There are currently (as of 11 January 2016) 88 organisations in membership (75 Full Members and 13 Associate Members). To find out more about the services each member provides, choose from the Full Members or Associate Members tabs below, scroll down the alphabetically recorded list of members and click the Show Details link for the organisation concerned.
Achieve Change and Engagement (ACE)
We work with a diverse range of children and young people aged 8 to 25, their families and the professional workforce. The majority of our work is with vulnerable individuals and groups. We deliver prevention and early intervention emotional health and well being projects. Our projects are individually tailored and have measurable positive outcomes for children, young people, their families and the work force.
We work with groups of children or young people and support our work with individual sessions and family work. We specialise in bringing together similar aged children or young people, using solution focused methods to enable them to learn new social and emotional skills. The individuals within the group work to their own and group identified targets to improve their emotional health and well being and become a support group to each other. The work is carried out in partnership with schools and colleges the young people attend and their families are involved where relevant. A typical programme would include work on building self esteem and self confidence, managing emotions and behaviour including anger management and building resilience. We also work with children, young people and families to train them in peer research and develop their presentation and communication skills.
We support and facilitate them to have a voice and be actively involved in decisions and solutions. We deliver training to front-line staff, much of which is devised and delivered by young people.
Our work arose from a piece of young people peer research in North Lancashire that one of us did as a consultant. This work highlighted the gaps in emotional health and well being services for children and young people. A group of adults and young people from Lancashire got together to look at what was needed to fill the gaps.
Achieve Change and Engagement (ACE) was formed. Ace works with children, young people and families in Lancashire. Its staff and volunteers live in Lancashire and its trustees live in Lancashire.
Action for Children
Action for Children delivers 650 UK-wide services to 250,000 children, young people and families, improving outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Our children’s centres help young children to get the best start in life. Support ranges from antenatal advice, parenting programmes and access to early years education.
We provide practical and emotional support to help families before they reach crisispoint, making them stronger and more able to cope.
Disabled Children and Young People
We work with children and young people with wide ranging disabilities, and their families, so they can achieve their full potential. Services include play activities, support with transitions to adulthood, family-based and residential short breaks and longer-term residential placements.
We support vulnerable and socially excluded young people so they can become resilient young adults. This includes young offenders, young parents and careleavers. We help with access to accommodation, education, training and employment, and more specific schemes such as alternatives to custody.
Children in Care
We want children at risk of care or who cannot live with their birth families to have the same life chances as other children. Our work ranges from family-based short breaks through to fostering and adoption placements for children with complex needs or experience of severe trauma.
Our schools provide a safe, stimulating place where young people with complex and multiple needs can learn and thrive. We focus on young people’s emotional wellbeing as well as their education, improving their life chances and sustainable outcomes.
Action for Children is a locally embedded provider, having worked with children, young people and families across Lancashire for over 15 years. Our current contracts place the needs of the child at the heart of local service provision:
· Ribble Valley Prevention and Early Intervention
· Chorley and South Ribble Families service
· Burnley Targeted Family Services
· Burnley Wood Children’s Centre
· South West Burnley Children’s Centre
· Hyndburn Family Intervention Project
Our services target vulnerable children, young people and families in greatest need across the Lancashire sub-region. Our Children’s Centres offer wide-ranging services aimed at children aged 0-5 years and parents/prospective parents and carers – with extensive reach into local communities. Our family support services tackle complexities facing the most disadvantaged families – most display multiple issues including chaotic lifestyles, educational under-achievement, worklessness, mental ill-health, domestic violence, offending/anti-social behaviour and poor parenting. The majority of children we engage are identified as Level 2/3 on the local continuum of need and are in need of intensive support to address risk/neglect and ensure that they are safeguarded/protected.
Effective multi-agency working is key to our success addressing issues. We integrate with local partnerships, processes and structures – including working within LCSB procedures, aligning with CAF processes and contributing to multi-agency planning meetings including Teams Around the Family and Children In Need meetings.
We have particularly strong local partnerships with Burnley Children’s Trust, Ribble Valley Children’s Trust, Hyndburn Children’s Trust and the over-arching Lancashire Trust. We also have partnerships through the children’s centre cluster groups in Lancashire and Lancashire parenting forums.
Activate Arts are an alternative education provider using creative techniques as engagement tool. We work throughout Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire with the following target groups:
- Disabled children and young people (primarily respite activities)
- Young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET
- Disadvantaged young people
We also run a number of other projects including Theatre in Education tours. We have just completed a tour about safety in the home to 50 primary schools across Merseyside.
Activate are based in Merseyside however we are an outreach provider (founded and incorporated in Lancaster, Lancashire) working throughout Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire. Activate continue to have strong working relationships with a number of organisations and agencies in Lancashire. As an outreach provider we can work in any area where there is a need and have continued to work in the following areas for a number of years:
• West Lancashire
• South Ribble
• Ribble Valley
Young Addaction is staffed by project workers experienced in working with young people who use a ‘youth work’ approach to engage with young people in Central and North Lancashire Localities. Through talking to a young person, we carry out an assessment of their use and needs. We work on a one to one basis helping young people to look at what substances they are using, why and what the implications of their use are. Together we come up with a plan that suits them. We use techniques called motivational interviewing, brief solution focussed therapy and complementary therapies.
We also have lots if fun activities for young people to participate in including music groups, graffiti and film making projects most of which will also provide a recognised qualification. We are proactively engaging with a variety of community partners and providers doing targeting work and training in schools and other locations in order to support young people to meet work through challenges and meet there life goals.
Our main target group is young people 21 and under who may be at risk of drug and/or alcohol misuse.
Although we have a remit to offer services across Central and North Lancashire we are connected closely with District and local priorities through a variety of strategic agendas including early intervention and children’s trusts. We embed our services on local level through close cohabited working with schools, YOT, hospitals and YPS services.
Barnardo's has extensive experience of running services for children, young people and their families across the UK. Every service is different, but each has the same goal – to help children and young people in greatest need. Our projects therefore work with children and young people from birth to 25 years and cover the whole range of concerns including young people in trouble, homelessness, disability, disaffection from school, young carers, children and young people with parents in prison, abuse and child sexual exploitation.
Barnardo’s works directly with over 190,000 children, young people and their families every year. We run over 800 services across the UK.
Further information on Barnardo’s and the wide range of services provided can be found at www.Barnardos.org.uk
All of our services are different because they respond to and reflect local need. We have experience of delivering services through formal partnerships, as lead agency formally sub-contracting to partners, and as members of consortia. We are particularly committed to preventive work and have undertaken research and campaigned on the benefits of early intervention as well as delivered preventive services.
At present, the North West Region of Barnardo's reaches approximately 17,500 children, young people and their families facing disability and disadvantage. The North West region extends from Cumbria down to Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. Barnardo’s North West manages £20m of external funding each year.
Barnardo’s currently delivers a range of services in Lancashire:
- Blackpool and Wyre – Family Support, Play and Leisure, Worklessness, Supporting People
- Preston – Counselling Service, Supported Lodgings, Floating Support, Homelessness Advice and Information
- Chorley & South Ribble – Disability Support, Supported Accommodation
- Blackburn – Young Carers Service
Barnardo's has recently been successful as part of the Young Lancashire Consortium in becoming the lead provider of a range of targeted youth support services in the following areas across Lancashire:
- Fylde & Wyre, Lancaster and Preston – improving health and wellbeing
- Fylde & Wyre and Hyndburn & Ribble Valley – employment, education and training
- West Lancashire - support for young people who have a learning difficulty / disability / mental health issues
Blackburn & Darwen District Without Abuse
We provide services to victims of domestic abuse both male and female. Our services are provided through a helpline, Drop In Centre and provision of supported accommodation (this however is female carers and their families only).
We provide access to information, support and group work on all aspects of domestic abuse. Our service includes risk assessment and independent advocacy services, advice on housing, benefit and legal options and choices. We offer a cultural specific service to victims of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.
As part of our service men and women can access group work on aspects of abusive behaviour, these groups include a voluntary perpetrators programme, called Making the Change, Phoenix & Letting Off Steam, a therapeutic group for women affected by abuse called the Freedom Programme, the Aventurine Craft Group and The Recovery Toolkit, Groups for young people about healthy relationships called Changing Places and bespoke courses for Schools.
We cover a pan Lancashire footprint with a focus on the Blackburn with Darwen Borough due to location. However our service users come from all over the country at times of crisis and conversley we have to send clients out of Lancashire because of the risk to themslelves due to the nature of our service. We are part of pan Lancashire Fora and strive to ensure a quality service across the area with our partners and peers from other Women's Aid groups. We promote and are proactve in our area supporting service users via our helpline to access services in their locality. As an organisation we were established in 1989 and have served the local community since then.
Blackburn Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd
Canon Ed Saville
Apart from the specific ‘Church’ based work we operate a number of projects providing Family Support to families where children are at risk of not achieving; where there is a child carer in the family; where there are offenders and ex-offenders in the family. These support systems can result in our co-ordinator acting as lead professional within CAF and TAC/TAF meetings.
In addition supervised and supported Child contact for separating (Divorced) parents; employing – as required qualified Social Workers to carry out court assessments.
We have a long track record of providing services to those on the margins of society (classically called ‘hard to reach’) working closely with service providers to ensure that they have access to all the relevant services.
The work with families is complemented by the work we carry out with those who have some form of disability. We have a full time member of staff who works with various groups to ensure that they are included in all forms of work.
Blackburn Diocese is ‘the Church of England in Lancashire’ operating across the geographic county and is seen as a key partner by many authorities.
The structure of the Church is such that every part of the geographic county is contained within in a parish – which ensures that we are able to access local knowledge and understanding (as well as volunteers) easily.
Bodies in Motion
Bodies-in-Motion is a local company operating largely in the Pendle district of East Lancashire. Brierfield, the home base of Bodies, is listed as one of the most deprived areas in Britain. Bodies aims to promote community participation in healthy recreation and to help young people, so as to develop their capabilities that they may grow in maturity as individuals and members of society.
In achievement of these aims, Bodies-in-Motion operates a number of projects, each sharing the overall aims of the organisation but each with a distinct character. Key to its success is an intention to engage with people not otherwise accessing facilities and get them moving on the road to health, fitness and well-being in its widest sense. To this end Bodies-in-Motion will consider any project which helps people build their confidence and self esteem and better places them to play a full part in their community. To date projects have been based around fitness, health & well-being, preparation for education &/or employment, positive citizenship and a number of sports – kickboxing, aerobics, football, cricket. Just as easily projects could include walking, gardening, study clubs or anything which actively engages with people for the benefit of the community as a whole.
Bodies’ membership includes people from 5yrs to 75+. A significant number are from the local ethnic minority community; a group who do not readily access mainstream services.
During the summer of 2005 two local people, who were to become founder members of Bodies-in-Motion, were unable to complete a game of tennis because of continuous interruptions from a group of young men. Conversations with the group, with local residents and the Police made it clear that there was little for young people to do in the area. A youth night-time curfew was in place and the area had gained an unwelcome reputation for social nuisance & low level youth criminality.
Bodies-in-Motion was ‘born’ to address these issues by providing safe & worthwhile activities for young people. Interest grew rapidly and having started as a volunteer service operating two nights per week, Bodies quickly grew into a full week operation with paid instructors working with people from 13 to 70+. Averaging 250 active members per week, Bodies has now worked with over 6,000 local residents.
Maintaining a strong focus on local need is crucial to the success of Bodies. We have been able to engage with people who do not access mainstream facilities, to build trust within the local community & demonstrate very clearly that we are able to recognise & address their diverse cultural needs.
A strong element of Bodies’ work at is to engage with local people, help build their confidence and then signpost them on to the wider range of mainstream facilities and services available in the surrounding area. Bodies has also been able to work with these organisations to help them lower barriers to access.
Brierfield Action in the Community
BAIC (Brierfield Action in the Community) was formed in 2002 by local residents to benefit those living within the area of Pendle, primarily within Brierfield. Brierfield is one of most deprived wards of England. We have been operating in this capacity for ten years, and have been responsible for the delivery of a number of successful projects in Brierfield that have improved the long-term quality of life for local residents. We have been focusing on building stronger communities by encouraging inclusion/integration.
literacy, numeracy and ESOL, one to one mentoring to develop skills and confidence, and the employability skills programme.
We have supported young people with developing confidence skills, as well as how to tackle conflict and peer pressure.
Youth Engagement – Supported young people who are seeking employment/
training opportunities through the delivery of specialised workshops.
ICT capacity and developing the skills of local residents,
Health and Well being
We are an independent and community led organisation that is embedded in the local community with all Trustees and staff of the organisation coming from the local area. We are currently delivering a Community Development project aimed to engage with more of the local community, improve skills and help build people’s confidence/cohesion. Increase support for volunteers.
We are currently focusing in delivering projects across Brierfield and Reedley - we have the capacity to deliver to a wider community including Burnley and Pendle in association with partner organisations. We have been established for over 10 years with good local knowledge and experience of project delivery.
We initially started as an organisation through the support of one of the local councillors who identified a need for an organisation that would offer free IT support to the grassroots community of Brierfield and Reedley in 2002. With the support of local people BAIC was formed and became the hub to deliver not only IT but also providing support to develop individuals level of employability. It was one of the largest ICT centres across Pendle to offer this facility - we had over 700 people accessing the centre through the week.
From this we developed further projects in partnership with other to organisations to deliver community based needs, which impacted on developing local people to aspire to achieve positive outcomes.
Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service
We provide a number of services which impact on children and their families: we run a Young Carers project that supports young people with informal caring responsibilities. This support includes respite and activities and we also offer a focus for those young people who care for people with mental health or drug/alcohol problems. We also work in partnership with Barnado’s who offer a complementary service.
We provide infrastructure support to VCF organisations, including those with a focus on young people; this includes information, training, development support and services including a CRB disclosure service.
we deliver a number of grants programme- subject to funding and have delivered a CAHMS programme aimed at support VCF sector to reduce referrals through early interventions.
We are based in East Lancashire and are managed by a Board of Trustees who are elected by our members. We have operated in Burnley since 1935 and for the past three decades, in Pendle & Rossendale. Our area of benefit covers the whole of Lancashire and we work in partnership with other organisations including the Lancashire Association of Councils for Voluntary Service (LACVS), Third Sector Lancashire, Young Lancashire as well as other partners from the public and private sector in the areas we serve.
Calico Enterprise Limited
Calico Enterprise delivers a range of housing support and employability services to those at risk of social exclusion. Our housing support services include generic support services in Blackpool and across East Lancashire, including provision for young people and a family support service in Bury. Our Elizabeth Street project in Burnley provides an accommodation based support service for single homeless people and homeless families from across East Lancashire. The vast majority of those accessing Elizabeth Street are young single people. Our support services work with young people on a range of issues including housing, employment, training and education, physical, mental and sexual health, substance misuse, offending, finance, benefit and debt, family relationships, developing life skills and building self-esteem/self-confidence etc.
