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Thursday, 30 October 2014

CVS E Bulletin

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I am pleased to announce that the new issue has now been posted on our website.Please go to Issue 42 2014 to view it.

CVS Updates

Campaign to recruit skilled trustees – Workshops at CVS

Business in the Community (BITC) in Blackpool, supported by CVS and the Volunteer Centre, are running a campaign to promote the recruitment of trustees from the business and public sectors.   Surveys show that around 50% of charities at any one time have at least one vacancy on their board, and even boards that seem to be coping ok may benefit from new skilled members. 
Valuable skills are found readily in the business and public sectors. BITC's Place Coordinator in Blackpool, Ian Fogg, will be addressing commercial organisations over the next few weeks to promote and encourage voluntary trusteeship. 
In addition, he will be running workshops here at CVS on 30th October and 4th November, bringing together different sectors. We are inviting voluntary groups to send representatives to these workshops to explain your needs and the work you carry out.
If you'd like to be involved please contact:  ian.fogg@bitcconnect.org

Blackpool drug awareness event                                   
We will now be holding this hugely successful event in Blackpool. Once again it is open to all groups, networks and residents to attend and is an informative way to find out more about the types of illegal drugs that are on the market and their side effects. It will also include an amazing talk from a recovering drug addict from the Amy Winehouse Foundation.  See poster below for full details.
CYPF Forum awareness event
The Wyre & Fylde Children, Young People & Families Forum will be holding an Awareness Event at Homestart Fylde in St Annes on Tuesday 9th December from 10am till 12. The purpose of the event will be to raise awareness about the work and services of some of the forum groups and attendees will all get the chance to chat to each of the groups and find out more. This is also a great networking opportunity and they are always well received (and attended).
This FREE event is open to all Wyre & Fylde groups and local residents and more detailed information will be issued nearer the time to confirm the groups attending. If you would like to book a place at this event could you please contact Jane Williams on 01253 887437.


Sector Vacancies this week include…

Service User Engagement Coordinator
Pathways Development Coordinator
Direct Employment/Secondment Opportunity        
Destitution Avoidance & Recovery Project Worker
Head of Service - Children and Young People      
Specialist Nurse Practitioner(s) – Elderly Care         
Children's Centre Coordinator
Therapeutic Environments - Three vacancies                
Admin Worker, Achieving Self Care (ASC)
A Brief Summary of Articles

Reaching Communities under subscribed in Blackpool
Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call them before you apply to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs. They can fund, salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. They can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs. If you need more than £100,000 for a land and/or buildings project please see the Reaching Communities buildings  page.

Johnstone's Paints launch new community spirit campaign
Johnstone's Paint  are pleased to inform you that they have now launched the Community Spirit campaign. This is an exciting project which allows them to reflect on the work that Johnstone's regularly carries out with the local communities where they operate.  If you have or know someone that would like to nominate a local project that they are involved with they can register the details at
Question time on the NHS
Gordon Marsden MP will be holding an event at St Paul's Church in Marton on the future of our NHS.  The meeting will be on Friday 31st October and take place at St Paul's Church, Marton, FY3 9PF on Highfield Road, starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 7.00pm.

Protect yourself from flu, a reminder
As winter beckons, doctors on the Fylde coast are urging local people who are at risk of flu to book their appointments for a flu jab.
 For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant illness that usually lasts a week or so. However, certain people are more at risk from flu and for some it can lead to very serious complications, even if they have been well beforehand. This year, GP practices will not be sending out letters inviting you for a flu vaccination, so it is important that you make an appointment with your GP.

Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning 
Direct support is available for local groups in communities across England who wish to organise and run a neighbourhood planning workshop in their community. What do the eligibility and  application forms look like? For your reference only, you can download a word version of the direct support only application form.
Please note these forms are for your information only please do not submit them.- See more at: http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/apply/#sthash.BvcWqghl.dpuf
Expanded social care volunteers service set to launch
More people than ever are volunteering to help care for others in their community.That's the message from Blackpool Council as a new and expanded Social Care Volunteers service re-launches today. Launched at a series of events being held across Blackpool, the service sees volunteers help people and give respite to carers in a number of different ways from a sitting service to helping to take people out, arrange group activities and even a simple meet a greet facility.

