We are working with the local voluntary and community sector and Lancashire and District-wide partners to support VCFSE organisations and people living in our communities. We encourage you to share this page with others.
An archive of previous editions can be found here.
Click headings below to expand each section.
Community Health Champions Fund
In partnership with Lancaster City Council, grants of between £500 and £10,000 are now available for projects which help create education opportunities within our community, to promote healthy behaviours.
See the funding section for more information.
LDCVS Financial Services
For many of you it’s the end of the financial year. It’s always a busy time as you work to get invoices out, bills paid, and tidy up your accounts. It’s also a time to look forward and implement new plans.
LDCVS can help. Not only can our Financial Services colleagues provide advice and guidance, but our great-value payroll and independent examination services also help keep everything in good order. Why not speak to our team and see how we can help? We’ll provide a free quotation for any paid-for services. Email [email protected] or call us on 01524 555900.
Eric Wright Charitable Trust Fund – open
The Fund, administered by our Bay Foundation, is once again open for applications. See the Funding section for further information.
Lublin Refugee Appeal
The Lancaster district has close ties with the Polish city of Lublin, having been twinned since 1994. Lublin is situated just 70 miles from the Ukraine border and is one of the first places refugees travel to on arrival in Poland. As a result, Lublin has seen an enormous influx of refugees, and the Mayor of Lublin has reached out to the city’s friends for help as it struggles to support so many vulnerable people.
A result of calls from our community for a practical method of collective help to be organised, a fundraising page has been set up by Lancaster District CVS, which will see all donations sent to Lublin to help our twin city and the refugees that they are supporting.
Community Health Champions Fund
Earlier this year, Lancaster City Council were successful in getting funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to address inequalities in health in the district.
As a result, Lancaster District CVS is working with Lancaster City Council to distribute grant funding to support our communities in talking about our health and wellbeing.
The fund aims to help create education opportunities to promote healthy behaviours, including COVID-19 vaccines, to reduce health inequalities.
Organisations can apply for grants between £500 and £10,000 to run projects and events supporting this aim.
Applications, which will be considered at monthly panel meetings, will be accepted until 5pm on 31 August.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood.
The Clothworkers’ Foundation Capital Fund
Funding large and small projects in charities, CICs and other not-for-profit organisations for capital projects including buildings, fittings and equipment, and vehicles.
The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Fund
The Eric Wright Charitable Trust’s fund administered by Lancaster District CVS is open again. Applying is easy and we would like to encourage all small groups around the Lancaster District to apply.
Grants of up to £500 are awarded to organisations with income under £50,000, providing activities that can make a positive difference to the lives & wellbeing of all age groups.
Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 27 April 2022.
If you have any queries about the fund or how to apply, get in touch by email at [email protected] or by ringing CVS on 01524 555900.
Lloyds Bank Foundation – change in funding priorities
The Foundation have advised us that they have changed their regional priorities. For Lancashire, the updated priorities are:
- Addiction & Dependency
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Care Leavers (it is no longer a requirement that 50% of the people the charity works with have to be care leavers)
- Homeless and Vulnerably Housed
- Offending Prison and Community Service
- Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
- Trafficking and Modern Slavery
- Young Parents (it is no longer a requirement that 50% of the people the charity works with have to be young parents)
- Racial Equity (charity needs to do targeted work with minoritized communities and more than 50% of the trustees need to be from BAME communities)
For further information on funding opportunities with the Lloyds Bank Foundation, contact Ella Sips (Manager, North West) at [email protected]
Local Nature Innovation Fund
Do you have an idea for a local nature-based project that involves reaching out further in your community or exploring a new approach? If so, at Friends of the Earth Experiments want to help.
Grants of up to £1000 are available. Deadline is 1st May.
DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund
Up to £300,000 for capital improvements to improve displays, protect collections and make exhibitions more accessible to visitors.
Opens 9 May, deadline 1 August
Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Community Fund
Grants of between £1k and £10k provided to local projects that help deliver the five key priorities in in Policy & Crime Commissioner’s Fighting Crime Plan, with a focus on the Anti-Social Behaviour and Dangerous Driving priorities.
Historic England – grants uncovering hidden working class heritage
Community or heritage organisations can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects that will celebrate the built or historic environment near them. Grants are intended to facilitate projects that allow people to share “overlooked” or “untold” stories of the place where they live.
Deadline 23 May.
Remember that you can make use of our new online volunteer management system by registering as a volunteer role provider. If you need need volunteers, this software can help you to advertise roles and easily manage applications and interest.
