VSNW (Voluntary Sector North West) is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. The purpose of VSNW is to ensure that the voluntary and community sector (VCS), in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West.
We work with 150 members who:
- work across the region directly supporting and delivering services for individuals, or
- are VCS infrastructure organisations (LIOs) that work with local voluntary and community groups.
VSNW members provide community services, regenerate neighbourhoods, support individuals, promote volunteering and tackle discrimination. The 40 generalist LIOs in membership of VSNW have a membership of 6,780 VCS groups and are in contact with 19,800 local voluntary and community sector groups in the North West – just under two-thirds (63%) of the region’s VCS groups.
To read more about our current work see our Annual Review.
We are a full service bank, offering all the services you would expect from a high street bank, but with a fresh approach that’s unlike most banks. Since we were established in 1984, we have sought to put social change, social benefit and community involvement at the heart of everything we do. But, unlike other banks, we’re not driven by the pure profit motive. We put people first because for us, generating a social and financial return are both important. By being socially-focused, we help our customers care for the communities and people they work with. And because we’re a social enterprise ourselves, we really understand the day-to-day issues and challenges our customers face.
To find out more view our PDF.
Unit 4, Matrix House,
Contact: Dan Coward
Telephone: 01257 230530
Inprint Solutions is located in the central Chorley area conveniently close to the town centre. Inprint Solutions offer a wide range of bespoke printed products which are produced in an environmentally responsible way as possible. Specialising in short-run full colour printing, we also offers a complete design to print service which is available to the general public, businesses and other organisations alike.
Inprint Solutions is open weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and is a social enterprise of the Brothers of Charity Services in Lancashire.
The Operations Centre
4 Langley Place
Contact: Philip Walker
Tel: (01704) 896605
West Lancashire Dial-a-Ride Association provides community transport services to residents of West Lancashire who find it difficult to use public transport.
All our services are door-to-door. Our vehicles are fully accessible and our drivers are all too pleased to help you on and off the bus. West Lancashire Dial-a-Ride services are suitable for a wide range of activities including access to social clubs, shopping, leisure or visiting friends and family.
Dial a Ride also provides a Community Car service. Our team of approved volunteer drivers are on hand to take you in their own cars at a very economical fare.
Contact: Martin Trengrove
Tel: (01695) 733737
West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Services is a charity, set up in 1973, and is the key umbrella group for voluntary and community groups in West Lancashire.
Our main activities are:
- Providing information and support to voluntary organisations
- Helping local people to set up and develop voluntary and community groups, and network with other organisations
- Representing voluntary and community groups to statutory and other organisations, and partnerships.
296 Central Drive
Contact: Deborah Terras
Tel: 01253 344398
We are an accredited centre for ASDAN, ABC, NOCN and AQA and provide accredited training and opportunities for the community including employability awards, youth-work qualifications, peer mentoring. We have conducted Child Poverty research for Blackpool Council and developed a new Youth Volunteering Project ,Fylde Coast Be Involved. FCBI provides supported volunteering opportunities for 14 – 25 year olds in the Fylde Coast area.
Unique Kidz and Co
Contacts: Denise or Jane
Tel: 01524 831132
Unique Kidz & Co is The Brainchild of two mums of children with Special Needs.
Unable to find any suitable childcare that would meet the needs of their children, they set up an Ofsted Registered Afterschool and Holiday Club for Children and Young People with Disabilities aged from 3 years to 19 years old. Siblings are also welcome.
Graded Outstanding by Ofsted in their first visit, the Club goes from strength to strength. With well over 100 children on the register Unique Kidz and Co are already looking to expand the business.
Guide to inclusive childcare for childcare providers
70 Mowbray Drive
Contact: Alistair Clarke
Tel: (01253) 302602
Twice nominated as Creative Company of the Year, Tick The Publicity Box – specialists in media, marketing and PR – gives clients in the third sector a professional image and assists them with all aspects of promotion from design and printing, buying media space, staging events and presentations.
The social enterprise also provides services to local authorities and the NHS which, in turn, provides a surplus which helps various charitable groups.
To us, the key to a successful social economy is for CICs to keep focused on building their business, making it sustainable and winning more contracts. Providing them with a professional image and meaningful marketing is critical to delivering that success.
Prospects Environment Centre
Contact: Mike Stapleford
Tel: (01254) 230348
The Prospects Foundation is an environmental charity working within the district of Hyndburn in east Lancashire. We work with residents, community groups, schools and other organisations to develop and implement environmental projects and programmes that fit within our five sustainability themes of Food, Biodiversity, Energy, Recycling and Transport.
Through our new Social Enterprise Development Initiative (SEDI) we now have an officer in post who is currently working with residents and groups in the five Accrington wards of Central, Church, Barnfield, Peel and Spring Hill. The SEDI officer is working with the community to identify at least 16 potential social enterprises that will then be reviewed and assessed resulting in a final selection of 4 that will then be set up as social enterprises.
The four new social enterprises will provide tangible social and environmental benefits to the residents in the five wards.
For an update of progress on our PROSPECTS SEDI programme, visit our website at www.prospectsfoundation.org.uk or contact Mike on 01254 230348.
P.O Box 29
Contact: Irene Alderson
Tel: 01706 870939
The Magdalene Project is a counselling, support and training agency, as a charity we offer counselling / therapy for a number of needs, bereavement etc. Our main area of expertise being sexual trauma in whatever form that takes.
We work with children, young people and adults male and female, also families. This is usually on a one to one basis for as long as this is deemed necessary for the client’s recovery.
We also facilitate training on subjects befitting the work here; this is open to outside agencies both statutory and voluntary.