Information and Advice for the Lancaster District’s Third Sector – 6 April 2023

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We are Recruiting: Health & Wellbeing Coach and Community Learning Network Officer
Lancaster District CVS is recruiting to two new roles. The Health & Wellbeing Coach, in partnership with Active Lancashire, will support people to take pro-active steps to improve the way they manage their physical and mental health conditions and make changes in health-related behaviours.

The Community Learning Network Officer will develop learning and educational pathways, create opportunities for people and organisations to engage in a range of formal and informal learning programmes, and help participants share their knowledge with others.

The closing date for both roles is Wednesday 19 April at 5pm, with interviews held the following week.

See the Jobs section of this Bulletin for further information.

Step into Spring with the Lancaster District Directory
With the days lengthening and the cold snaps of the late winter hopefully behind us, it’s no surprise that many of us find our thoughts turning to getting out and about around the Lancaster District’s neighbourhoods, coast and countryside. Enjoying time outdoors can be a great way to ease worries, meet new people, and boost our physical health. Past research by the mental health charity Mind has shown that taking a walk in green spaces such as countryside parks can decrease tension, reduce feelings of depression, and increase self-esteem. Thanks to the Lancaster District Directory, finding something to do outdoors couldn’t be easier… Read more

Remembering Michael Hallam
We are saddened to hear the recent news about Michael Hallam. Michael was a long-time friend and supporter of the voluntary community faith and social enterprise sector and incredibly passionate about our communities. His leadership with ESTA and the various programmes he was involved in helped connect small enterprises together for good was an exemplar piece of work which did amazing work across our district. He was innovator, a networker, an activist and everything he did was all about improving the lives of local people. Thankyou Michael for all you did. You will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. LDCVS team

Announcing the Closing Loops ‘Pots of Possibility’ Fund
Closing Loops was launched by FoodFutures (North Lancashire’s Sustainable Food Network) in 2022 to support community-led action and local initiatives to transform waste into a valuable resource and stimulate a thriving, regenerative local economy where enterprises, organisations and people are actively contributing to the health and wellbeing of their communities and the environment.

We’re delighted to announce that as part of the Closing Loops project, LDCVS has worked alongside LESS and Shared Future CIC to secure £300,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will be distributed locally as ‘Pots of Possibility’ – grants of up to £10,000 to enable community organisations, charities, social enterprises and others implement activities addressing any of the following themes:

  • Growing, cooking and eating local, seasonal and sustainable food.
  • Initiatives that inspire people around sustainable consumption and zero waste practices.
  • Initiatives around composting.
  • Regenerative enterprises or initiatives for materials currently going to waste (for instance food, textiles, packaging, electronics and more)- with a focus on reducing consumption or reusing and repurposing of materials.
  • Regenerative enterprises or initiatives that enable the sharing and repurposing of resources (tools, materials, spaces and skills) within our communities.

Community Pots grants of up to £5,000 will support pilot projects, test the feasibility of new ideas and support community projects.

REconomy Pots grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to grow ideas and scale up pilots that contribute to an ecosystem of regenerative initiatives and enterprises locally. The Reconomy pots will be awarded through a participatory budgeting approach which transfers considerable decision-making power to local communities and grant applicants.

The first round of Community Pots is now open offering grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 to help get ideas off the ground. See the Funding section of this Bulletin for more information.

Community Benefit Fund with Lancaster University
The Community Benefits Fund is a project that was formed by Lancaster University following the installation of their wind turbine in 2012. The wind turbine produces 15% of the overall energy demand on campus each year and the savings are used to award local communities across the Lancaster District with grant funding for community-based and environmental projects. Each year, 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. 

Applications for the Ninth round of funding (2020-21) will be accepted from 1st April until 30th June 2022. Successful applicants to the fund will be advised in August 2022

Learn more about this fund and how to apply

The Closing Loops ‘Pots of Possibility’ fund – now open!
Have you got a great idea to help grow a zero-waste, circular and regenerative economy in North Lancashire? Community organisations, charities and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £5000 to help get ideas off the ground.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 27th April 2023.

Find out more about the Pots of Possibilities Fund

Support for Youth-Focused Climate Events Across the UK for Great Big Green Week 2023
Charities, voluntary and community groups, and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK can apply for funding to deliver child and youth-focused local events, activities, and festivals as part of the Green Big Green Week 2023 (10 to 18 June). Save the Children is offering grants of between £300 and £800 for not-for-profit organisations across the UK to support activities and events taking place as part of the Great Big Green Week  that engage young people and children to raise awareness of the impacts of the climate crisis and its effects on children and young people. Funding can be used for project and event delivery costs, such as equipment, venue hire, refreshments, attendance or license fees, transport, utilities, volunteer expenses, and publicity costs.

The deadline for applications is 13 April 2023.

Find out more about the Great Big Green Week and Save the Children Grants

£30 million Know Your Neighbourhood Fund launched
Youth clubs, mental health charities and social enterprises are among the organisations to benefit from up to £30 million to create volunteering opportunities and help reduce loneliness, and to support charitable projects to connect communities. Launched by the Government working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the ‘Know Your Neighbourhood Fund’ will support local organisations in 27 areas to increase their offer of projects that enrich lives to help improve wellbeing and social connections.

Learn more about the Know Your Neighbourhood Fund

Third Round of England’s Peatland Restoration Grants Now Open
Environmental groups, charities, public bodies, and landowners in England can submit bids for grants to develop sites where peat can be restored. The Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme has been set up to support the restoration of degraded peatland in England. Its objectives are to:

  • Set 35,000ha of degraded peatland on a path to restoration by March 2025.
  • Reduce emissions from peat by 5.7 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050, with continued reductions after that.

The deadline to submit applications for Round 3 of the Restoration Grant is 26 May 2023.

Learn more about the Restoration Grants and how to apply

Heritage Fund Extends Deadline to its Dynamic Collections Campaign
Museums, archives, historic libraries and community organisations which hold collections across the UK now have until 24 April 2023 to apply for up to £250,000 in Lottery funding to help build resilience in the heritage sector. The funding aims to involve a wider range of people in heritage and promote public engagement with collections. Dynamic Collections is designed to address long-term challenges in the sector, many of which have been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Collections help to bring to life the stories of people and communities across the UK. There are three funding priorities for collections: engagement, re-interpretation and better collection management.

The deadline for applications to the Dynamic Collections has been extended from 31 March 2023 to 24 April 2023.

Read about the Dynamic Collections Campaign and how to apply

Natural England Announces Species Recovery Capital Grant Scheme
Grant funding is available to organisations and businesses in England to deliver species recovery projects. The Species Recovery Programme Capital Grant Scheme is being launched by Natural England and will run over two financial years (2023/24 and 2024/25). The funding is intended to support projects which enhance or create heritage assets to support wildlife habitats which benefit species recovery, and/or conservation translocations to target species that enhance habitats to enable them to function effectively. Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 are available. This capital funding can be used for a variety of activities. Partnerships, individual organisations and formally constituted businesses in England can apply. Collaborative projects from multiple organisations/partners are also welcome.

Applications will open on 3 April 2023 for a period of six weeks.

Find out more about the Species Recovery Grant Scheme

Football Foundation Energy Support Programme Invites Expressions of Interest
The Football Foundation’s Energy Support Programme is accepting applications from community football organisations in England to help them lower their energy usage. The Premier League, The FA and the UK Government’s Football Foundation has announced a package of support to help grassroots football clubs and organisations in England with rising energy costs. A total of £6 million will be available across two funds, the Energy Fund and the Floodlight Fund. In addition, the Foundation has designed guidance specifically for football clubs that will provide some useful tips and guidance to help reduce energy costs.

Applications to the Energy Fund will be accepted from football clubs and community sports organisations including;

  • Not-for-profit football clubs or voluntary groups.
  • County Football Associations.
  • Professional Club Community Organisations.
  • Registered charities.
  • Not-for-profit companies.
  • Community interest companies (CIC) or other social enterprises.
  • Companies limited by guarantee.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available, to fund up to 75% of total project costs.

Eligible organisations are invited to complete an Expression of Interest online at the Football Foundation website.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 13 April 2023.

Crowdfund Lancashire Online Launch Online Event
Do you have an idea for a community project in your local area that you want to raise money for? Spacehive – a community fundraising platform together with Lancashire County Council, can help you crowdfund the money you need to bring your idea to life. You could get as much as £20,000 towards your fundraising total. Crowdfund Lancashire provides local communities a chance to create and support the projects which matter most to them, while enabling everyone to contribute towards their community – chipping in as little as £2 to help bring their ideas into fruition. Spacehive are hosting a launch event for this exciting programme where you will be able to discover how you can support or start local sports and culture projects in Lancashire.

