Contact: Paul Roberts
Tel: 0800 953 0213
The Community Gateway Association is a not-for-profit Registered Social Landlord (RSL), set up to meet the housing needs of people in Preston & the surrounding areas.
We are a large-scale voluntary transfer organisation created by the transfer of Preston City Council’s 6,500 properties, on 28th November 2005.
We are regulated by the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) and are inspected by the Audit commission – our current rating is 2 star & promising prospects.
Our uniqueness centres on the fact that we were the first housing organisation based on the Community Gateway Model. The Gateway model is about putting tenants and residents at the heart of the organisation. The model requires us to write community empowerment into our rules.
Supporting this is a passionate and committed staff whose determination to deliver the best service has been recognised by the Audit Commission’s 2-star rating, the Investors in People Gold Standard accreditation and the Customer Service Excellence award.
Staff and tenants have developed a mutual respect and understanding which enables them to successfully work together and in partnership with other local stakeholders to deliver decent homes, decent environments and decent lives.
7 Cecil Street
Contact: Dave Hollings
Tel: 01900 810 810
Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) Ltd provides specialist business advice and training to co-operatives and social enterprises. The Directors have experience of start up, growth, succession situations (community and employee buyouts) and externalisation from public authorities/charitable organisations. We offer advice as to the best legal form and business model. We work with a wide range of people: employees, users/consumers and other stakeholders to ensure that the model is appropriate.
We have particular experience in community sports and leisure, retail including food, waste and recycling, renewable energy, social and health care.
We have expertise in the following areas: feasibility studies, business and financial planning, marketing, legal structures, good board governance, finance raising including community share issues.
Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) Ltd is the lead partner in the C-Change programme a scheme for new/trading co-operatives (funded by the Co-operative Group) and which allows them access to specialist consultancy.
Contact: Lindsey Duckworth
Tel: 01254 244716
Established in 2009, CANWe Solutions (CANWe) is the business division of Child Action Northwest, offering a range of professionally creative, unique and bespoke business development, marketing and quality assurance consultancy solutions and state-of-the art design and print services. As a community interest company, any surplus income generated from the services provided is gift aided to Child Action Northwest and contributes to the children-, families- and community-related projects it delivers in the local area.
CANWe’s team of professionals delivers a single-source solution to an organisation’s business and marketing requirements. Expertise includes business development, marketing, quality assurance project management, PR and communications, and social media, all of which are supported by professional creative web and graphic designers and an in-house print facility. This provides CANWe’s clients with the added benefit of a fully integrated and coordinated service, which achieves real results with the added benefits of value for money, responsiveness to opportunities, strategic vision, and delivering a high return on investment.
45 Railway Road
Contact: Garth Hodkinson
Tel: (01254) 583957
Community CVS’ aim is “Connecting People, Growing Communities.” Our mission is “to achieve positive social change by developing active resilient communities and transforming lives through social action.”
We accomplish this in a number of ways under the following four themes: –
- Support – to the most vulnerable in society
- Action – inspiring people to action in our communities
- Resource – developing groups with funding and advice
- Volunteer – connecting people to help their community
Contact: Richard Stowe
Tel: (01257) 266311
The Brothers of Charity Services is an organisation whose vision is to provide a range of services to people with learning disabilities which support their individuality, choice, rights and dreams.
We aim to ensure all people have opportunities to learn, develop and lead their lives as independently as possible and that everyone is treated with equity, dignity and respect.’
1-3 Colne Road
Contact: Naheed Ashraf
Tel: (01282) 696100
Brierfield Action In the Community – BAIC set up in 2003 by local residents of Brierfield. It consists of Board Directors living in and around Brierfield who manage the operations of the organisation through a project manager. The organisation itself is registered as a ‘not for profit’ company and a ‘Registered Charity’. It has been set up for the benefit of those living within the area of Pendle but primarily Brierfield. It also acts as a catalyst to promote for the benefit of the public in Pendle where there is social and economic deprivation by all or any of the following means:
- the advancement of education, training or retraining;
- the preservation and protection of good health;
- the promotion of equality and diversity for the benefit of the public by promoting the elimination of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, disability or ethnic origin and by promoting attitudes, customs and practices in favour of equality;
- the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities available for use by the community or any section of it;
- the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance; the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or those who by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities;
- the promotion of public safety and the prevention of crime;to develop the capacity and skills of the members of the community in Pendle in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society.
