Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 31 May 2022

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.

An archive of previous editions can be found here.

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Digital Directory of Services Voluntary Sector Briefing
Bulletin subscribers should have received an invitation and booking link for the first Briefing and Q&A session, taking place at 2pm on Wednesday 8 June.

If you would like to find out more about this project, how you can get your services list, and the benefits to your group or organisation – but haven’t yet seen the invitation – please contact us.

If you want to attend but already have commitments on 8 June, we will be running the event at least once more and would like to make sure you have the chance to attend – again, please do contact us to let us know.

Lublin Refugee Appeal
The Lancaster district has close ties with the Polish city of Lublin, having been twinned since 1994. Lublin is situated just 70 miles from the Ukraine border and is one of the first places refugees travel to on arrival in Poland. As a result, Lublin has seen an enormous influx of refugees, and the Mayor of Lublin has reached out to the city’s friends for help as it struggles to support so many vulnerable people.

A result of calls from our community for a practical method of collective help to be organised, a fundraising page has been set up by Lancaster District CVS, which will see all donations sent to Lublin to help our twin city and the refugees that they are supporting.

To find out how to donate, visit our dedicated fundraising page.

The Banks Lyon Memorial Trust
The Trust exists to help local young people who face barriers to accessing training and gaining qualifications for employment.

Local = those living in Lancaster, Morecambe and District (the same as Lancaster City Council).

Young = mainly those aged 16-25 years but others are considered.

Barriers = of a social and/or financial nature.

General benefits = helping young people to fulfil their potential to benefit their local community through their future employment.

The trustees invite applications for grants with no minimum and up to £2,000 for individuals and £5,000 for organisations.
Grants above the limits referred to will be considered in special circumstances and as long as a case is made within the relevant Application Form.

Deadline for current round of applications is 30th June 2022. Next deadline is 30th September 2022.

For application forms, please check the website

If you need any further information, please email [email protected] or call 01524 63371

DHSC Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund
The aim of this fund is to support VCSE organisations who can provide a holistic support offer to assist women experiencing reproductive health issues.

Funding of between £200,000 to £600,000 per applicant is available over a period of three financial years to expand or develop projects or programmes.

Closing date 9am, Friday 5 August 2022.

Find out more here.

Register for meet the funder webinars (2pm, 24 May and 25 May) by emailing [email protected]

Elizabeth & Richard Wilson Charitable Fund – supporting the communities of Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth & surrounding areas
The fund has the opportunity to provide grants to organisations and individuals for the following purposes:

  • To further the religious and charitable work of the Church of England and Methodist Church
  • To enable Parish Churches and Methodist Chapels to be kept in good order and repair
  • To help young people develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.
  • Support under 18s through scholarships, bursaries, maintenance allowances etc.
  • To further the objectives of the Scout Association and Guide Association or any other charitable youth organisation.

The Charitable Fund invites applications for grants of between £50 and £5,000 but applications for any amount will be considered.

Deadline for current round of applications extended to 10th June 2022. Next deadline is 30th November 2022.

For more information and applications forms, please email [email protected] or call 01524 63371

Community Health Champions Fund
A reminder that this fund, which provides up to £10k for projects which get people talking about health and wellbeing, giving our communities the chance to get the facts about healthy lifestyles, is open for applications.

Project ideas submitted by 5pm on the last working day of each month will be considered at a panel meeting ten days later.

Find out more and apply.

Lancaster District Community Wellbeing Fund
The Lancaster District Community Wellbeing Fund is a small grants programme for community groups within the Lancaster District. The programme is aimed at smaller local organisations – with an annual income of less than £100,000 – within the voluntary, community and faith sector providing activity to make a positive difference to the lives and wellbeing of adults.

Grants of between £500 and £2000 are available to fund activities which positively improve physical or mental health and wellbeing.

Please note we are offering this fund separately from the Community Health Champions Fund, which focuses on health education opportunities and access to health services. The Wellbeing Fund aims to fund specific activities – such as meditation, healthy cooking, isolation-reducing social activity, or sports lessons to name but a few examples.

In order to distribute the fund widely, there will be four targeted rounds (rural areas, BAME communities and young people, older people, and deprived areas).

For full guidance and a link to the application form, visit the LDCVS website.

Pay With Kindness
We Are Intro is working with the Cumberland Building Society on an exciting new project this June when they will launch the world’s first shops where people pay with kindness.