Date & time: Tuesday 16 May 2023, 12-1pm
Location: Online

Find out more and book your e-ticket here

Grants to Tackle Racial Injustice in the Criminal Justice System in North of England
The Baring Foundation has announced another round of its Tackling Racial Injustice in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) stream, which sits within the Strengthening Civil Society programme. Grants of up to £50,000 over 18 months are available to registered charities. The funding is for work which engages with all aspects of the criminal justice system: policing, courts (including the Crown Prosecution Service), prisons, and the probation service. Consideration will also be given to applications which seek to address discrimination and disadvantage arising as a result of contact with the criminal justice system.

Applicants must be anti-racist organisations and already be undertaking legal action activities to address racial injustice in the CJS or be able to demonstrate pre-existing plans for doing so.

The deadline to arrange an eligibility phone-call is 13 April 2023.

Find out more about this funding opportunity

The Fore’s Summer 2023 National Funding Round
An exciting new funding opportunity has opened for small charities and social enterprises across the UK – The Fore’s Summer 2023 National Funding Round. The programme is offering unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 this summer to help small charities and social enterprises develop, grow or become more sustainable.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A grant of up to £30,000 of unrestricted funding spead over 1-3 years.
    Access to free, highly skilled support provided by experienced professionals.
  • Access to our programme of skills training workshops, covering areas such as fundraising, communications, finance, strategy and more.
  • A fully funded place on an impact measurement course.

All UK registered charities, CIOs, CICs and CBSs with an annual income of under £500,000 can apply. Take their eligibility quiz here

Watch a useful webinar that guides you through making the best possible application for funding.

You will need to register your interest. Registration will be open for one week from 12pm on 11th April to 12pm on 17th of April.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

ENWL Storm Arwen Community Resilience Fund
Electricity North West Limited have provided grants to support those affected by storm Arwen in parts of Cumbria and Lancashire in 2021. The funding is to help these areas be better prepared for and more resilient to future emergency and/or extreme weather. You must check postcode eligibility and be part of a local volunteer-led organisation, not-for profit community organisation, a local registered charity or part of the parish council. Grants will normally be between £1,000 and £10,000 over one year with exceptional circumstances grants of up to £15,000 may be considered.

Eligible postcodes in the Lancaster District are as follows: LA2 8, LA5 9, LA6 1, LA6 2, LA6 3 and LA7 7

For more information on applying and eligibility

New National Influencing Grants from Lloyd’s Bank Foundation
Lloyd’s Bank Foundation has launched a £1.8 million funding programme aimed at influencing change at the national level around structural and systemic challenges, such as the social security system, accommodation for people with complex issues and improving support for asylum seekers. The fund offers grants of £30,000 to £150,000 for up to three years to registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs) with an annual turnover of at least £25,000 based in either England or Wales.

Funding can cover costs related to the proposed influencing work including staff costs, activity costs and overheads as long as they are directly related to the project.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 19 May 2023.

Read more about this fund and how to apply

Prince’s Countryside Fund Accepting Applications for Spring 2023 Round
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is currently accepting applications from constituted, not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000 for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK. Grants of up to £25,000 over two years are available for projects that can be completed by December 2025.

The funding is designed to support community-led projects that are pursuing innovative and strategic solutions to the challenges facing their rural area and which will improve the viability and resilience of their community. Groups are encouraged to submit their application before the deadline as the link to the application form will be taken down at midday on the closing date.

The deadline for applications is midday on 11 April 2023.

Find out more about this fund

Improving Outcomes Through Legal Support Fund Open for Applications
The Access to Justice Foundation is working with Ministry of Justice to offer a new fund aimed at organisations offering free legal support and advice in England and Wales. Funding will be provided to help sustain and improve access to early social welfare and family legal support and advice. A minimum of 15% of the total grant funding will be available specifically for support services which are provided at-court to users who are seeking to use the court system to resolve their issue. Organisations will need to demonstrate they have agreement from the relevant court(s) that they can operate in this space. Grants are expected to be around £100,000 to £200,000 over a 21-month period. Larger grants may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

The deadline to apply is 4pm on 5 May 2023.

Learn more about this funding option

Dates Announced for Healthy Hearts Grants 2023
The latest rounds of SUBWAY and Heart Research UK (HRUK)’s funding partnership will see five grants of £15,000 each awarded throughout the year with two in England. Funding provision is to help prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease in the UK and will be distributed to new projects that work with communities in heart disease prevention, particularly for vulnerable and isolated groups of individuals who are at an increased risk of developing heart problems in the future.

Application window for England is 11 May 2023 to 8 June 2023.

Find out more about this fund

Fund Reopens after almost £600K of Cash Seized from Criminals is Invested into Crime Fighting Projects
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund (SLNF) has reopened after almost £600k has been ploughed into crime fighting projects, across all the strands that make up the fund, since its launch 12 months ago, thanks to money seized from criminals. The Community strand of the fund reopened on this week, welcoming new applications from community organisations, parish councils, Community Safety Partnerships and charities for schemes that will help the Commissioner deliver his Fighting Crime Plan priorities, with a focus on getting tough on antisocial behaviour and targeting dangerous drivers.

Read more about this
Learn more about the Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund

£10m Energy and Climate Programme from National Lottery Community Fund
As part of its wider commitment to supporting climate action, National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is delivering a new grant scheme which focuses on community energy projects across the UK. There is a total funding pot of £10 million, which includes £1.5 million for a Learning Network. More information on this is expected in April 2023. The Fund offers grants of £500,000 to £1.5 million over two to five years for place-based partnerships, UK-wide partnerships or single voluntary and community organisations.

There will online information sessions for interested applicants in the coming months.

Stage 1 applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The application deadline
The programme will remain open until at least December 2023 but it will depend on when and how many others apply for funding.

The link to register can be found on the NLCF website.

£1.9M Partnership Between National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Churches Trust
Funding for project development and maintenance work in places of worship is now available with Cherish, a new three-year programme which will support places of worship in Scotland, Wales and the North-West of England (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria). Alongside grants ranging from £500 to £10,000, the programme will offer wide-ranging support in the form of:

  • Maintenance advice.
  • Crisis support for communities facing the potential loss of local historic buildings.
  • Resourcing for local issues.
  • A digital toolkit including buildings care and income generating advice.
  • Training to improve local capacity to look after buildings in need.
  • Visitor and tourism support.

Applications for grant funding are set to open in May 2023.

More information on the Cherish programme

Community Shares Booster Fund Offers a Range of Support for Community Businesses in England
Funding to support new and existing community businesses in England that are at all stages of a community share issue are now available with the Community Shares Booster Fund, provided by Power to Change and Architectural Heritage Fund and delivered in partnership with Coops UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation and Co-operative and Community Finance. The Booster Fund which relaunched recently now offers pre-grant support, development grants, equity match investment, subscription underwriting and loan finance support to community businesses based in England.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is a two-stage application process.

Expressions of Interest can be made at any time.

Guidance notes and the online Expression of Interest form can be found on the Co-operatives UK website

Onward Community Fund
Do you have a great idea for a community project, but need a little help to get it off the ground? The Onward Community Fund supports local groups and projects in Lancashire, Merseyside and Manchester that aim to address one of four themes relating to work, food, greenspace or digital. Up to £2,500 is available to fund your project. Examples could include: IT training, youth projects or community events.

Next applications are taken in April 2023.

Learn more about this fund


UK Government’s £150m Community Ownership Fund – Third Bidding Window Now Open
A third bidding window is now open for the Community Ownership Fund in helping fund communities across the UK to take ownership of assets at risk of closure. The £150 million fund aims to support charities and community groups across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community. It will run for four years (until 2024/25) with three bidding windows per year. Groups can bid for up to £250,000 match funding or in exceptional cases up to £1 million for larger sporting assets at risk of loss. The Fund will support community ownership projects where the assets make the biggest difference to the local place.

The deadline for expressions of interest to the third window of Round two is 24 March 2023 with the deadline for full applications on 14 April 2023.

Read more about this fund and how to express your interest

Association of Independent Museums Announce 2023 Application Rounds
AIM (the Association for Independent Museums) has renewed funding for the Audit, Collections Care and Remedial Conservation grant schemes for a further three years.  The grants support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently and to meet the standards required for Accreditation. Grants of up to £1,200 are available for an audit, and up to £10,00 for a collections care or remedial conservation grant.

For the remaining scheme, the application deadline will be:

Autumn Round – Friday 29 September 2023 (5pm).

Read more about this funding option

Francis Scott Trust  Social Investment Funding Opportunities
The Francis Scott Trust are offering a social investment funding programme to redress the relative scarcity of genuinely long-term finance available in the region. The programme provides organisations the opportunity to obtain the scale required to ensure greater financial resilience, thereby promoting sustainability in the sector. Loans value from £50,000 to £300,000 over a period of 5 to 10 years. The trust want to improve access to social investment by helping prepare applications via two initiatives, Step Change and Reach Fund.