- ICT facilities
- Cyber Games
- Information and Advice/Guidance by trained staff
- Conference/meeting room
- Video/Music editing suite
- Employment based initiatives
Stubbylee Community Greenhouses
Contact: Tricia Brindle
Tel: (01706) 872111
We are a registered charity, a limited company and a development trust. Founded in 2000 by a group of people concerned about the future of Bacup, and determined to have a say on how SRB money was to be spent, we were homeless until 2007 when we took over Rossendale Council’s Greenhouses site in Stubbylee Park.
From there we have been delivering a PCT funded project “Cultivating Health” through which we have been providing:
- Opportunities for volunteering
- Work experience
- Therapeutic horticultural activities
- Individual care placements (self funded)
- A small retail outlet selling products made/grown on site
PCT funding ended 31 March 2011 but we have just secured a grant from The Big Lottery until 2014. The new project is called “Heads Up Rossendale” and we will be working specifically with people who have low self-esteem, mental or physical health problems and those with learning difficulties, using activities we have developed at Stubbylee.
61-63 St Thomas’s Road
Contact: Stephanie Tufft
Tel: 01257 444413
Age UK Lancashire aims to make a positive difference to the lives of all older people in the county and make later life a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
We work with older people over the age of 50 years within the county of Lancashire. However, we prioritise our services and support within those districts where there is no other Age Concern organization or Group or, if there is, an effective partnership is established. We work in Burnley, Chorley, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, Pendle, West Lancashire and Wyre & Fylde.
We are the national body for social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world. When they profit, society profits. Together with our members we are the voice for social enterprise. We do research, provide information and tools, share knowledge, build networks, raise awareness and campaign to create a business environment where social enterprises can thrive. We also support social enterprises at all stages of their development through information, advice, tools, events and networks.
Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet Ltd (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) was asked to represent the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) at a ministerial visit at St Georges Hall on 23rd January 2014 to launch the Liverpool City Region pilot of The Social Investment Business (SIB) Local Impact Fund. It’s aim to offer simple unsecured finance and investment readiness support to charities and Social Enterprises in the Liverpool City area. There are 2 pilots as part of the current EU programme Liverpool and Northamptonshire.
A group of LEP representatives from across the North West had a private meeting with Chair at SIB Sir Stephen Bubb and Nick Hurd MP who gave recognition to the economic significance of the Third Sector as a growing and viable sector that needs affordable long-term finance.
Mr Hurd also acknowledged, the need for local staged investment and the value of the representatives local knowledge and intelligence to enable then to meet real local issues & needs
Questions from the session included how the LEPs are planning to support social enterprise as part of their economic growth strategy? To this Liz Tapner was able to respond that she has been working with the LEPs Technical Assistance Group who are currently writing Lancashire EU Structural Investment Funds Strategy (ESIF) enabling them to consult with Third Sector front line service delivery organisations and their support agencies.
Liverpool City Region is showing great leadership in supporting the social sector by setting up a Local Impact Fund, how does Lancashire plan to provide similar opportunities? Through strong partnerships with Social Enterprise North West, Selnet, ONE Lancashire and her position within the Technical Assistance Group, Liz is championing ongoing support and investment to the Social Enterprise Sector in Lancashire and is keen to work with the Social Investment Business and the LEP to include setting up a Local Impact Fund amongst other initiatives.
Read the following post Third Sector Representation in Lancashire’s Growth Plans to find out more about Lancashire’s growth development plans and how our sector is being represented.
Photo Left to right:
Sir Stephen Bubb – Chair Social Investment Business, Aidan Manley – CEO Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Liz Tapner – CEO Selnet / Representing Lancashire LEP, Nick Hurd MP – Minister for Civil Society, Kevin Janes – Cheshire & Warrington SE Partnership / Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Angeliki Stogia – European Officer Network for Europe, Karen Tierney – Acting Deputy Director New Economy/Adviser to Greater Manchester LEP , Dr Pernille Kousgaard – Liverpool City Region LEP