We also delivered the Help Direct service across East Lancashire, ensuring the provision of support services to those not accessing support services due to a range of factors including social isolation and social deprivation. Whilst the primary focus of this service was originally older people, the service focused on all adults aged 18+.
Calico Enterprise also provides a range of employability services designed to assist young people to access employment including, apprenticeship programmes in painting and decorating, building etc.
Calico Enterprise parent company, Calico Homes Limited, provides social housing in Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale and the Ribble Valley, managing 4600 properties including general needs, supported housing and housing for older people. Calico Enterprise delivers housing support and related services, Help Direct and employability services across East Lancashire from our base in Burnley. We also deliver employability work in East Lancashire, Preston and Blackpool. SafeNet (part of the Calico Group) also delivers support for victims of domestic abuse in East Lancashire & Lancaster.
CANWe Solutions delivers the following core services across the Northwest
1 RESOLVE 180
The Resolve 180 project works with young people and adults to deliver a range of opportunities around employability, learning and volunteering. It uses a mobile provision, which allows us to access some of the most deprived neighbourhoods and rural locations. Resolve offers.
o One-to-one adult/young people support (all staff CRB cleared)
o Pre-engagement assessment to identify and reduce barriers to engagement
o Learner taster sessions and opportunities
o One-to-one sessions to build esteem before attending main sessions
o Information, advice and guidance
o Mobile community learning/employment vehicle
Learning and development opportunities available
o Provide help and support to get you back into work.
o Update your work related skills.
o Help you to gain qualifications.
o Offer information, advice and guidance to improve your job hunting skills.
o Access to ICT support and equipment to develop a CV,
o complete job applications and apply online.
o Support designed especially for you.
o Expert help to achieve your goals.
o Increase your confidence and self-esteem.
o Employability workshops and support sessions.
o Improve your literacy and numeracy skills.
o ICT workshops to improve your computer skills.
o Building better skills to improve and manage your money.
o Obtain accredited skills to open pathways to more opportunities.
o CIEH accredited courses, H&S, First Aid, Food hygiene etc.
*Nationally recognised award
2 MIX MEDIA
Media is a very powerful tool through which young people can be empowered, confidence and social skills can be developed, under represented young people and groups can be represented, new identities and images created and a platform to creatively express their feelings, emotions, thoughts and ideas to others.
Behind the engagement is the development of literacy and numeracy skills, working with others, improving concentration, building self esteem, building confidence, functional skills, all linked to nationally recognised AQA awards. This softer way of young people learning while taking part in a positive project, allows us to develop learning opportunities, but in an environment which is more fun and accessible than the classroom. We offer three types of media engagement programme, which are:
1.Pick ‘n’ Mix Media Sessions – Single access sessions, which run for 6-8 weeks based around making and taking away completed items. There are 12 different sessions for young people to choose from.
• T-shirt design and printing
• Mug design and printing
• Canvas design and printing
• Stop motion animation
• Music mixing and ring tones
2. Themed Outcomes – These are generally 6-8 sessions long, based around young people developing a complete awareness educational campaign around specific issues, using media as the engagement tool. The type of themed sessions that we deliver are:
• Anti-social behaviour
• Drug and alcohol misuse
• Community cohesion
• Sexual Health
• Anti-knife and gang crime
We are an accredited NCFE qualification centre, CIEH approved centre and a UKonline approved centre.
We also offer a training and development service, which delivers a range of Health & social care accredited and non accredited courses, as well as a full marketing, graphic design and print service.
We have extensive knowledge and experience of working with the following client groups.
• Adult/Young People with mental health needs
• Adults/ Young People who are drug or alcohol misusers
• Lone parents
• Looked after children
• Traveller communities
• Hard-to-reach adults
• BME groups
• Young people (18 to 24 year olds)
• Over 25s
• Over 50s
• Learners with basic skills needs
• Young people (13 to 19 year olds)
CANWe Solutions are located in Blackburn, but we deliver our services across a wide geographic area, we have access to office/deliver space in Bolton, Salford, Accrington, Chorley & Pendle. The majority of our services are delivered at community level, services are designed to meet the local need and we use consultation to establish service need and as a result develop the most appropriate service to be delivered, either by ourselves or through partnership involvement. CANWe Solutions works in partnership with its sister organisation child Action Northwest, which has been established and delivering services for more than 125 years.
We also have a mobile provision, which allows us to setup and deliver our services on a local level, so that we gain the trust and understanding the neighbourhood that we are in.
The community-learning vehicle is able to drive directly into communities and deliver a range of employment, volunteering, learning opportunities as detailed above. It is equipped with an ICT suite, interactive whiteboard, internet connection, networked laptops, Apple Macs and desk space for other types of learning. The benefit of the mobile learning vehicle is that it can make access to learning and engagement more achievable for the community.
Caritas Care Limited
Caritas Care is a long established charity providing services to children & young people, and vulnerable adults throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. Its main services to children and young people are:
Fostering service (0-18 years): recruit assess train and support foster carers, and support children in placement; support of qualified teacher and child therapist
Adoption service: recruit assess train and support adopters, and support children in placement; post adoption support for all ages; Parenting support; Webster Stratton programme
Day Care (0-5 years); provision of early years child care within a Preston Children’s Centre; staff trained in EYFS
Children with disabilities support (0-19 years); group based support activities; outreach & support at home; day services for children aged 16+ with complex and profound disabilities; advocacy
The children and young people with whom we work are amongst some of the most vulnerable and marginalised within society. This includes children and young people looked after, at risk of harm, those excluded from school, misusing drugs and alcohol, attachment disorder, self-harming behaviour, learning and physical disabilities, disadvantaged communities. Our services are delivered by suitably qualified and experienced staff, and our staff team includes social workers registered with HCPC.
Caritas Care is a long established Charity in Lancashire and Cumbria. Established in 1934, Caritas Care was originally the social welfare agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster, providing adoption and child care work. After a major review of social care activities in the Diocese of Lancaster, the charity established a broader based range of services to include community work. Now no longer part of the Diocesan structures, Caritas Care continues to deliver its services throughout Lancashire, with its Head Office located in Preston.
We are not restricted to working in any particular area, offering our work throughout the Lancashire sub region, and we would develop new services in any of its localities.
CEEP is a youth and community development voluntary organisation that aims to make a positive difference in communities by providing opportunity for personal and collective growth. The parameter of the organisation is England and Wales but communities must be deprived socially or economically.
Our main area of work is with young people between 8 and 18 in the Lancaster District. We provide generic youth provision that help young people develop emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially. We have specialist workers in music, dance, art and sports.
The organisation work mainly in the Lancaster District with its base based in the heart of the West end of Morecambe. We work with over 400 young people and this is increasing year on year,
Child Action Northwest
Our services are aimed at the following broad target groups; children, young people, parents, families and communities from across Northwest. We deliver a wide range of services, outlined in brief below:
CANW delivers innovative, responsive, cost effective services across the region including:
• Family Group Conferences
• Early intervention and intensive family support programmes
• Therapeutic Counselling Services
• Youth Justice Services
• Community engagement
• Advocacy Services
• Mobile outreach vehicles
• Targeted Youth Support, drug and alcohol misuse, sexual health and risk taking behaviours, engagement and positive activities
• Employment and skills training for adults and young people
• Foster care and supported lodgings placements across Northwest including training for foster carers and hosts
Child Action Northwest operates in following sub regions of Lancashire:
Chorley, south Ribble, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Pendle, Burnley, Skelmersdale.
We have been working across the northwest for more than 10 years, delivering a wide range of contracts with local authorities and Lancashire county council.
Our head office is based in the Ribble valley, but we do have offices in Blackburn, Ribble Valley, South Ribble & access to meeting spaces in most sub regions.
The organisation currently manages 4 pre-school nurseries, 2 after-school clubs and provides payroll and back office services to 2 other child care settings. There is also an on-going contract with LCC early years team to provide advice and training in governance and management support to child care providers This is a growth area in the business portfolio. All infrastructure services, including bid-writing, interim management, strategic planning and research are available to any voluntary sector provider.
The organisation exists to support community groups, community volunteers and local service providers. Its beneficiaries access a range of services that support their sustainability through the improvement of capacity and quality delivery. Support services have been developed over a number of years in response to identified need, strengthening the voluntary and community sector to deliver locally based, high quality sustainable services. Models of support are governed by the principles of;
Sharing good practice
Driving up quality
Curious Minds is a charity and creative social enterprise that works to improve children and young people’s lives by increasing opportunities for their active participation in arts, culture and creative learning. We work with others to build a society where children and young people, particularly those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, have plentiful opportunities to participate actively in creative learning and cultural production, in and out of school, leading to the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to contribute fully to society and lead positive and productive lives.
We have established a strong reputation for the effective and efficient delivery of our programmes, developing strategic and operational alliances with a wide range of partners across the educational, cultural and regeneration sectors. We grew out of acclaimed delivery of Creative Partnerships - the government's flagship creative teaching and learning programme that ran between 2002 and 2011, through which we brokered hundreds of bespoke collaborations between schools and creative practitioners. Since September 2009, Curious Minds has been the Regional Development Agency for Arts Award - a national qualification that recognises young people’s enthusiasm for - and leadership within - the arts. As of April 2012, we will become one of ten new regional Bridge Organisations across England. We will be working to make arts and cultural experiences and opportunities more coherent and accessible for children, young people and their families, with a particular emphasis on quality and excellence - raising the standard of art being produced for, with and by children and young people.
Curious Minds has its registered office in Burnley, Pennine Lancashire and, as of April, that will become our only base. Whilst our appointment as one of Arts Council England's new Bridge Organisations means we will shortly be working across the whole of the North West, we are proud of the specific contribution we have made to Lancashire since 2005 - Creative Partnerships Lancashire being one of two organisations (the other being Creative Partnerships Merseyside) that merged to form Curious Minds in 2009.
Our Lancashire-centric work has included:
• Creative Partnerships - the government's flagship creative teaching and learning programme, which we delivered across Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool between 2005 and the close of the programme in 2011, brokering bespoke collaborations between creative practitioners and 175 schools. Almost 3,000 teachers and over 30,000 children and young people took part
• Prevent - an award-winning collaboration with Lancashire Constabulary, through which we worked with school and pupils to unpack what violent extremism means to them and support them to make positive, independent decisions
• Big Art - a project and accompanying documentary television series by Channel 4, which allowed us to explore how young people can take charge of decisions around public art
Our Chief Executive sits on Lancashire CC's Children and Young People's Trust Partnership and our Director of Development & Innovation represents us within PLAN (Pan-Lancashire Arts Network) - a forum within which arts and cultural organisations in Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen come together to explore ways to increase the involvement of the arts and culture sector in commissioning arrangements
For a number of years recently, we provided a specialist D/deaf youth service to D/deaf young people (age 11-19 years) from Lancashire, Blackpool, Morecambe, Lancaster, Blackburn and other areas. These included a youth club, school holiday activities, drama workshops, outward bound residential trips etc. The service also set up a website called ‘Lizards Lounge’ (providing sexual health information for young Deaf people in British Sign Language). Unfortunately, due solely to lack of funding, we have had to suspend this service.
Whilst we feel strongly that every youth service should be accessible to D/deaf young people, we also know and believe passionately that there is a very clear need for a specialist youth service for young Deaf people in Lancashire. The lack of such a service currently is contributing significantly to the isolation and lack of a positive self identity and self esteem experienced by many young D/deaf people.
In addition to the above:-
In 2009 we worked in partnership with VSO to run the first ever Deaf Global Exchange project - young Deaf people from the UK and Nepal working together doing voluntary work for three months in Preston and three months in Kathmandu.
During June – September 2013, Deafway again worked in partnership with VSO to run the first ever International Deaf Citizenship Project - Deaf young people from the UK spending three months working with Deaf young people from the Philippines on the island of Cebu.
We are currently working with VSO to plan a second International Deaf Citizenship project.
Deafway as a charity has been in existence for over 100 years. We were founded in Lancashire and our constitution gives us a duty to provide services ‘firstly in Lancashire.....’.
Our offices are on our site in Preston where we also provide premises for a range of Deaf groups/clubs to meet (Preston Deaf Club, the ’55’ Club etc.).
We also provide premises for Deaf people to meet in Lancaster.
The service's main focus for delivery is responding to those involved with substance use and those living with or affected by HIV and sexual health and well being. This has included a long history of children, young people and family working. The service the first substance misuse service to offer dedicated younger peoples services in the county, the first young people's arrest referral regionally and the first children and young carers of substance misuse services nationally, the first dedicated research into the 'Hidden Harm' of familial substance misuse and the impact on kin carers, notably grand carers.
Present services are offered within partnerships and direct provision; the Horizon substance use and non clinical sexual health partnership in Blackpool, Healthier Living HIV Support in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen; Blackburn in partnership with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust. This combines adult working within a whole family approach across substance misuse working in Blackpool and sexual health working in Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire.
The service offering dedicated affected by/ family support services in Blackpool, Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen within its HIV and sexual health responses.
The service in its dedicated sexual health responses to sex workers, LGBT + communities and sexual violence responses offering a dedicated Child Independent Sexual Violence Adviser in Blackpool
The service is Lancashire home grown and has been based and offered services in Lancashire ( and later Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen) since its inception in 1986. The service having hubs in Preston and Blackpool , complemented by its assertive outreach stance and increasingly multi media platform to offer services to meet beneficiary requirements across the greater county.
Lancashire has been the sole area of operation since 1986.
The service utilising local funding sources to deliver services, as well as bringing in funds to ensure best services in the area.
The service offering a Lancashire based workforce of paid and unpaid staff and within this a dedication to training and development to ensure the robust workforce for Lancashire for tomorrow.
The service celebrating in 2016 30 years of operation in Lancashire .
Early Break is a specialist substance misuse service for young people under the age of 21 in East Lancashire. This work is our core business delivering 1:1 treatment interventions to young people accessing the Service for support. We can also deliver training on substance use and undertake assertive outreach. We have 2 separate family models of work. Family Centred Time work offered to young people in receipt of treatment and Holding Families which works with whole families affected by parental substance use. We cover the districts of Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.
As part of the treatment offer for young people they can access alternative therapies and also our service doctor. The very nature of our work means that we work closely with a wide variety of services, YOT, CAMHS, Accommodation providers, Children’s Service etc. Due to the age range and our family work we also work closely with a wide variety of adult services.
We have been an active member in the Stay Safe work and have recently received funding from Comic Relief for specialist work with young people at risk of or involved in Sexual Exploitation in East Lancashire.
The Early Break service moved into East Lancashire in September 2006. Our office base is in Nelson but we offer our service to clients in Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. Early Break has always had a strong commitment to service user participation and as such has involved Young People in many aspects of Service, including, Job vacancy interviews, peer consultation and strategic direction.