Charities or social enterprises interested in growing impact via partnering with a trusted local funder, please call 01539 742 608. If you would like to collaborate helping charities plan for growth via the Step Change programme, please email [email protected].

Learn more about the Francis Scott Trust Social Investment Funding

Children’s Summer Playschemes Grants Programme Opens for UK Applications
Trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust have set aside funds for summer playschemes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds between the ages of 5-16 years. The Woodward Charitable Trust is currently accepting applications to its annual funding round from UK registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations or exempt charities with an annual turnover of less than £100,000. Each year, the Trust offers around 35 one-off grants of between £500 and £1,000 for activities taking place during the summer that make a difference to children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The funding will cover up to 50% of the total cost of a scheme.

Applications are now open with a deadline of 6 April 2023 (noon).

Learn more about the Woodward Charitable Trust and Summer Playscheme Grants

Refugee Week 2023 Grant Scheme
The Lancashire Refugee Integration Team (LRIT) are delighted to announce that the Refugee Week Grand Scheme has been launched. This grant scheme is designed to support projects and events with a maximum budget of £1500 which will be held during Refugee Week (19-26 June). The purpose of the fund is to celebrate refugee cultures and contributions, tackle misinformation, and platform refugee voices.  Refugee week 2023 grant scheme – Lancashire County Council. To include any of your events or projects you must complete the attached content form for the Refugee Week 2023 brochure. Once completed, please return the form to [email protected].

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on 14 April.

Read more about the Refugee Week 2023 Grant Scheme

Barclays Community Football Fund 2023 Invites Applications
Grants are available for not-for-profit groups in the UK to help improve access to football for all by running football activities for underrepresented groups. This is only open to new groups who have not already received a grant through this fund. Now in its second year, Barclays Bank in partnership with the Sported Foundation is offering small grants of £500 to groups that are running football activities for one or more of the following underrepresented groups: women and girls, young people with disabilities, young people from racially diverse communities, young people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people from lower socio-economic groups.

The fund is currently open until 31 December 2023. However, it may close earlier if a large volume of applications is received.

Kick off your project with the Barclays Community Football Fund

Round Two of Defra’s UK Seafood Fund: Skills and Training Scheme Now Open
Defra’s UK Seafood Fund: Skills & Training scheme has opened a second round of funding for up to £8 million available to modernise training facilities and increase access to opportunities across the UK. Applicants can apply for a minimum of £50,000, and a maximum of £3 million. The scheme offers funding to improve training in the seafood industry, including the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors.

Applications are open until 21 April 2023 12:00 BST

Read more about this scheme

Cost of Living Support Available for Youth Organisations across the UK
Charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations delivering high-quality youth provision whose work is being hindered, curtailed, or cut back due to rising core costs can apply for funding to address these unprecedented demands. UK Youth, in partnership with Pears Foundation, is offering unrestricted multi-year grants for charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations across the UK with an annual turnover of less than £500,000 to help them cover rising prices and increased costs due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications for large grants (more than £10,000 per year) will be closing soon, complete and submit your application by midday on Thursday 6th April 2023.

Learn more about this grant programme

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Reopens for 2023
Grants are available for young musicians and composers across the UK to support the performance, recording, and promotion of the music of Michael Tippett. The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation offers grants of between £500 and £3,000 available to support the following objectives:

  • To award grants to support the development of group music-making especially involving young people, with composing central to the project.
  • To support the performance or recording of works by Michael Tippet.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2023.

Find out more about the Michael Tippet Musical Foundation

The Stigma Conversations – Podcast Series
What is stigma? Who does it serve? And how does it shape our world broken by poverty, prejudice, and injustice? In The Stigma Conversations, leading sociologist Imogen Tyler meets inspirational academics, activists and frontline workers to show that while stigma is most certainly about feelings and experiences, it’s also about power, politics and history. We are in a state of emergency, and we need to take action, now. Of particular note, our well respected friends and colleagues Helen Greatorex (CEO of CAB North Lancs ) and Dr Andy Knox (Carnforth GP) feature in the series. It makes for fascinating and useful listening for those working in the third sector.

Have a listen to their podcast episodes here

£100m Budget Pledge for Charities & Community Organisations
Following the Spring budget, the third sector are pleased to be informed of £100 million government financial support for charities and community organisations, including social enterprises in England that are on the frontline of dealing with the cost of living impacts.  The funding will support the essential work that is helping some of the most vulnerable in society.  Most of the funding is set to be delivered during 2023/24 and approximately a quarter of the £100m will be used to fund measures over the next two years in supporting VCFSE organisations with energy efficiency and sustainability.

Read more

Energy Bills Discount Scheme to commence on 1 April 2023
The new Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS) will commence on 1 April 2023 and run until 31 March 2024. Under this scheme the government will provide a baseline discount to support with energy bills for eligible non-domestic customers in Great Britain. As with the original Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) suppliers will automatically apply reductions to the bills of all eligible non-domestic customers. No action is therefore required for non-domestic customers receiving the general support.

Find out more about the Scheme on the government website

Help Map Small and Medium Enterprise Waste in the Lancaster District
As mentioned in previous sections, over the next four years FoodFutures and the Closing Loops project partners will be running a local grants scheme called ‘Pots of Possibility’ to develop and support initiatives and interventions to reduce, redirect, reuse or repurpose materials currently being discarded.  As part of this they are looking to better understand different types of local waste streams and interventions that might have a positive impact.

If you run a small or medium enterprise or community initiative in the Lancaster District, you can take the waste stream mapping survey to share what you do and what you would like to see happen locally to help this project. The mapping will inform idea generating events and feed into future rounds of the ‘Pots of Possibility’ fund. Take the survey here.

New Dormant Assets Funding Unlocks Investment for Community Business
Last week the government expanded the Dormant Assets Scheme, which will unlock £880 million of forgotten money to fund much-needed investment into organisations tackling social problems in their communities including social enterprises and charities. This decision follows an extensive public consultation last summer. The announcement creates the opportunity to implement the Community Enterprise Growth Plan by confirming that social investment will continue as a recipient cause of the scheme alongside youth, financial inclusion, and, a new cause, community wealth funds. This could be a game changer for community businesses.

Read more about this

Charity Digital FREE Webinar: Using Social Media to Raise Awareness and Increase Donations
Charity Digital are set to run a webinar that could help stand you out from the crowd. James Shamsi, Growth Marketing Manager at Charity Digital, will show charities how to find influencers that will champion your cause, how to locate donors to boost funds, top tips for Instagram and Twitter growth, a short introduction to TikTok, the increasing value of overlooked platforms such as Be Real and Snapchat, and so much more.

Find out more and book your place

Utilising QR Codes for your Business Guide by Hubspot
There was a time when QR codes were a puzzling pixelated black and white square that caused nothing but confusion for most people. Nowadays, organisations are increasingly harnessing their power.  The third sector are utilising them more and more advantageously to help with their cause, from marketing your charity campaigns to streamlining access and payments on your Just Giving and Crowd Funding pages. Hubspot have created a useful guide on how to create, use and analyse QR Codes for your business. 

Learn about QR Codes with the Hubspot How-to-use guide here

Third Sector Trends in England and Wales 2022: Relationships, Influencing and Collaboration
The fourth of five reports from Third Sector Trends England and Wales 2022 has been published. The report breaks new ground by looking at the extent to which VCSE organisations get involved in campaigning and influencing at a national level – including, controversially, analysis of the use of digital media for campaigning. The report also looks at partnership working across the sector and examines how this has been affected by the pandemic by comparing with 2019.

Third Sector Trends has been surveying the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector every three years since 2010. In 2022, 6,070 responses were received across England and Wales (an average of 600 responses in each region). This is the only fully representative longitudinal survey which can produce robust and detailed comparative analysis at a regional and national level.

The latest full report can be downloaded here

Centre for Sustainable Energy – Energy Efficiency Guidance
The Centre for Sustainable Energy have release a useful resource to improving the energy efficiency of your community building. The Centre advise using their ‘Energy Hierarchy’ as your framework to reducing bills, lowering carbon emissions and more.  Find out all about the available technologies and whether your community building would be suitable on their website.

Get tips from their Energy Framework here

Lancaster University Library – Community Membership
Anybody over the age of 16 is welcome to join Lancaster University Library as a Community Member to borrow books. Membership is free of charge. Members of the public are also able to use the library building without joining as a member. Currently the building is open for all to access from 8am – 8pm on weekdays and 8am – 6pm on weekends.

Joining as a community member online can be done on their online form or in-person at the library and completing a paper form. Members will be issued with a Community Card which allows borrowing of up to 6 books for 5 weeks. Proof of address must be provided in order to collect a Community Card.

To find out what resources you can access in the library, you can search their catalogue, OneSearch. Once in go to –  Refine my results > Show only > Available in the library. This filters the results to display only content that’s available for Community Members.

