are in blue.

Claver Hill Open Day
Claver Hill community food project is celebrating 10 years with an Open Day for the public and an after hours party for members past and present. A range of workshops and activities are being organised as part of the open day. Just come along on the day.

Date & time: 27 August, 12-4pm
Location: Claver Hill, just off Ridge Lane, Lancaster

Support Needed for City Centre Projects

Light up Lancaster
Preparations are taking place for this year’s annual light festival, and they need your support! Light up Lancaster is where Lancaster’s rich heritage and history comes alive in a mesmerizing display of light and performance. The city will be illuminated with a trail of wonder, joy, belonging and fun for artists, audiences, and families alike. Be a part of this enchanting experience by lending your support to this amazing 3 night spectacle. Let’s make November a month to remember with the power of light and creativity!

Find out more and show your support

Lancaster Chinese New Year Festival
Popber Lancaster CIC are seeking your support to celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival in 2024. Join the community in finding funds for this spectacular event that celebrates Chinese culture, traditions and the spirit of unity. The organisers aim to enhance the festival’s impact using your contribution to enable logistical arrangements, artist fees, venue preparations, marketing efforts, and an overall enhanced festival experience.

Find out more and show your support

Festa Italia & Lancaster Film Festival
Totally Local Lancaster are seeking your support to bring the best of Italian food, drink, entertainment and engineering to the city in 2024. Festival organisers are also joining forces with Cinema Italiano and Complitaly, to bring Lancaster International Film Festival to the city as part of the celebration.

Find out more and show your support

Million Trees Initiative: Planting a Green Legacy for Lancashire’s Future
Lancashire County Council’s treescape team is spearheading an ambitious initiative to create woodlands across the region, and they need your help! As they collaborate with district councils, their mission is to plant an impressive 30,000 urban and peri-urban trees, along with 170 hectares of rural woodland over the next two seasons (2023-2025). This fantastic endeavor aims to enhance our environment, promote biodiversity, and create beautiful green spaces for communities to enjoy. To make this project a success, they are seeking potential sites for tree planting, and your input is invaluable. If you have any ideas or know of suitable locations, please share your suggestions by emailing [email protected]. Together, let’s cultivate a greener and more sustainable future for Lancashire. Join us in this noble cause, and let’s leave a lasting legacy of a million trees for generations to come!

Gregson Community & Arts Centre Facilities Hire
The Gregson community centre are offering 50% off room hire from between 1st-31st August.  The offer includes their main hall and secret cinema.  Ideal for parties, gigs, meetings and more.  Every penny spent on hire helps facilitate this vital community resource.

View their e-poster for more details

Training Needs Survey
If you haven’t had the chance to complete our survey yet, it would really help if you could, so that we can offer the training that is most needed. It’s just a matter of whizzing down a list of potential courses and clicking ones that would be useful – the perfect thing to do while enjoying a brew! It takes less than ten minutes. Click here to complete it.

Suicide Prevention
This half-day workshop provides learners with the confidence and tools to understand the impact of suicide and take someone who is experiencing thoughts of suicide from a place of danger and isolation to a place of safety and support, using a three-step ‘first aid’ approach.

This approach enables the suicide ‘first aider’ to identify the signs that someone may be experiencing thoughts of suicide, recognize the needs of that person, ask about suicide clearly and directly and use safety planning to empower the individual to find appropriate help.

The workshop is City and Guilds registered, delivered by a trainer registered with the National Centre for Suicide Prevention.

This is a funded workshop, with a registration fee of £5 for LDCVS members, and £10 for non-members covering the costs of venue and refreshments. Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised.

Date & time: Tuesday October 17th, 9.45am – 1pm
Location: The Cornerstone, Lancaster, LA1 1PX

Click here to book.

Honey Bee Information Day at the Judges Lodgings
We are buzzing with excitement to join the Lancaster Bee Keepers at the Judges Lodgings on Sunday 27th August, 11am – 3.30pm for their information day. You’ll get the chance to experience the observation hive and meet beekeepers with all the details you need to make your garden insect friendly.  There will also be a range of crafts, games, honey tasting and a Bee Book Corner. Come along on the day for a fantastic family day out.

