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Do have a look at our website here
On the IN YOUR AREA pages you can find out what we are doing though our local networks in
On the WHAT WE DO pages you can find out the themes and methods of our work.
We remain committed to providing an extensive information service, relevant to Christians and others who are involved in social action and community development across
You can access this as a web page here https://www.facebook.com/together.lancashire
Those of you who are regular facebook users will know that by "LIKE" -ing the page every post we make will appear in your personal facebook feed. You can also make comments and submit guest postings.
Up to now Together Lancashire has used multiple channels for online communication and information sharing including Facebook Groups, blogs, external web sites, and google group email lists. From now on we will make much less use of them.
The Facebook Groups
These will remain open and anyone who is a member can post messages in them, though we will only rarely use them, (posting as Greg Smith rather than as Together Lancashire) and only for sharing items which have strictly local relevance. We may also continue to share and cross post some items into other facebook groups such as Morecambe Churches Forum, Blackpool Food Partnership etc.
Up to now we have been regularly posting information items on three blogs
Together Lancashire in East Lancashire http://bunleytogetherlancashire.blogspot.co.uk/
These blogs will no longer be used or updated but will remain online as an archive of our work.
Our fourth blog is
This blog will also be frozen as it stands but we intend to continue to collect stories and reflections and publish them on the stories / blog pages of our main website.[G1]
We are always looking for new writers and new stories so
Our External Websites
Feeding Lancashire Together http://feedinglancashiretogether.org.uk/
Preston Christian Action Network www.pcan.org.uk or http://pcanprestonchristianactionnetwork.yolasite.com/
Homeless In Preston www.homelessinpreston.org.uk or
These three websites will continue to exist as long as yolasite offers a free web hosting service, but they will be minimally maintained and updated, and we do not guarantee to continue with the dedicated domain names when the registration expires.
Here is a copy of a part-time post for the Blackpool Food Bank, which will also support the Blackpool Food Partnership. Please could you circulate to anyone who may be interested and have the relevant skills.
Blackpool Food Partnership Project Manager
Methodist Action North West
07400 960 507
Caritas care is organising a
'Spooky' Sponsored Sleepout
Raising funds for Vincent House and homeless prevention
21st Oct 2016
Join us if you dare .! great for young people's groups
Cardboard and bag provided, toilets on site, breakfast included
Venue: 218 Tulketh Rd, Preston PR2 1ES from 7pm
poster can be downloaded here:
and registration forms here
Sponsorship forms available from email@example.com
The Evangelical Aliance's stuff on public leadership is at
Public leadership is about taking responsibility - knowing that we speak and act under the authority of God. It means caring about the place where God has put us, and stepping up, speaking out and engaging in public life. Taking our place as leaders in politics, the media and all parts of society.
Connect One Blackpool Project is funded by Big Lottery, the project is aimed at the need to improve cross-sector relationships. The focus is on brokering relationships with potential corporate sector partners who are willing to offer 'pro-bono' support.
The project is supported by the High Sheriff of Lancashire and will culminate in a 'responsible business' awards ceremony at the BIG THANK YOU event on June 4th 2016 hosted by Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The event will be held at the Viva Showbar, Church Street, Blackpool at 2pm.
If you would like to attend this event please sign up via the following link -:
We look forward to seeing you there!
On 19 May 2016, Comic Relief launched its new funding strategy. Its vision of "a just world free from poverty" remains, while its priority areas have changed. Going forwards, Comic Relief's grants will focus on the following four areas, which will help it best achieve its vision:
· Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future.
· Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose.
· Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
· Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty.
Research and evidence shows that gang-involved girls and young women navigate a range of harmful environments which can expose them to high levels of sexual exploitation and increased criminal activity. The 'girls in gangs' initiative has been established to achieve the following outcomes:
· Fewer girls and young women entering harmful and risky gang situations.
· Girls and young women, already in gangs, experiencing less harm from violence, abuse and exploitation.
· More girls and young women leaving violent, abusive and exploitative gang situations.
Proposals are invited from anywhere in the UK, and from within the cities of Kingston (Jamaica), Bogota (Columbia), Cape Town (South Africa) and Lagos (Nigeria). Registered organisations, including charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies limited by guarantee, community benefit societies and housing associations, are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £150,000 for 18 months activity. A further £150,000 for a subsequent 18 month period may be available, and funding for this second phase will be agreed upon after the initial 16 months following first-year reporting and learning from the evaluation.
