- Advocacy Focus
Contact: Bushra Yaqoob
Telephone: 0300 323 0965
Advocacy Focus provides:
- statutory mental health advocacy (IMHA) in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool
- mental health advocacy in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
- statutory mental capacity advocacy (IMCA) in Blackpool, Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
- advocacy support for people with health and social care related issues in Blackurn with Darwen
- advocacy support for young people with learning disabilities through their transition from children to adult services (East Lancashire)
- non instructed advocacy support in Blackpool with issues relating to health and social care
For general enquires about other advocacy support available in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, please contact Advocacy Access:
Phone: 0345 456 3210
Text only: 07886 744 634
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- Arts 2 Heal
Contact: Banu Adam
Tel: 07792 998963
The Charity “Arts 2 Heal” is set up for “The advancement of health” – specifically mental health of vulnerable individuals. Primary aim to provide arts based activities to develop skills of emotional resilience, control, self-acceptance, tolerance, and responsibility. Secondary aim to increase: engagement with culture, social interaction, and contribution to the group / society (employability skills).
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- Blackburn Youth Zone
Email: Contact Us
Blackburn Youth Zone is a 21st century youth hub located at the heart of Blackburn, open to young people aged 5 to 19 years old, aiming to change the prospects offered to young people in the area.
Uniquely, this is happening in partnership with young people rather than on their behalf.
As such, the Zone is led with the principle of ‘starting where young people are, going where young people take us’.
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- Brierfield Action in the Community
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
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- Burnley FC in the Community
We are Burnley FC in the Community, the Official charity of Burnley FC. Working hard to inspire, support and deliver change in our local communities.
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- Chapter3 Enterprise CIC
Contact: Dianne Tew
Tel: 07799 711337
A not for profit organisation with a strong commitment to communities and society focused on helping create economic and social value through enterprise. We are a small but perfectly formed community interest company with many years of leadership and enterprise experience and great passion for what we do.
Our experiences, skills and wisdom being built-up through running businesses and working with hundreds of start-ups, in particular micro-businesses and the third sector.
We deliver practical workshops providing guidance and creative solutions that help business, non profits, communities and individuals, get unstuck and move forwards.
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- Chorley VCFS Network
35-39 Fazakerly Street
Contact: Donna Hussain
Tel: 01257 226516
We are an infrastructure support service offering infrastructure to third sector organisations in order to build capacity within the sector for economic and social improvement.
We work with all sectors to enhance services and support them to become more effective and efficient.
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- Community CVS
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
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- Community Enterprise & Skills CIC
Contact: Rizwana Adam
Tel: 07886 341 364
We are a group of local volunteers who have been supporting many members of the local community, predominantly Asian female ladies, with their personal, social and welfare development needs and providing an opportunity for them to meet and discuss their issues. We have about 3-5 volunteers actively engaging with the local community. As more women have gained awareness of our services there has been greater demand and we are now seeking to formally establish the group with a Constitution and as a NOT FOR PROFIT organisation for the benefits of the local community.
We are active in Pennine and Central Lancashire as well as North Greater Manchester and are keen to expand our services and provision to a wider area.
We have worked mainly with those in an unpaid carer’s role as well as supported those with confidence issues to develop themselves to become more active in their communities and seek employment and economic activity opportunities.
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- Community Futures
Community Futures was founded in 1934 in Manchester with the aim of relieving poverty during the depression years. The activity of the organisation has changed over time, but the focus has always been on the provision of services to support, develop and sustain community life.
Working across the whole county, we support, develop and empower local communities in a number of ways; helping to secure grant aid and statutory funding for communities to improve their physical and social environments (anything from refurbishing the community centre to providing defibrillators in local shops), providing the right information to community groups that need to know how to maintain or develop services (How do you write a tender? How do you get money for a good idea?), delivering a broad range of training (see our latest training brochure) to give community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals the confidence to make changes for themselves or the people they help.
Head Office for Community Futures is Brentwood House in Fulwood, Preston, where we provide back office services to members, hold meetings, deliver training and manage resources. Our staff team details are on the website, so feel free to contact whoever you would like to talk to. Whilst we encourage people to come and visit our offices (you will always be offered a guided tour and a cup of tea!), we prefer to take services to our members so we can get a real idea of how they operate and get to meet some of the people they support.