You can also access resources online, by visiting their Open Access Guide. More information about joining the Library as a Community Member can be found on their website here and here.

Household Support Fund – Lancaster City Council
As part of a community partner collaboration we are helping to support Lancaster City Council to deliver the Household Support Fund – a government fund provided by the department for work and pensions to support communities with the rising cost of living. It is available to help with household essentials and other bills such as food or fuel.

If you apply to the Household Support Fund you will need to supply a recent bank statement for each adult in the household. If you are on Universal Credit you will also need to provide the full breakdown of your award. As part of the scheme, you will get a phone appointment with an advisor from either Lancaster City Council or North Lancashire Citizens Advice. The Council team will help you through the whole process.

All calls are confidential.

It is easy to apply, you can do it online or by calling Lancaster City Council on 01524 582 000. They may also be able to offer other support, including connecting you with other local support services.

Platform Places: Start a Local Property Partnership webinar
The social enterprise organisation Platform Places are hosting a practical online workshop to learn more about the Platform Places process and how to start a Local Property Partnership. Platform Places aims to help unlock town centre buildings for amazing ideas that help us live affordably, sustainably and together. They convene and support councils, communities and asset owners to bring buildings into long-term community use or ownership.

During this webinar, attendees will:

  • meet some of the people behind Platform Places
  • learn how to start the journey towards a Local Property Partnership in your town centre
  • meet others looking to do the same where they are
  • get your questions answered
  • Multiple dates, free of charge

Find out more and sign up to this webinar

Charity Commission Cost of Living guidance for Trustees
The Charity Commission recognises that many charities are facing difficult circumstances resulting from rapidly increasing costs, from their own cash flow to the issues faced by their staff. Some charities are also experiencing increased demand, particularly charities providing services to people in need. The Charity Commission has published new guidance for trustees, especially trustees of smaller charities, who may need help when facing difficult decisions about their charity’s financial position.

View the guidance here

Cheaper broadband and mobile deals available through social tariffs
The Government is raising awareness of reduced broadband prices and mobile deals through a UK-wide public awareness campaign. The campaign promotes cheaper, reliable packages being provided to people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and other benefits. The social tariff deals will help people to save money on bills and pay less to stream, chat and shop online.

Learn more about the campaign on OfComs webpage

Free Cost of Living Support and Advice for Community Businesses
As part of the Resilient Communities Fund, launched last year, Power to Change is offering bespoke advice and support to help community businesses navigate the cost of living and energy crises, build resilience and strengthen local communities in the shift to a fairer, greener future.

Power to Change grantees can book sessions for tailored support from CSE’s broad range of experts. This includes advice about retrofit, energy-efficiency measures, fuel poverty, community action, engagement and building long-term resilience in the energy market.

CSE will also host a series of online resources and webinars, available to the wider community business sector.

Find out more here

Cost of Living Support Factsheet
With the ongoing cost-of-living challenges that we are faced with, the government have provided a helpful factsheet for supporting households including useful information covering benefits and cost-of-living payments, national living wage, energy price guarantees and more.

Follow this link to view the factsheet

The Coronation Champions Awards
To mark the Coronation of Their Majesties, The Coronation Champions Awards, with the support of Her Majesty The Queen Consort, will celebrate and recognise inspiring volunteers who have made an exceptional difference in their communities.

Her Majesty is a passionate and long-standing advocate of volunteering, and the Royal Voluntary Service is organising the awards to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers across the UK. They will commend outstanding volunteers from all communities and also aim to inspire others to explore what volunteering has to offer. There will be eight categories of awards, from volunteering in health or animal welfare, to supporting the environment or sports and heritage. Anyone can nominate a volunteer they know for an award. Judges will also be on the lookout to celebrate rising stars as ‘Young Coronation Champions’ (aged 14-18).

The awards opened for nominations on 20th February 2023 and will close on 2nd April. 500 Coronation Champions will be announced before the Coronation weekend. The Coronation Champions Awards, along with the Big Help Out, will place volunteering at the heart of the Coronation celebrations, aiming to build a lasting legacy of volunteering spirit. The RVS website should answer most questions about the aims and process for nominations.

Visit the awards website to nominate a volunteer or to find out more.

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

The Big Help Out – A National Spotlight on Volunteering
Have you heard of The Big Help Out? It’s a national drive encouraging people to volunteer to mark the King’s Coronation, specifically on the additional Bank Holiday on 8th May. We at Lancaster District CVS are 100% behind anything that encourages volunteering, but it has been disappointing to see that The Big Help Out has received something of a backlash, particularly on social media. Volunteers and volunteering should always be valued. Volunteers are the life blood of our communities, the glue of our social fabric. Not convinced? I guarantee you that some aspect of your life, and the lives of everyone you know, is impacted for the better by volunteers … Read more

Volunteer Recruitment Fair – Lancaster Library
Our Volunteer Recruitment Fair took place on the 3rd March at Lancaster Library and was a great success, connecting community organisations and prospective volunteers. We had over 20 local volunteer involving organisations that attended, and their representatives were there to share their projects. If any of your service users would like to find out about volunteering in Lancaster, please do get in touch. The Volunteer Centre here at CVS provide an ongoing volunteer support and recruitment service. 

Have a watch of our video compilation from the event

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 (#LDCVSVolunteerTuesday); 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.

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

Volunteering Opportunities

LDCVS Bulletin Volunteer
LDCVS require a Volunteer that can help us prepare our weekly Bulletin edition by collating items sent in by our staff and membership, and writing them up as short summaries ready for publication. Our Bulletin is one of the services most valued by the LDCVS membership. It is our primary way of communicating information about funding opportunities, training and events, jobs and volunteer opportunities, and news related to two important areas of work – health & wellbeing and children & young people.

Find out more about this opportunity

Board of Director Roles at Wise Up Workshops CIC
Wise Up Workshops CIC are looking to select people who have professional expertise to join their Board of Directors and be jointly responsible for its governance and strategic direction. In order to strengthen the board’s areas of expertise, they are looking to select two people who already work in one or more of the following areas:

  • As independent, practicing, self-employed artists/drama workshop leader
  • Within finance – budget setting, budget management and accountancy
  • In the education sector or within relevant disciplines

Take a look at the job description for the role

Roles with n-compass

Penpal Volunteer
Provide a connection and emotional support to Carers.

Outgoing CHAT line Volunteer
Provide a listening ear and emotional support to Carers.

Sitting In Service Volunteer
To allow carers a much-needed break from their caring role in order to do something for themselves.

Green Rose Energy Volunteer
Green Rose are advertising a variety of roles to choose from including social media support, helping at drop ins and events, delivering energy advice and holding the phone. There will be support around delivering energy champions training and briefings. The CIC provide a friendly and fun environment in which to meet new friends and learn new skills.

Explore this opportunity

The Bay Morecambe Hub Volunteer
The mental health & wellbeing project The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery have recently opened a Community Hub in the Arndale Shopping Centre in Morecambe and are looking to use the space for events, closed group sessions and drop-in wellbeing support and signposting. The team are looking for friendly, reliable and empathetic volunteers to support with the running of the Community Hub and activities. The Bay programme is designed to help people to recover from the effects of Covid-19 and the resulting social isolation by providing opportunities to connect with nature and participate in environmental activity around Morecambe Bay. The role will be flexible and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Find out more about this volunteer role

Bowel Cancer Awareness: Know the Signs and Save Lives
With April being Bowel Cancer Awareness month, we want to take a moment to raise awareness about the disease that affects thousands of people in the UK each year. As the fourth most common cancer and the second biggest cancer killer in the country, it is crucial to understand the importance of early detection and diagnosis.

Nearly 43,000 individuals are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK annually. It is a disease that can affect anyone at any age, making education and vigilance essential. Detecting bowel cancer at its earliest stage significantly increases the likelihood of successful treatment—up to 9 times more likely.

To help protect yourself and your loved ones, it is important to recognise the following signs and symptoms of bowel cancer:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reasons
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

If you experience any one of these symptoms, or if something just doesn’t feel right, you should contact your GP straight away. Most people who experience these won’t have bowel cancer. Other health conditions can cause similar symptoms. But it’s important to speak to your GP so you can rule out bowel cancer as the cause.

For individuals aged 60-74, the NHS sends out bowel cancer screening kits. We urge you not to disregard this vital tool—place it by the loo and make it a priority.

Read more at the NHS website

INTERACT study- Measuring Loneliness and Social Isolation
Loneliness and social isolation can affect people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Measuring Loneliness (INTERACT) study aims to map loneliness at borough and city level to highlight the scale of the issue and help decision makers consider new ways to support individuals who are lonely, feeling socially isolated and who may be suffering in silence. The study is the first of its kind and aims to collect data from thousands of community dwelling individuals aged 16 years or over to produce a visual snapshot of social isolation and loneliness not just across the capital, but other parts of the UK.