Early Break is also an active member in various meetings at local and county level.
Over the past five years Early Break has become more widely known as an organisation within East Lancashire and we have developed excellent working relationships with both statutory and voluntary organisations Early Break is also a key partner in a number of multi agency initiatives, including, Stay Safe, assertive outreach and multi agency drop in’s.
Most recently Early Break has received funding from a number of the Children’s Trusts to deliver family work within their districts.
East Lancashire Deaf Society
East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) is a registered charity that has been around for 137 years - it is a leading user-led deaf charity in the Lancashire region that provides services for deaf people to enable them to participate fully in society. ELDS promoted full social inclusion into society by working with deaf people and the local community to ensure they gain full access to available services as readily as anyone else. We strive to achieve this accessibility by breaking down barriers and providing support through various means, such as Family Support; Youth Services; Community Development; Training; Interpreting; Volunteering; Employment Services; Signphone; Communications systems; and Deaf Apprenticeships. Each service has its own projects and sources of information and events.
We are a charity that has been based in the community for over 137 years, and are a deeply locally-rooted organisation that supports people within Lancashire. We have offices in Blackburn, Burnley and Preston and are a user-led organisation, with almost half our paid staff being deaf. We have eight Community Officers within our organisation that support deaf people in Lancashire by assisting them with advice, information, advocacy, signposting, home visits and much more. We also have two Family Support Officers who support children, young people, and families with information and advice on deafness. They also provide specialist support in which we organise trips, homework clubs, family sign language, play schemes, and many more activities, to ensure deaf people have the same opportunities as everyone else. We also operate many social enterprises, providing employment, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities in a number of areas, such as catering, maintenance, joinery and administration.
Empowerment (formerly Blackpool Advocacy)
Empowerment is the new name for the merged Blackpool Advocacy and Lancaster District Women’s Aid. We deliver a wide range of services to support them to address their needs, empowering them to have choice and control over their health and wellbeing.
1. Beyond Domestic Abuse
a) Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) - for high risk adults
b) Children’s (IDVA) -Supporting children and young people affected by domestic abuse
c) Independent Sexual Violence Adviser – supporting people who have been raped or sexually exploited within their own relationship
d) Tenancy Support
e) Children’s Centres Outreach
a) Generic/Mental Health Advocacy – supporting adults and families to understand their rights and options with regard to their health and social care, to have their voice heard and views acknowledged.
b) Health Complaints Advocacy
c) Non Instructed Advocacy – supporting and speaking up for those who don’t have the capacity to speak for themselves.
d) Citizen Advocacy – developing volunteer advocates across the county who will befriend and advocate for vulnerable people (Lancashire)
3. Learning Disabilities
a) Self Advocacy for people with LD – empowering them to influence decision makers who provide services for people with LD.
b) Friendship Club – facilitating opportunities for people with learning disabilities to meet each other in a friendly and supportive environment.
4. Dementia Support
a) Dementia Advisor – providing information, advice and support for people with dementia.
b) Dementia Friendship & Support Network – facilitating opportunities for people with dementia to meet with each other and exchange emotional and practical support.
c) Memory Screening
Empowerment has been providing services in the Blackpool Area since 1999 and is fully conversant with the needs and issues of the local community. The majority of the staff are born and bred in Lancashire with all of them living in the locality.
Since its inception, the organisation has grown and developed considerably and now provides services across the whole of Lancashire.
Fishwick Rangers Youth Development Scheme
Mr Fayyaz Ahmed
We are A cohesive/integrated community group actively promoting self-help, empowerment, multi cultural understanding and mutual respect, hence strengthening the quality of life for young people and the community as a whole.
Our provision includes helping vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ people with – Advocacy, Capacity Building, Environment, Health, Employment, Inter-Faith, Inter-Generational, Social Inclusion,Female Development, Volunteer recruitment & development, Sport Development & Youth Development related issues.
Our main target groups are – BME people, Young people at risk of exclusion from school, Young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), isolated & socially excluded people, young & older people facing health related issues.
Our 5 key priority strands are –
We deliver our services to the whole of Preston, Chorley, Blackpool, Lancaster,Burnley, Nelson & Brierfield.
Forward Motion Art CIC
At Forward Motion Art we aim to provide music and the arts on all levels to everyone in our locality. Our largest target audience is young people. We provide as much as possible to keep young people interested and occupied including one on one music tuition, group music sessions, regular celebrations of work done in the form of performances, under 18’s evenings and a welcoming place with a non judgemental atmosphere to spend time with peers and older people. We are constantly working alongside other organisations to provide education and social support to young people at risk and we work closely with Mencap to deliver music and arts based activities to young people with learning difficulties. Our singing outreach programme brings women of all ages and young people together to celebrate singing and performance.
As a business we always endeavour to keep things local. We feel that our roots
are what make us what we are, and should be celebrated. Wherever possible we
source local suppliers and our staff are all from the locality. We feel that it is
important for young people to be proud of where they come from and should also learn about what there is to offer on their doorstep. As a provider we try to give the people who visit us the opportunity to celebrate what West Lancashire has to offer and are currently working with a provider in Clitheroe to share and showcase the talent we have helped to produce.
Fylde Coast Women’s Aid
Fylde Coast Women's Aid provides specialist domestic abuse services to women and children escaping or living with domestic abuse.
FCWA's mission statement: 'to support/empower women and children to live their lives free from abuse'
FCWA has three refuges across the Fylde Coast, providing safe, temporary accommodation to women and children escaping domestic abuse. FCWA also offers a host of other services, including,
• Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor's
• Outreach support
• Children and Young Peoples Services
• Specialist Domestic Violence Helpline
• CEOP Ambassador/ providing social media advice.
FCWA work closely with other organisations and statutory services to provide a coordinated approach to the service we offer to women and children.
FCWA have provided domestic abuse services across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde since 1993. The organisation has grown considerably since 1993, continuing to offer specialist services to women and children across the Fylde Coast.
FCWA work in partnership with the police, social care, schools, family centres, and other voluntary sector organisations to ensure a collaborative service is provided to service users, this approach has helped FCWA to continue to embed our services in the communities we serve.
FCWA are currently engaged with the local Children's Trusts, local Crime and Disorder Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships and Lancashire Safeguarding Children's Board training pool.
FCWA also support social work students on their final placements of their degrees, we accept students from UCLAN and Lancaster University.
Fylde Coast YMCA
Fylde Coast YMCA is part of a worldwide Christian Movement whose central aim is to enable young people and other members of the community to achieve their full physical, social, cultural and spiritual potential. Our vision is to transform people’s lives by providing an inspirational journey, which supports and develops individuals, with a focus on young people.
Fylde Coast YMCA is an inclusive organisation providing high quality services and activities across Health and Physical Activity, Housing, Outdoor Education, Young People and Training sectors. Our activities are guided by the local communities in which we work and by the need to remove the barriers preventing individuals from realising their full potential.
With a special emphasis on the development of young people, we strive to work holistically with all people who come through the door of the YMCA – empowering them to develop in mind, body and spirit.
We do this by empowering young people with the right skills and education to enable their participation in decisions that affect them. Fylde Coast YMCA supports families, through engaging younger children in early year’s education, working with schools in the provision of health and childcare and through family mediation programmes. Fylde Coast YMCA is recognised for its work with homeless young people and those at risk, working with them through supported accommodation, helping them make a successful transition to interdependent adulthood and sustained tenancy. Fylde Coast YMCA is also the largest provider of community-based sports, health, fitness and physical activity programmes in the Fylde Coast.
Fylde Coast YMCA has been providing locally rooted services for over 90 years in the Lancashire sub region areas of Fylde and Wyre and more recently Preston, Chorley and Lancaster. Initially established in 1922 in St Annes, the YMCA provided youth provision in the local area. Since then the organisation has progressed significantly, providing an opportunity to increase accessibility through the 22 sites we now manage and the range of projects and opportunities we offer to members of the local community. The timeline below illustrates how and where we have developed in the last 15 years.
1999 – Foyer Scheme in Fleetwood (provision of accommodation, support, education and training for 16-25 year olds
2000 – New building in St annes. Alban Rd
2004 – Creation of Lytham YMCA
2005 – Management of Lofthouse Building, Fleetwood
2006 – Awarded Wyre Borough Leisure Services Contract
2006 – Merged with Preston YMCA
2010 – Awarded Fylde Borough Leisure Services Contract
2010 – Opened the Paterson Centre and joined with Face to Face housing support
2012 – Took over the running of Lancaster YMCA
We have continued to extend the range of services that we offer and developments over the last four years in Lancashire have included;
• The addition of Rural Splash YMCA, Kirkham and St Annes YMCA Pool and Gym to our Leisure Portfolio.
• Investment in brand new Fitness Studios at Poulton YMCA, Thornton YMCA, Lytham YMCA, St Annes YMCA and Rural Splash YMCA, Kirkham.
• ‘Help Refurnish’ Community Furniture Recycling Scheme in partnership with ‘Help the Homeless Chorley’.
More information can be found at fyldecoastymca.org
We provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, this website is packed full of useful information and we offer training too. We also campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families.
Gingerbread has been delivering face to face Employment and Skills services to single parents from across Lancashire for over 12 years. In addition, Gingerbread have been providing our national wrap around support for single parents families for over 95 years.
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire Merseyside (CLM)
We deliver outreach, engagement and personal development projects and services to young people across Lancashire. We work alongside partners to deliver end to end provision to engage Lancashire's young people, ensure that they have access to any support they may need, and help them to make positive progress with their lives. We deliver generic support and personal development and we have a strong network of providers who can meet any specific needs of our clients.
We increasingly work along a key worker model, providing 1: 1 support to young people and their families or carers. However we are also experienced in delivering group sessions.
As well as tailored programmes which address specific identified needs, we also deliver more general projects targeting young people. These include Breakthrough, a programme re-integrating pupils at risk of school exclusion, and the Prince's Trust Team, a 12 week personal development programme for young people.
Our primary target group is young people who have been identified as being 'at risk'. We receive referrals from across a wide range of agencies, including crime and disorder partnerships, schools, and local education authorities.
We operate across the county from a range of fixed bases, and we also operate a detached and outreach work model in areas where no suitable base is available.
We are an independent, locally based charitable Trust, and a member of the national Federation of Groundwork Trusts. Our area of benefit, as outlined in our Memorandum and Articles of Association, is "Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, the Borough of Blackpool and the Boroughs of Chorley, Lancaster, Preston, Fylde, Wyre, South Ribble and West Lancashire in the County of Lancashire".
We incorporated in 1983, covering Wigan and Chorley boroughs, and in 2007 expanded our operational area to its current scale.
We are governed by a locally-recruited and independent Board of Trustees, and we are not a subsidiary of a larger company or group.
We operate primarily from three main centres in Lancashire - Wigan. Preston and Blackpool, although we base project activities from other locations within the subregion according to need.
Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford (MSSTT)
Mike Ormerod, Executive Director
We deliver a range of services for children and young people, with a particular emphasis on supporting young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET. Current activities include:
* Delivery of the Our Bright Futures Lottery Programme
* Delivery of pilot mental health and wellbeing programmes with Salford CCG
* DfE Achievement Coaches (Mentoring and IAG)
* Early Intervention support for families and young people in Tameside
* A range of "traditional" youth engagement programmes with various local authority and Registered Provider partners
We are one of three Groundwork Trusts now operating across the NW region and our footprint includes Pennine Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen; Burnley; Hyndburn; Pendle; Ribble Valley and Rossendale. We are currently delivering projects and programmes in all Pennine Lancashire districts. We have strong links with our sister Trust, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside. Our Executive Director, Mike Ormerod, was previously Head of Localities and Partnerships at Lancashire County Council, leading on 3rd sector engagement and funding.
HARV Domestic Violence Team
At HARV we provide professional and quality support and services to women, children and young people experiencing domestic violence and we will always;
• Believe women, children and young people and make their safety our priority
• Support and empower women and young people to take control of their own lives
• Recognise and care for the needs of children and young people affected by violence
We recognise that violence is a violation of women, children and young people's human rights, that it is the result of an abuse of power and control, and that it is rooted in the historic status of women in the family and in society.
Women, children and young people have the right to live their lives free from all forms of violence and abuse, and that society has a duty to recognise and defend this right.
We are a learning organisation rooted in community development theory and practice; all the services we deliver are built around the diverse needs and issues of individuals, families and the communities in which we work.
HARV have very specialised services that identify, support and protect children and young people. The three tiered service now enables risk management and monitoring through the deliver of support dependant on level of risk.
HARV provides end to end support for women, children and young people through criminal and civil justice system, from report to court and provide protection for the highest risk families. HARV also continue to develop safeguarding and IDVA services.
HARV have provided services in Hyndbum and Ribble Valley since 1998. The services continues to embed a community development framework to the development, implementation and evaluation of services ensuring that service users are represented, involved and can participate fully in the direction of HARV. We are involved in the majority of multi agency partnerships that impact on the work we deliver. These include membership in both local and regional crime and disorder partnerships, vcfs groups and safeguarding initiatives including Children's Trusts and Safeguarding Boards.
We are also actively involved in sub groups including early intervention and prevention. Our relationship with the university of Central Lancashire is key and we take on 10 social worker students a year and are independenHy evaluated them.
Our focus is very much about delivering quality services to vulnerable children and families in Hyndbum. At HARV we are committed to implementing sustainable development through our management of resources, the learning opportunities we provide and in our engagement with the local community. Our policy and our subsequent strategy are tools to help us achieve this.
We support the approach taken by the UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy 'Securing the Future', 2005.
We have adopted the following principles to support the implementation of sustainable development.
• Understand and balance the environmental, social and economic impacts of the decisions we make;
• Take a long tenm perspective in all that we do;
• Continual improvement, through setting objectives and targets, monitoring and review.
To achieve this we will focus on the following priority areas
• Building Capacity: Empower, encourage service users to lead on service developments
• promoting education or sustainable development through our teaching and training;
• Community Participation: enhancing our excellent links with the communities within which we operate
Helping Hand provides first step volunteering and work placement opportunities for local people who are furthest away from the mainstream jobs market. Supported placement's are offered via our 3 social enterprises: Furniture Retail and Reuse, Window Cleaning and Paper and Cardboard Recycling.
In April 2013 we will go live with a new Paper and Cardboard Recycling Collection Service on behalf of Blackpool Council to over 13,000 local residential households.
Helping Hand also works with over 40 external agencies and organisations across the Fylde Coast which, provides starter packs of furniture to people and families on low incomes. Donated items of furniture, bedding, beds, tables, chairs and household utensils are recycled and delivered to local people in need. Helping Hand has also been named as the preferred provider to supply furniture, bedding and utensils to families and young people who live within Fylde and North Preston as part of the new Social Fund Scheme as operated by Lancashire County Council beginning in April 2013.