Report now published on JSNA 3rd sector event
We are pleased to announce that the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) consultation event for the Third Sector report has now been published.
On June 10th 2014 Healthwatch Blackpool and Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Services hosted a joint event supported by Blackpool Council on behalf of the Health & Wellbeing Board. The aim of the event was to inform Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise  organisations in Blackpool
about the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in terms of:
· Its content
· How to access it
· How it might be used by the create community profiles and
· How the sector might use it to support funding bids
Please download the full document here
Blackpool Commissioning Strategy 2015 - 2018 
Blackpool Council's Adults and Children's Commissioning team are preparing a new Commissioning Strategy for the next three years. As part of the preparation work a number of consultations have taken place and more are planned. Feedback and comments from contracted providers, the local voluntary sector, service users and carers will be taken into account. An interim report on the consultation work undertaken so far is available at the link below:

Electronic prescriptions come to Fleetwood
An innovative new service has launched at one Fleetwood GP surgery that will make collecting a prescription simpler and more  convenient than ever before.
The free electronic prescription service recently launched at The Mountview Surgery, based within the Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Center, and will be rolled out across the rest of Fleetwood in the New Year.

Creative English Innovation Fund Announces Final Round
Registered charities, including faith and community groups, in England have one last chance to apply to the Innovation Fund for grants that support projects using innovative methods to teach basic English to non-English speakers in England. The Creative English project is designed and run by FaithAction in association with Queen Mary University. The final deadline for applications is 17 November 2014 (midday).
Full details can be found on the website
Cllr. Ramesh G Gandhi, OBE granted fellowship from National Forum
The second Fylde Coast Health Mela took place at the beginning of October, and those who attended will agree that this Mela was a very successful community event. As is customary, at every Health Mela, NFHW awards Fellowships to those who have contributed significantly towards promoting the values and ethos of the Health Mela. During this Mela, Fellowships were presented to Rtn Ramesh Gandhi and Rtn  Kevin Walsh 

Lancashire Care NHS - People's choice awards
People across Lancashire are being given the opportunity to recognise health professionals or teams who have made a real difference to their healthcare experience. As part of our annual Staff Awards celebrations, we are now inviting members of the public to submit nominations for their People's Choice Award. To vote please visit
www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Peoples-Choice-2015 and complete a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday 31 October 2014. 

Streetlife shelter NOT closing down!
One or two people have commented that the Streetlife Shelter will be closing down, this is not true. From the 1st November 2014 the Streetlife Nightshelter will run as an independent charity without Council funding. Streetlife has no intention of closing the shelter.  The charity is working very hard to secure funds to be able to continue to provide this valuable service to young people in crisis for years to come.
One of the charities fundraising efforts is to promote a £5 campaign, if 2000 people were to give £5 per month to Streetlife its future would be secure. You can go to 
for more information. To help them reach their target of 2000 people giving £5 a month go to

Newly launched Employment Project in Westview 
Housing group Regenda are starting a 2 pronged  employment/volunteer programme at the Westview Community Centre the first week of November! They have arranged for 2 key agencies to come in to the centre every Tuesday (9.30am – 1.30pm) and Thursday (12.30 – 2.30pm) from Tue 4 Nov and Thur 6 Nov. If you are interested please contact Tracey on Tracey.McNamara@regenda.org.uk 

British Red Cross -  volunteer opportunity
The Hand, arm and shoulder massage service was established in 1959 and helps individuals in stressful situations and times of personal crisis by offering one to one time to listen and talk as well as promoting a sense of well-being through gentle massage. This role offers support to various groups within the community and anyone who may be vulnerable to crisis or going through a stressful situation will benefit. You will be offering a range of treatments that include, hand care, hand and arm massage and a neck and shoulder massage, given through clothing.

Location: Lancashire

Reporting to: Service Co-ordinator

Hours: variable

Ideally this would be a regular commitment,  weekly, fortnightly or monthly. For full details please download their documents.

