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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Social media toolkit - twitter & facebook

This guide is to help community and voluntary sector organisations like Locality's members to get started on twitter and facebook. It's a short and easy to understand toolkit that provides step-by -step instructions of how to set up and use twitter and facebook, and gives real examples of how other organisations have made use of social media. If you're new to the world of social media and would like to find out how twitter and facebook can help your organisation, this is the guide for you!

Hilden Charitable Fund - deadline 13 September 2013

The Hilden Charitable Fund has announced that the next deadline for submitting applications is the 13th September 2013. Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address: Homelessness; Asylum seekers and refugees; Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25; Penal Affairs. Preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations. During 2010 -11 the average grant given was £5,300.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Blackpool Coastal Housing Tenants Project Fund

Blackpool Coastal Housing Tenants Project Fund is relaunching. The fund is open to any community group, charity, public service or individual tenant or leaseholder who can demonstrate their project has support from the local community.

If you have an idea for a project or would like to find out more information about the fund you can attend the Tenants Project Fund Re-Launch Day at Coastal House on the 12 June 2013 either 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm. For more information or to find out how to book your place please click here to download a poster.

Another Guardian article on Food Banks


Poverty: 50 ways to close a food bank

As food banks struggle to cope with rising demand, they - and politicians - could learn valuable lessons from volunteers in Canada about the precarious nature of charity food provision.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


The new PCC is committed to working with local resident and community groups to support them in making where they live a safer and better place. My Community Action Fund of £50,000 is designed to provide small grants to assist groups in tackling local concerns and helping to deliver my priorities in their area.

see for details and application forms

Mental Health training day - Lancaster Free Methodist Church


Dear all – following my previous email (below) just a quick reminder if you are interested but haven't yet registered and are intending to come to our Mental Health training day we would appreciate you emailing info@lfmc.co.uk to register so we can plan the day appropriately for the numbers coming! Thank you!




Many churches face the challenge of caring for people with mental health issues, which can range from low risk (depression, anxiety) to moderate risk (addictive personalities, self-harm, suicidal thoughts) through to severe risk  (bi-polar, schizophrenia, voices) requiring medical intervention. Although we try to provide a loving, safe and welcoming place for all, very few of us have actually been trained and know how to support and care for people within our congregations who face these daily battles.


Because this is something we have been facing as a church over the last few years, we have organised a structured training day with Positive Futures North West for our pastoral team here. Positive Futures have many years of experience working in the community with people with mental health issues.


In conversation with a number of people, I am aware that we are not alone in facing these challenges, and many of you have expressed an interest in receiving such training too. We have therefore designed this training day for churches—ministers, pastoral care teams and carers—to come and receive some outside training in how to care for some of our most vulnerable people. If you, or members of your church pastoral care teams or even carers within your congregation would like to attend, you would be very welcome.  We would however appreciate a £5 voluntary contribution per person to cover some of our costs!


To register and reserve places, please contact us on info@lfmc.co.uk / 01524 841941 by Monday 3rd June 2013.


For more information, please feel free to give me a call. Please also feel free to distribute this around your networks should you feel this would be of benefit to other churches you know