Helping Hand also runs a homeless drop in and mobile bus befriending service, which operates across Blackpool and has supported and fed over 5000+ people since April 2012.
Helping Hand is none grant dependent with all income being generated from trading activities.
In April 2012 Helping Hand entered into a formal, legal partnership with Refurb (Fylde & Wyre) to form Bulky Waste Collectors (BWC) CIC. This successful partnership is currently delivering a Bulky Waste Service across Fylde and is delivering a 4 year contract worth in excess of 300K with Blackpool Coastal Housing for their removals service.
Home-Start Blackpool Fylde and Wyre
Mrs Pat Naylor
Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre (HS BFW) aims to help children have the best possible start in life. We believe that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential.
Home-Start is the UK’s leading network of family support organisations. Each Home-Start Scheme is an independent organisation working to Home-Start’s Quality Standards and Methods of Practice. We work with families under stress to provide improved outcomes for children, helping to prevent family breakdown, child abuse and neglect and helping parents to support their children’s physical, social and emotional development.
Home-Start schemes in Lancashire offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities across the county. Parents are supported as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children & widen their links with their local community.
HSBFW offers a unique service, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers (who are usually parents themselves) to visit families with a least one child under the age of 12, providing informal, friendly and confidential support in the family’s own home. Our scheme also provides family groups and other appropriate activities such as a healthy eating course to complement the home visiting service.
The main target group is families with at least one child under the age of 12. However, Home-Start offers support to the older children in that family and will support families before the birth of a child if the family would benefit from the support of a volunteer at this stage.
All Home-Start schemes are independent charities in their own right, signing an agreement with Home-Start UK to work to Standards and Methods of Practice which ensure a high quality, consistent approach across the country. Individual schemes have their own Management Committee and manage their own premises and workforce in order to deliver the core work of the service. All schemes follow a Quality Assurance System which not only relates to direct work with families but also to all aspects that underpin this work such as governance, safeguarding, planning, equal opportunities, management, supporting and recruiting volunteers and staff. By signing the Home-Start UK Agreement all schemes are linked together sharing the same work practices and ethos of the organisation. Schemes meet together regularly for support, training and to share good practice schemes also meet on various local VCSF and statutory forums in their own locality in order to work in partnership to promote better outcomes for children.
Home-Start has been operating nationally since 1973. Schemes in Lancashire have been in existence since 2000. Collectively schemes have managed to bring into the County a huge amount of funding from a variety of sources such as Lottery and grant making trusts. Some of this funding has been allocated in order to match fund or contribute to local statutory funding as a result of the local commitment of statutory funders such as LCC and Primary Care Trusts. Schemes cover the whole of the Lancashire area and are committed to providing support to families. Management committees and volunteers are local to each scheme and have an in depth knowledge of the area. Planning for long term work of the organisation is linked to local demand, the local Children’s Trust priorities and Health Profiles for the area.
Home-Start BFW operates its service in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and recruits its volunteers and trustees from within this area.
Home-Start Burnley Ltd
Home-Start values family life and its importance for children, parents and the community as a whole. We recognise the pressures that can be part of having a young family, especially for those with several young children at home, those experiencing illness in the family or those experiencing isolation. Home-Start aims to support parents with at least one child under the age of 5 who are experiencing difficulties, enabling them to cope with the pressures they are facing and reduce the potential for family crisis and breakdown, through prevention and early intervention.
Home-Start Burnley is one of over 300 Home-Start Schemes throughout the UK. Whilst part of a national network, each scheme is managed and funded independently at a local level with individual charitable status and company registration. This ensures that each scheme is firmly rooted in, and sensitive to, the community it serves. In the case of Home-Start Burnley, our confidential support service is offered to Burnley and Padiham residents through a network of volunteers drawn from the same community who have parenting experience and first-hand knowledge of the challenges encountered by young families.
Home-Start Central Lancashire
We offer family support services to families in the Chorley & South Ribble and West Lancs areas who have at least one child under 11 years; there may be older children in the family. Families may need support for a variety of reasons such as isolation, post natal illness, disability, domestic abuse, several children under five, help needed with household routines or general parenting skills. Support is offered through a tailor made package of support which may include:
• One to one home visiting for three hours each week
• One of 10 Family Support Groups offering support plus Family Learning through a programme using the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
. Other programmes including School Readiness and holiday activities and events.
• A mobile crèche service
Home-Start Chorley & South Ribble started in 1996 after Health Visitors and other local professionals identified a need that could be met by this service. Since that time the scheme has been managed by a multi disciplinary management committee of local people and organisations that have an interest, and something to contribute, to the development of Children and Family services in Chorley & South Ribble.
The scheme currently has 10 Trustee/Directors with a wide variety of skills and expertise and advisory members from Local Council's, Asian Women’s Forum and Other charities. The Committee also has representatives from families previously supported by Home-Start and three of our volunteers.
Home-Start Morecambe & Lancaster
We train volunteers with parental experience to support families in our local community who have at least one child under the age of 5. Volunteers will support the family for up to 3 hours a week. The support is centred on an area of need or difficulty that the family are facing at that particular time. Both parties are supervised and support is monitored on a regular basis to ensure that the family’s needs are being met.
Our target groups are families with young children in all stages of need and adults who would like to volunteer who have parental experience.
We have been established in Morecambe since 1999, in this time we have grown and continually improved our service. We work very closely with our local children’s centres and health visitors to ensure we are reaching our target market. Since our opening we have had various premises and we are now very happy and settled in our most recent premises on Morecambe Street. At any one time we are supporting around 60 families in the area with over 40 active volunteers. We work with other third sector organisations such as CAB, Life charity, Health trainers, Signposts and Help Direct. By doing this we can promote other agencies in the area and also increase knowledge regarding services in our area. We continually promote ourselves in the local newspaper and because of this have recently won the “Community Group Award” at the prestigious Sunshine awards we were up against the local food bank and a very established “Friends of the Winter Gardens”. We promote ourselves in local supermarkets to attract families who may not have heard of us and are actively promoting our volunteer service.
Home-Start Pendle and Ribble Valley
Mrs Kishwar Mahmood
Home-Start (H-S) aims to help children have the best possible start in life. We believe that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in giving their children a good start in life and helping them achieve their full potential
Home-Start is the UK’s leading network of family support organisations. Each Home-Start Scheme is an independent organisation working to Home-Start’s Quality Standards and Methods of Practice. We work with families under stress to provide improved outcomes for children, helping to prevent family breakdown, child abuse and neglect and helping parents to support their children’s physical, social and emotional development.
Home-Start schemes in Lancashire offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities across the county. Parents are supported as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children & widen their links with their local community.
H-S offers a unique service, recruiting, training and supporting volunteers (who are usually parents themselves) to visit families with a least one child under 5, providing informal, friendly and confidential support in the family’s own home. Our scheme also provides family groups and other appropriate activities to complement the home visiting service. These include trips, activities and drop in sessions.
The main target group is families with at least one child under five. However, Home-Start offers support to the older children in that family and will support families before the birth of a child if the family would benefit from the support of a volunteer at this stage.
All Home-Start schemes are independent charities in their own right signing an agreement with Home-Start UK to work to Standards and Methods of Practice which ensure a high quality, consistent approach across the country. Individual schemes have their own Management Committee and manage their own premises and workforce in order to deliver the core work of the service. All schemes follow a Quality Assurance System which not only relates to direct work with families but also to all aspects that underpin this work such as governance, safeguarding, planning, equal opportunities, managing a scheme, supporting and recruiting volunteers and staff. By signing the Home-Start UK Agreement all schemes are linked together sharing the same work practices and ethos of the organisation. Schemes meet together regularly for support, training and to share good practice schemes also meet on various local VCSF and statutory forums in their own locality in order to work in partnership to promote better outcomes for children.
Home-Start has been operating nationally since 1973. Schemes in Lancashire have been in existence since 2000. Collectively schemes have managed to bring into the County a huge amount of funding from a variety of sources such as Lottery and grant making trusts. Some of this funding has been allocated in order to match fund or contribute to local statutory funding as a result of the local commitment of statutory funders such as LCC and Primary Care Trusts. Schemes cover the whole of the Lancashire area and are committed to providing support to families. Management committees and volunteers are local to each scheme and have an in depth knowledge of the area. Planning for long term work of the organisation is linked to local demand, the local Children’s Trust priorities and Health Profiles for the area.
Home-Start Pendle & Ribble Valley operates its service in the two aforementioned districts and recruits its volunteers and trustees from within this area.
Home-Start Rossendale is committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age who live in the Rossendale Borough Council area. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families who may feel under stress for a variety of reasons, for example isolation, domestic abuse, lone parent, bereavement, special needs, disability, multiple births, member of the minority ethnic community, relationship difficulties or parenting difficulties. We are an early intervention service and work with families with low level needs to prevent their difficulties from escalating. Support is offered primarily in parents own homes helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. Families are carefully matched with volunteers who visit for two to three hours each week for as long as the family needs support.
Home-Start Rossendale is a local organisation for and supported by local people. Local people identified a need for the service in 2004, local people serve on the board of directors, all volunteers are local and the staff are local. It is a true grass roots organisation. The scheme is one of over 300 Home-Starts in the UK and is managed locally and independently funded. It works to the Home-Start Quality Standards and receives practical guidance from Home-Start UK via a locally based Family Services Specialist and other centrally based specialist teams.
HYNDBURN AND RIBBLE VALLEY CVS
We support organisations who work with children, young people and families via helping with funding applications, development of new services, the setting up of new groups to meet a need identified in the community, we have supported and can support partnership working between groups who have then got contracts and funding to deliver services jointly. We will help, support and advise around governance issues and quality standards.
We are an organisation based in the heart of Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, we support over 800 voluntary, community faith groups most of who work at the very grass root level in the communities of the two boroughs and are run purely by volunteers although we also work with medium to large groups as well. The staff all live locally and have years of experience in supporting groups in the two boroughs with vast amounts of local knowledge others don't have which enables us to understand what the very local issues are and how they fit in to the wider picture sub regional, regionally and nationally enabling us to give our groups that extra support they need, especially in these trying times of the economy.
i2i Life Foundation
i2i Life Foundation operates a variety of programmes/workshops/activities/challenges to provide meaningful skills/training/experiences to individuals (especially young people) and families to promote social inclusion.
1. Advancement of education; employment; health; citizenship/community; sport; environmental improvement.
2. Relief of need through youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages.
Most notably, i2i Life Foundation applies the principles, metaphors, expertise and relationships within the sporting world to engage, inspire, motivate and progress individuals and families to meaningful outcomes.
i2i Life Foundation runs activities and programmes that are always delivered by local, community-based Coaches, staff and volunteers. i2i Life Foundation also works hard to establish the appropriate links and partnerships that are best suited to holistically achieving specific programme and intervention objectives.
Intact work with the whole community. More specifically Intact have a dedicated worker whose remit is to work with the 5 – 18 year olds. This work offers social activities e.g. youth clubs; physical activities e.g. football; educational activities; eg. Homework club; health services eg. Tier 2 sexual health as well as intergenerational activities and specific work with NEET.
Intact also offer computer training, work clubs and volunteering opportunities for older young people and adults, as well as social activities to reduce isolation.
Intact was established in 1993 by a group of local residents that initially provided a drop in and support to those experiencing severe disadvantage. The organisation has grown over this period providing a far wider range of activities and services. Based in the heart of the community, Intact is predominately staffed by local people and supported through its volunteering opportunities by the community, working in partnership with schools and other local agencies.
Inter Madrassah Organisation
Mohammed T Sidat
Our work is divided into 4 areas.
1. health & wellbeing
2. Sports & community development
3. Education & Employability
4. Cohesion & Integration
We predominantly deliver our work with young people, adults and BME communites.
We operate from Blackburn and currently deliver all our services to the residents of BwD.
Key Unlocking Futures Ltd (AKA Key)
Helping people build better lives.
Key is driven by its values with high quality, people-focussed services at the heart of Key. We are committed to supporting people to build on their strengths and reach their potential.
The 2020 Business Plan is built around five strategic aims:
• Supporting people to reach their potential
• Supporting people to develop self-confidence and wellbeing
• Preventing homelessness
• Strengthening families
• Developing a sustainable organisation
Key currently offers a number of services in Lancashire to meet these aims:
Housing Drop In: Practical and emotional support for young people who are homeless or want to explore their
Pre-tenancy Training: Provides informal training in small groups to help people learn the skills to manage their tenancy.
Tenancy Support: Support is provided to tenants placed by Fylde Borough Council in temporary accommodation. Support
provides assistance with daily life skills and support to obtain longer term accommodation.
Employment Support: Support for young people to build confidence so that they can find and keep a job or complete training or qualifications.
Family Conflict Resolution (Mediation / Family Therapy): This service helps families to find ways to reduce conflict and get along better. Our mediators help families to think about what is going wrong and what they would like
Family Support: Provides support to families to deal with a wide variety of challenges that many face from time to time. Families are supported to make the changes that they want to make.
Counselling: If someone is having a tough time it can really help to talk. Counselling gives time and space for someone to explore the issues that they are dealing with.
Nest Lancashire: Holistic support to young people who have been victims of crime. The support helps young people to
rebuild their confidence and feel safe again following an incident. Support is available across Lancashire but is provided by Key in Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire.
Key has been running its services in South Ribble since 1994. In recent years it has expanded its work into neighbouring Boroughs at the request of Commissioners, so some of Key's services are now available in Preston Chorleyand West Lancashire, Fylde and Wyre.
Lancashire BME Network
Lancashire BME Network (LBN) works primarily but not exclusively with BME (Black, minority & Ethnic) individuals and groups from across Lancashire. Our aim is to empower them through a variety of interventions, enabling them to recognise their own potential so they are able to become active citizens in the communities they live and work in.
Lancashire BME Pact recently merged with Lancashire Women's network to form what is known now as Lancashire BME Network. The founding organisations have operated in Lancashire since 1996, working to empower BME communities. Our work is solely in Lancashire working at both grassroots and strategic level. We receive strategic direction from a board who are all residents of Lancashire and seek to create positive change for the residents of Lancashire.
Project BME Lancashire was set up over three years ago to help multi disadvantaged communities access mainstream services and support provision. The team are experienced and have the expertise to assist individuals and groups to overcome health inequalities and combat exclusion, discrimination and injustice.
Project BME Lancashire is strategically positioned within ONE Lancashire to act as a conduit for engagement with service providers and advocate for Social inclusion in Lancashire. We have a membership of 40 groups all in the VCFS across Lancashire .Generally grass root groups that are informal and under resourced however addressing the needs of there local communities . We addressed the gaps that other main stream 3rd sector organization's are unable to reach .