And once on the system, our team will be able to promote your roles in various other ways, whether face to face with potential volunteers, in our bulletin (see below), or through our bi-weekly column in the Lancaster Guardian.
This week we have new volunteer roles with St Paul’s Church in Scotforth who need support for their weekly food club. You can see all their roles here, via our new volunteering website.
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – Nominations for 2023
The nomination window for the 2023 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is now open, until 15th September 2022, so if you would like to find out how your organisation might be nominated, or how to nominate any other group, please contact [email protected]. Mark and colleagues will be setting up some events, both online and in person, in he coming weeks to support organisations through the process. Keep an eye on future bulletins for more details.
Free Microsoft 365 Business Premium licenses for non-profits
Up to 10 licenses per organisation (a registered charity or an HMRC exempt charity or church), including the most up to date version of Windows, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and all critical security patches and product improvements.
Community Briefing: Refugees and Homes for Ukraine
Several useful links were shared at the Lancaster City Council Community Briefing on 30 March, which we would like to take this opportunity to share.
HM Gov – Record your interest to be a Sponsor
HM Gov – Frequently asked questions: Homes for Ukraine scheme
HM Gov Guidance – Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK
This is a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK. It also includes specific information for those arriving on the Homes for Ukraine scheme
Supporting civil society organisations and the UK Government to match refugees with sponsors to find suitable accommodation
British Red Cross International Family Tracing Service
Refugee Council Advice for Ukrainian People
Refugee Council Infoline
0808 196 7272
RAIS Lancaster (Refugee Advocacy Information and Support)
Global Link Lancaster
Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal
How to report a hate crime
ACEVO Sector Leaders Pay & Equalities Survey
Civil society leaders are asked to fill out this survey, which will inform the ACEVO annual report into pay and equalities.
Nominate a Community Champion
Eden Project Communities are partnering with the Royal Voluntary Service to recognise and celebrate the people who do amazing work in their community. Seven categories, each recognising 70 individuals, will be awarded a special RVS Platinum Champion award.
imix Report: The Struggle for Safety
This new report discussed public discourse around refugees and asylum seekers, and suggests new narratives that could change the way society approaches this issue.
Call for proposals – facilitation of strategy workshop for Lancashire & South Cumbria ICS
The ICS looking for an expert facilitator or organisation, with expertise in workshop design, workshop facilitation and ideally expertise in the EDI agenda, to help design and deliver an EDI workshop in conjunction with the current working group and Non-Executive Chair.
Lancaster University Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences – student placements
The Faculty is keen to work with third sector organisations to develop placement years and internships for students taking arts and social sciences courses.
The latest edition (31 March) of the Cabinet Office Covid-19 Communications Toolkit can be downloaded here.
Health & Social Care Bill – Involving People and Communities
Lancashire & South Cumbria Health & Care Partnership would like to hear from local people about the way that the public want to be involved in improving services in the future.
LGBTQ+ Inclusion at UHMB
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are looking for responses from patients, families and carers about LGBTQ+ inclusion. All responses are anonymous.
Focus group participants needed to help develop leadership resources for ICSs
NHS England and NHS Improvement are creating new self-assessment resources to support the leadership and cultural development of Integrated Care Systems.
Stay and Play at St Chads Hall
Open to all parents and carers and their children aged from birth to preschool. Enjoy play, songs and a snack on termtime Fridays 1.30pm – 3pm.
For more information call Ryelands School on 01524 64626.
Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Children and young people receiving free school meals are being invited to sign up to enjoy free activities during the Easter break with Lancaster City Council’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).
Vision for Volunteering Online Launch (NCVO)
What should volunteering look like in 2032? What changes are needed to adapt to upcoming trends, challenges and opportunities? Explore that future with NCVO and the Vision for Volunteering.
10 May, 10am, online
Have a go at sailing
Morecambe Sailing Club is offering free taster days on April 16, April 30 and May 28. All welcome, but pre-booking is essential via email to [email protected]
FLOW of Voices Sound Creation Workshop
How does the voice of a buried river sound? Come and join choir leader and vocal teacher Loz Kaye and be part of a workshop afternoon exploring the voice.
This is part of a three year cultural programme “Mill Race: Flow of Change” and will celebrate the heritage and emerging contemporary character of this part of Lancaster.
9 April, 2pm, Friends Meeting House LA1 1TX
Get Grants Fundraisers Networking
Join a Get Grants expert to hear updates on the current fundraising landscape and take part in discussions on new opportunities and challenges.