View their e-poster here

Young Promoter – Gregson Arts & Community Centre
An exciting opportunity has opened up with the Gregson Arts and Community Centre for a Young Promoter to programme music events in Lancaster. This is aimed at a young person aged 17-25 who has a desire to learn the skills needed in this area of work and wants to break into the music/events industry. It will involve 6 months of training and professional development and, supported by a mentor from More Music and The Gregson, they will have the opportunity to programme a minimum of 6 gigs at the Gregson Centre. They will gain experience in all aspects of event management, including programming, marketing and promotion, budgeting, ticketing, health and safety, technical, legal and licensing. No previous experience is necessary. Just a genuine interest and love of music and the Lancaster music scene.

Salary: £1, 800 total fee.
Contract: Equivalent to £12 per hour for 150 hours.
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: Friday the 8th of September at 10am

View the job specification here

Role of Governor – Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Do you want to represent patients, staff and your community? The Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to recruit governors to the council of governors. Governors sit on a dedicated council and are considered the eyes and ears of the public, patients and staff. They are essential to help the Trust understand and respond to what patients and local residents expect from LSCft. People of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to stand for election to help ensure that their Council of Governors are representative of their diverse workforce and communities they serve.

Find out more about the role of govenor here

For more information on applying for the role

Admin Support Worker – Preston Domestic Violence Services
Preston Domestic Violence Services (PDVS) are a specialist provider of domestic violence services to female & male victims of domestic violence/abuse. PDVS are currently seeking an Admin Support worker to provide support to the Manager and Business Support Officer. Responsibilities include answering calls, responding to emails, assisting with social media promotion, managing post, recording holiday requests, aiding in report generation and other duties.

Salary: £10.42 per hour (£8,669 per annum / £20,048 full time equivalent)
Contract: 16 hours per week
Location: Harbour House, Port Way, Preston, PR2 2DW
Closing Date: 13th September 2023, 9.30am

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Vacancies at The Well
The not-for-profit community interest company The Well are looking to recruit for a range of positions.  The team at The Well also specialise in providing support to people with mental health issues, offending behaviour, childhood trauma, learning difficulties, domestic abuse and homelessness. The following opportunities are for Morecambe & Carlisle.

X2 Hope Worker (Health, outreach, prevention and education)
You will support the wider HOPE team in the delivery of effective and immediate responses to minimise harm and reduce relapse whilst encouraging individuals to engage with a recovery plan covering all aspects of their life. The role includes robust case management in a fast-paced substance misuse service, delivery of psychosocial interventions, provide a live connection between local communities, asset based and wellbeing and treatment services.

Salary: £22,000 – £25,000
Contract: 37.5 hrs per week
Location: 1 covering Cumberland & 1 covering Westmorland & Furness
Closing Date: Friday 8th September, 5pm

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1 x Carers Addiction Recovery Worker
As the Cumbria Carers Addiction Service Recovery Worker, you will be based in Carlisle, Cumbria and be required to deliver group and one to one intervention to clients within the cohort of the carers addiction service. Predominantly this contract supports family members and significant others whose loved ones are experiencing SMD – Substance Misuse Disorder.

Salary: £10.42 per hour
Contract: 15 hrs per week, till September 2025
Location: Carlisle
Closing Date: Friday 25th August, 5pm

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1 x Community Connector (Morecambe)
As a Community Connector you will have a specific remit to work alongside residents in their supported accommodation, deliver Psychosocial Interventions (Psi’s, online and face to face) and provide a live connection between local communities, asset based and health and wellbeing opportunities and treatment services.

Salary: £22,000 – £24,500 per annum
Contract: 37.5hrs pw, 1 Year FTC
Location: Morecambe
Closing Date: Monday 28th August, 5pm

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12 Step Behaviour Change Facilitator / Supported Housing Colleague. (2 posts – Morecambe, Lancashire)
The post holder will have a specific remit to work with an identified cohort of service users with multiple, complex needs. Under the leadership of the Tenancy Sustainment Manager, you will assist in the provision of effective, high quality intensive housing management and support services to vulnerable individuals with little social or recovery capital.

Salary: £22,000 – £25,000 per annum
Contract: 37.5hrs pw, Rolling 1 year contract
Location: Morecambe
Closing Date: Friday 1st September, 5pm

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1 x Finance Administrator – (Morecambe)
This is exciting opportunity to join a small and busy Finance team based in our Morecambe Office. As a Finance Administrator your duties will include bank reconciliations, inputting data on Sage 50 Accounts, petty cash, cash handling and banking, notifying suppliers of payments, setting up and managing online supplier/utility accounts, obtaining approval for expenditure from Budget holders, electronic and physical filing, setting up and maintaining supplier and customer details on Sage and assist assist Finance and Administration department with other duties as required.