Lancashire Mind Ltd
Approximately 1 in 4 people in Lancashire are currently living with a mental health condition and whilst the vast majority are playing an active role in society with a significant proportion in active employment some are marginalised. We believe that no matter the severity of a mental health condition, the person living with it still has the right and ability to be an equal in society and to experience the positive and negatives that this brings. Only a small minority of people live with a mental health condition that has a long term substantial impact on their life. In 2013 this was less than one percent of the population. With appropriate support a mental health condition can have a minimal impact on someone’s life. Appropriate support includes the actions that society takes that allows someone to operate as an equal. These actions are not necessarily formal or clinical. Lancashire Mind creates short term interventions that enable someone living with a mental health condition to be treated as an equal.
Lancashire Mind is the county’s leading mental health charity. We enable people all over the county to achieve mental wellbeing as well as ensuring support is available to people experiencing a mental health condition. Lancashire Mind’s vision is mental wellbeing for all. Someone with high mental wellbeing is more likely to be happier, healthier, more resilient and less likely to develop a mental health condition.
Lancashire Sport Partnership Ltd
As the lead body for Sport in the Lancashire Sub region we have a key role in developing and supporting the Sport and Physical Activity offer. We do this by focusing on our Clubs, Coaches and Volunteers, working alongside our Local Authority and private sector colleagues. We also commission and coordinate activity for young people, including our School games programme, volunteering programmes and our targeted work for 14-25 year olds not currently engaged in sport (Sportivate programme).
Lancashire Sport is owned and represented through its Governance structures by its local Community based partnership of Voluntary, Public and Private sector organisations. The organisations role and remit are entirely focused on and predicated by the needs of Lancashire and its Communities.
Lancashire West Citizens Advice Bureaux
The service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. It provides services across Lancashire.
Our articles show our area of benefit as England and Wales. However, our main operational areas are Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust offers a number of services to children, young people and families across Lancashire. Our focus for activity is at our Brockholes Visitor Village and Nature Reserve where we provide activities both through formal education sessions and informal events (eg Nature Tots, Wildside playscheme and Wildfamilies) to over 7000 children each year. We also offer Nature Tots and Wildfamilies at Astley Park, Chorley. We offer outreach education activities to schools throughout Lancashire and have a number of community projects that encourage children and young people. Our Project Trails engaged young people in activity around the Preston area, targeting those young people most at risk. Although our funding has finished we are keen to re-establish and build on best practise. Our Mudpack group continues which is a conservation volunteer group specifically for young people.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust was set up in 1962 by local naturalists. We now have a Board of trustees who represent different audiences and communities from across Lancashire. We are a membership organisation with volunteering at the core of everything we do. This gives us the ability to respond quickly to local needs and priorities, and ensure that we take into account the views of local people.
Lancashire Women's Centres
Lancashire Women’s Centre provides a One Stop Shop integrated Mental Health and Wellbeing service for women, and their families, across Lancashire. We have four, female only ‘drop in’ centres in Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley and Blackpool and a network of outreach centres across the Lancashire area.
We also recognise that women do not exist in isolation, and have been working to make available non gender specific provision to support the emotional health and wellbeing of men. This activity is delivered at our Community Wellbeing Centres, located in Blackburn and Nelson (mid 2015)
We have a diverse client group including those with common mental health issues; reduced emotional wellbeing; an offending history; or other factors which may contribute to vulnerability, isolation and marginalisation. We provide a range of services across our network of sites, which include:
• Provision of evidenced based BACP accredited psychological therapies, including:
o Counselling, CBT and Couple counselling.
o Under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies stepped care model we offer access to Psychological Wellbeing Practioners, High Intensity Therapy, and Counselling for Depression.
o Facilitated therapeutic support groups, providing opportunity for peer and group support and which women can access pre or post one to one intervention.
• Personal Development, Life Skills and Employability training
• Employment support
• Finance, Debt, Housing and Legal Advice
• Targeted programmes of support for vulnerable female offenders, at all points in the criminal justice system.
Lancashire Women's Centre currently provides our package of services for women from four centrally located female only centres in Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley and Blackpool, with plans for further centres in the pipeline.
Our provision has grown from a small volunteer led organisation, which was established in Blackburn in 1985, to the award winning charity that we are today. Volunteers remain at the heart of our organisation, and provide a strong example of our local roots. All of our 140+ volunteers (and most of the staff team) are local women; many have also accessed our services and therefore bring real insight and knowledge of the needs within our local communities.
Marsh Community Centre
Our work is dedicated to improving the lives of children, young people and the wider community. We deliver projects that help children and young people overcome issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol use, self-destructive behaviour, self esteem and confidence, education or employment, volunteering, mental health and family issues.
The specific activities we provide include:
-an information and advice service that is open six days a week, supporting young people in finding solutions to their problems.
-Support to vulnerable adults and families - especially those who suffer from depression, long-term unemployment and general mental health issues.
-promoting the emotional and physical development of children and young people by providing activities and youth sessions. We provide five afternoons and six evenings of children and youth sessions.
-providing young people aged 8-19 the opportunity to gain work experience and accreditation
-addressing risk taking activities by providing young people with a safe space and diversionary activities on Friday & Saturday nights.
-Providing half-term activities particularly summer programmes and playschemes to over 100 7-11 years olds
-reducing territorial tensions amongst young people across the district, therefore making the city a safer place.
-Targeted youth support to children and young people in need. In partnership with partners, we provide 1:1 support to those facing domestic violence in the home, high levels of truancy, low educational attainment, crime and anti-social behaviour, territorial tensions and involvement in gangs, exclusion and conflict in school, colleges and at home, risk of homelessness, racism and discrimination, young carers, lack of physical and nutritional opportunities
The Marsh Community Centre is a long term, independent community-based project, which works in the heart of a social housing area - the Marsh estate, Lancaster. We specialise in community youth work using the values and practices of informal education and community development. We work together with people especially young people to create opportunities for enjoyment, learning, action and change, which promote well-being. We are a valuable and trusted part of the local community who have shown we can make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives and want to continue to do so.
We work closely with other agencies and contribute too many forums in the district. We value the VCFS and we attend the VCFS forums to support the work of others and work collaboratively to meet the needs of children and young people. Equally, we represent on the Early Intervention panel, WTWF forums, the Youth Strategy group, the children, young people multi agency forum and the Children’s Trust to share expertise, needs and solutions.
We help coordinate specialist training for the VCFS workers to help share the costs of training programmes, bring front line workers together to share experiences, explore other agencies work and help develop their practice. We support collaboration and exchanging resources as enterprise benefits everyone, through building a fair and sustainable economy that isn't privately owned.
More Music in Morecambe
More Music is a community music company based in the West End of Morecambe and working throughout Lancashire, the North West and internationally. More Music provides a series of year round projects that cover a breadth of music - making activity involving people of all ages and all backgrounds. More Music aims to build confidence and spirit in individuals and communities through creative arts activities particularly music. It is one of the longest running and most highly regarded community music and education organisations in the UK and is often crted as a model of good practice by Arts Council England, and will join the Arts Council's National Portfolio of organisations in April 2012.
More Music has managed the lancashire Music Action Zone since 1999 and will continue to be a key provider of inspiring participatory music activity following changes in Youth Music from April 2012. More Music is also a key organisation in the forthcoming lancashire Music Education Hub.
Key target groups include young people aged from 0-18 living in challenging circumstances, young offenders, those at risk of offending, under 5s and their families, children, young people and adults with special needs, young people who are talented. We work with ethnically diverse communities and people that, traditionally have not had access to music.
Over 20 years, More Music has produced and delivered hundreds of significant projects across Lancashire, working in every district and with thousands of people.
More Music is based in the heart of the west end of Morecambe and is very much rooted in that community. More Music plays a pivotal role in the social and economic regeneration of Morecambe , successfully demonstrating the use of the arts as a catalyst for social change. The organisation has been involved in the development and delivery of local community celebrations since 1995 these include The West End Festival, Catch The Wind Kite Festival and the West End Lantern Festival. The reopening of our building in September 2011 aims to continue and further contribute to the regeneration and cultural offer to Morecambe , Lancaster and the County.
Additionally More Music has a remit to develop and deliver work throughout Lancashire. Over 20 years More Music has produced and delivered hundreds of significant projects, working in every district and with thousands of people. We have worked in partnership with cultural organisations and with statutory agencies and are committed to offering opportunities to people throughout the county.
n-compass North West Ltd
Currently, our service delivery can be categorised into 5 operating divisions:
Advocacy: supporting adults to access or deal with health or social care services, ensuring individuals are able to explore options, exercise their rights and are kept at the centre of decision.
-Any adult aged 18+ who is accessing or wishes to access health or social care services with our Generic Advocacy Service
-Any adult aged 16+ who is accessing or wishes to access mental health services with our Mental Health Advocacy Service
-Any person who is detained under the Mental Health Act with our Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service
-Any adult aged 18+ who has been diagnosed with a complex learning disability and who has been assessed as not having capacity in relation to a health or social care based decision with our Learning Disability Advocacy Service
Carers Support: supporting adult carers to reduce the impact of their caring role by providing information, practical and emotional support. Offers support to Carers, Parent Carers and former Carers in Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre.
Counselling: supporting young people to reduce / cease self harming through one-to-one counselling, group workshops and peer support.
Health and wellbeing: these services aim to improve the general health and wellbeing of adults; the first port of call for practical support, guidance and/or information to reduce the risk of a wide range of issues escalating to crisis point.
Volunteers: Volunteers underpin each aspect of service delivery within ncompass and are an integral element of our organisation.
Our Head office is based in Fylde we also have premises in St Annes, Poulton, Lancaster and Bispham. The majority of our services are delivered at a local level on an outreach basis using facilities within communities and working with partners for example schools, Libraries, Children residential homes, community centres,connextions, Doctors surgeries., leisure centres, cafes and other VCS/community based venues. All venues are mutually agreed, taking into consideration clients individual needs/confidentiality/consistency/health and safety/transport links and ensuring the atmosphere is conducive to need.
Through having this equitable presence throughout all districts we provide maximum reach/visibility which is vital to ensure the services we offer are embedded within the local communities. We have excellent relationships with Statutory/PrivatelVCS providers,we work in partnership to ensure delivery of services throughout Lancashire for example with East Lancashire and Central Lancashire Advocacy services.
As an organisation we are also involved in a number of forums and groups which include;
Blackpool Social Enterprise HUB
Clinical Commissioning Groups
North Lancs Carers Forums
N.L Public Mental Health Steering group
Fylde LSP People and Communities
Fylde LSP Health and Wellbeing
Wyre Health and Wellbeing Board
Wyre and Fylde Childrens Trust VCFS forum
Wyre Childrens Trust
Lancaster Childrens Trust VCFS forum
Lancashire Childrens Trust VCFS reference group
North Lancs CYP EHWB group
Greater Together Consortium
Blackpool Social Enterprise HUB
National Special interest group (Health/social care)
Lancashire third sector
Lancashire third sector consortium for Mental Health
Lancashire Strategic Advocacy group
Regional sector networks
New Era Enterprises (E. Lancs. ) Ltd.
Ann Marie Wrigley
New Era has developed the capacity to provide a range of services for children and families - undertaken under contract mainly to local authorities and public bodies.
Current Services :-
- New Era Nursery - day care. Open to all under 5s, including referrals from Children Centres etc.
- Training childcare workforce to level 3. Open to all, free or subsidised according to SfA rules.
- Health & Social Care & PSD Courses available.
- Full crèche service or supplementary staff to enable learning and activities in colleges, Children’s Centres etc.
- Taster sessions to encourage people to take up further learning.
- Approved provider of Paediatric First Aid Training.
A. Children and Families.
- Practical Parenting in the Home. Intensive support service for families experiencing multiple problems. Referrals from Social Services, Police etc. (Spot or longer term contracts available.)
- Childminders. New Era established the first NCMA network in Lancashire and has supported people to become childminders, to meet Ofsted requirements and to improve their services by adopting better business practices and undertaking training.
B. With vulnerable adults.
- Homeless. Management of a drop-in providing good food, life skills and diversionary activities; information, advice and guidance to get and keep a home; access to health, outdoor and cultural activities; promoting community cohesion.
- Unemployed (including those furthest from the labour market), IAG /support towards full participation in the labour market including pre-vocational learning, supported work experience, help to get and keep jobs.
New Era retains staff and expertise to continue to deliver the work.
New Era was founded by the Burnley and District Trades Council. It has no other parent organisation and is still managed by local residents. New Era delivers services mainly in Pennine Lancashire but some services (e.g. Training and crèches) are available across a wider geographical area. Staff members are drawn from the local community (there is a commitment to train local people as required to meet service requirements rather than recruit already trained staff from further afield) and, where possible, goods and services are sourced locally.
New Era has a history of supporting local voluntary, community and faith organisations and social enterprises to build their capacity and enable them to deliver their own services better. We have worked in partnership with local smaller and larger organisations both as main and as sub-contractors and do so through systems and agreements which are appropriate to the scale and nature of the activity. Examples – the New Era Nursery is housed in a local Church Community Centre and so supports its sustainability as well as complementing its activities; the work with the homeless was carried out in partnership with another local church; a current access to advice programme is being run jointly by New Era, the local CAB, Age UK and Linkbridge through simple Service Level Agreements.
Nightsafe is a small local charity based in Blackburn with Darwen, providing holistic services to young people aged 16 to 24 who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk of homelessness, by offering somewhere to go, somewhere to stay, someone to talk to.
Established in 1990, with the aim of alleviating the plight of homeless young people in Blackburn with Darwen and surrounding area, Nightsafe has 4 projects offering a variety of housing options and services to young people, including: an Emergency Night-Shelter where young people can get off the streets and get help with resettlement, 2 life and social skills Supported Housing projects offering accommodation and outreach support and a Day centre, Platform 5, which provides practical facilities including laundry, shower, storage and kitchen serving lunch each day. As well as the practical services the centre has an educational and health focus introducing young people to learning in an informal fun way through workshops and project work and the delivery of our AQA accredited Lifewise program.
Young people who benefit from our service are disadvantaged, homeless or vulnerably housed. Many of these young people leave home because they have no choice, they may need to escape violence, abuse or conflict at home. They may be unable to find work and many are just told to leave. All have no appropriate adult guidance and support and have a lack of confidence and self-esteem, many lack literacy and numeracy skills and present with a complex range of issues that compound their situation.
Nightsafe is based in Blackburn with Darwen with a range of services to tackle youth homelessness for young people from BwD, Hyndburn and the Ribble valley. Born out of a Lancashire Youth Service initiative in 1990 we became a charity and are governed by a board of trustees made up of local people with the commitment, skills and knowledge to drive the organisation forward.
As a local organisation we have always been on the front edge of youth homelessness relying on the grassroots support of our local communities to enable us to provide services for vulnerable homeless young people. The area we work in has high levels of disadvantage and deprivation which compounds the issues facing young people. Nightsafe has forged strong links with both statutory and non-statutory services and organisations to deliver better services to young people at their most vulnerable. We have a workforce made up of local staff and volunteers who are dedicated to reaching out to young people in need and helping them to settle and become valued members of their community.
