Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 26 April 2024

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

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Supporting you to Support your Communities: help us understand and communicate your activities, ideas and priorities.
To achieve our strategic aims of connecting and championing the voluntary sector, LDCVS continually develops our understanding of your activities, challenges, priorities and ambitions.

We do this so that we can support and represent you and your communities, generate evidence that can be used to create partnerships and argue for funding, and justify local granting activity which meets our collective priorities.

In 2023 we celebrated 50 years of LDCVS and the work of community organisations in the Lancaster district. We continued to share and celebrate your achievements when we gathered at More Music for FestiVOL 2023.

We also discuss issues in other settings including the VCFSE Leadership Forum and CEO Networking Group, the Children & Young People Multi-Agency Forum, training workshops and Swop Shops. We’re going to be working to gather knowledge and report on our learning from these in more detail.

Starting this week, we’re also going to try a different way of collecting information about what our sector is experiencing and planning. In every second edition of our weekly Bulletin we’ll be asking a question, which everyone receiving the email is welcome to answer.

We’ll ask you about big issues like education, jobs, health, housing and the environment, however our questions might also relate to your own feelings, thoughts and ideas.

Answers will be anonymous, and we know your time is precious so it should only take a few moments to provide your response.

Afterwards, we’ll use the Bulletin and a new section on our website to report on what our sector is saying.

To get you started with something we hope will be easy, we want to think about having fun! FestiVOL 2024 – our annual celebration of the voluntary sector – will take place on 21 November at Lune Valley Methodist Hall in Caton. 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

Swop Shop Skill Share – Aiming for Zero Carbon
Lancaster District CVS recently hosted their quarterly Swop Swop Skill Share event at Lancashire & Morecambe College for their Aiming for Zero Carbon Workshop. Subject experts from Ardea Eco-innovation, Lancaster University, and Chamber Low Carbon provided advice on Measuring Impact, Energy & Transport, and Indirect Impact.

Attendees found the event inspiring and committed to taking actionable steps moving forward. Thank you to everyone that attended.

Additionally, Lancaster & Morecambe College is offering free events on Environmental Responsibilities, Business Responses to Environmental Challenges, Carbon Reduction Plans, and Environmental Certification.

For booking or more information, contact [email protected] or call 01524 521483.

Volunteer Recruitment Event – Save the Date!
2024 marks 40 years of National Volunteers Week, the annual week-long celebration of volunteers and all that they do to make positive differences in our communities. This year we would like to mark the occasion with a volunteer recruitment event in Lancaster and we are making plans for Friday 7th June.

This will be an opportunity to speak directly with people who are interested in volunteering and hopefully recruit some new volunteers!

Keep your eyes peeled for more information, including venue and how to be involved, in our next email bulletin next week!

Pots of Possibility Community Pots – Only days left to apply! 
The application deadline for the Pots of possibility Community Pots closes on Tuesday 30 April (only days away). This second Community Pots round of the Pots of Possibility fund provide grants of up to £5,000 for projects taking place anywhere in the Lancaster district (Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and all the surrounding rural areas). 

Do you have an idea for a community initiative that could help with: 

  • Reusing, repurposing and repairing materials currently going to waste (e.g. textiles, electronics, packaging, surplus food, etc) 
  • Sharing resources (e.g. tools, materials, skills, etc) or repurposing unused space for community benefit 
  • Inspiring people to use and buy things more sustainably and to produce less waste 
  • Growing, cooking and eating food that’s local, seasonal and sustainably produced 

Visit the Pots of Possibility page on our website to find out more and apply 

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 

Wellbeing of Women Launches Women’s Health Community Fund 
The Wellbeing of Women have joined forces with Holland & Barratt to form the Women’s Health Community Fund, which aims to support small, grassroots organisations in delivering health information and support to women, girls and people from underrepresented groups.

The “Just a Period” campaign will address menstrual health issues. Apply for the Women’s Health Community Fund to help projects improve education and support for women’s health. Funding up to £5000 available for projects addressing various health issues.  

Applications open until May 19, 2024.  

Visit the Wellbeing of Women website for details 

Funding for Cultural Projects that Promote UK and Japan Cooperation  
Grants up to £6,000 have become available for UK-Japan cultural and educational projects. Funding supports arts, science, language, and more. Priority given to Priority will be given to projects in the fields of science and technology, medicine and health, environment and social issues, Japanese studies, and the Japanese language.  

Apply by 15 September 2024. 