Led by Imperial’s School of Public Health, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, the team will reach out to thousands of residents and encourage them to complete a brief online survey. Responses will help build a clearer picture of how loneliness affects people at borough and city level, and across regions. This study is looking at the prevalence of social isolation and loneliness (SI&L) in the community setting (including patients and staff) and was developed in response to the UK Government’s Loneliness Strategy.

Taking part involves completion of a short anonymous online e-survey – which takes <5 mins.

Help contribute tackle social isolation and complete the survey here.

Lived Experience Strategic Approach to Changing Culture Workshops
As part of their ongoing work on Changing Futures, The Well Communities are running 6 free training workshops over 7 months on taking a strategic approach to changing culture through a trauma and recovery lens. The workshops will provide a strategic overview, along with practical examples of how to support leaders in working in organisations where there are people with multiple complex needs.

Dates & times:

Workshop 1 – EmBRACE the journey through 6 Core Conditions – 24.3.23, 12-4.30pm
Workshop 2 – The Importance of language/The Rat Hell Case Study – 24.04.23, 10am-4.30pm
Workshop 3 – 6 Core Conditions (Part 1_Lived Experience) – 22.05.23, 1-4pm
Workshop 4 – 6 Core Conditions (Part 2_Connections, Meaning and Purpose) – 26.06.23, 1-4pm
Workshop 5 – 6 Core Conditions (Part 3_Community, Trauma Safe) – 19.09.23, 1-4pm
Workshop 6 – 6 Core Conditions (Part 4_Hope) and Modelling Good Practice – 2.10.23, 1-4pm

For more information contact Jo Obrien at [email protected]

View their event e-leaflet here

West End Mental Health Project Commission
In line with its Action Plan, West End Morecambe Big Local (WEM) is looking to commission work to support Mental Health in the West End community. WEM are working within a maximum budget of £50,000. This is an open commission looking to invite the widest range of projects that could help in the West End. If your group or organisation have an interest in this theme please visit the West End Morecambe Big Local website for further information about the commission and to download the commission form.

Please note the closing date for this commission is Monday 24th April 2023.

Laughter Yoga with The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery
The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery is hosting a series of FREE sessions combining Laughter Yoga and nature connection. The group will meet at the Bay’s Community Hub in the Arndale Centre, Morecambe for a series of weekly laughter sessions followed by a litter pick and nature walk along the seafront. You’ll have the opportunity to try out laughter yoga and see how laughter can help you to feel better and connect with others. Experience the benefits that time outdoors can have on our wellbeing, meet new people and have fun in a safe and welcoming setting!

Sessions run every Thursday from 20th April – 18th May 2023.

Booking and pre-registration is essential (limited spaces) please contact Alex: [email protected]

View their event e-flyer here

What’s On Guide – Lancaster District Children and Family Wellbeing Service April-June
The LCC Children and Family Wellbeing Service latest What’s On Guide for April-June has now been released with lots of activities and support available in the district.  Their service is there to provide early help on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family.

Download their What’s On Guide here

Integrated Care Partnership Strategy
Hearing your views and those of communities

A strategy has been produced by members of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). The joint strategy focuses on the most complex issues that can only be solved by the organisations within the partnership working together. In October 2022 people living in Lancashire and South Cumbria were asked to to share their views on the six proposed priorities for the strategy. Feedback was received from a broad range of partner representatives and residents, which included over 700 survey responses. This feedback was shared with the partnership, which reviewed the priorities and developed the final strategy, which will be the initial focus of the partnership going forward.

Now the ICP are looking for your feedback for the final strategy document and the priorities it identifies ensuring they can be easily understood; that they make sense and are meaningful to partners and residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria.

View the draft strategy here

For more information on how to get involved

Social Prescribing Day 2023
March 9th was Social Prescribing Day, an annual celebration of social prescribing, recognising link workers, local community groups and regional and national organisations which support people’s health and wellbeing. Sometimes our needs for our health and wellbeing require something outside the realms of medication and clinical services. With people’s health determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing takes a more holistic route. The Social Prescribing Academy have provided a few short videos which you may find useful:

Our brand new Lancaster District Directory is the perfect tool for social prescription.  You can search, browse and discover a whole range of useful health and wellbeing services in the area to provide you with that wellbeing boost. 

Healthy Relationships 6 week Course
Lancashire County Council and the Children & Family Wellbeing Service are promoting a 6 session course supporting ‘Healthy Relationships’.  The course is for parents, grandparents or carers that are either separated or still together that are experiencing conflict in their relationship. The course aims to build healthier relationships, and help with more constructive communication to improve children’s physical and mental health.

The six week course begins on Tuesday 18th April 2023, 9.30am-11.30am at LunePark Neighbourhood Centre.

For more information on the session topics view the e-leaflet here

Managing the Menopause in Life and Work
Lancashire Adult Learning are running a FREE online event Managing the Menopause for anyone aged 19 and over in Lancashire. Come along to learn more about the menopause and discover some helpful tips and tricks to make the journey smoother.

Date & time: Tuesday 25th April 2023, 6-8pm

View the course e-leaflet here

For more information and book your place

The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery – Taster Sessions
The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery is a free Nature and Wellbeing programme for people in Morecambe Bay, helping individuals to improve their wellbeing and tackle feelings of isolation through learning about nature. The programme includes public events and weekly wellbeing sessions for small groups in Morecambe and Lancaster that individuals can refer onto. Activities link into the 5 ways to wellbeing and include bushcraft, conservation, environmental art, mindfulness and nature walks. 

To join a Nature and Wellbeing session please contact Alex (Nature and Wellbeing Officer) for more information: 07884 605256 / [email protected] or complete an online referral form.

Venus Revisited Workshops
Supported by LDCVS, King Street Arts, Lancaster are running a series of workshops working with clay and celebrating the form and nature of older women. The sessions will explore different making techniques and there will be opportunity to make one or more creations to keep. The project is for women 55 years and older in the Lancaster & Morecambe District. The sessions are free and are suitable for beginners or those with some creative experience: no previous art or clay skills are needed to join in.

Venue & Location: The Cornerstone, Lancaster
Date and times: Wednesdays, 2.30-5pm | April 19th & 26th / May 3rd & 10th

Find out more about the Workshops

Tackling Inequality and Disadvantage – Health and Wellbeing Alliance Resource
Members of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing alliance have launched a report that highlights how groups of people who experience the greatest barriers to accessing health and care are often the most likely to experience digital exclusion.  The document also contains additional, detailed insights into how digital exclusion affects groups who experience health inequalities. This includes people with learning disabilities, people seeking asylum, people in contact with the criminal justice system, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and others. The report is part of a wider body of work by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, whose mission it is to enable policy, commissioning and provider organisations to design services and support based on the needs of people and communities who face disadvantage and exclusion.

Learn more about this

Health & Wellbeing Support Coaching – VCFSE Bursary Available
The Morecambe Bay Population Health Team are working with voluntary sector organisations in the Lancaster District to widen access to accredited health coaching skills training, which aims to upskill individuals to have better conversations and support people to reach their self-identified goals.

The course is for staff and volunteers who perform roles where they have the opportunity to support people to make behavioural changes that will encourage improved health and well-being. It will provide a range of tools and techniques that will help structure conversations to help individuals set and work towards goals that are important to them, whether this is about lifestyle changes that will promote better health and wellbeing, or being better able to manage long term conditions.

VCFSE organisations which would like help to enable their staff or volunteers to access this training can apply to Lancaster District CVS for an attendance bursary. This is to help cover the costs of time taken to attend the course. The bursary totals £87 (£12.50 per hour) which will be paid to the organisation’s bank account once the course has been completed.

Please complete this form to choose course dates and request a bursary place.

Lancaster District CVS will then get in touch with you to confirm the bursary and explain how to make your booking for the course.

Places are limited and subject to a first come first served basis

If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Jenny by email at [email protected]

The course is currently running as an online workshop delivered over a pair of sessions lasting 3.5 hours each. Course dates are below.

Day 1: Wednesday 8 March 09:30 – 13:00
Day 2: Wednesday 22 March 09:30 – 13:00

Day 1: Tuesday 11 April 13:00 – 16:45
Day 2: Tuesday 25 April 13:00 – 16:45

Day 1: Tuesday 2 May 09:30 – 13:00
Day 2: Tuesday 16 May 09:30 – 13:00

What’s on over Easter – Children & Family Wellbeing Service
The Children & Family Wellbeing Service have provided an updated timetable of events for their Easter holiday schedule. The family wellbeing sessions cover a range of support from parenting guidance to child development. View their Easter events e-poster

Training Provider – Young People Led Grant Programme
In 2023, the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust will celebrate 60 years of supporting work with young people that has been delivered by a range of exceptional local, regional and national organisations. To mark this milestone year, the Trust is asking local young people to distribute funds on its behalf.