There will be a shop, in Kendal, full of quality items and a customer will be able to pay for by volunteering to work on a local charity project for a certain number of hours. They might see some quality pottery or a vintage coat, for example and see that it will be theirs if they donate three hours of their time.

We Are Intro and the Cumberland Building Society are hoping to work with charities in north Lancashire and Cumbria to establish projects that people can volunteer for. They hope that they can work with you on including a project that would make a big difference to your work.

In terms of how many hours you might want to suggest for an opportunity, it really can be flexible to suit your needs. For example, some organisations where lots of training is required are saying a minimum of 15 hours including training, but others (say for a gardening project) are saying at least 3 hours.

Running alongside the above is the 15 Minutes of Kindness project, which will be more about micro-volunteering. For this, leaflets listing micro opportunities will be put in all the Cumberland’s branches and people can sign up to take part. These kinds of opportunities could be things that can be done from home or that just require very little time.

To find out more, or to be introduced to the project, please contact Mark by email at [email protected]

National Volunteers’ Week 2022
Wednesday 1st June to Tuesday 7th June is National Volunteers’ Week. We don’t have a Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony this year (we now do them every two years), but we would love for you to celebrate your volunteers this week on Twitter using the hashtag #LancasterVolunteersWeek2022, so share your stories and your photos please! We look forward to seeing them.

Upcoming Events
We will be joining the Community Hub team in St Nicholas Arcade in Lancaster on Saturday 18th June, and the Arndale Centre in Morecambe on Saturday 25th June, to promote volunteering and talk with people about how they can get involved, and what they can do. So if you want your roles promoted on these days, but haven’t yet registered them on our website, you can do so here:

Latest Volunteers
Speaking of registering volunteer roles, we currently have people looking for office administration roles in Lancaster, so if you need volunteers for that kind of thing, let us know! We also have people interested in all sorts of outdoor work, as well as more creative opportunities such as writing.

Remember . . . if you have any volunteering needs, we may be able to help. Contact Mark for a chat by email at [email protected], or by telephone on 01524 555900.

Cost of Living Support Factsheet
Access this new government factsheet to find out how and when the variety of cost of living support measures recently announced will be paid.

Life on a Low Income in Lancashire
Citizens Advice North Lancashire have collaborated with colleagues across the county to produce this report which looks at the difficulties people living in Lancashire experience in managing their lives on low incomes whether they be wages, benefits or both. It combines research undertaken by the Citizens Advice Lancashire Research & Campaigns group about benefits and wages in our region, an analysis of our statistical data and some case studies, and a look at DWP statistics.

Download the report and recommendations here.

Active Lancashire Club Support Survey 2022
Organisations delivering sports and physical activities are invited to complete this survey which will influence the training and support package offered to clubs and community groups by Active Lancashire.

Complete the survey here.

Planning to use the 2021 Census
The UK Data Service is running a series of online workshops on using the 2021 Census. Apply for a place by Tuesday 14 June for a unique opportunity to access free workshops aimed at participants from the voluntary and community, and public sector. 

With the release of the 2021 census due to start shortly this is an opportunity to plan your research with support from UKDS.

Find out more and apply.

Small Charity Week 20 – 24 June
This year’s Small Charity Week focuses on connecting charities. To facilitate these connections, you can sign up to offer and/or receive advice on a number of relevant topics during the Big Advice Days.

Sign up to receive advice

Sign up to give advice

Find out more about the week, and register your own events.

LGBT+ Mental Health Hour
Lancashire LGBT’s seventh episode in this series is entitled ‘Using art as a means to explore trans mental health’. Community Support Worker Beth Meadows will be in conversation with Emma Preston – an artist, author, public speaker and Television Production UCLAN student.

Emma will discuss her personal journey as a trans woman, how she has navigated mental health and the support available, and significantly, how important her creative outputs are to her life.

16 June, 12 noon, online.

Find out more, register and submit a question.

RNIB Revealing Reality Research
Galloways are encouraging people in the Lancaster district who have a vision impairment that can’t be corrected by glasses to take part in an RNIB telephone survey. The results will be used to improve the lives of vision impaired people in the UK

Find out more and register here.

