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ERDF Open Calls in Lancashire UPDATE

Network for Europe held a briefing session on 2nd February regarding the open ERDF calls in Lancashire.

For those unable to attend, you can download the presentation below which gives details of the current Calls in Lancashire under the ERDF Programme.

 ERDF Briefing Session (Lancs) 02/02/17

In addition here is the link to the site containing the application form and annexes to be completed. If you have any questions regarding this please email: 
john.hacking@networkforeurope.eu

Note that the ESIF form applies to these calls and the ERDF Annexes are the relevant documents.

 

Link to Application and Annexes:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-outline-application

If you have a draft application relating to the ERDF Priority 6 Call – ‘Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency’ then you can book a slot with DCLG officers to discuss your application.If you have a draft project and want to book a slot for this please contact Shabana Patel at LCC on Shabana.Patel@lancashire.gov.uk.

If you have any further queries please contact John Hacking:
john.hacking@networkforeurope.eu  

or Liz Tapner at SELNET by emailing – liz@selnet-uk.com.

 

 

 

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Skills and Opportunities Fund

Are you Looking To Start A Social Enterprise?

 

Social enterprises operate in all areas of life providing goods and services that benefit the community.

Here in Lancashire social enterprises are involved in recycling, helping people to find work, the arts and theatre, supporting people with a range of issues and so much more.

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NatWest, through its Skills and Opportunities Fund, is currently working in Lancashire to establish 18 social enterprises in 18 months.

So if you are looking to set up a social enterprise contact Social Enterprise Solutions CIC – one of Selnet’s members – to get free help and support.

The team of qualified business advisers, based in Blackpool, will be able to help by explaining the different forms of social enterprise; with completing the company paperwork; give advice on how to put together a business plan; cash flow and all the other aspects of starting a business.

For an informal chat or to arrange a meeting, contact 01253 344123 or alistair@socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk.

 

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Lancashire Building Better Opportunities Launch PRESS RELEASE

Lancashire’s Share of £62m Drive To Help More People Find Employment

A new drive to help people in Lancashire boost their skills and support them into employment and training has launched this month.

A partnership of 61 organisations in Lancashire, led by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network – Selnet – has been successful in securing over five and half million pounds for two new projects in the county that will run until 2019.

The scheme is part of a programme part funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund called Building Better Opportunities.

The Invest in Youth programme aims to transform the futures of over 770 young people aged between 15 and 24 who have issues in their lives that are getting in the way of them finding employment. It will focus on participants with mental or physical health difficulties, who are homeless, have disabilities or they may be full-time carers.

Meanwhile the Age of Opportunity programme will run along similar lines and be targeted at supporting 1500 people over the age of 50.

The 61 social enterprises and charities that will provide the service will cover the whole county and have been selected to meet the specialist needs of the people that will receive support.

In England, a total of 27 projects have been given the go ahead with the aim to fill the gaps in existing provision that is available to help people into work, learn new skills and tackle poverty.

Lyn Cole, England grant making director at the Big Lottery Fund said: “The Building Better Opportunities programme not only enables people to improve their employment prospects, but their self-confidence too. Each project is specifically designed to match the needs and ambitions of local communities, providing tailored support that helps people achieve their goals.”

Lead partner, Selnet, has worked closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership, LEP, to ensure the services on offer meet the specific needs in Lancashire.

Liz Tapner, chief executive at Selnet, said: “Securing this funding is a major achievement for the partnership and I believe it will truly make a difference to some peoples’ lives in Lancashire.

“There is good provision in the county to help people who are out of work but there are some people who have significant challenges in their lives and we’re here to help. They may need six months or a year of help from us and it is that intensive support that the team of specialist partners can deliver.

For more information on the Invest In Youth programme for people aged between 16 and 24 or the Age Of Opportunity programme for those over 50, please contact Donna Sadler, Partnership Manager at Selnet Ltd on 01772 200690 or email bbo@selnet-uk.com.

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Selnet at The Northern Enterprise Conference

Team Selnet had a great day at the Northern Enterprise Conference on Thursday 13th October at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends old and new from the social enterprise world, hear some great speakers, attend mini masterclasses and promote Selnet at our exhibition stand, leaving us feeling motivated for the challenges ahead and proud of our sector.

selnet-at-northern-enterprise-awardsThe evening took us into the Powerful Together Awards where we were thrilled to see two of our Lancashire Enterprises take home awards. Debbie O’Brien of Castle Supported Living won the Leadership award and The Profound Impact Award went to Recycling Lives. Congratulations to both well deserving winners doing great work in Lancashire. Our glasses were raised to all the winners and finalists especially our members who know they are doing amazing work.