The Grant Programme
Twenty young people from across the Trust’s beneficiary area of Cumbria and the Lancaster District will be invited to design a grants programme and distribute £60,000 during 2023. The purpose of the fund will be to benefit other local young people via their organised groups through supporting activities that are important to them.

To help us achieve the aims of this programme, we are seeking a training provider to work in partnership with us and the young people to design the grants programme. You will be required to design and lead a two-day training programme suitable for a diverse group of young people aged 16-25yrs, enabling them to build a strong process for administering grant funding.

The Role
The chosen provider will have excellent facilitation skills, be friendly and approachable and able to unify a group of young people towards a common goal. They will have direct experience of delivering training to young people from wide ranging backgrounds, capturing their excitement and drive for making a difference in their local communities.

We are looking for an individual to facilitate a series of engaging workshops that will take young people through a step-by-step process of codesigning the grants programme.

£2,300 (planning £1000, delivery £1000 & expenses £300).

You can apply by emailing your CV and a one-page (maximum) covering letter to [email protected], stating ‘Young People Led Grants Programme – Trainer’ in the subject line, by Friday the 21st of April 2023, 10am.

Learn more about the Training Provider Opportunity

Holiday Activities and Food Programme for Easter (HAF)
The Easter Holidays are just around the corner and for another year running there is an exciting holiday provision for the Lancashire HAF programme.  With a growing range of activities for children to choose from there are options to suit everyone giving children the chance to be more active, learn new skills, meet new friends, receive healthy food and stay safe. The programme will run over the 2 weeks of the Easter Holiday and provide a great opportunity for local children and young people who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to get out and about.

View the range of activities available

Easter Fun Days – Lancaster District Children and Family Wellbeing Service
The Lancaster District Children and Family Wellbeing Service have egg-celled themselves once again with organising some egg-citing Easter Fun events in April. These free family events will have a range of easter activities such as egg rolling, face-painting, egg decorating and crafts.  Not only that, you’ll be egg-static to know there will be the opportunity to meet a real Easter Rabbit.

Lune Park Neighbourhood Centre
Date & time: Wed 5th April 2023, 10am-12.30pm

Westgate Neighbourhood Centre
Date & time: Weds 12th April 2023, 10am-12.30pm

View their Easter Fun Poster for more

BEE UNIQUE Parents, Carers & Families Support
BEE UNIQUE Parents, Carers & Families Support are running regular sensory play sessions for children not in school. Sessions can be tailored to suit those that attend regularly with activities including crafts, lego and more. The sessions are ran by Kirsten and welcomes children of all ages. All sensory play sessions double as parent/ carer support so families can bring their worries and queries along to talk with Kirsten who will provide the best help she can.

Find out more on the BEE Unique Facebook Page

For bookings and to see other activities available

Invitation from Lancaster and Morecambe Prince’s Trust
Young people in the local community have been taking part in a 12-week development programme by The Prince’s Trust delivered by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.  This programme has been an opportunity for them to develop new skills that will help them in their future lives, whether that is at work, college, or in training. As a celebration of their success and development The Lancaster and Morecambe Prince’s Trust would like to formally invite you to the Final Presentation of Team 61. It is a fantastic opportunity for those attending to connect and build professional relationships with members of the local community.

Date & time: Tuesday 11th April 2023, 12.30pm
Location: King Community Church, Phoenix Street, Lancaster, LA1 1DD.

It is advised to arrive no later than 12.15pm for a prompt start.

Visit the Eventbrite link to book your tickets

Inside Out Children Support Sessions
The Children & Family Wellbeing Service and Lancashire County Council are running support sessions for children to help with expressing and managing their emotions, and building self-confidence. The Sessions are aimed at those aged between 8-11 years (Key stage 2). The kids will be able to get involved with a variety of activities and games whilst developing social skills and more.

Location: Morecambe Library
Dates & times: Tuesdays from 3.30pm-4.45pm
To book onto sessions contact Briony or Nichola on 01524 581280
View their session e-leaflet here

We Are With You Support Services
The young persons wellbeing support charity We Are With You deliver drug and alcohol services throughout Lancashire. The services now have a dedicated Schools Team to support, educate and train young people and school staff. The organisation offer a variety of completely FREE services to help you help your students:

Through fun and engaging activities and discussions, With You can deliver bespoke Drug and Alcohol awareness and harm reduction sessions to support parts of the school PSHE programme.

Introduce the school to With You, the positive impact With You can have and how individuals in the school can receive support.

Staff Training
The team at With You can provide school staff with knowledge on substance misuse and the wider risks associated.

Free Short Course for students
With You deliver the ASDAN accredited qualification in Peer Mentoring for students, which is aimed at young people in the  greatest need. The short course provides certification and  recognition for skills in mentoring and buddying younger ones.

1:1 and Small Group Support
Work one to one and in groups with young people to address their own substance or alcohol misuse and help them to make positive changes.

For session bookings or for more information please contact Nikki at [email protected] or call 07977830453.

What’s On Guide – Lancaster District Children and Family Wellbeing Service
The LCC Children and Family Wellbeing Service latest What’s On Guide for February-April has now been released with lots of activities and support available in the district.  Their service is there to provide early help on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family. 

Download their What’s On Guide here

Women’s & Children’s Care Group –Health Services Survey for Young People
The Women’s & Children’s Care Group are calling for young people with experience of health services to help improve how health services prepare young people with long term health conditions or complex needs with the right knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their health as adults.

Please complete the Transition in Health Care Survey here

Alice in Library Land Baking Competition
The Friends of Lancaster Library are calling all star bakers to join them down the rabbit hole at Lancaster Library for a baking competition and marvellous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This is a free event aimed at bakers of 11 years to adult. See if you can take the title from the Queen of Hearts for your jam tart making! Sign up and collect your recipes for Alice inspired bakes from the desk at Lancaster Library. You have the opportunity to choose from three recipes. Judging will take place between 1.30-3pm on the day. Include your full name on your competition bakes.  Other events on the day will include toadstool making, calligraphy, crafts, selfie prop making and selfie booth fun. You are invited to dress up as any of your favourite Alice in Wonderland characters. Dressing up is optional.

Date & time: Saturday 29th April 2023, 11am – 4.30pm
Location: Lancaster Library

Visit their event page for more information

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Training
No Whispers Community Interest Company delivers child sexual exploitation awareness training. As part of community, health, social work, or education it is important to understand the part you play as an influential adult and your role in safeguarding to prevent children and young people from becoming victims of exploitation and abuse. This impactful, informative, and interactive training for adults focuses on the process of grooming, different forms of exploitation, signs of abuse, vulnerabilities of children and young people, contextual safeguarding, sexual offences, barriers to disclosures, appropriate language, victim blaming, the impact of trauma, effective reporting, and understanding “reachable” and “critical” moments in a child or young person’s life. The course is for one day or two sessions (3 hours x 2) and can be for between 10-25 participants.

Find out more about this course

The training will take place on Friday 28th April from 10am – 4pm (venue to be confirmed). The cost of attending the training will be £30 per head (based on 20 attendees).

If you, or a member of your team, are interested in attending, please contact Guy Christiansen from Lancashire Youth Challenge at [email protected] by Monday 17th April.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Training
Hope for Justice is a global and national charity with a mission to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, reaching victims, restoring lives, and reforming society and are part of an ongoing national and international campaign around modern slavery and labour exploitation.

They are able to offer free training to Lancaster CVS members and partner organisations to raise awareness and to help identify and support potential cases of modern slavery and human trafficking across Lancashire and the North West of England.

The training will cover the following:

  • Definitions of modern slavery and human trafficking 
  • The different types of modern slavery that exist 
  • Situations and types of work where modern slavery has been found to occur 
  • Support available if a potential victim of modern slavery is identified  

The session will be delivered online, via Teams, on Wednesday 19 April at 4pm. Reserve your place via TryBooking.

Polish Heritage Day
The Polish Saturday School are inviting the local community to join them for a celebratory family picnic, an opportunity to meet your Polish neighbours and learn about their traditions. There will be a number of activities on the day for all the family from music and live performances to great food and an exhibitions. There will also be a bouncy slide, a planetarium, sports, games and stalls.  This family friendly event is free to attend and fun for all ages.

Date & time: 29th April 2023, 12pm to 4pm.
Location: Morecambe Bay Academy, LA4 5BG

Reserve your FREE ticket here 

Book your place with the Lancaster University planetarium

View this event e-flyer here

Let’s Talk Good Finance Virtual Events by Good Finance
Let’s Talk Good Finance is a series of virtual events hosted by Good Finance which seek to dispel the myths and share knowledge surrounding social investment for charities and social enterprises. The session will look at how community-based organisations harness social investment to help local people to thrive.  At Let’s Talk Good Finance: Pubs, Clubs and Community Hubs, the virtual workshop will explore how different organisations have taken on different types of social investment to build resilience and scale their impact. From attending this session, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the different types of social investment available, and hear directly from people who have gone through the process in their own organisations. They’ll share insights into the challenges, opportunities and impact social investment has delivered, plus their top tips for other leaders.