Health Service Opening Hours
Lancashire & South Cumbria Health & Care Partnership are reminding the public and their service users that opening hours for some health services and pharmacies  may be different over the coming bank holidays and the following weekend.
Bay Health & Care Partners Newsletter
The latest BHCP newsletter can be found here. To subscribe, email Karen Evans at [email protected]
Wellbeing Walks in Regent Park
Every Wednesday, 3pm. All are welcome for a walk around the park and a visit to the café (or just meet in the café if the weather is bad…)
The walk will also be an opportunity to engage with the North Lancashire CAB, who hope to have a member of their Advice Matters team in attendance.
Care to Share – Feedback on Mental Health Services
LSCFT has partnered with mental health charity, Lancashire Mind to launch a new research campaign to map current community attitudes towards regional mental health services and help shape future provision. 
Entitled Care to Share, the campaign will collect anonymous feedback from individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or have experienced NHS or local community mental health services.

The findings will form part of a research paper, which will be shared with the Trust to help make positive changes for future service delivery.

Find out more and take part here.

This is an exciting opportunity for young people based in or near Lancaster who are interested in making a positive difference in society through art.

Graft Lancaster will be working with a group of young people aged 13-19 to learn about art and activism and curate an exhibition of early career Black artists at Lancaster Maritime Museum.

There are four workshops the group will take part in:

  • Tuesday 28th June 4-6pm
  • Saturday 2nd July 12-3pm with Lancaster Black History Group
  • Tuesday 5th July 4-6pm with Lancaster Maritime Museum
  • Saturday 9th, July, 12-3pm

Find out more about the project and sign up here

Online Safety Live
Online Safety Live is a programme of free online safety briefings designed exclusively for professionals working with children and young people, delivered by the UK Safer Internet Centre

Topics covered include cyberbullying, screen time and online privacy, and current issues like remote and blended learning, latest games, trends, resources, legislation and research.

Find out more and register (scroll down for England sessions).

BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Practice at UCLAN – placements and recruitment
UCLAN are keen to find work placements for students on this degree course. To discuss these opportunities, email Jenny Lamb, course leader, at [email protected]

Places are still available for the second intake to this course, starting September 2022 for people who are interested in becoming qualified youth workers. The course is recognised by the JNC, meaning students graduate as professionally qualified youth worker.

For more information, see the UCLAN website.

CYPMAF – Next Meeting
The next Children & Young People Multi Agency Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 30 June, 9.30am – 11.30am.

This will be the final CYPMAF meeting prior to the summer, which is generally full of really useful updates regarding availability of support and activities over the holidays.

To join the meeting, and the CYPMAF mailing list, contact Sharon Phillips at [email protected]

FoodFutures Midsummer Market
The Midsummer Market returns to Lancaster once again to celebrate seasonal local food and crafts, and to launch the midsummer edition of THRIVE: North Lancashire’s community food magazine.

Friday 17 June, 10am – 5pm, Lancaster Market Square.

If you would like a stall at the market, please contact Andi Chapple at [email protected] or telephone 07891 908025.

Community is the Best Medicine Conference – Kings Fund
This event brings together health and care professionals, community organisations and others to explore the role of communities in health and wellbeing. While the Covid-19 pandemic created significant pressure for existing health and care services, it also provided a springboard for organisations to work more closely with communities to deliver innovative new programmes and projects that had an impact on health and wellbeing outcomes.   

The event will run as half day sessions from 6–9 June 2022 and will showcase case studies from across the UK.

Find out more and join in.

National Youth Agency Volunteering Tea Break
Join the NYA for on June 15 at 10.30am to discuss encouraging and supporting volunteers and volunteering in the youth work sector.

Sign up here.

World Refugee Day – local briefing and Q&A
This year for World Refugee Day on June 20th, which also marks the beginning of Refugee Week, local voluntary sector partners are holding an online event which we hope will be useful to anyone who comes across refugees and asylum seekers through either their professional or personal lives.

The event will be a combination of presentation, digital story and Q&A with Global Link, East Meets West, RAIS and the Tara Centre (representing a wider network of partners through the Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary network).

The event will be on Monday, June 20th at 11 – 12.00. Click here to book and you will be sent the zoom link:

Basic Awareness of Paediatric First Aid
This short introductory course will provide learners with the knowledge and basic lifesaving skills needed to assess and respond to a child or infant that is unresponsive and not breathing.

The skills will include how to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a child and baby and how to access and use a defibrillator. Learners will also be able to recognise and treat choking.

9.30am – 12pm, Wednesday 8 July, Bolton-le-Sands Library

Find out more and book.

Build digital skills – free introductory course
Your Digital Pathway is a new, free introductory level digital skills course from Santander, developed in collaboration with the Institute of Coding and the award-winning TechUP initiative based at Durham University.

The course has been created to support people who want to take the first step on the pathway to building their digital skills, and can help students:

  • Return to, or start work, or to pivot your career
  • Return to, or start education
  • Set up a business online

Registration deadline 29 June.