We deliver services to young people and communities across Burnley and Pendle, addressing the following:
Emotional health & well being - self esteem, confidence.
Sexual health, alcohol, drugs.
Homework support, school & college advice, careers CV writing, job applications.
1:1 mentoring and support, action planning for individuals.
We have a mobile youth provision that is free to 7-20 year olds, this is also used for community events.
Plan & deliver community events.
Community research & analysis.
Intergenerational projects to develop relationships.
Referrals & signposting to key agencies.
We work in partnership on all our projects to provide the best possible service, developing innovative and bespoke projects to suit the needs of the community, young people or individuals.
All our projects enable people to develop essential skills for life.
We design and deliver projects to meet the needs of the groups and individuals we work with.
We are based in the heart of the community. We have developed from a grassroots level and over the years have established strong trusting relationships with the communities, young people and agencies we work with.
All our projects are delivered in partnership with the community, young people and key agencies, projects are developed around their needs and issues.
At every opportunity we employ local people on our projects and offer volunteering opportunities.
Positive Action in the Community
To provide public benefits for the inhabitants of the North of England without distinction of sex, or of political, religious or other opinions, by associating the Local Authorities, Voluntary Organisations, and local inhabitants in the following ways:
(i) The prevention and the relief of poverty.
(ii) To promote the education of persons who through their social and economic circumstances are in need and unable to gain employment and in particular to provide or support schemes where such persons may acquire and develop vocational skills which will enhance their employment prospects their physical and emotional health and well being.
(iii) To provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of those persons in need, hardship or distress.
(iv) To advance education for the public benefit by providing advice and guidance upon questions of unemployment, housing, domestic abuse, safeguarding and social welfare and related topics
(v) To assist persons of limited means in cases of social hardship or economic misfortune upon terms appropriate to their means whether or not members of the society to find appropriate living accommodation and whilst so doing to provide where possible temporary shelter in properties managed by the charity from time to time.
Projects - SafeSpace Pendle, SafeSpace Rossendale, Evolve, PDVI, The Lookout, HAPI, Training and Development
We are a registered charity specifically set up to primarily address the needs of the community of East Lancashire. The charity was established by local people and continues to be managed by those associated to and dedicated to (personal, work or general interest) the people of East Lancashire.
Pre-school Learning Alliance
The Pre-school Learning Alliance, established in 1961, is a leading educational charity specialising in the early years care and education. We provide practical support to over 15,000 early years settings, nationally, and make a positive contribution to the care and education of over 800,000 children and their families each year. We actively involve parents and families in all aspects of our work and aim to enhance the development and education of pre-school children primarily under statutory school age by encouraging parents to understand and provide for the needs of their children in community run groups.
Our products and services include specialist publications, childcare services, quality assurance, campaigning, research, training and family programmes. We also offer a range of independent professional information, advice, support and guidance tailored especially to meet the needs of young children and their families, students, early years practitioners and professionals.
As a National organisation we respond to the needs of communities and deliver locally through a network of sub-committees who work with, amongst others, Local Authorities, Children’s Centres, Education and Health Services.
The Lancashire Sub-committee of the Pre-school Learning Alliance currently works with early years groups and practitioners throughout Lancashire, including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.
The Lancashire Sub-committee of the Pre-school Learning Alliance works with early years groups, practitioners, and families throughout Lancashire, including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.
The Alliance North Division and Blackburn and Darwin Children’s Services are working together to help hard-to-reach families integrate into the local community. The partnership focuses on improving quality of life for families by helping parents to develop new skills and find work. The Alliance team supports two Children’s Centres in the area by delivering flexible family programmes. The introduction of a new women’s group has helped members to gain confidence and find voluntary and paid employment locally. Thanks to projects like this, both centres have seen an increase in visitors wishing to explore new training, volunteering and job opportunities.
The Lancashire Sub-committee provides workforce development training for the early years settings in Lancashire, training for parents and volunteers and training for committees.
Preston Domestic Violence Services
PDVS is a specialist provider of domestic violence services to victims of domestic violence/abuse (women, men and children) including ‘honour’ based violence and forced marriage and sexual violence including rape (by strangers). Support is provided to all victims regardless of age, class, race, ethnic or religious group, disability, gender, sexuality or lifestyle.
We provide the following services:
• Refuge accommodation
• Floating support
• Sanctuary scheme
• Advocacy service
• Sexual violence support
• Drop in Centre
• Immigration advice
• Children’s service
• Umeed (specialist support for BME victims including in Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu)
• Specialist training
Children occupy up to 60% of the refuge and the large majority of other service users have children. Children are the hidden victims of domestic violence. We provide opportunities for children to talk about their experiences and help them become children again.
The Children’s Service provides:
• Structured play and homework sessions in the refuge
• Educational and fun trips during school holidays
• Regular children’s meetings which allow children to express their opinions and influence decision making
• One to one support for children living in the refuge
• Family play and support sessions
• Parenting advice and support
• “What About Me?” a therapeutic programme for children aged 4-16yrs and their mothers. The aim of the project is to help children heal from the impact of being exposed to domestic violence and rebuild aspects of their lives which have been affected.
All high risk domestic violence cases in Preston are automatically referred to PDVS by the police. 50% of our nominations for the Preston refuge come from the 4 districts – Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancs. PDVS also runs the refuge in Chorley.
The PDVS Floating Support Service operates in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley.
• Has a wealth of experience and have excellent working relationships with statutory and voluntary agencies and community groups, eg a very strong relationship with local police to provide emergency interventions for victims of DV.
• Has strengthened and developed in response to local needs and changes
• Uses service user feedback, multi-agency working and research to direct our services.
• Is the only specialist agency in Preston and Chorley supporting children who witness/experience Domestic Violence. We are currently we are meeting a gap in services. PDVS’s provision of children’s services is both a supportive and preventative strategy. PDVS is a locally-rooted organisation as demonstrated by social services making attendance on some of our therapeutic programmes compulsory for particularly high risk cases.
• Is pro-active in keeping domestic violence on the local agenda by increasing understanding of the complexity of children’s experience.
• Is held in high esteem and is frequently approached for specialist training on DV, including the effects of DV on children.
PDVS is involved in local decision making bodies including the Lancashire Domestic Abuse Partnership and Safer Preston Partnership. We participate in the Lancashire Domestic Abuse Forum, Preston Community Network, Supporting People Provider Forums and MARACs.
Preston Muslim Forum
Mr. Vali Patel
Preston Muslim Forum (PMF) is a drop in centre serving inner Preston BME community, but not exclusively, Our main aims are;
Empower people who are at margin of society, by promoting lifelong learning initiatives.
Develop employability skills of the people seeking employment, through education and training.
Encourage young people’s participation with a view to address issues related to social disorder, drugs, alcohol abuse and juvenile crime.
Work with individuals and groups to develop their potential and capacity in self-empowerment.
Enhance understanding and links with the mosques and encourage their participation in community development and regeneration initiatives.
Promote awareness of environmental issues.
Improve health of the community and strive for health equality with special emphasis on women, children and old people.
Act as community advocate by helping authorities in shaping policies and practice.
PMF has been in existence for the last over 20 years during which it has worked in partnership with all the statutory bodies and voluntary organisation to deliver effective services to the community it serves. It has delivered a number of projects individually or jointly with other organisations to enable people. PMF is regularly n contact with local mosques and other community organisations and works with them to deliver outcomes described above. It paly active role in representing its self by being member and participating in activities of Preston Community Network, Preston CVS, Preston BME Forum, Local Children’s centres, Local Police, PCT, Local Adult colleges, Lancashire Youth Service, Lancashire BME Pact etc.
PMF’s main office is located in the middle of a heavily deprived BME community of inner Preston and acts as a first port of call for many people who find facing the authorities a daunting task. It has a Training/ community centre which it uses it for providing training, activities for youths, and other community events.
Preston Vocational Centre
Charity Focus (Children/Young People/Adults) 14 to 16s and 16 to 25s with some adults
PVC’s commitment is to provide foundation and level 1 training to over 1000 young people and adults from the age of 14 upwards every year
who want to progress to a construction level 2 qualification and beyond
who thrive in a workshop learning environment
who benefit from learning workplace skills and attitudes, as well as personal and social skills
who can achieve their CSCS card or BTEC Level 1 qualification.
Most of our learners have been excluded from school or may be at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Our post 16’s are some of the hardest to reach.
We have a wealth of experience working with young people, helping them to take practical steps to building a career within the construction industry. We specialise in inspiring and engaging with young people who benefit from and thrive in a vocational environment. Our track record is excellent, with 90 percent retention on over 1000 learners since we started 3 years ago.
We work with our construction sector partners to develop the impact of their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes by providing opportunities for them to work with Preston’s centre of excellence for construction skills training. This has lead to apprenticeships. We also have close links with workbased learning providers and the local college to enhance the effectiveness of our provision.
We know we are being successful; our learners achieve previously unimagined qualifications, they progress to further learning, apprenticeships and other employment; youth offending is reduced.
Our Centre is based in the centre of Preston and our main catchment is the Preston area. We do attract learners from across Lancashire, with some having come from the East Lancashire area. Our Trustees are all based in Lancashire, as are our patrons.
Our partners are the schools and colleges in Preston, Lancashire County Council’s teams such as Youth Offending, Preston City Council, and training providers.
Progress Care Housing Association
We operate a women's refuge providing accommodation and support for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. We also offer support to woman and their children in the community who are attempting to flee domestic abuse. We also deliver training on domestic abuse issues.
We are a women's refuge based in South Ribble. We offer our services to women and their children in the South Ribble and Chorley area. They may have come from outside of this area, but we can only support women who are living in our refuge or who are currently residing in the two localities mentioned above.
Bennie Della Pesca
Our vision is a future in which healthy relationships form the heart of a thriving society.
Our mission is to develop and support healthy relationships by:
- Helping couples, families, individuals and young people make relationships work better.
- Delivering inclusive high-quality services that are relevant at every stage of life.
- Helping both the public and policy makers improve their understanding of relationships and what makes them work.
Relate Lancashire operates solely in Lancashire from Centres in Preston (Head Office), Blackburn, Lancaster, Ormskirk and Fylde (St Annes).
SafeNet (formerly ELWRA)
Helen J Gauder
ELWRA exists to keep adult and child victims and survivors safe from domestic violence and abuse and promote safe relationships and equality. ELWRA achieves this by the provision of safe, emergency, temporary accommodation and support services to women and children who are escaping domestic abuse. We are a charity that has kept many thousands of women and children safe from domestic violence and abuse since our refuge provision was established in 1976. We operate a large purpose bunt refuge building in Lancashire, providing 20 units of emergency family accommodation for up to 40 women and children at anyone time. We operate a fully responsive, 24 hour service, which includes one to one key working and group work for both women and children. Specialist support is provided for ethnic minority families, residents with additional needs (mental health/substance use) and families within the Chlld Protection System. Many of our clients have additional needs including drug and alcohol use and/or dependency. Higher level mental health needs, self harming behaviours and at risk of grooming, exploitation, trafficking and sexual risk taking. Recently ELWRA widened its remit to be able to work with vulnerable male victims of violence and abuse which enables us to work with older teenage boys and genuine male victims through both accommodation and community based services.
We also deliver the 'SafeNet Support Service' to women and children in Burnley. 'SafeNet' provides excellent community based support services including a DV telephone helpline and an outreach service delivering weekly drop-in support sessions In 8 community venues in the Burnley and Pendle area. Women can also contact us through our web-site, ww.v.elwra.org.uk. or use it to access information to reduce risk and plan (or safety. Burnley's Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Service is also based here at ELWRA. This service supports women as they move through the criminal justice system (allowing serious incidents of domestic violence and abuse.
ELWRA's primary base Is Burnley, where we have provided safe refuge since 1976. Our large purpose built refuge Is in Burnley and Is the only voluntary charitable organisation providing a refuge service to East Lancashire - Rossendale, Hyndburn have no safe refuge service and Pendle has some local authority provision. We work closely with all statutory and voluntary organisations who refer to us and provide a strategic DV lead for the local agenda. In addition, we have recently been commissioned to establish a new refuge provision in Lancaster, and we are in the process of developing this provision which should be operating by the end of 2012.
Spice Innovations ltd
Spice work with children, young people and families as part of our community wide and specialist Time Credit Programmes. By enabling children, young people and their families to give their time and redeem Time Credits on a diverse range of opportunities, we support individuals to access new opportunities, build better connections with their community and feel healthier. works with a range of members from all corners of society encouraging them to become more connected with their communities, including Children, Young People and families. In Lancashire , Time Credits are being used to support the engagement of young people from 13 schools and colleges in a Mental Health Peer Support project led by Lancashire Mind. In Chorley, young people and their families engage in the Time Credits programme through a network of local organisations including Buckshaw youth Association, Lancashire TAAG, Sure start Centres, Mid Lancs BMX club and Streetgames, Chorley.
Beyond Lancashire , further examples of Spice’s work with children, young people and families include:
Time Schools, Wales: Spice currently work with 38 schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cardiff and Carmarthenshire. Time Schools aims to work with students and parents across schools in South Wales to raise aspirations and achievement whilst building confidence, developing skills and improving learning
Raising Aspirations, West Norfolk: In West Norfolk a project commenced in 2012 focusing on parental engagement in primary schools and encouraging parents to give their time for the first time and gain new skills, confidence and experience new opportunities. This programme has expanded rapidly and a new health and social care strand was developed, engaging with a variety of health and social care organisations. To date, the programme had 1464 members who had given 59,718 hours to the community.
Spice have been working with Lancashire County Council and Chorley Council on the development of a Time Credits Programme in Chorley since 2012. This programme initially focused on improving outcomes for older people, people with long-term illness and people who are socially isolated. Following a very successful first phase the programme then broadened to cover a much larger ambition of community civic engagement, children and families and transformation of council services.
There are now 70 community groups and organisations delivering their own time credits projects in Chorley, with over 1461 members earning time credits.
Building on the success of the Chorley programme, in 2015 Lancashire County Council commissioned a further programme to build Time Credits into a number of projects commissioned by the council as well as core in house services. Spice are currently working with Lancashire Mind, N-Compass North west and Preston Councils Leisure Services. These projects will see the start of the growth of Time Credits across Lancashire.
Across Lancashire we now have relationships with community and corporate organisations through a network of 68 partners where people can spend their time credits in 140 venues across Lancashire including Blackpool and Blackburn.
Strawberry Fields Training CIC
Here at Strawberry Fields we work within the Criminal Justice, training and Education Systems and believe very strongly in challenging social injustice and continually endeavour to equip vulnerable and disadvantaged people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become valued and active members of society. We provide specialised training, volunteering, support services as well as giving advice and support to vulnerable young people, ex-offenders, vulnerable adults and people in alcohol and drug recovery. We deliver courses to groups and individuals in improving self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and anger management having a strong focus on improving emotional intelligence as a compliment to academic qualifications.