Date & time: Tuesday 18 April 2023, 1-3pm

Location: Online

Learn more about this event and book your place

Free Tennis Open Day
Lancaster Tennis Club are holding a FREE Open Day for families and adults in the Lancaster area who are interested in trying out tennis or pickleball. This is especially aimed at families and juniors, but adults are equally welcome. The event is for players of all levels from beginners to more advanced. The open day will provide a great opportunity to trial the Club’s astro turf courts, find out more about the Club, the social tennis sessions, teams and matches.  There will also be a chance to meet the new coaching team as well as their friendly and welcoming current members.  There will an opportunity to hit balls with them and also try out the fast growing & fun game of pickleball.

No prior registration is needed, guests can just turn up and balls and racquets are provided for.

Date & time: Saturday April 29th 2023, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Lancaster Tennis Club, Lune Road, LA1 5QU

More information about this event

Any queries contact Susan Lucas on 07771 734920 or email: [email protected]

Training Sessions with LDCVS & Lancashire Adult Learning
Introduction to Safeguarding
LDCVS and Lancashire Adult Learning are once again working in partnership to bring to you a Free Introduction to Safeguarding course. Targeted at the voluntary sector, this training is aimed at supporting people who require further knowledge about safeguarding. This could be for a volunteer role or job, or it could be for personal development.

You will learn:

  • The principles of safeguarding
  • Who is at risk
  • Who can be affected by safeguarding
  • Who should be informed about a safeguarding issue
  • How to signpost people who have raised a safeguarding issue

The session will be delivered once in person and once online.

Monday 17 April 2023, 9.30am – 12 noon at The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster LA1 1PX – find out more and book

Thursday 20 April 2023, 6pm – 8:30pm, online – find out more and book

For further information please contact [email protected]

Introduction to Equality and Diversity (Level 1)
This programme provides an overview of Equality and Diversity with the opportunity to gain a Level 1 accredited Award. Learners will explore at an introductory level the topics below and can choose to undertake a short online assessment which will lead to an accredited qualification.

  • What the terms Equality and Diversity mean
  • Recognising Equality and Diversity in Action
  • Understanding how law impacts on Equality and Diversity
  • Recognising and Supporting Equality and Diversity at Work

The session will be delivered once in person and once online.

Tuesday 24 April 2023, 9.30am – 12 noon at The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster LA1 1PX – find out more and book

Thursday 27 April 2023, 12.30pm – 3pm, online – find out more and book

For further information, contact Catherine Westwell by email at [email protected] or see the Lancashire Adult Learning Course Information Sheet

Strategic Collaboration & Stakeholder Engagement Short Course Funded Places

There are funded places available for the Strategic Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement short course that will be delivered from 16-18 May 2023 in Ambleside. There is one free place available for each Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisation/group that is working on the Netmakers project.

A return minibus has been organised for transportation each day from the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus (Bowerham Road, LA1 3JD) to the Ambleside campus (Rydal Road, LA22 9BB). Lunch and coffee/tea breaks will also be covered for all VCFSE participants for the duration of the three-day course.

Please register for your organisation/group’s free place by signing up via this link as soon as possible due to limited places. If you have any questions about the course or anything else about the Netmakers project, please feel free to contact David Murphy at [email protected]

A Teams meeting or WhatsApp call can also be arranged.

2027 Professional Development Programme
2027 is an initiative which exists to hire, develop and support anybody passionate about forging a career that helps them serve communities through grant-giving, and has some lived experience of being working class and working in the community. The ultimate aim of 2027 is to bring 15 people a year into the grant-giving sector over 10 years, in order to fundamentally change how decisions are made about where money is going, and who is involved in the decision-making process. Further details are outlined below:

The opportunity at a glance:

  • Job Title: 2027 associate
  • Salary: A minimum salary of £25,000
  • Employer: One of our 2027 host organisations, a leading Foundation, Trust or social investment organisation
  • Location: We have opportunities throughout England and Scotland and you’ll tell us your preferences
  • Hours: Typically 9 am-5 pm with some flexibility according to the requirements of your employing host organisation
  • Term of contract: Fixed-term, 12-months starting October 2023

Alongside your job, you will also take part in an acclaimed Development Programme where Associates will attend masterclasses and residentials, receive coaching and mentoring and connect with alumni and experts throughout the sector.

How can I find out more?

Apply today by following this link
Have a look at the 2027 Application Pack
Browse the 2027 Programme Website
Watch a video covering the 2027 Grant Making Career Programme

Wise Up Workshops Weekly Activities
The performance-based Community Interest Company Wise Up Workshops have released their current weekly activity programme for the coming months. They will be hosting a variety of sessions from film club to wellbeing workshops, creative movement workshops to theatre group, all with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing and building resilience and self-confidence.

All activities are either low cost or free and are inclusive of everyone, all ages and abilities.

View their weekly timetable here

More information on Wise Up Workshops

NFP Workshops – Affordable Training Courses for Charities (Extra Dates)
NFP are running a variety of workshops in the coming weeks that cover a range of subject areas for charities, schools, healthcare and public sector organisations. The online sessions can be attended via Zoom and take place from 10am-12.30pm.  The workshop timetable has included more dates in the coming months as follows:

Capital Campaigns –26 Apr

Managing staff – 26 Apr/24 May/ 21 Jun

Bid Writing – 20 Mar/ 17, 24 Apr/ 8,22 May/ 5,19 Jun

Trust Fundraising – 9 May

Major Donor Fundraising – 21 Mar/ 23 May

Corporate Fundraising – 10 Mar/ 18 Apr/ 6 Jun

Legacy Fundraising – 25 Apr/ 20 Jun

Recruiting & Managing Volunteers – 27 Apr/ 10 May/ 7 Jun

Fundraising Regulations & GDPR – 22 Mar/ 25 May

Introduction to Fundraising – 19 Apr/ 22 Jun

Project Management – 11 May

Managing Staff – 13 Mar/ 23 Mar/ 26 Apr/ 24 May/ 21 Jun

Charity Finance – 24 Mar/ 20 Apr/ 8 Jun

View the full workshop schedule and booking links

Call for Papers: Rethinking Poverty, Insecurity and the Cost of Living Crisis in the North West and Beyond | One-Day Conference
The ongoing cost of living crisis is causing immense stress and hardship for individuals, families, and communities. The price of basic goods and services – food, electricity, fuel – is increasing at a much faster rate than average household wages and benefit increases. Moreover, recent tax changes mean that more people are now experiencing poverty and insecurity, unable to meet their basic everyday needs. In light of this, Liverpool Hope University are organising a one-day conference which aims to bring together researchers, academics, activists, politicians and members of the third sector from across the northwest and beyond to advance knowledge and further understanding of the specific ways in which people are experiencing the cost of living crisis. The conference will thus provide a knowledge exchange/ social partnership platform for researchers and stakeholders working in this area to share their expert opinion on the emergent issues, experiences and wider consequences associated with this crisis.

Date: Wednesday 28th June 2023
Location: Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus

Find out more about this event

Basic Drug & Alcohol Awareness Sessions
We are Lancashire for Young People are running free online workshops for anyone working with those under 25. The session will be roughly 2 hours long, interactive and fun. You will learn a little more about the services that are available at We Are With You in Lancashire and will talk about current themes and trends.

The group will look at some of the reasons why young people use substances, risks and some harm reduction messages. You will also gain access to their Tier 1 resource booklet & drug use screening tool which includes practical information and worksheets, useful when working with young people.

Sessions dates include:

  • Thursday February 2nd 2023, 10am
  • Thursday March 2nd 2023, 10am
  • Thursday April 6th 2023, 10am

Assistant Shop Manager at Scope
The disability charity Scope are looking to recruit an Assistant Shop Manager for their store in Kendal.  As Assistant Shop Manager, you’ll work alongside the Shop Manager, and use your creativity and flair to flourish in their retail environment. The charity’s retail roles are full of variety, and every day is different. The role will include generating and processing stock, designing an eye-catching window display and recruiting and training volunteers.

Salary: £19,838 per annum (£10.90) pro rata for part time positions
Contract: Permanent, Part-time
Location: Kendal
Closing Date: 24th April 2023

Find out more here

Health & Wellbeing Coach – LDCVS
Lancaster District CVS is working with Active Lancashire to recruit a Health & Wellbeing Coach.

This role will support people to take pro-active steps to improve the way they manage their physical and mental health conditions, based on what matters to them. It will support people to develop their knowledge, skills, confidence in managing their health and care, to improve their health outcomes and quality of life and support them making changes in health-related behaviours.