Massive thanks to Rosie Jolly and her team at SEN Together and all the sponsors for hosting the event and breaking down regional barriers to celebrate our vibrant sector across the northern powerhouse.


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We have moved…Upstairs!

Selnet are thrilled to be all settled into our new office.

Same Building, just more space and more windows!

New Address:
Unit F28
Preston Technology Management Centre
Marsh Lane
Preston
PR1 8UQ

Tel: 01772 200690

Apologies if you have been unable to contact us while we were getting set up. 

 

We look forward to seeing you in the new office!

 

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Celebrating 10 Years Of Success At Selnet

“Look what we’ve achieved in 10 years” That was the main message Selnet 10 balloonswhen members, staff and directors of the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network, Selnet, met to celebrate the organisation’s 10th anniversary.

What started in 2006 as a body to link Lancashire’s social enterprises together has remained true to its roots and has developed so it now helps social enterprises to start-up and thrive, secures major contacts for the sector to deliver and represents the social enterprise and wider third sector at a local, regional and national level.

Selnet chief executive Liz Tapner told the audience, at Preston’s Avenham Park Pavilion, about some of its major achievements including:

  • Selnet 10 LTDelivering business support programmes like LEAP and Start Up Lancashire;
  • Building a partnership of social enterprises involved in recycling to deliver the Care and Urgent Needs contract for Lancashire County Council;
  • Supporting the Recycling Network in Lancashire;
  • Continuing to bring opportunities to members and partners as much as we can

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea and music from Lytham-based singer-songwriter James Edgar (www.jamesedgarofficial.com)

 

 

Selnet would like to thank everybody that made it to the event, we hope you enjoyed it! 

 


 

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Collaborations Masterclass

Are you looking for new ways of working collaboratively, in partnership with likeminded organisations?

This is the event for you – This interactive session aims to give attendees an overview of the ways in which collaboration can help your organisation to achieve its goals. An overview of the different models through which organisations can collaborate will be provided. We will also explore motivations for collaborating and what factors are likely to make it a success.

Mutual Ventures is a socially-focussed consultancy, operating nationally, and committed to supporting charities and social enterprises to grow sustainably.

 

 


 

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Selnet Leading BBO Project 3 for Lancashire

Thank you to all organisations who expressed an interest, the call for partners is now closed and we can report that Selnet have received 95 responses!

This overwhelming response means that we are oversubscribed to the point of possibly being able to deliver the required project more than three times over!

We now have the huge task of selecting partners to include within our submission. Our aim as with the previous two projects is to utilise the skills and diversity within the Selnet board of directors and, with support from the consortium leaders who selected Selnet to lead this bid (Greater Together and FHWBC) work through this process.

Next Steps:

  • Liz and the Selnet team will do a ‘first sift’ of all EoI’s received. This will be based on the organisations governance, processes, in addition to mandatory requirements (i.e.Q3) you have detailed within your response
  • We will then analyse Lancashire demographics by district, based on the target groups
  • Then finally assess the EoI’s received looking in particular at the organisations ability and evidence of engagement and/or relationships with the particular target groups

We don’t envisage calling for theme leads at this point but, having gone through the above process we will feedback.

Again thank you for your interest in working with Selnet.

 

See the announcement below…

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Building Better Opportunities

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Second round of projects now open

Today we have published 61 new funding opportunities in 18 LEP areas. This is the second round of Building Better Opportunities projects to be opened for stage one applications. The first round was launched earlier this year and is now closed to new applications.
                  
Over the next few years funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership areas supporting projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
 
More about the latest round of funding can be found in our newsroom.
 
Details of the projects now open for applications can be found on our website. The deadline for stage one applications is 12 noon Monday 30 November 2015.

 


 

 

 

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Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2015 And the winners are…

 

Most Effective Collaboration

And the winner is…

Methodist Action NW - Winner
Methodist Action NW

Lancashire has over 100,000 properties standing empty – 40,000 for over 6 months. In response, Methodist Action has delivered an Empty Properties Restoration Programme, working collaboratively with local authorities in Preston, South Ribble and Lancaster. It creates truly affordable, rented homes for anyone in acute housing need who encounter barriers through traditional housing routes.


Highly Commended
– Furniture Matters

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Enabling Ability Award

And the winner is…

Enabling Ability - Diane Marie Price
Diane Marie Price at In Di Go

In Di Go’s vision is a society where all children and young people with a disability are able to realise their goals and aspirations, with a right to community inclusive activities and services which supports them and their families. The In Di Go team are dedicated and caring, and work together to produce the best possible outcomes for our disabled children, young people and their families. It is about working together, it takes a bit from everyone to make it work.