We have been working in the Lancaster and Morecambe District with young people and vulnerable adults for the last 12 years. The majority of our work has been in the Criminal Justice System. We have worked in HMP Lancaster Farms teaching accredited programmes to inmates as well as HMP Kirkham and HMP Haverigg.
We receive referrals on a regular basis from Children's Social Care, Lancashire constabulary, YOT, Probation, local prisons, drug & alcohol services, and supported housing associations in the area.
The AFC Fylde Community Foundation
Mr Tom Hutton
The AFC Fylde Community Foundation, recognise the importance working with multiple partnership agencies. The AFC Fylde Community Foundation, working with its partner agencies have developed fantastic relationships with young people throughout the Borough of Fylde. The Foundation, engaging with over 1000 young people per week professionally and sustainably deliver extensive school sports network programmes, diversionary outreach programmes and primary school education programmes.
The AFC Fylde Community Foundation pride themselves on providing a professional and sustainable service, involving multi partnership agency approaches throughout its delivery.
The Foundation's main delivery programmes can are detailed below;
1. School Sports Partnership Delivery programme- South Fylde
2. Lead Diversionary outreach programme delivery partner- South Fylde
3. Lead delivery provider- Education through Sport- South Fylde
4. Extensive delivery of out of school sports camps throughout the Borough of Fylde.
The Foundation pride itself on delivering a high quality service to all its stakeholders and customers, and welcomes the opportunity to take part in partnership delivery programmes.
The AFC Fylde Community Foundation deliver a number of exciting and complex sports outreach programmes in the local communities throughout the Borough of Fylde. Working with local partners, the Foundation target a number of key issues which arise through lack of opportunities throughout the Borough. The Foundation recognises the importance of partnership delivery programmes, and actively searches for partners who can complement and add expertise which will further add to the service provided to the young people throughout the Borough of Fylde.
Having access to over 1000 young people a week, working with 95% of local primary schools the Foundation find themselves in a very privileged position in the local community, and working with partner agencies, the Foundation hope to create a comprehensive support network allowing all the young people the Foundation engages with access to the comprehensive support network on offer throughout the Borough.
The Birchall Trust
The people who benefit from our project are survivors of rape & sexual abuse, male & female, adults and children aged three upwards in the South Cumbria & North Lancashire area. Beneficiaries also include partners of survivors & family members where appropriate, including the children of those adults accessing the counselling service if necessary. Our beneficiaries are supported directly with therapeutic counselling, art & play therapy as well as information provision and guidance.
We have counselling & art/play therapy rooms in Lancaster and Morecambe and support survivors of rape and sexual abuse from across the North Lancashire area. Our counsellors and child therapists are based in the area and we work closely with partner organisations such as Lancashire Constabulary and other local Health Providers.
The Children’s Society
In Lancashire, The Children's Society’s - focus is around looked after children – through delivering the Children’s Rights and Advocacy service, – and also children and young people who go missing from home and care and are at-risk of being sexually exploited (Streetsafe). the Children's Society also delivers Targetted Youth Support, Family Support and Health Advocacy.
The Children's Society has had a presence in Lancashire for over thirteen years. The Lancashire Programme is firmly rooted within the local communities we work. local churches and community groups are key supporters of the children's Society and our work has been developed in Lancashire with Lancashire Communities needs being met.
The Lancashire programme has a history of improving outcomes for young people in Lancashire, through its children's rights work in the context of social justice, ensures that young people actively engage in the service allowing progression and achievement to be assessed. We have always targeted the work and focus on local need, improving the lives of children and young people allowing them to make positive life choices and achieving a better quality of life by achieving outcomes. These outcomes support young people in raising aspirations, staying safe, active citizenship, making a positive contribution and enhance there emotional well being.
The Legacy Rainbow House
Our fundamental objective is ‘to advance the education and relieve the suffering of vulnerable people (mainly children) with disabilities and life-reducing conditions providing daily services and activities particular by means of education, conductive education, rehabilitation, habilitation,and the provision of facilities for participation in sport and other recreation. Whilst providing information and guidance for their families and carers.
The Legacy Rainbow House we believe that every child or young person has the right to access opportunities to meet their potential. That’s why everything we do is focussed on ‘changing the lives of children and young people with disabilities and brain injury; equipping them with the vital skills they require to live more independent lives. Creating a positive, responsive and supportive learning environment which is respectful of the diverse needs of disabled children, young people, their families, carers and the local community; enabling families to pursue ordinary lives and see their children achieve their full potential.
The Legacy Rainbow House was born out of the struggle of a local mother to access appropriate care and therapy for her two sons who were born with a rare genetic disorder resulting in severe brain damage. Desperate to provide her sons with the opportunity to lead a normal life and unable to access appropriate services locally, our Founder began providing Conductive Education service in 2001 for her boys and for others in the local community who were facing the same challenges under the name ‘Rainbow House’.
In response to the needs of other parents of disabled children in the area the service grew in both scale and scope offering an increasing range of services to large numbers of both vulnerable children and young people with disabilities, and their parents and families. Today The Legacy Rainbow House is incorporated as a Charity, touching the lives of hundreds of local people. However, despite its size, the Charity has remained true to its origins and continually develops services that meet the multiple, changing needs of the community it serves. Over time, the Conductive Education services have evolved and now include additional wrap around services to maximise the impacts upon the child’s development; ‘Enablement Services’. Additional parent and family services, local authority commissioned services to deliver short break services, and an on-site nursery to deliver early intervention services in an inclusive care setting have also been integrated into the overall service offering of the Charity.
The Liberty Centre
(West Lancashire Women's Refuge Ltd ) trading as The Liberty Centre provides support for all victims or those at risk of becoming victims of domestic violence (in its widest sense) including physical, emotional, mental, financial, sexual harm or abuse.
This includes support for children and young people. By assisting and encouraging victims to identify their future needs, aspirations and intentions, our support services equips victims with the skills, confidence, knowledge and support structure to help them move forward safely in their lives.
Our provision includes preventative workshops, refuge accommodation, a 24 hour free confidential helpline, information/drop in centre, counselling service and support groups, focus groups, including a children and young person’s group. Provide training, information & guidance and support to other agencies. Recruiting & training volunteers. Providing placements for student social workers.
Through providing support and information we aim to make a positive impact on people’s health & wellbeing by allowing people to make informed choices about their life and future & aim to make Lancashire a safer place to live.
We have been actively engaged in the local community of West Lancashire for over 25 years. We have excellent relationships locally with the police, PCT, West Lancashire Borough Council as well as local voluntary organisations. We contribute in the Lancashire Sub region by being an active participant on a range of bodies including W.L Community Safety, MARAC, W.L Domestic Violence Forum, Local Priorities Group, Health & Well-Being thematic group,
Our services are provided across the community of West Lancashire and we work in partnership with a range of agencies offering support and referrals.
We have accommodation services based in Skelmersdale and an Information Centre based in Ormskirk Town Centre.
The Streetlife Trust
Streetlife work with vulnerable young people in Blackpool aged 16-25. We operate an emergency nightshelter and a day centre. We provide emergency accommodation, housing advice, support, life skills training, activities, counseling, drop-in sessions, access to specialist agencies, signposting as well as having in-house specialist support for young people aged 18 and under, alcohol issues and victims of crime.
Streetlife was established in 1982 by the town centre churches in Blackpool as an ecumenical project. We operate in Blackpool town centre and provide support to vulnerable young people particularly around homelessness. We can provide support to young people from across the County and will liaise with the relevant local authorities where necessary.
UR Potential CIC
UR Potential work alongside young people, families, communities and organisations, developing capacity building across the Fylde Coast as well as providing workforce development training and accredited outcomes to communities in particular young people and those who support and work alongside them. UR Potential work with young people and communities of need and interest as well as geographical, to provide opportunities through community work, training and innovative projects. We promote the need for active and positive opportunities for young people and communities to be able to have positive access to social mobility.
UR Potential 's new youth volunteering project Fylde Coast Be Involved provides supported volunteering opportunities and peer mentoring for young people aged 14 to 19 (up to 25 years of age with additional support needs) alongside pathways to employment, training and education. We have trained 12 young people aged 14 to 21 to become peer mentors to support young people into volunteering. We also conduct research, mapping and focus group consultation events including Child Poverty Communities research for Blackpool Council and workforce development needs for Blackpool Cool Pool.Our workforce and volunteers include qualified BA Hons JNC youth and community workers, L3 Drug workers, IAG workers, MA research students, qualified post 14 tutors, peer mentors and qualified creative arts and media volunteers.
We have an established youth volunteering programme which works across the Fylde Coast. We have established Drop ins for Fylde and Wyre young people and organisations. As well as our deep rooted provision in Blackpool working in partnership with a diverse range of organisations.
Our Targeted Youth provision delivery works directly with young people and organisations rooted in Fylde and Wyre alongside our LDAAT funded project which is due to commence work with High Schools in Fleetwood and Lytham Our Addaction Street talk project aims to work directly with communities, school, young people and organisations to address drug and alcohol brief interventions.
Our LDAAT projects engages with families across Wyre and Fylde and we are currently working in partnership with Lancashire Police and identified schools embedding the Total Family model.
We are working in partnership with High schools in Fylde and will be delivering volunteer training to 6th form students.
We have Signed up local organisations as host placements for our youth volunteer project.
We are an ABC, ASDAN, OCN and AQA Centre and are currently training 25 home grown tourh worker trainees as well as peer mentors aged 14 - 25. Deborah Terras is the VCFS Fylde CT representative and Linda Markey sits on the People and Communities sub group. Linda Markey is the Chair for Blackpool Cool Poll and Deborah is the safeguarding representative and sits on the LSCB and 'e' safeguarding sub group and training sub group.
We are part of the Wyre CT Youth Volunteer plan and are currently working with colleagues to take this forward. We have been nominated for both Fylde and Wyre Big Society awards as well as 2 nominations for the SELNET North West Awards.
Wheels within wheels
Wheels Within Wheels [WWW] was formed during summer 2001 as a non profit community project.
Our aim is to develop WWW as a main focal point in the North West of England as a centre of excellence for the training of young people in basic vehicle mechanics and at a higher level for those who aspire to do so to achieve further accreditation.
Our prime objective is to support, encourage and promote every young person who engages in wheeled activity and training to improve their skills and knowledge and self confidence as well as raising their aspirations and feeling of self worth.
The young people involved who are unemployed and social excluded, we trained to gain employment and or further education.
Experience has shown borderline young people whilst attending our programme improve their attendance at School including special need schools.
Our main activities are the provision of wheeled activities and basic mechanic training, the IMPACT course, mountain biking session. All of these require the young people engaged to work towards an AQA accreditation.
Also the vibrant activities provided bring a diverse range of young people together in a positive environment that results in greater community cohesion.
We work closely with agencies such as:
• Connexions / Young People Services
• Youth offending Team (YOT)
• Local Police
• Youth Services
• Local Schools and
• Special needs Schools
All of our programmes are quality driven and not quantity. Our outputs will not be hitting any large number targets because these programmes are specialised and need one to one basis.
We are situated in Nelson and have worked in many different parts of Lancashire. Mainly our work is based in Pendle, Burnley, Ribble Valley and Rossendale. And we have a stronghold in these areas mentioned above.
Our Charitable Objective is: ‘To help young people, living in the county of Lancashire, through their leisure time activities (though not exclusively so) to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities so that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society so that their conditions of life may be improved.’
Young Lancashire is a local infrastructure organisation which offers support to all front line voluntary children, young people and family based organisations to achieve the highest standards of practice and effectiveness in their work by building their capacity to deliver quality services.
Our mission is to support children, young people and family based organisations to achieve the highest standards of practice and effectiveness in their work by building their capacity to deliver quality services.
Services include: development of financial and personnel procedures, fundraising support, bid writing, business and strategic planning, quality standards, guidance materials and support, access to an AQA moderation service to accredit participation and learning, support on safeguarding and access to DBS (formerly CRB) checks.
We have Bursary Award scheme for young people associated with our member organisations. Applicants can apply for up to £250 to help fund an activity or opportunity that they would otherwise have been unable to take part in.
In addition, we facilitate the development of consortia for the provision of services for children young people and families and, as result, have secured over £1,000,000 for local charities in their delivery of contracts through this collective approach.
Young Lancashire began in 1923 as the Northwest branch of the National Association of Girls Clubs, which is now UK Youth. We have been based in Preston since 1939 and have provided throughout a range of services and opportunities for young people. Our aim is to support and develop high quality voluntary youth work and educational opportunities for all young people in Lancashire.
All of our services are delivered to staff and volunteers from organisations working with children and young people in the sub-region of Lancashire, as defined by our constitution. Our current membership stands at over 160 organisations, many of which are small community and voluntary organisations working in specific local areas or with specific vulnerable and hard to reach young people.
All of our staff and volunteers live in Lancashire and over 90% of them also volunteer with youth organisations outside of their role with Young Lancashire.
Youth Action Ltd
Youth Action works with young people to equip them with the skills to be effective leaders in their communities and bring about positive community action. Youth Action aims to:
• Provide high quality information, advice and guidance.
• Offer young people activities, which motivate, educate, makes productive use of time and improves the quality of life for young people in the Community.
• Offer activities which promote self help, empowerment and team work, which strengthens the quality of life for young people and the community as a whole.
• Encourage and assist young people in the area to actively participate in the group activities.
• Enhance multi-cultural understanding and mutual respect.
• Promote the views and interests of young people to official agencies and bodies with a view to enabling positive change.
Youth Action services include:
Action Focused - through recreational activities designed to bring together all communities in a fun and respectful way which brings about community cohesion and results in healthy living and enjoyment of life.
Continued Campaigning - through representing and developing youth leadership and civic citizenship by engagement in policy formulation and making accessible the jargon that gets in the way of meaningful involvement.
Skills Development - which means that the learning young people do is recognised and allows them to break out of economic dis-advantage, achieve more by way of accessing education, employment, training or enterprise or a mixture tailored to individual learning needs to enable everybody to achieve their potential and unique individual talents.
Youth Action started as a small community group to serve the young population of Blackburn. However we now have several years expertise and experience of working across Lancashire.
We are locally rooted through our well established community programmes and volunteers.
ArtFull formed in Summer 2012, based in Preston, Lancashire. A phoenix rising from the ashes of cultural cuts which have limited the accessibly of local community to quality art. ArtFull is a collective of skilled artists and practitioners, Becky Atherton, Bernie Velvick, Teresa East, Hayley Alter and chair Jeremy Barker.
ArtFull forges ahead - helping Community Groups access funding for art projects, working with schools, delivering innovative art projects, curating exhibitions, organising festivals with partners and designing accessible publications.