Umbrella offering support through art
The wibbly wobbly world of umbrella is a local not for profit arts, well-being & social change community group. They provide opportunities for disadvantaged community members to participate in community wide arts and social messaging projects. umbrella produces publications, film, infrastructure support, graphic design and bespoke mental health, well being and therapeutic community arts projects. If you would like to obtain their literature completely free of charge please contact elephant, creative thinking on elephant.trunk@outlook.com or the wibbly wobbly world of  umbrella on 
You can also visit their website

EU Erasmus+ Programme (Youth) - Application 
The European Commission has published the 2015 Call for Proposals for the Erasmus+ Programme. Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020 which has replaced a number of previous programmes including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo and Grundtvig), the Youth in Action programme, Jean Monnet actions and Erasmus Mundus.
The 2015 Call and 2015 Programme Guide are now available on the Erasmus+ website

Please remember, to get the most from the E Bulletin you should view the full issue which includes comprehensive details and further links to information such as applying for funding.

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Special Points of Interest:

  • Funding streams!

  • Blackpool Commissioning Strategy 2015 - 2018 



    Please click on posters for full size versions

Upcoming Events

Above - Blackpool drug awareness event Wednesday 10th December

Below  - Soroptomist International of the Fylde Fundraising supper 

Keeping children warm this winter


Contact the numbers below if you have service users who need this help
Yarn bombing preparation sessions in Highfield

Small grants for Lancashire YPS available


UR Potential baby sitting course


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Monday, 27 October 2014

On TV Tonight

Dispatches: Benefits Britain is on Channel 4 at 8pm GMT on Monday 27 October

Leaked universal credit memo shows jobcentre staff struggling with rollout

Jobcentre whistleblower tells Dispatches that computerised benefits scheme is 'unworkable, poorly designed and out of date'

Friday, 24 October 2014

Introducing n-compass

n-compass operates across the North West of England to make a positive difference and enhance life opportunities for adults and young people disadvantaged by disability, physical / mental illness, age or social exclusion through providing Advocacy, Carers, Health and Wellbeing and Young Peoples Services.
Do have a look at their web site http://ncompassnorthwest.co.uk/
They are looking for opportunities to partner with churches to improve and extend their services, in the districst of Preston, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster as well as in Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen
The key contact is
Colin Bowman
Community Development Officer

3 Errigal House
Avroe Crescent
Blackpool Business Park

Tel: 01253 362140
Fax: 01253 407473

Fw: European Funding Programmes 2014-20 - Free Briefing Workshops


Subject: European Funding Programmes 2014-20 - Free Briefing Workshops


Two free briefing workshops to help you understand the new European funding programme 2014-2020 and see how to get involved. 

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ONE Lancashire and Network for Europe

You are invited to attend:


European Funding Programmes 2014-20 
Free Briefing Workshops


ONE Lancashire is working with Network for Europe and other partners to support and develop real active inclusion for the residents of Lancashire using funds being provided as part of the new European Funding Programmes 2014-20.

This work forms part of Big Lottery Fund plans, to match fund money within the new round of the European Social Fund (ESF).

As part of this work two briefing events are being held in: 

The events will run from 10am -1pm with lunch and networking opportunities at the close.

The events will cover:

  • The background to EU funding in Lancashire
  • The role of the LEP and the scope of ESF
  • The opportunities provided to VCSE organisations in Lancashire.
  • The opportunities provided through the Big Lottery Fund ESF Opt In Programme
  • An opportunity for organisations to found out how they might get involved.

There will be a further 3 events held later in Nov/Dec to develop further project ideas with organisations who can take the next step towards developing high quality Big Lottery Funded projects.

The aim is to boost the impact and scope of projects in Lancashire, provide a more straightforward route for engagement and ensure that all opportunities are maximised.

To reserve a place on either the Preston or Blackburn events please register through eventbrite by clicking the buttons below or the links above

Please feel free to circulate this information throughout your networks and contacts 

This event has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund Programme Development Funding for Building Better Opportunities




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