Highly Commended
– Wonderful Things

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Environmental Champion

And the winner is…

Environmental Champion Pauline Taylor
Pauline Taylor (Groundwork CLM)

 

Pauline Taylor is a Senior Ecological Officer and embodies everything Groundwork is all about because she changes places and changes lives. In her work and personal life, she has encouraged hundreds of people to take an active interest in appreciating and caring for their local environment.


Highly Commended
– Green Elephant Cooperative

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Excellence in Training

And the winner is…

JFH Winner
Jobs, Friends & Houses

 

Training and improving the skill sets and wellbeing of team members underpins all that Jobs, Friends and Houses does. Every member of the organisation – from trainees in recovery to established and experienced tradesmen, and both serving police officers – takes part in training. From community certificates in customer service to BA Hons degrees in health and social care, our team members are improving their knowledge, practical skills and confidence in a variety of ways.

 

 


 

 

Volunteer of the Year

And the winner is…

Volunteer of the Year - Jane Booth
Jane Booth (in Di Go)


Jane’s voluntary role has been a lifeline for her and she is going from strength to strength. It has been wonderful to watch Jane grow in confidence and self esteem and for her to go on and begin to believe in herself. Jane is a valued member of the In Di Go team.

 

 


 

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

And the winner is…

His Provision - Winner
His Provision CIC


Originally established under the Start Up Lancashire programme, His Provision has rapidly grown to meet the needs of some of the most disadvantaged people in Blackpool. The two women behind it, Jackie and Chris, are just amazing. The social enterprise is an extension of the church-based work they were already doing, providing free meals and food parcels. However Chris and Jackie took it to a whole new level.

 

 


 

 

Small Social Enterprise of the Year

And the winner is…

Learning Together NW Winners

Learning Together Northwest Ltd

Learning Together Northwest was set up as a social enterprise in August 2013 and delivers consultancy and training in all aspects of disability awareness, positive role models, positive group work, equality, language and labels, person centred approaches and self-advocacy. All trainers have learning difficulties and are experts in inclusive and person centred approaches, passionate about self-advocacy and great role models for society.


Highly Commended
– A Place to Live

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Social Enterprise of the Year

And the winner is…

Integrate Preston and Chorley - SE of the Year

Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd

Integrate has been in existence for 32 years. In that time we have continuously strived to innovate and deliver unique, meaningful services to those with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and autism. Despite the current economic climate we have continued to grow and now employ over 300 staff who support to over 160 individuals.


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Highly Commended for SE of the Year
 – Groundwork CLM

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Social Enterprise Champion 2015

And the winner is…

SE Champion 2015

Steve Hodgkins

Steve founded Jobs, Friends & Houses CIC in May 2014 and was seconded, full-time, from Lancashire Constabulary to lead the enterprise. The CIC supports, empowers and employs people in recovery from addiction, offending, homelessness, mental health problems, long-term unemployment or family breakdown. Since its inception Jobs, Friends & Houses has grown from strength to strength. The company saw a £1million turnover its first operational year and today employs 35 paid staff and supports 15 volunteers.

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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2014 Winners

A NEW DAWN FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN LANCASHIRE

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Lancashire has a new Champion of Social Enterprise in the form of recycling guru Dawn Welham.

The annual Selnet Enterprise In Society awards sees dozens of social enterprises from across the county competing in a host of categories and the highlight of the night is the announcement of our Social Enterprise Champion – the person who, in the judges view, has done the most to promote our sector in the last 12 months.

This year’s winner, Dawn, from Lancashire Community Recycling Network through her role at Leyland-based waste giants Global Renewables is able to link together a range of the county’s social enterprises that are involved in recycling.

The awards ceremony, staged at the impressive De Vere Hotel in Blackpool with more than 250 guests, was a good night for the community sector on the Fylde coast.

Blackpool-based rehabilitation centre, Spiral Health community interest company (cic) won Social Enterprise of the Year, a community initiative which involves Lancashire Police called Jobs, Friends and Houses cic won Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year and a new category this year, to highlight the role of business advisers, was scooped by Janet Fraser who is based in Lytham.

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Social Enterprise – where the profits go back into the social good rather than to the directors – is thriving in Lancashire and its work is spearheaded by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network, Selnet. Its chief executive, Liz Tapner, said: 

“The Selnet Enterprise In Society awards are like no other. Every year, we see fantastic examples of ways in which social businesses are making a real difference to people’s lives in Lancashire.

Take the Enabling Ability award for example. Community Gateway Volunteer Drivers in Preston started with just one vehicle and now there is a fleet of cars out and about helping to break down people’s isolation.

We were also able to reward the excellent partnership between Lancashire County Council, the Care Foundation Trust and Advocacy Focus where the third sector is playing a key role in helping the public sector.