Our practice is focused on disadvantaged groups. We welcome the opportunity to be part of the Greater Together consortium and to be in a position to continue using art to enable all children, young people and families to learn, explore issues, develop confidence, have a voice, express themselves in new ways and have fun.
ArtFull Artists have personally worked with a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisation as well as schools and nurseries. We have links throughout Lancashire and are working to strengthen these links as our group develops. ArtFull are currently delivering projects in Preston, Nelson and Skelmersdale.
The Basement Project is a VCFS youth organisation based in Burnley, which engages with young people aged from 11 to 19 years inc disabilities or special educational needs up to 25yrs. Our clients often face multiple challenges. We engage with and encourage participation with the hardest to reach young people by offering a range of support, advice through activity which empower them to make positive choices in their lives. We have continuously developed our services to front end users offering targeted support I alternative curriculum to schools, motivating those most at risk of exclusion, we specialise in working with N.E.E.T as well as other vulnerable groups e.g. homeless, care leavers, BME, young carers, young offenders, mental health problems.
Our mission to reach out to young people and families enabling change through social action, caring showing empathy through participation.
We embrace equality and diversity.
We encourage volunteer to be involved in planning, reflection and evaluations.
Our centre offers an array of different activities to engage with clients, a fully fitted kitchen, internet cafe, nightclub, carpentry workshop, professional recording studio, music rooms with social engagement activities for fun and enjoyment. Our structured holistic approach meeting needs with professional staff who deliver our key services compliment the overall projects aims.
Our strength is developing key individual tailored curriculum that directly meets the needs of all clients, we offer advice and guidance, AQAs, assessment tools, tracking and logging all clients, collating information to be able to identify goals, achievements and progress made.
The Basement is located in Rosehill , We work in the community and are situated in one of the most vulnerable wards in the town ( Trinity Ward). We are inclusive to all the community and complete work with schools, community groups, linking up with key local professionals to refer young people when needs are not being met. We have an excellent track record for quality delivery and have held key contracts, meeting localised targets I outcomes. Our relationship with schools, agencies are deemed as excellent.
For the past nine years we have met localised targets offering services to local people with the most need. We have completed joined up working with key agencies from the town demonstrating sharing good practice not duplicating services. We are working across the town of Burnley within various wards. We use different models of engagement with different groups. Our centre is used for delivery of key services, mentoring, open youth club work. Our daytime provisions Step out Project delivers individualised I alternative curriculum to referred clients from schools. We work with many schools, agencies and groups as well as YPS. We are also developing with key agencies in Burnley a more holistic outlook of working together sharing specialism so duplication does not take place where best working practice and quality to the client is paramount.
How does this impact community, we believe we have already reached many young people inspiring them to continue and reach new goals in education and personal achievements. Our work will have direct impact on communities and families for the future. We have access to a wide network of local centres / infrastructures, agencies, priority groups, homeless projects, schools. Our expertise of working on individualised curriculum to address identified need is quite unique in the voluntary sector.
We have been established since 2002 completing our core work in Burnley / wards.
Securing contracts, charitable funds. Our building refurbishment programme of our centre is currently ongoing where young people are participated at every level. We believe our work has impacted thousands of young people from the town as well motivating them into positive action, we try new initiatives and new approaches to working with young people.Our latest project is a 2 Acre Community Garden on our site.
BDS Training Ltd
BDS Training knows how difficult it is to find suitable resources for hard to reach learners so by working extensively with PRU’s, Education providers, Connexions, Aces, contracted Apprenticeship providers and various other agencies we have developed a unique establishment specifically designed for our students.
BDS Training offer a holistic approach to training and by using hairdressing and beauty therapy as a learning channel we provide our learners with basic literacy and numeracy, life skills, employability, behaviour and interpersonal abilities motivating them by using theory and practical activities to obtain a City & Guilds qualification, from entry level 3 to a Level 2 Diploma, these are devised to suit all educational needs. This real-life approach allows the learners to expand and develop as a citizen, by providing hair and beauty treatments to clients on site, by working out in the community, providing treatments to family groups, age concern and well-being days, enjoying vocational visits and dealing with the public. This permits them to reflect on their own feelings and emotions, how and what they do affects others and why people are different. Learners are rewarded through a merit scheme for their hard work at BDS which improves self-esteem and confidence, personal presentation is enhanced and in most cases a life change is achieved. This modified method of training makes available a one to one approach for each learner permitting an individual learning plan, progression reports and future pathways launched.
BDS Training has and provides accredited Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy training to students from Schools, Agencies and Referral Units within the North West and the Lancashire areas since 2005, culminating in over 600 individual Service users who have attended either through work shops, summer school, after school events, accredited placements ( attending up to 1- 4 days per week) and projects.
There is currently no other project providing this type of flexible access to Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing skills as vocational training to disengaged young people in the area. Local colleges provide similar courses, however, all candidates have to be interviewed to assess their suitability, or such a large environment is not suitable for the individual learner.
BDS Training operates from Skelmersdale, West Lancashire. BDS Training has a five year lease with West Lancashire Borough Council on a 2,908 sq ft single story building which is secure, bright and airy. The unit has its own kitchen, launderette, rest-room/ canteen area, office accommodation, separate reception, Beauty training room, 10 styling unit Hairdressing Salon, IT Suite, classrooms/ multi functional rooms and a large garden area. The unit has been refurbished by BDS Training to a very high standard and is wheelchair friendly throughout, with disabled access toilets, basin units and accesses into the building.
BDS Trainings client base is as far as Preston, Cumberland, and Chorley. We are able as in the past to offer off site training, travelling to other parts of Lancashire.
BDS Training service is an excellent representative to the West Lancashire and Lancashire area.
Our core mission is to support individuals, young people, organisations and groups within education, training and community settings to develop new skills and opportunities; enabling them to reach their true potential through careers advice and guidance interventions by signposting them to volunteering, community projects, training/learning and employment opportunities.
Our team of Careers Advisers are professionally qualified to deliver bespoke training packages and careers guidance services to meet people’s needs and fill identified gaps.
Our registered office is based in the heart of Lancashire in Burnley, with our work and services being delivered across all of the districts within the county. Our dedicated and qualified team reach out and support people of all ages and all circumstances through our ‘guidance in the community’ approach, even those wo are hardest to reach and/or most vulnerable.
We aim to improve the lives of local individuals and their families by addressing social and economic disadvantage through personal development.
Our careers advice and guidance interventions seek to inform people of wider Lancashire based volunteering, community projects, training, learning and employment opportunities.
Career-Nav CIC aims to raise the aspirations of individuals and to support them to become economically active residents supporting the county’s strategic priorities of skill development and raising the profile that Lancashire has so much to offer in terms of training, education and employment support.
Creativity Works Preston
Creativity Works Preston (CWP) is a company limited by guarantee and charity which was founded to recognise and develop people’s potential. We do this by providing an inclusive, professional and supportive learning environment for individuals irrespective of their circumstances or background.
CWP offers Production education to young people aged 14-19 in partnership with Preston’s College and local schools. Production Education is a Danish Concept and involves young people learning through the production of actual goods and services which they are encouraged to promote and sell.
CWP was established in April 2014 by the then employees of CSV Preston to fill the void left by the closure of CSV Preston, a division of the naitonal charity, CSV. The new charity is a truly local charity with a committed and diverse management board of local people with a real passion and belief in providing services to disengaged young people in the Preton area.
ICANN supports adults, children and young people disadvantaged by disability, physical/mental illness, age or social exclusion to make known their needs and wishes in order to obtain appropriate services and so increase their quality of life. It does this through the provision of local, community based services that meet needs not currently met through public service provision.
Delivery of all services is undertaken by a team of skilled, trained volunteers.
The organisation started life as Preston Advocacy, delivering issue based advocacy for people accessing health and social care services. A change of name to Central Advocacy, made to reflect a wider area of benefit, was made in 2006 in recognition of the need to sustain the organisation. Since then, until recently, ICANN has delivered statutory advocacy services on behalf of health and social care providers in Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire, establishing a local presence through the employment of paid and un paid workers living in those districts.
From April 2013, ICANN ceased delivery of all statutory contracts in favour of a return to community based principles of delivery. It has identified a need to support children and young people not looked after or making health complaints (both areas covered by statutory provision) and is currently developing partnerships in pursuit of this goal. All future work will be community based and delivered through volunteer effort.
Kickstart to Discovery
Kickstart to Discovery works to provide young people with the opportunity to discover more about themselves by encouraging them to participate in a range of different projects. These may be designed to explore new skills or bring out latent talents but will always encourage the development and growth of self confidence, self efficacy and self esteem. The charity's activities have included running motor cycle and motor vehicle courses, brokering support for individual young people, personal CV development , digital photography programmes and mentoring roles.
Much of the work of the charity focuses on vulnerable individuals and groups including young people who are NEET, care leavers, school excludes or those at risk of exclusion.
Kickstart to Discovery is locally based in Preston and currently works with young people drawn from Preston, the Fylde Coast, Chorley and South Ribble. It is not part of a national organisation.
Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs (LABGC)
We work with all young people aged 11-21 years (priority 13-16 yrs), especially those considered to be disadvantaged. While we are primarily a membership organisation, working though a network of boys and girls clubs and other youth groups, we deliver a range of front-line activities and projects. These include:
- A programme of events and activities.
- Sports2Go - mobile sports programme.
- Trailblazers - mountain biking programme.
- QuadSquad - road safety quad bike programme.
- Club2Go - mobile activity project.
- Ormside Mill - outdoor activity and training residential centre.
Our founder member clubs were formed in the last century by local communities to meet their needs. Our association was then subsequently established to meet their network and support needs. We still serve on various club management committees and still attempt to respond to local needs.
Lancashire Global Education Centre
LGEC provide professional training on Global Education, Development Education and Global Youth Work. We mainly work with teachers, schools, youth workers, youth groups and young people.
LGEC is a Lancashire-based organisation, with a mission of disseminating information and training in global education and global youth work in the Lancashire area.
Lancashire Psychological Support Services
• Young people not in employment, education or training who have additional specialist support needs.
• Long term unemployed experiencing barriers related to mental ill health and/or chronic pain.
• People experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
• People who have a diagnosis of cancer.
• Young offenders.
Our vision is to see communities where psycho logical support is easy to access within the community and there is no stigma attached for people who experience anxiety, depression and related issues.
Lancashire Psychological Support Services (Holistic Resources) is presently an unincorporated association of specialist professionals from the fields of Psychotherapy, Counselling, Education, Careers Guidance, Employment Training and Support. We provide partner organisations with a variety of intervention strategies designed to equip individuals with the means to make real and sustainable change to their lives.
The professionals involved in the formation of Lancashire Psychological Support Services were delivering services throughout Lancashire on behalf of a social enterprise based in East Lancashire. The services were funded by the East Lancashire Primary Health Trust, under a service level agreement for Pathways. Funding ceased under the new Government who withdrew all funding for the Pathways scheme. Following a meeting of the professionals involved it was decided that the services were too important to cease and that several of the group would set up an unincorporated association to research the possibility of obtaining funding to continue the work. Should funding be possible the professionals involved would then create a Community Interest Company and bid as port of a wider consortia of social enterprises in Lancashire. As LPSS we have delivered a pilot course for Job Centre Plus in Lancaster to long term unemployed people in receipt of incapacity benefit and psychological support therapies to young people in East Lancashire under the TYS initial funding, in partnership with Young Lancashire.
The organisation has survived considerable change over the post years but thanks to the commitment of the individuals who had the initial vision, the professionals who have delivered the programmes, the enthusiasm of those who have benefited from the programmes and to the support of LCC Young Peoples' Service and Young Lancashire, LPSS is in a position to build on the good work of previous years. We are in the process of registering as a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee. This will enable us to focus our attention on continuing to support the agenda for increased access to psychological therapy for all who need it and to expand our work with probation service and drug rehabilitation centres.
Pukar Disability Resource Centre
BME Communities, disabled people, carers from BME Communities and vulnerable adults.
We provide an accessible centre in the centre of Preston that is open for drop in enquiries, and training facilities including Classrooms for IT and other course. We provide an outreach and advocacy service, assessments and support planning, benefits advice and some form filling and voluntary opportunities.
We are placed in the centre of Preston, we work predominantly in Preston and South Ribble. Our constitution allows us to work across the whole of Lancashire. Our centre is easily accessible.
The Foxton Centre
Our main target groups are children, young people and their families living or frequenting the Avenham and City Centre areas of Preston and Young People under 18 at risk of sexual exploitation, from the Preston area (we take referrals for this project from as far away as Longridge).
We run children’s and youth clubs for 11 – 18s, all age community events, a community cafe which is accessed by parents and cooking training classes for parents.
The Foxton Centre was formed in November 1969 by groups of local parish representatives working with the Diocese of Blackburn and the Local Education Authority. The Centre is located in Avenham, Preston, also close to the City Centre. The Centre has, and continues to run services for local people of all ages, situated as it is in the midst of an area of multiple deprivation. The current Board of Trustees is substantially made up of local residents or members of local parishes, or representatives of service users.
Trust House Lancashire
Trust House Lancashire provides specialist services to victims and survivors of any kind of sexual violence or abuse. Our services include counselling for adults and young people, age appropriate therapy including art and play therapy for children and young people, and Independent Sexual Violence Advice (ISVA), for children, young people and adults where individuals are going through or considering going through a reporting process.
We also have a support line, a Parent Peer Support Group and a Creative Wellbeing Group. Our centre is based in Preston, and we have counselling rooms in Burnley, Skelmersdale and Blackpool. We also work with Children’s Centres in Burnley, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Skelmersdale to ensure services are accessible to these local communities.
We support men, women and children who have experienced abuse at any time of their lives and of any type, whether recent or non-recent, and irrelevant of reporting status. We will only work with children and young people where a report has been made to Children’s Social Care and / or the police)
We also support non-abusing family members and carers who have been affected by sexual violence of any kind, through counselling, parent peer support and where an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor is working with the family, wider family support is an essential element of this service.
Where victims of sexual violence are going through court proceedings we offer short term pre-trial therapy to support them in this process.
Trust House Lancashire was established in 2013 in response to a recognition of the lack of specialist services for victims and survivors of rape and sexual violence in Lancashire. It was set up with help of The Survivors Trust a national umbrella organisation whose 150 member services across the UK provide specialist sexual violence services. Now in its third year of delivery Trust House is about to achieve independent charitable status whilst remaining a subsidiary of The Survivors Trust to ensure that the centre benefits form the specialist knowledge that this partnership can bring to Lancashire.
Trust House accepts referrals from and supports individuals across every district of the county. We work in partnership with a range of statutory and other voluntary sector service providers and work at a strategic level to influence policy development and improvements for victims.
We hope the ensure that our services continue to increase in accessibility across the county as we grow and that more survivors gain the confidence and ability to access the support that they need and move through and beyond their experience of abuse.