Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 3 May 2024

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

Before you read this week’s edition, help us to help you by answering this quick question about Festivol 2024, which will take place on 21 November at Lune Valley Methodist Hub in Caton.

Which organisations, projects, or areas of voluntary sector activity would you like to see celebrated this year? (click to answer)

Click headings below to expand each section.

An archive of previous editions can be found here.

Eden Project Morecambe Update Event 
Lancaster District CVS are delighted to invite you to an update event on the Eden Project Morecambe, specifically focused on the exciting developments and opportunities relevant to the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector. 

Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2024 
Time: 10-12 noon. Doors open from 9.30am 
Location: The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, Town Centre, Morecambe LA4 5EX

Book your free ticket  

About the Event
This event will provide an opportunity for VCFSE organisations to learn about the Eden Project’s latest initiatives and explore potential areas of collaboration. We are delighted to have in attendance, Si Bellamey, Chief Transformation Officer and Tracey Robbins, UK Delivery Manager for the Eden Project Communities. Si and Tracey will present on the progress of Eden Project Morecambe, their vision and objectives for the district and our communities. This event will also be an opportunity to ask questions followed by networking.  

By attending this event, you will: 

  • Gain valuable insights into the Eden Project’s work and their ambitions to work with VCFSE 
  • Learn more about the Eden Project Community work strand and how to get involved. 
  • Network with other VCFSE organisations and Eden Project representatives. 

To book your place on this event, register at Trybooking. Space are limited therefore booking is essential.  

We look forward to welcoming you to this informative event.

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

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

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.

B&Q Foundation Opens for Round 2 
The B&Q Foundation’s next funding round opened on 26 April 2024. The Foundation help registered charities who are supporting people in need in the UK – those experiencing homelessness, in financial hardship, impacted by health, disability, or other disadvantage or distress.

They award grants of up to £10,000 for building or indoor projects, and up to £5,000 for garden projects. Please note that they will prioritise grants where funding is secured for over 25% of the project. 

Find out more and apply for this grant

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

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

Apply for funding here 

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

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

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

Applications for independent energy assessments close on Thursday 20 June  

Find out more here 

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

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

The next application deadline is July 11, 2024.  

For more details on the grants programme 

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

See the programme’s promotional leaflet

Attend an open day at Brathay Hall on May 16 (download poster)

Attend an online Q&A on 9 May, 7pm (register here)

Find out more and apply

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

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

Book tickets for The Graduate  

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

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

Dr Megan Polden 07552 645080 or [email protected]  

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

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

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. 

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

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

To book a space please register here, via TryBooking.

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

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

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

Learn more about this opportunity and get in touch 

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

Learn more about this opportunity 

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

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

Bee quick to explore this volunteer role! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See who they have awarded grants to here

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

Find out more and apply

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

Find out more and apply

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

Find out more and apply

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

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

Find out more on our website:

OITB Support Role
No Labelz Support Role

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

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Applicants must have a knowledge of financial accounting. 

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

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

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

Find out more on The Gregson’s website

Lancaster Health Festival Volunteers

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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

Find out more on our website

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

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.

Maternal Mental Health Week 2024 
This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 29th April – 5th May! Organised by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK, that aim to raise awareness, advocate for women and families, and provide support regarding mental health issues before, during, and after pregnancy.

The theme for this year is “Rediscovering You,” with daily themes focused on demystifying perinatal mental illness, identity transformation, positivity, and support. 

Find out more about the campaign and daily themes 

Download the daily theme information cards circulated by our local health partners: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book your free ticket here

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

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

Find out more about Adullam  

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

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

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

Find out more here 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the Venus Revisited poster here

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

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

Please use this link to register your interest

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)

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]

  • 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).

  • 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]

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

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

  • Helvellyn: Saturday 11th May 
  • Blencathra: Saturday 18th May 
  • Ireland weekend (bookings closing soon so grab your spot ASAP): Thursday 30th May – Sunday 2nd June  
  • Snowdon: Saturday 8th June 
  • Snowdon for sunrise: Saturday 22nd June  
  • Scafell Pike camping weekend: Saturday 6th-Sunday 7th July  
  • Kinder Scout: Saturday 10th August  

Book your outdoor adventures with Bee here 

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

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

  • 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: 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more and book here

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

By the end of the session you will understand:

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

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

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

Find out more and book

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more and book here

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

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

See the course leaflet for more information 

Amer-Imeri Gig & Workshop at The Gregson 
In conjunction with More Music, Amer-Imeri ensemble from Georgia tours the UK this month and will be playing at the Gregson Centre on Wednesday 8th May, sharing polyphonic songs, dances, and folklore.

Founded by ethnomusicologist Edisher Garakanidze, the group blends ancient pagan rituals with modern compositions, representing Georgia’s rich tradition. Recognised internationally, they bring authenticity and depth to their performances. 

Find out more and book your tickets here 

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

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

Vacancies at Lancaster and Morecambe College
‘Positive Prospects’ Project Worker  
LMC are seeking a passionate and enthusiastic youth worker to help young people aged 14-25 and currently not in education, work or training to transition into adulthood.  

Some key responsibilities include developing strong links with local secondary schools, employers, community groups and agencies. Working with LMC Employer Engagement team and Youth Social Action Officer to help young people into volunteering. Also, you will represent LMC at a range of multi-agency and community meetings across the district.   

Salary: £27,055 per annum  
Contract: 30 hours per week  
Location: Lancaster and Morecambe College  
Closing Date: Wednesday the 8th of May 2024  

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Work Placement Co-Ordinator-Young Creatives  
LMC are seeking a Work Placement Co-Ordinator to organise and supervise student work placements in the Visual, Creative and Digital Studies programme area.   

Some of the responsibilities will be tracking and monitoring work experience for each individual student and completing all administrative tasks accurately. Supervising students on work experience/placements and providing written feedback and networking with employers and charities to identify sustained work experience opportunities for learners.  

Salary: £24,654 per annum  
Contract: 22 hours per week  
Location: Lancaster and Morecambe College  
Closing Date: Wednesday the 8th of May 2024  

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

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

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Deputy CEO at NAVCA
NAVCA is the umbrella body for local voluntary sector support organisations. They support a thriving local voluntary sector, so that anyone who wants to volunteer, or start a community group has good, local advice and support.

They are seeking a new Deputy CEO to take oversight of our operations and member support – including developing a suite of products for their member offer, overseeing grant dissemination, with knowledge and understanding of quality assurance and accreditation systems.

Salary: £52,662 per annum  
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Remote, with weekly travel to Sheffield
Closing Date: 15 May 2024

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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