Chris Drury

Pastor, Lancaster Free Methodist Church

Queen Street, Lancaster. LA1 1RX

01524 841941

For more information about LFM, see www.lfmc.co.uk

For my blog and other info, see www.chrisdrury.org


Food banks struggle to feed hungry as demand rises

New Guardian article...on foodbanks

Friday, 24 May 2013

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Grants for School Trips - deadline 31 May 2013 
The Eridge Trust, which is a charitable trust whose purpose is to encourage young people to enjoy and appreciate visual art, especially painting, has announced that the next deadline for its grant making programme is the 31st May 2013. The Trust makes grants of up to £2,000 to schools, colleges and others for school trips to museums, galleries and centres of art at home and abroad. Grants are also made to UK museums and galleries for projects aimed at young people. Trips must be for students in schools or sixth form colleges in the maintained sector.
Government Announces £50 Million for the Summer Schools Programme - deadline 31 May 2013 
The Government has announced £50 million for the second year of the summer schools programme.    Schools that opt in will be accessing £50 million of Pupil Premium funding to provide one or two week summer schools. These are aimed at improving transition between primary and secondary school for all Ever6 FSM pupils and LAC pupils who attract the Pupil Premium.  Schools that take part will be allocated £250 per eligible pupil (for a one week summer school) or £500 per eligible pupil (for a two week summer school). The programme is not competitive: all eligible schools that apply by 31st May 2013 will be allocated funding to deliver a summer school.  The Department is running the programme using an opt-in model, so it is for schools to decide whether they take part. 
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust - deadline 1 June 2013 
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants to charitable organisations has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2013. During 2013, the Trust is seeking to fund projects that help children and young people.  Grants are usually between £1,000 and £3,000 and are awarded for one year. Previous grants awarded include:
A grant towards a resource centre providing advice and training for workers dealing with mental health in rural areas and funding towards a project aimed at behavioural programme for persistent young offenders.
Macmillan "Supporting You to Help Others" Grants Programme - deadline 28 June 2013 
The Cancer Charity, Macmillan has announced that its "Supporting You to Help Others" grants programme is open for applications.  The "Supporting You to Help Others"  grants programme aims to support groups and individuals who support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. The grant can be used towards: Start up costs for a Self-help and Support group; And / or for groups to expand and extend their reach for both Self Help and; Support and User Involvement. Applications will be accepted from people affected by cancer in groups or individually; other groups, such as voluntary organisations, community interest companies, community groups, social enterprises; and health and social care staff, information and support staff in partnership with people affected by cancer. 
The Church and Community Fund - deadline 30 June 2013 
The Church and Community Fund (CCF) aims to grow the Church of England and develop its capacity to engage with the whole community through supporting the innovative use of resources. It also aims to help transform areas of greatest need and opportunity, to enable them to grow spiritually and numerically. The CCF currently has three strategic funding themes and will support projects that significantly expand the Church's engagement with neighbourhood renewal, seek innovative ways of developing established community projects within communities of Christian Faith, and replicate models of successful community engagement across the wider church. The next deadline for applications for funding of £10,000 to £60,000 (for certain themes) is 30th June 2013.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

'Stories from the Street: A Theology of Homelessness' by David Nixon [Review by John Kurht]

The structure of the book promises much.  David Nixon, an Anglican Priest in Plymouth, constructed the book around interviews with eleven people who have experienced homelessness – these are the 'stories from the street'.  Their centrality to the book gives a prominence and weight to the real life stories of actual homeless people
 a 'theology of homelessness' should help define what the Church has to say about justice, hope and transformation.  Disappointingly, Stories from the Street does not achieve this.

New Unlock resource

This could be of interest... but hopefully not at an extortionate APR!
'Pop Goes The Weasel'; an new Unlock resource exploring the theme of personal debt is available on our website now. http://www.unlock-urban.org.uk/documents/Popgoestheweasel.pdf

Friday, 17 May 2013

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In this issue...

Third Sector Support Tender Opportunity

Advice Services Transition Fund bid successful

DWP Wage Incentive

Red Cross Therapeutic Care Service expand in Blackpool

LGBT Community News

Afternoon Tea Dance with Blackpool Carers Centre

One Blackpool team move to new offices

The Local Focus

The National Focus

Dates for your diary

Funding quick links

Local vacancies

Dates for your diary...

Free Sexual Violence Training
20 May 2013

Free Healthy Weight for Practitioners Training
4 June 2013
11 June 2013
18 June 2013
25 June 2013

Free Brief Interventions Training
22 May 2013
3 June 2013
20 June 2013

Key Working Training
3 July 2013

Free Overdose Awareness & First Aid
31 May 2013
26 July 2013
27 September 2013
29 November 2013

Blackpool Wellness Service Walk: Blackpool Pride Parade
8 June 2013

Bridging Gaps in Local Services
22 May 2013

Blackpool Pride Festival Ball
2 June 2013

Difference in Lancashire Launch
21 May 2013

Funding quick links...

Research & Knowledge Exchange Fund
Deadline: 21 June 13

Chamber Awards 2013
Deadline: 28 June 13

Education Endowment Fund
Deadline: 3 October 13

Social Action Innovation Fund
Deadline: 31 October 13

Triangle Trust (Offenders)
Deadline: 7 November 13

Hedley Foundation Grant Programme
Deadline: Rolling

Investment & Contract Readiness Fund
Deadline: Rolling

Lloyds TSB Foundation
Deadline: Rolling

You can also keep up to date with funding opportunities, plus access toolkits and resources via Funding Central.

Local vacancies...

Advocacy Focus
Administration Assistant
Closing Date: 29/05/13

Sessional Advocates
Closing Date: 24/05/13

Advertise your vacancies here! Simply send details to info@oneblackpool.co.uk

Local contacts...

Advice Link
01253 476843

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Services
01253 624505

One Blackpool
01253 362693

Social Enterprise Solutions
01253 344123

Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde
01253 301004

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Third Sector Support Tender Opportunity

One Blackpool is seeking an organisation to deliver requirement 1 of the Third Sector Support consortium.

Requirement 1 seeks an organisation to raise the profile of the voluntary, community and faith sector in Blackpool through the design and delivery of a marketing and promotion plan.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 22 May 2013 and the contract value is £15,000.