Other worthy winners on the night were Total Reuse from Skelmersdale, Diane Price and Integrate Preston and Chorley for their Woodhouse initiative.

This is now the fifth year of the awards, we had the highest amount of entries yet and the largest number of guests at the ceremony so I am very proud.”

 

The full list of winners and highly commended reads as follows:

 

Start-up Social Enterprise of the YearStartup
Winner: Jobs, Friends and Houses CIC (Blackpool based)

Jobs, Friends and Houses CIC does what it says on the tin! We provide meaningful employment with training and qualifications, stable accommodation and positive peer support for individuals who were once in drug addiction or alcohol dependency. We enable them to sustain abstinent recovery. We inspire current individuals in addiction to aspire to become abstinent.  


Highly Commended:
Dig In (NW) CIC (Preston based)

 

SmallSmall Social Enterprise of the Year
Winner: Total Reuse CIC (Skelmersdale based)

Total Reuse is a community interest company based in West Lancashire but operating throughout the North West. It exists to find alternative uses for the things people throw away by finding them a new home or repairing, restoring, refurbishing or remanufacturing them into new products. It’s about making a difference to the environment and improving the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities with whom it comes into contact. It gives people a choice: be part of the solution, rather than the problem.

Highly Commended: Spring into Action CIC (Pennine Lancashire based)

 

 

Enabling Ability AwardEnabling
Winner: Community Gateway Volunteer Drivers (Preston based)

Community Gateway Association’s Gateway Tenants Committee decided a community minibus were a must for this new company. In 2006 staff were tasked with sourcing a vehicle that could be used for promotional purposes to transporting our local residents including those with disabilities.  The first vehicle was delivered to CGA in Aug 2007, after getting off to a very slow start, which saw the minibus being used mainly for company business. By the start of 2007 that had changed with lots of community use, which has only grown since this time.

Highly Commended: Peter Cousins (Jnr) (Skelmersdale based)

 

UnsungUnsung Hero
Winner: Diane Price

Diane’s vision is a society where all children and young people with disabilities are able to realise their goals and aspirations, with a right to community inclusive activities and services which supports them and their families.
Diane says “It is about working together; it takes a bit from everyone to make it work. Tiny steps BIG differences”

 

Highly Commended: Ben Mathew (Blackpool based with UR Potential)

 

 

Business Adviser Of The YearBA
Winner:
Janet Fraser (Lytham based)

Janet’s business background in setting up and running two successful small businesses in the 80’s and 00’s and in management roles in the public sector responsible for business development and innovation led her to become a business adviser. She is a CMI qualified social enterprise business adviser.

Highly Commended: Tony Carr (Blackpool based)

 

PartnershipMost Effective Collaboration
Winner: Advocacy Focus, LCC & Lancs. Care Foundation Trust

Lead commissioners LCC and LCFT, together with Advocacy Focus has successfully led the establishment of an opt out system to maximise benefit for clients subject to the Mental Health Act.  The partnership has been awarded an LGC Innovation in Commissioning Award in 2014 and is looking to develop a national toolkit  to enable other authorities to replicate the service.

Highly Commended: Emmaus Preston

 

Environmental Champion of the YearEnviro
Winner: The Woodhouse (Integrate Preston & Chorley Ltd)

The woodhouse is a social enterprise run and managed by Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd.
It offers a wood recycling service to the construction industry and has a wood resource centre from which sales are made, it is open to everyone.
Landfilling biodegradable waste contributes to the emission of greenhouse gasses, is environmentally, socially and economically unsustainable. By diverting this waste from landfill we are removing it from the waste network and ensuring reuse and recycling instead of disposal, helping construction companies in reducing their environmental impacts.

Highly Commended: Total Reuse CIC

 

Social Enterprise Of The Year
Winner: Spiral Health CIC (Blackpool based)

Spiral Health provides the people of Lancashire and the Fylde Coast with two centres of excellence for rehabilitation, a stepping stone between hospital and home, where patients recover from accidents, illness or major surgery.
We help people ‘Get back upon their feet’

SE of the Year

 

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2014

Winner: Dawn Welham (LCRN)

Champion

Dawn has coordinated the Lancashire Community Recycling Network for 6 years. She facilitates essential bi-annual networking events for members, is a vital source of current and legislative information, marketing and publicity support, promotion online/via social media, fundraising and contract tendering expertise.

She works directly on projects that prevent resources being landfilled, provide training and employment for marginalised people and help secure sustainable revenue.

 

More photo’s will be added to this article in due course. For now the full photo album is available at :

www.dropbox.com/sh/zijdm33y1tzadxk/AADHbKbnZLVZUQlpsFBZmGnca

 

Selnet would like to thank everybody involved for making the 2014 Awards our best one yet!

We hope to see you again next year 🙂

 

 

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