Friday, 29 April 2016
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
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.
Friday, 22 April 2016
Do you know what is happening near you?
There are Dementia Action Alliances in:
Blackburn with Darwen
Fylde and Wyre
Do get in touch and see what is planned in your area.
Could you help in any way?
Are you a Dementia Friend?
We can provide:
Training as a Dementia Friend
Help with becoming a Dementia Friendly Church (it's not difficult)
Just get in touch with:
Revd Ed Saville, Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE Tel: 01254 503271 email: email@example.com ; mobile 07912227144
- Poverty look-up tool: learn about the level of poverty in your parish and how this compares with other parishes locally and nationally.
- Resources for churches: this whole page is dedicated to resources that churches might find useful.
- Working with volunteers: from managing the formalities to building good relationships, these resources will help you work well with your volunteers.
Is this something you are already working to address or could it be?
Age UK has created 'heat maps' which show, at a detailed local level, how different areas compare with each other in terms of how lonely people feel.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Monday, 18 April 2016
Tesco Bags of Help Programme Open to Applications (GB)
Tesco offers grants through its Bags of Help Programme which is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.
Grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 are available for capital improvements to local community greenspaces that have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.
Projects that would typically receive funding include:
- Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces.
- Green corridors, such as river and canals, cycle ways.
- Formal and informal play areas.
- Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds, such as football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches.
- Informal outdoor recreation facilities, such as gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks.
- Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens.
- Seafront improvements.
- Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms.
- Spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres.
- School grounds.
- Community spaces on housing estates or residential.
Voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.
The deadline for applications is 3 June 2016 (noon).
CUF Credit Champions Lent Appeal Success
Church Urban Fund's Lent Appeal for 2016 included a case study from the Liverpool Church Credit Champions pilot.
The appeal proved to be one of their most successful ever raising over £4000 which will go to help even more people nationally to escape from poverty.
The Credit Safety Net
The Credit Safety Net is an excellent report produced by the Step Change debt charity. It shows how millions of families across Britain are using credit to fund everyday living costs, thus exposing themselves to the risk of problem debt.
The charity conducted research using YouGov PLC which focussed in on people who had:
The report recommends wider access to debt advice, increased availability of affordable credit, and help to enable people on low incomes to build up savings in order to build financial resilience.
Or to find out more about the financial resilience work going on in your area please contact
Credit Union Awareness Appeal
Church Credit Champions are hoping to make the month of June Credit Union Awareness month.
Along with our colleagues in London and Southwark we will be encouraging local churches to open 'pop-up shops' for their local credit unions in church after the main service to give out information and encourage people to join.
As you will appreciate local credit unions won't have enough staff to man each pop up so we are hoping that volunteers from each participating church will help out – awareness training will be available and will only take about 1 hour of your time.
Research shows that more than 60% of the population have less than one week's salary in savings, little wonder then that so many are finding themselves in serious debt.
If your church would like to participate, Please contact Julia Webster
Next Month: CUF's Rebranded Newsletter Layout, New Together Liverpool Training Packages
capital & cities ... well worth a read....
Friday, 15 April 2016
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Methodist Action (North West) Ltd
Howick House, Howick Park Avenue, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0LS
Tel. 01772 751000
Monday, 11 April 2016
The Big Lottery Fund has opened the third round of its Building Better Opportunities Fund to stage one applications from not-for-profit organisations in six LEP areas in England. Including Lancashire
At least 1400 people are engaged in activities to improve their work readiness, including
The Lancashire LEP, through the Skills and Employment Strategic Framework, has identified digital skills development as an important element in the growth of Lancashire's economy and in ensuring individuals and communities are not left behind as a result of a gap between their digital skills and employers' requirements
Compared to areas in the UK considered to be at low risk, there are a larger number of individuals in Lancashire who have never been online. For example, 31 per cent of the population in Blackpool have never been online, compared to a UK average of 11 per cent or an area like West Berkshire at 6.8 per cent. There are also areas where the use of digital skills in the last three months is low. For example, in Blackburn 31 per cent of the population used their digital skills in the last three months compared to West Berkshire at 40 per cent. A number of other districts also have digital skills usage lower than 35 per cent , such as Preston, Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
I would be grateful if you could circulate this to your contacts.
If there are Churches that want to host a prayer meeting on the day then this would be ace! (please can I be notified if this happens so that I have a rough idea for HQ)
So far there is are prayer meetings organised in the following locations
· Blackburn (Greenbank Operating Centre) at 12 noon (E-mail Paul.Pountain2@lancashire.pnn.police.uk for details and to indicate if you are attending)
· Lancaster (Lancaster Baptist Church Nelson St Lancaster) at 7pm (E-mail Kirstie Banks-Lyon at Lancashire@cpauk.net for further information)
There is also a link to a useful guide to praying for the police - http://www.cpauk.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/One-Hour-Prayer-Guide3.pdf which can be used at anytime or in any place!
Any questions please contact me either on e-mail or by phone
Branch Leader Lancashire CPA
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
The Cornerstone, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA! 1PX
Trainer: Anne Strachan, an independent consultant, Crowdfunduk.org
Crowdfunding is an innovative fundraising tool - it is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. Until recently, financing a business, project or venture involved asking a few people for large sums of money. Crowdfunding switches this idea around, using the internet to talk to hundreds of potential funders. Crowdfunding is also so much more than raising funds - it builds and engages community around a project. This full day workshop including live films will cover: how crowdfunding works; the USPs of different platforms; what inspires backers; the building blocks of an effective campaign; tips and case studies - and finally - whether it is right for you. Anne Strachan runs training and support for the third sector, creatives and startups on social investment and community fundraising including crowdfunding.
Reminder- Today's Meeting - A Better Start for young Children in Blackpool : How the Churches can get involved.
The NSPCC has been funded to work in
Funding for your work within churches with children and family work will be strongly featured at this meeting.
Wednesday April 6th .
This meeting is commended as it will prove beneficial to all church groups involved with young children and families.
Any questions or enquiries phone Canon Dick Cartmell 01253 590083 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 1 April 2016
Phone - Mobile 07726177044
Postal Address and registered office : Together Lancashire, Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE.
Together Lancashire Website http://www.cuf.org.uk/together-lancashire