For more information or to download an application form please click here.

Advice Services Transition Fund bid successful

The Blackpool partnership has been successful with their bid to BIG Lottery's Advice Services Transition Fund.

A partnership led by Blackpool Citizens Advice Bureau has been successful in securing £350,000 over 2 years from BIG Lottery's Advice Services Transition.

The partnership is made up of Blackpool CAB, Fylde CAB, Age UK Blackpool, Age UK Lancashire, Disability First, the Centre for the Unemployed and Lancashire West CAB.

The partnership agreement and business plan will now be developed to secure the funding and progress the project.

DWP Wage Incentive

Incentives available to employers to support employment costs.

Job Centre Plus are currently promoting DWP wage incentives on offer to employers when taking on an unemployed 18 to 24 year old. 

Two rates of payments are available dependent on the number of hours the young person will be working and this is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to help young people find the job they are looking for while also taking advantage of the incentives available.

Up to £2,275 could be paid to your organisation to support employments costs. There are also many young people who are looking to gain work experience by working in a voluntary capacity to build their CV and skills.

For more information click here to download a leaflet or click here to email the Job Centre Plus team.

Red Cross Therapeutic Care Service expand in Blackpool

Seeking both placements and volunteers to get involved.

Therapeutic care is a light touch through the clothes massage which is delivered to people dealing with a crisis. Feedback from service users is that the service greatly improves their mental health and well being. The service has been running very successfully at Blackpool Victoria hospital for several years.

The Red Cross wish to expand the service into the wider Blackpool community but needs volunteers and placements. Volunteers are provided with an extensive training programme which includes massage techniques. Ideal community placements would be Carers centres, disability groups and drop in centres.  The service is free of charge to placements and service users although donations are always welcome.

If you are interested in volunteering or in having the service delivered in your organisation please contact Melanie Anderson on 0161 8888 905 or email MelanieAnderson@redcross.org.uk.

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde CVS appoint new Chief Executive.

Richard Emmess joins BWF CVS as their new Chief Executive.

After going through a recruitment process including consulting with their members at the "Meet the CEO" event last week, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde CVS are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive, Richard Emmess.

LGBT Community News

The Queen St Party, Transinclusion and new HIV testing.

Transinclusion Group
Transinclusion is a well attended group for M/F trans people to meet. Open to all trans females at any stage of their journey and all are welcome. Meets Tuesday 21 May 2013 from 7 - 9pm.

HIV Testing Service
Renaissance are now offering HIV testing from their Dickson Rd offices. They are keen to encourage people to get tested as the sooner you know the sooner you can get effective treatment. For more information call 01253 311431. You can also get information online at www.startswithme.org.uk.

Queen Street Party
The Flying Handbag & Kaos (2 of the resorts premier LGBT Community Venues) shall be hosting the Queen Street Party Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June. The event promises once again to be a weekend to remember with many stalls and performing acts.

There shall be a main stage along with free entry from 2pm -9pm. This year sees the staring act Faye Tozer form Steps performing on the Saturday, Donations raised from the event extremely kindly being offered to Renaissance & Blackpool Pride Festival.

Blackpool Pride Volunteer Opportunities
There are lots of opportunities on offer for people to get involved with this year's Blackpool Pride Festival. The festival will include a walking parade, entertainment at the Winter Gardens and much more.

Click here to download a poster or email katie@lancashirelgbt.co.uk or visit www.blackpoolpridefest.co.uk.

More information...
For more information about local LGB&T services and support contact Andy Thompson on 07875 355 390.

Afternoon Tea Dance with Blackpool Carers Centre

Stanley Park Cafe, Tuesday 11 June 2013 from 2pm.

Everyone is invited to join Blackpool Carers Centre for an afternoon of dancing to the Bill Barrow Trio, with afternoon tea including sandwiches, cakes, fresh cream scones and unlimited tea and coffee.

This event, held in aid of Blackpool Carers' Centre during National Carers Week, celebrates and recognises the valuable contribution the UK's 6.4 million carers make to the people they care for and their communities. Tickets £6, must be purchased prior to the event, from Julie on 01253 393748 and include a FREE Tea Dance Raffle Ticket for every guest.

Click here to download a poster.

One Blackpool team move to new offices

The One Blackpool team have relocated to NVision.

Following the initial set up of One Blackpool where staff were based at CVS the team have now moved to their new office at N Vision. New contact details for the One Blackpool team are as follows...

Contact us by phone on 01253 362693, on Twitter @OneBlackpool, on Facebook /OneBlackpool or by post to...

One Blackpool Ltd
Princess Alexandra Home
Bosworth Place

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