All projects should incorporate at least one or two of the following types of intervention:
· Taking advantage of specific 'windows of opportunity' to access girls and young women at risk of becoming, or already, gang-involved.
· Family-focused interventions.
· Providing effective mentoring.
· Ensuring an effective police response.
· Making sure gang-affected schools are open to support.
In addition, Comic Relief is particularly interested in supporting:
· A coalition of organisations, with a lead agency, working in partnership across different sectors to deliver more holistic approaches. Bidding coalitions should be able to show some evidence of having delivered work that is providing a positive and safe future for girls and young women associated with gangs.
· Initiatives that draw on best practice in the following sectors:
o women and girls;
o criminal and juvenile justice;
o sexual exploitation;
o social/youth work;
o business; and
o community sectors.
· Work that views the problem and solution as systemic.
· Organisations prepared to test more 'disruptive' solutions and learn if they fail.
Comic Relief envisions awarding seven grants in total three in the UK, and four overseas.
The deadline for initial proposals is 13 July 2016 (midday).
Salary: £21734 (pro rata)
Hours 30 per week
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Advocate who will also work as a Volunteer Co-ordinator across Lancashire, on our new countywide Benefit Assessment Advocacy Project. (Funded until April 2017)
The successful candidate will be responsible for working flexibly to meet specific targets as part of a larger project and their duties will include:
Providing one to one advocacy support to clients, predominantly those undergoing Benefits Health Assessments.
For recruiting, training and supporting volunteer advocates to deliver this volunteer based project along with raising awareness of ICANN and our services.
You must either have some advocacy experience and/or experience of working with volunteers in a similar setting, be a good listener, and are able to speak up for others who are disadvantaged, have a disability or are vulnerable due to illness or other circumstances.
Application packs are available via email to Heather Paton (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also ask for other formats by calling Heather on 01772-717461
If you would like more information or would like an informal chat about the role, please call the Services Manager, Janet Cullingford on 01772 717461
Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 13 June 2016
Interview Date: Friday 24 June 2016
Carey is a town centre church with 40 members and 80 attending on a Sunday.
We run a Registered Day Nursery, employing 11 staff. We are seeking a full time
Family Worker to develop educational and spiritual ties with Nursery parents,
and carers attending our Messy church, as well as new families worshipping on
The Communities Together Fund is managed by the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside on behalf of B&M.
The Communities Together Fund plans to pilot a programme aiming to support community cohesion projects that concentrate on breaking down barriers to social mobility.
The Communities Together Fund would welcome applications from locally recognised leaders, multicultural and multi faith community organisations working especially for vulnerable women. Applications are encouraged from organisations that work within communities to help vulnerable women, especially women from the Asian community, to learn English, integrate or escape domestic violence, or from organisations that help vulnerable minority groups who through various community barriers are not able to be socially mobile.
For this pilot programme the average grant size will be between £5,000 and £10,000. Higher grants will be available for exceptional impact driven projects.
Charities, Voluntary/Community groups, Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises. Successful applicants will be credible organisations that have been informed by their local communities.
The North West of England including Lancashire, Merseyside and Manchester.
The focus of applications should be on projects within minority groups , especially for women, which encourage rights learning, education and shelter as well as projects that focus on addiction, disability or mental illness.
· Projects to reduce social isolation for women and young girls
· Projects to support women and girls education
· Skills building sessions; training for volunteers
· Projects that focus on the safety of women and young girls /advice and counselling
· Projects that empower young girls to be economically and socially mobile
Please visit the Community Foundation for Lancashire website for Lancashire based applicants and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn. You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to email@example.com or post them to the address below.
· A copy of your organisations governing documents, rules or constitution
· A copy of your organisations latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
· A copy of your organisations recent bank statement
· A copy of your organisations current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)
· NB: If you have previously applied to us in the last months and your application was successful you do not need to send in the above documents again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.
· Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
· National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance/control of local finances
· Commercial ventures
· Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
· Regional or local offices of a national organisation
· Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
· Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
· Projects for personal profit
· Trophies and medals
· Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants (environmental groups that work with animals or the environment such as city farms are acceptable
· Groups comprising just one family
· Debts and other liabilities
· Reclaimable VAT
· Travel outside UK
· Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining (social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit)
Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund's criteria and the budget available.