Learn more about this funding opportunity 

SPAR’s £100,000 Community Cashback Campaign 2024 Invites UK Entries 
For a third year in a row, SPAR shoppers can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 for a local voluntary or community organisation or charity they feel deserves funding. Applicants for grants are open to UK residents aged 16 years or over. All applicants need to do is share the exceptional contribution that a local organisation has made to their local community and what the grant would be used for. The grants will be given based on the strength of the applicant’s story, the recipient’s levels of dedication to their community and the credibility of what the grant would be spent on and its impact for the local community.  

Successful organisations will be announced between 20 June 2024 and 27 June 2024.  

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2024 11:59pm 

For more information and how to apply 

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

Applications can be made at any time.

Find out more

Triangle Trust to Open for UK Applications with New Focus for 2024 
Following on from its change in funding strategy last year, the Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is focusing its funding in 2024 solely on not-for-profit organisations working with vulnerable young women and girls who have been in the criminal justice system or who are at a high risk of entering it.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is offering grants up to £80,000 over two years. Grants are available in two rounds: Spring for those with convictions, and Autumn for high-risk individuals. Eligible applicants must exclusively work with women and girls, have experience in gender and trauma-informed projects, and target reducing reoffending rates.  

Applications for the Spring 2024 round are open from 18 April to 23 May 2024.  

Visit The Triangle Trust website for more details and to apply 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application windows depend upon trip and holiday dates

Learn more about the holiday grants

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

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

Learn more about this fund and apply

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

Applications for awards are currently open until 29 April 2024.

Explore this funding opportunity

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

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

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

Learn more about this fund and apply

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

Applications are open until June 25, 2024.

Find out more about the program

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

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

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

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

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

Visit their website for more information and to apply.

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

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

Apply by 30 June.

Find out more

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

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

More details and application guidelines are available on their website.

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

Apply before April 26, 2024

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

Apply before 30 April 2024.

Find out more here

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2024

Further details click here

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

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

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

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

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

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

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

Aspiring Leaders Programme – Survey & Open Day  
Following a the Francis Scott Trust’s sector survey undertaken earlier in the year, a decision has been made to support a fifth cohort of this undergraduate programme, this time as an apprenticeship degree.

The Aspiring Leaders Programme (ALP) offers a fully-funded apprenticeship degree aiming to enhance leadership in the third sector, providing crucial experience, skills, and knowledge to drive positive community change. Led by Brathay Trust and a local university, ALP combines academic teaching with experiential learning and mentoring, culminating in a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.  

There is the opportunity to attend an open day on May 16 for those that would like to learn more or contact [email protected] if you have queries.  

Date & time: 16 May 2024, 2-4pm 
Location: Brathay Hall 

View the open day poster here 

Find out more about the Aspiring Leaders Programme


Caton and Brookhouse Community Hub
Since 2022, Caton and Brookhouse Community Hub has featured events on Saturday afternoons, hosted at Lune Valley Methodist Hub. Originally for Ukrainian refugees, these events quickly opened up to the whole Caton & Brookhouse community, with a focus on sustainability. Like any residents, Ukrainians living locally continue to meet and get support there.

Going forward the group who’ve been organising these events, would like to know:

  • Will you (and maybe your family) join future activities at Lune Valley Methodist Hub (Brookhouse) on Saturday afternoons?
  • What activities would attract you (and your family)?
  • Would you commit to helping plan and organise these activities? 

There is a box in the Victoria Institute for replies on paper or residents can email [email protected].

Free Data SIMs
WaveLength is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of lonely, isolated and vulnerable people through the provision of televisions, radios and tablets. For a limited period, WaveLength have a stock of SIM cards available to donate to groups supporting people experiencing loneliness.

Each SIM provides 20gb data/month for 6 months. Please note that they have an activation expiry of 2 September 2024. 

To apply, please download the application form from the website,  and return it to WaveLength, 47-51 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD.

For more information contact [email protected] with the Email heading: SIM

Apply For Help at WaveLength

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. 

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

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

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

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

Questions or Support: Contact [email protected]  

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

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

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

Find out more and take the survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the guide online

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more at the following link  

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

Find out more on our website

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

Find out more on The Gregson’s website

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

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

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

Lancaster Health Festival Volunteers

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

Find out more about three roles on our website:



Marketing & Publicity Coordinator

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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

View and share the Facebook post

View and share the X / Twitter post

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

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

Find out more on the LDCVS website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the guide here

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more and join the guestlist

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

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

Take the survey

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date and time: Every Friday, 2pm

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

Information leaflet

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

Social media graphics (.zip file)

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

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

Download the flyer to find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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]

  • 29th April: 9.30 – 10.30 or 1.30 – 2.30
  • 2nd May: 1.30 – 2.30
  • 3rd May: 9.30 – 10.30 or 1.30 – 2.30
  • 10th May: 9.30 – 10.30

Managing exam stress sessions for students (Secondary & College)
Kooth will be presenting some short webinars to support students with stress and anxiety ahead of their exams. It will provide young people with an overview of the pathway of support on offer on the Kooth platform.