Salary: £22,000 – £25,000 per annum
Contract: 37.5hrs pw, 2 years
Location: Morecambe
Closing Date: Friday 25th August, 5pm

For an informal discussion please contact Neil Dickinson – Finance Manager on 07360 107733.

For an application form please contact Sarah Lunan on [email protected]

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Business Development Officer – Lancashire LGBT
Lancashire LGBT are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to develop their LGBTQ+
inclusion Scheme for local organisations. You will be responsible for income generation through new memberships as well as building and maintaining relationships with members, providing guidance and advice on best practice in LGBTQ+ inclusion, and ensuring their member’s satisfaction and engagement with the organisation.

Salary: FTE £38,025 / £16,225 (p.a.)
Contract: 16 hours pw
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Closing Date: 24th September 2023, Midnight
Interview date: October 5th 2023

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Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance Development Worker
The Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership (LDFJP) are looking for someone who is as passionate about social justice as they are to help bring their plan into reality. Your work will contribute directly to enacting real change within the district. You’ll work alongside the LDFJP’s Partnership as well as directly with group members – supporting, engaging and ultimately activating communities experiencing poverty. You’ll need to have excellent organisational skills and the ability to work with a range of people.

The Community Food Development Worker will oversee work addressing issues within the Lancaster District Food Justice Partnership (LDFJP) Action Plan. You will have a passion for engaging with communities around food insecurity and issues of poverty. You will have excellent organisational skills, the ability to work with a range of people, work well in a team and use your own initiative. Experience of planning and delivering community-based projects is essential for this post.

Salary: £22,500 (£27,500 per annum pro rata)
Contract: 28 hours per week (0.8 FTE), evening and weekend work may be required. Fixed term 12 months
Location: Hybrid
Closing Date: Sunday 10th September 2023
Interview date: w/c 18th September 2023

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Multiple Vacancies – Change Grow Live (CGL) for New Women’s Housing Provision in Lancashire
The charity Change Grow Live have several vacancies for new women’s housing provision in Lancashire. This is an innovative new service, working specifically with women with housing and recovery needs.

Team Leader (Lancashire)
Base TBC. Managing a team of 5 female Floating Support Recovery Workers.
3 covering North & Central Lancashire and 2 in East Lancashire.

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Female Floating Support Recovery Coordinator (Accrington)
Based at Accrington Inspire to work across East Lancashire

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Female Floating Support Recovery Coordinator (Burnley)
Based at Burnley Inspire to work across East Lancashire

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Café Manager – Morecambe at Galloway’s
Brew Me Sunshine is a social enterprise with all profits donated back to support the fantastic work of Galloway’s. The organisation are passionate about providing great service, quality food in a unique and comfortable environment. Their cafe is brilliantly located and growing rapidly, serving the best coffee in town, and are looking for the right person to take us to new heights.

Morecambe at Galloways are looking for an ambitious, experienced, and motivated leader to come and join the team at Brew Me Sunshine and bring new energy, creativity, and great ideas to grow the business and to help us implement efficient systems to run the business effectively, manage busy shifts and increase profitability.

Salary: £22,000 – £24,000
Contract: 37 hours per week, permanent
Location: Brew Me Sunshine, Victoria Street, Morecambe, LA4 4AH
Closing Date: August 27th 2023

Call for an informal chat on 01772 744148 or visit the following link for

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Youth Engagement Officer – Yorkshire Dales Trust
The Yorkshire Dales Trust are looking for a Youth Engagement Officer that will become a key member of the Green Futures team, responsible for providing inspiring opportunities for underrepresented and marginalized young individuals to connect with nature. This role will contribute to the delivery and development of YDMT’s Green Futures strategy, aiming to empower young people to take environmental action and become future environmental leaders.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for the organisation’s mission and be adept at building strong relationships with both young people and partners. Previous experience in delivering natural environment projects for young individuals is essential, but equally important is the ability to work within a creative, caring, honest, and enabling culture.

Salary: £28,492 – £30,561 per year
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Yorkshire Dales
Closing Date: 25 August, 23:30

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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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