The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd June and you should expect to hear the outcome of your application approximately 6 weeks of the closing date.
For further information please contact Tina Kennedy, Community Philanthropy Manager at:
· Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside
43 Hanover Street,
T: 0151 232 2444
Fax: 0151 232 2445
Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside are delivering this programme in association with B&M.
free event is open to anyone who would like to attend
Saturday 25th June
Greenbank Theatre, Greenbank Building, University of Central
Lancashire, Victoria Street, Preston PR1 7DR
register get tickets here
Full details and poster here
Significantly i don't think anyone mentioned CUF..
Employer Sponsored Volunteering:
Realising the Potential
Monday 23 May, 12pm 4.00pm
University of Central Lancashire. Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in collaboration with the Cabinet Office (Office for Civil Society), Universities of Hull and Sheffield, Business in the Community and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations invite you to a workshop examining the challenges and opportunities of engaging with Employer Sponsored Volunteering (ESV). Lunch will be provided.
Lynn Saggerson, CEO, Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.
Russell Hogarth, Community Ambassador, UCLan
This event forms part of a series of regional workshops across England exploring the challenges of maximising the impact of ESV. Building on indepth research, the event will offer participants from the public, private and third sectors the chance to explore the challenges of building effective and sustainable partnerships.
We know that when employee volunteering works well, it can add huge value to businesses from engaging potential customers, clients and suppliers, to developing staff and building morale. The workshop is about unlocking the value for everyone involved.; encouraging cross-sectoral dialogue and asking participants to consider what models of engagement, infrastructural support and brokerage can be developed in order to:
create an effective model for businesses to utilise ESV engagement within employee skills and learning development.
help infrastructural organisations to successfully adopt a sustainable brokerage role , in order to support relationships between the third sector and business
direct available business resources and expertise through volunteering, and potential infrastructural funding to the third sector, maximising impact
find ways to extend SME participation in this area
In addition, a member of the Office for Civil Society's Local Intelligence Team will also be providing details of the Government's Skills Exchange Campaign and outlining ways in which local organisations can gain support to take it forward.
Further details and online registration is available at:
If you would like to reserve a place in advance please email J.Burchell@sheffield.ac.uk
Here is the latest Food support information for Blackpool for May 2016
Blackpool Food Partnership Project Manager
Churches Together in Lancashire with the Lancashire Theological Society
Invite you to take part in anEcumenical Convention
Monday June 20th Friday June 24 at 7pm
& Saturday June 25th 10.00am-2.00pm
Venue: Cardinal Newman College Preston (TBC)
Each evening will be hosted by a leader from one of the Christian denominations in Lancashire and joined by a prominent speaker to explore:
When the common good becomes the common harm
Professor David Cook20th and 22nd
Oxford University & the University of Chicago.
and Radio 4's Moral Maze
Ethics and Environmentalism
Dr Claire Foster-GilbertTuesday 21st
Faith and Fanaticism Evangelist for Extremist?
Dr Philip Lewis Thursday 23rd
Is Christianity Dying in the West?
Dr Elaine Storkey Friday 24th
An invited panel will respond to the key speaker and engage with the audience in open debate and question time
Saturday will be a day of workshops and practical activities based around each of the topics examined in the week in addition to a discussion about the Management & Leadership of Church as an organisation
The day will close with a gathering of the denominations across the County.
For details visit www.ctlancashire.org.uk and go to Ecumenical convention
This week of events is aimed at all those with an interest and concern for the ethical engagement of church and faiths in the community.
Idealfor students engaging with school or college based Philosophy and Ethics
Essentialfor Christians seeking to put faith in contemporary context
There will be 100 places per evening and 200 places on the Saturday
To register an interest email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information, please see web link, and please can you cascade across faith-based networks.
On Thursday 5 May MPs will take part in a general debate in the Commons Chamber on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Fiona Bruce MP and Stephen Timms MP.
This debate will be opened by Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton.
· Transcripts of proceedings in the Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today's Commons Debates.
Could be a good opportunity to speak up?
"Faith communities throughout the land, because of their work with people in need, are only too aware of the devastating impact of benefit sanctions on some of the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society. They now have an opportunity to let the government know just what that impact is, through the National Audit Office (NAO)."
More information at
Alternatively, email Colin Ross the audit manager directly at Colin.ROSS@nao.gsi.gov.uk
The study will run until the Autumn, so there is time to think and collect information if necessary.