The times and dates of the webinars are below, please email [email protected] with the date of your choice to request a teams link (recordings available).

  • Monday 22nd April 2:00 – 2:30
  • Monday 29th April 11:30 – 12:00
  • Friday 3rd May 11:30 – 12:00
  • Friday 10th May 2:30 – 3:00
  • Friday 17th May 9:30 – 10:00
  • Friday 17th May 1:30 – 2:00

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? The sig 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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:

  • Environmental Responsibilities in the Workplace Level 1: 25 April, 9am – 4pm
  • Managing Business Responses to Environmental Challenges Level 2: 13 & 14 May,  9:30am – 4pm
  • 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.

Interwoven – Fashion Revolution Week 2024
The Sewing Cafe in partnership with Food Futures will be bringing Lancaster a feast of fashion next month! Interwoven, a 3-day event will feature activities, workshops, speakers, and exhibits exploring the intersection of fashion, sustainability, and social-environmental issues.

Attendees can participate in clothing swaps, mending surgeries, natural dye workshops, and discussions on clothing waste.

Admission is donation-based/free, with concessions available upon request.

Date & time: Thursday 2 May, 5.30-8.30pm | Friday 3 May, 4-8.30pm | Saturday 4 May, 10am-7pm
Location: Storey Gallery, Lancaster

More information on the event poster

Pollinators Transition Game: Free workshop for beekeepers, gardeners and friends of pollinators
Ishara Press CIC is inviting you to a free workshop where you will create a game with us in support of bees and other pollinators.

This board game will be an educational, multi-actor simulation that helps people imagine a transition towards a better situation for pollinators in our area. A facilitator will lead youthrough the process of creating our own authentically local game.

You can sign up for the morning session (10am-1pm) or the afternoon session (1:30-4:30pm). Free lunch and tea/coffee provided for both sessions.

18 May 2024 at RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale.

Find out more and book

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

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

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

Find out more and book your ticket

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

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

Find out more and respond

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more and get in touch

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fore-What Good Looks Like Workshop
The Fore is partnering with NPC to bring small and medium-sized charities a workshop on Reporting and Reviewing Impact: What Good Looks Like aimed those planning to start reporting on their impact as well as those who want to improve on their current reporting.

Though organisations are successful collecting and assessing data, they are failing to learn and report on their findings. Doing so is vital but it can be difficult to work out what is the most helpful information to include in reports.

The workshop will help with this along with other principles of good impact reporting, how to turn data into learning and the benefits of being honest in your reporting, sharing learning when things haven’t gone to plan.

Time and Date: Wednesday the 15th of May 2024 via Microsoft Teams

You can book your place 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

3 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm, online

Buy your ticket here

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

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

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

30 April, 4pm at The Dukes

Find out more and book

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

Available courses include:

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

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

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

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

View the event poster here

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

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

Reserve your place here

Funding Officer – The National Lottery Community Fund
A new opportunity for a Funding Officer working with The Phoenix Way Partners (TPW).  This is a national collaborative partnership created during the Covid-19 pandemic as a response to the structural inequalities which Black and Ethnic Minority communities and community-led organisations face in relation to influencing and accessing grant funding in the UK.

Salary: £25,282 – £26,282 per year
Contract: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Cumbria (Hybrid)
Closing date: 7 May 2024, 11.59pm

Learn more about this role and apply

Vacancies at the Well Communities
The Well Communities CIC are looking to expand their team to enhance their services as a lived experience organisation with a passion for recovery. The current available positions are:

  • Alcohol Outreach Worker (Morecambe)
  • Female 12-step Behaviour Change Facilitator/ Supported Housing Colleague (Morecambe)
  • 2x HOPE (Health, Outreach, Prevention, Education) Worker (Westmorland & Furness | Cumberland)
  • HOPE Team Leader (Westmorland & Furness)
  • REACH Support Worker (Fylde & Wyre)
  • GYO Key Worker x2 (Westmorland & Furness)

Explore the above roles at The Well website

If you would like more information, please email [email protected]

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more about this post and how to apply

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more and apply  

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

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

Find out more and apply

Several Roles at The Birchall Trust
Senior Counsellor

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

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

Wellbeing Practitioner x 2

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

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

Training Coordinator

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

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

Volunteer Coordinator

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

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

Business Development Support Officer

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

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

Find out more and apply for all roles

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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