We’re looking for someone who enjoys working with a wide range of people, with good communication skills, who is proactive and enjoys encouraging people to develop themselves and their own potential.

For further information download the application pack here, and for an informal chat about the role, get in touch with Yak Patel by email at [email protected] or by calling 01524 555900.

  • Salary: £27,456 per annum pro-rata from full-time
  • Contract: 17.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE), fixed term for one year with an option to extend based on performance and funding
  • Location: Lancaster city centre, working with individuals living in areas of multiple deprivation
  • Closing date: Wednesday 19 April 2023, 5pm
  • Interviews: Tuesday 25 April 2023

Community Learning Network Officer – LDCVS
The Community Learning Network Officer will be responsible for an exciting new project with the ambition to engage our neighbourhoods and community organisations with what it means for us to experience thriving lives, and to start to build the collective resources, tools and capacity to create that future across the Lancaster district.

The Officer will develop learning and educational pathways, create opportunities for people and organisations to engage in a range of formal and informal learning programmes, and help participants share their knowledge with others.

Programmes created and commissioned by the Officer will cover a range of topics and issues, determined by partnership working across communities, with the LDCVS team, and alongside members of the newly created Community Learning Network.

For further information download the application pack here, and for an informal chat about the role, get in touch with Yak Patel by email at [email protected] or by calling 01524 555900.

  • Salary: £27,456 per annum pro-rata from full-time
  • Contract: 28 hours per week (0.8 FTE), permanent
  • Location: Lancaster city centre, working across communities within the Lancaster district.
  • Closing date: Wednesday 19 April 2023, 5pm
  • Interviews: Wednesday 26 April 2023

Training Provider – Young People led Grant Programme
In 2023, the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust will celebrate 60 years of supporting work with young people that has been delivered by a range of exceptional local, regional and national organisations. To mark this milestone year, the Trust is asking local young people to distribute funds on its behalf.

The Grant Programme
Twenty young people from across the Trust’s beneficiary area of Cumbria and the Lancaster District will be invited to design a grants programme and distribute £60,000 during 2023. The purpose of the fund will be to benefit other local young people via their organised groups through supporting activities that are important to them.

To help us achieve the aims of this programme, we are seeking a training provider to work in partnership with us and the young people to design the grants programme. You will be required to design and lead a two-day training programme suitable for a diverse group of young people aged 16-25yrs, enabling them to build a strong process for administering grant funding.

The Role
The chosen provider will have excellent facilitation skills, be friendly and approachable and able to unify a group of young people towards a common goal. They will have direct experience of delivering training to young people from wide ranging backgrounds, capturing their excitement and drive for making a difference in their local communities.

We are looking for an individual to facilitate a series of engaging workshops that will take young people through a step-by-step process of codesigning the grants programme.

£2,300 (planning £1000, delivery £1000 & expenses £300).

You can apply by emailing your CV and a one-page (maximum) covering letter to [email protected], stating ‘Young People Led Grants Programme – Trainer’ in the subject line, by Friday the 21st of April 2023, 10am.

Learn more about the Training Provider Opportunity

Jobs with Home-Start Morecambe and Lancaster
Part Time Administrator
The volunteer-led home visiting group are looking to recruit a ambitious, collaborative and passionate person to join their team to fulfil general office duties and administrative support.  

Salary: £21,575 pro rata (£10,496)
Contract: Mon-Fri with occasional evening and weekend work
Location: Morecambe & Lancaster
Closing Date: 7th April 2023

Find out more here

Senior Coordinator
The local community network now seek an ambitious, collaborative and passionate person to join their team as Senior Coordinator. This role will provide leadership and management to their team, ensuring excellent practice in volunteer recruitment and management.

Salary: £30,151 – £33,820 pro rata (starting salary £30,151 pro rata)
Contract: 30 hours per week
Location: Morecambe & Lancaster
Closing Date: 7th April 2023

Find out more here

Outreach Support Worker – Preston Domestic Violence Services
This is an exciting opportunity to work within a dynamic team providing one to one support to those from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities who have or are experiencing domestic violence/ abuse.

Please note: This job is open to women only. (Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1)

Salary: £20,138 actual (£24,838 pro-rata)
Contract: 30 hours per week (Flexible hours and job sharing will be considered)
Location: Preston office and home visits combination
Closing Date: Not confirmed

Find out more and apply

Buddy Co-ordinator – RECOOP
RECOOP, part of the BCHA Group, has been supporting and delivering services to help the older offender population both in prisons and in the community for over ten years. RECOOP are looking to recruit support roles for their services in their Lancaster cluster of prisons to manage their Buddy Support Worker programme. The programme trains prisoners to National Care Standards, adapted for use in Prison, to support other prisoners who have health and social care needs.

Salary: £22,854 – £23,887.5 per year
Contract: Permanent, Part-time, 3 – 4 days per week (7.5hours)
Location: Lancaster, Leyland
Closing Date: 20 April 2023, 23:59

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Catering Assistant with RSPB
Do you want to join a fantastic catering team, working on a beautiful nature reserve? RSPB’s Leighton Moss cafe, in Silverdale, near Carnforth, is recruiting for a part-time Catering Assistants to join the team. Along with many duties, the catering assistant will be required to assist with the day to day operation of the café, work as part of a motivated and passionate team of staff and volunteers and deliver the highest standard of customer care,

Salary: £10.90 – £11.70 per hour
Contract: Permanent, Part-time, 22.5-hour-a-week, spread over 3 x 7.5-hour days
Location: Carnforth, Lancashire
Closing Date: 10 April 2023, 23:59

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Manager at The Rainbow Centre
The Rainbow Centre (The Youth Club for the over 50s) are seeking to recruit a Manager to run their centre. They are seeking someone that is a people person, flexible, welcoming and able to adapt to situations as they arise. Previous experience of at least 12 months in a managerial role of a similar organisation would be beneficial. The post holder will need to be computer literate with experience of Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher.

Salary: £18,870 based 44 week contract, annualised hours paid fortnightly
Contract: 27 hours per week, Mon-Thurs
Location: Morecambe
Closing Date: –
Interview Date: Tuesday 18th April

To apply and arrange an informal visit please phone us –  01524 415502

Find out more here

Crisis Recovery Worker – Richmond Fellowship
The Lancaster Outreach Service Richmond Fellowship are looking to appoint a caring, flexible and creative individual to fill the role or Crisis Recovery Worker.  The post holder will be responsible for helping and inspiring the people who use their services and to maintain their tenancy and independence in the community, work to develop personal support plans for those in recovery that will see them achieve their goals and aspirations.

Salary: £20,054 per annum
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Lancaster Lancashire
Closing Date: 12 April 2023, 23:59

Anne Frank worker with Anne Frank Trust
The education charity Anne Frank Trust UK are recruiting a permanent position to fulfil front-line delivery for all the education programmes of the Anne Frank Trust UK.  The post holder will be leading their workshops, training the organisation’s peer educators and mentoring their ambassadors in schools and communities across the country. This is a varied, exciting and demanding role for highly organised professionals with a deeply held commitment to equality and the skills to engage 9 to 15-year-olds in a structured, creative journey of learning and empowerment.

Salary: 27,820 per year
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Closing Date: 3 April 2023, 23.30

Find out more about this role and apply

Social Worker – Children & Families with Love Barrow Families
The Community Interest Company Love Barrow Families are looking for a Social Worker to join their team and help with the delivery of a comprehensive “all under one roof” support service that includes all family members from birth to old age. Love Barrow Families work with local disadvantaged families facing multiple and complex challenges. They use true co-production principles to design and deliver services in a way that recognises and welcomes the strengths and assets that all families contribute.

Salary: 32,500 – £38,500 Dependent on experience
Contract: Permanent, Full-time
Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Closing Date: 5 April 2023, 23:59

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Business Support Officer –  Preston Domestic Violence Services
The PDVS are looking for a Business Support Officer to be responsible for the efficient running of the charity’s administration, including payroll and accounts.

Salary: £10,881 actual (£26,839 pro-rata)
Contract: 15 hours per week
Location: Community Gateway Offices, Preston
Closing Date: 10th April 2023, 12pm

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Asylum Lead – Lancashire County Council
Lancashire County Council are looking for an experienced Asylum Lead Officer to deliver on the key strategic priorities of the Lancashire Refugee Integration Team (LRIT). The Asylum Lead Officer will be the main point of contact within LRIT for a range of internal and external stakeholders responsible for the delivery of asylum services across the region. The post holder will be required to be dynamic, adaptive and will also be expected to work proactively. The team are particularly welcoming candidates with lived experience of being a refugee or asylum seeker.

Salary: £27,852-£32,020
Contract: 37 hours, Full time, Fixed term until 31.12.2023
Location: Preston County Hall
Closing Date: 3 April 2023, 23:59

Find out more about this role

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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