26 April, 1pm and 25 May 10am, both via Zoom
1051200 and counting – by Wise Up Workshops
An immersive art experience remembering the last two years through Covid at The Plaza Hub, Plaza Shopping Arcade, Morecambe.
Taking place throughout April.
Have a go at tennis
Lancaster Tennis Club’s open day is on 23 April at 2pm to 4pm, offering the opportunity for complete beginners to have a go at the sport. All ages welcome, racquets and balls provided.
No need to book, just turn up. For more information contact Susan on 07771 734920 or email [email protected]
National Lottery Fund for Heritage Digital Heritage Hub
The forthcoming Digital Heritage Hub will provide heritage organisations with free learning resources on Digital Engagement, Digital Content, Digital Leadership & Digital Planning.
Find out more at the launch event on 28 April.
Innovation in Social Care – A Design Thinking Workshop at Lancaster University
This workshop will explore issues relating to the information-giving practices of care services relating to ageing.
Eligible Lancashire SMEs will be asked to consider how families looking at care options are not able to access the appropriate information at the correct time and how current practise fails to meet customer needs regarding the support they require.
This workshop will aim to bring together relevant parties, representing suppliers and customers, to look at how this can be addressed.
28 April and 5 May (attend both days), Health Innovation Campus, Lancaster University.
Cash First Conversations Training (Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance)
This training provides education around how poverty should be perceived in the modern world, and teaches service providers what financial support is available to residents in the North Lancashire area, as well as how to begin conversations about people’s financial situation with sensitivity and confidence.
19 April at 10am, 25 April at 7pm, 28 April at 3pm (more dates to come), via Teams.
LinkedIn Essentials for Women in Business (The Growing Club)
This workshop is a great opportunity for interactive learning and skilling-up of your essential digital knowledge
20 April, 10am, Women and Enterprise Hub (White Cross Business Park).
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Awareness Training
Hope for Justice is a global and national charity with a mission to bring an end to modern slavery. In partnership with Lancaster CVS they are offering our members free training 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.
Date/time: 27 April, 12pm – 1pm
ImaginationLancaster have teamed up with LDCVS and Cumbria CVS to organise this workshop, focusing on how embedding evaluation early on can inform an organisation’s activities, processes, services and evidence the intended and unintended outcomes.
18 May, 1pm, via Zoom
Youth Support Worker at Lancashire Youth Challenge
LYC are seeking an individual who is supportive, caring, and passionate about working with young people to join their team.
The role will involve planning and co-facilitating delivery of the Fitness and Physical Well-being programme, the Emotional Well-being and Life skills programme, and leading on the Coaching and Mentoring programme and Youth Advisory Groups.
Salary: £10.50 per hour
Contract: Fixed term for one year, 12 hours per week, including evening working.
Closing date: 27 April 2022
Several Roles at Healthwatch Lancashire
The roles include:
- Engagement Officer (22.5 hours per week, permanent, £20,092 pro rata)
- Senior Engagement Officer x 2 (37.5 or 22.5 hours per week, permanent, £23,541 pro rata)
- Team leader (37.5 hours per week, permanent, £24,982)
- Volunteer Coordinator (22.5 hours per week, permanent, £23,541 pro rata)
- Strategic Lead (37.5 hours per week, permanent, £35,000)
- Seasonal Engagement Officer (flexible hours, £12 per hour)
Housing Support Worker at Acorn
Housing Support Workers within the Acorn supported housing team in Lancaster work closely with people with complex multiple needs offering support to improve their independence and promoting positive change in their lives by encouraging and empowering a better quality of life, health and well-being and also to support their recovery journey to ‘a life worth living’.
Contract: Permanent, 37.5 hours per week
Closing date: 8 April 2022
Assistant Project Manager at The Olive Branch
The Assistant Project Manager will work alongside the Project Manager to run The Olive Branch, making sure the charity’s mission is achieved, taking responsibility for day-to-day activity on specified occasions.
Contract: Fixed term for 6 months initially, 20 hours per week
Closing date: 11 April 2022
If your organisation needs support whether it be working with volunteers, completing accounts and payroll, finding funding, solving governance issues, or just want a listening ear, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team:
Funding and governance support, contact [email protected]
Volunteering and upskilling your workforce, contact [email protected]
Payroll, bookkeeping and independent examinations, contact [email protected]
Membership queries: [email protected]
Partnerships, networks and strategic development, contact [email protected]
Alternatively, call us on 01524 555900
To promote your events, training, jobs, and sector news, email [email protected]