Find out more and apply.

Various Roles at Change Grow Live
2 x Receptionist/Administrator
Salary: £19,688.66 – £20,574.23 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: East Lancashire
Closing date: 22 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Prescribing Administrator
Salary: £19,688.66 – £20,574.23 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Central/North Lancashire
Closing date: 22 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Administration Team Leader
Salary: £31,165.47 – £33,026.32 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Central/North Lancashire
Closing date: 22 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

5x Recovery Worker
Salary: £24,193.77 – £28,116.74 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Central/North Lancashire
Closing date: 22 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

4 x Team Leader
Salary: £31,165.47 – £33,026.32 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Central/North Lancashire
Closing date: 22 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Funding Officer (North West) at The National Lottery Community Fund
Funding officers assess applications for funding and manage grants from TNLCF Reaching Communities and Partnerships programmes. They use local knowledge and experience, and the experience of grant holders and local stakeholders, to ensure the fund makes the best decisions.

Salary: £25,282 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Mobile, Greater Manchester/Lancashire
Closing date: 26 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Chief Executive at Springfield Domestic Abuse Service
The Chief Executive will work with our Trustees to set the strategic direction for the charity, lead the staff team and manage the delivery of the integrated accommodation and community support services.

Salary: £33,000 to £35,000 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Kendal
Closing date: 13 June 2022

Email [email protected] for a job description and application form.

National Citizen Service Delivery Staff (North West) at Inspira
Working with groups of young people, both residentially and in the local community, delivery staff are responsible for the pastoral care, behaviour management and support needs of an allocated group of young people. They facilitate and support activities whilst inspiring and assisting in the participants’ personal development through the residential and community focused elements of the NCS programme.

These are temporary positions working in blocks of 2 consecutive weeks work between 27th June 2022 & 26th August 2022.

Find out more and apply.

Network Coordinator at Let’s BeFriends
Let’s BeFriends are are looking for a Network Coordinator to help recruit and grow their befriender volunteer workforce, to manage the collaboration and networking with other statutory and non-statutory organisations and to lead on feedback and evaluation of the befriending service they offer in our community.

Rate: £12 per hour
Contract: 6 hours per week for 12 months
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 20 June 2022

To find out more and apply, download the details here.

Community Sight Loss Advisor – North Lancashire at Galloways
By providing community based person centred information, advice and support services to people affected by sight loss, this role with enable people living with sight loss to achieve connection, choice and confidence, delivering the best outcomes for everyone.

Salary: £23,000 FTE
Contract: 22.5 hours per week
Location: Community based in North Lancashire with an office base in Morecambe
Closing date: 15 June 2022

Find out more and apply

Dementia Service Manager at AgeUK
Age UK Lancashire is seeking a knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate Manager to lead and develop our Dementia Services across their area of benefit.

Salary: £30,000 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Burnley/Lancaster/Lytham/Ormskirk
Closing date: 19 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Retail Store Manager at Cancer Research
Cancer Research are looking for a commercially aware manager with a passion for charity, keen to engage with the local community.

Salary: £21,775 – £26,825 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Lancaster
Closing date: 22 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Assistant Director – NHS North West Leadership Academy & Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team
Working alongside the Executive Management Team, the postholder will lead the Senior Management Team to intelligently commission leadership development interventions ensuring a focus upon future focused leadership.

Salary: £47,126 – £53,219 per annum
Contract: Full time, permanent
Location: Manchester
Closing date: 6 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Bookkeeper / Finance Officer at The Gregson Centre
This is your chance as an experienced accountancy person to contribute to the further development of the much-loved Gregson.

Please email [email protected] for an application pack.

Closing date for completed packs: 10am, 7 June 2022.

Health Advocacy Support Worker at Global Link
Global Link is seeking an empathetic, but assertive, part-time Health Advocacy Support Worker to support asylum seekers and refugees access both mental and physical health services, and encourage participation in health and well being activities in the Lancaster District.

Salary: £24, 338 – £25,872 pro rata
Contract: Part time, 17.5 hours per week, 12 months
Location: Lancaster district
Closing date: 4 July

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 upskilling your workforce, contact [email protected]

Payroll, bookkeeping and independent examinations, contact [email protected]

Membership queries: [email protected]

Partnerships, networks and strategic development, contact [email protected]

Alternatively, call us on 01524 555900

To promote your events, training, jobs, and sector news, email [email protected]