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- David Owen Associates Ltd
Tel: 01524 844249 / 07836 781760
David Owen Associates Limited is a management consultancy company who support clients in finding strategic and management solutions for culture, education, well-being and regeneration.
The company is founded on extensive practical experience, academic excellence and brings together associates and specialist partners.
David Owen Associates have worked with numerous local, regional, national and international clients – combining academic expertise with a wealth of successful experience in the private, public and 3rd sectors.
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- Divine Days Community Arts CIC
Contact: Katie Whitehead
Tel: 07896 137 236
Divine Days Community Arts CIC is set up to make the Arts accessible to all – we run various creative workshops including Music, Dance, Creative Art and Relaxation.
We have 3 Creative Dance groups for adults with additional needs and we perform in schools delivering interactive workshops to raise awareness and promote inclusion and acceptance. We also offer Creative Workshops for schools to explore themes around Health and Wellbeing and self expression.
Our Award Winning Creative Dance Groups are available for bookings whether as part of your training to raise awareness of additional needs or as part of your celebration event.
We offer a Sensory programme which we deliver in Dementia Care Homes and community settings.
We run Creative workshops for adults living with long term health conditions
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- Fleetwood Town Football Club Community Trust
Contact: Lisa Bennet
Tel: 01253 208442
Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust is a vibrant charitable organisation that is an independent charity working in partnership with Fleetwood Town Football Club. We provide sport, physical activity, emotional and mental health and wellbeing programmes, educational programmes and outreach and employability/ training courses.
We work with children, young people, adults and the elderly, often with a range of additional needs and barriers to inclusion to support and inspire individuals to become physically and emotionally healthy and build strong communities; through increased self-value and personal aspiration, within exciting and easily accessible programmes.
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- Furniture Matters
Vickers Ind Estate
Contact: Rachel Mackie
Tel: (01524) 426622
Furniture Matters is a local re-use and recycle charity who’s aim is to provide quality low cost furniture and other household goods to local people in need in the community; to reduce the amount of furniture,electrical items and other household goods that end up in landfill and to provide quality volunteering and training opportunities for local people, aiming to increase employment prospects for some of these people.
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- Global Amigos
Contact: Andy Neale
Tel: 01772 921522
What started as a group of mainly unrelated people wanting to try something different, has evolved into a self-supporting, volunteer-led, Preston-based social enterprise aiming to inspire, engage & support others locally and around the world.
Global Amigos is the umbrella company name for various North West activities that currently receive support from over a dozen dedicated volunteers. We receive no external funding; all monies are generated through commercial activities such as Dirrty Harry’s & from businesses choosing to advertise in Podio Magazine; the most effective way to advertise to Preston commuters, visitors & residents.
Volunteer-led, we all share similar passions & benefit in a host of ways. Want to be part of it? Get in touch to explore the possibilities.
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- Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre
Contact: Andrew Walmsley
Tel: (01706) 230116
We are here “For the Common Good” meeting the varying needs of the local community from pre-birth to old age. We would encourage you to visit us personally we believe this to be the best way for you to sample the full range of services that we have to offer.
Feel free to telephone, e mail or just ‘drop in’, you will be made most welcome.
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- Intact – Preston
Contact: Denise Hartley MBE
Tel: (01772) 760760
As part of our continued service and commitment to our local community, the rooms and facilities are available for a wide variety of needs. With our range of multi-purpose spaces and multi-agency partnership working Intact aim to meet all your requirements big or small.
Intact has much to offer to the local community with many facilities available. The community hall and kitchen, therapy room, computer suite and training room can be hired for a wide variety of activities or events.
The Intact Centre has easy wheelchair access and toilet facilities with a baby changing area. Car parking is available at the front of the building and an induction loop system is available in the Community Hall and Training Room.
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- Lancashire BME Network
Spring Hill Community Centre
Contact: Naz Zaman
Tel: (01254) 392974
Lancashire BME Network (LBN) is a recently formed entity, resulting from the merging of Lancashire Women’s Network (LWN) and Lancashire BME Pact (Pact) in 2014.
Having worked closely over their respective histories on a number of programmes and initiatives, the boards and members of each felt it appropriate to formally merge the two bodies in recognition of their complementary natures and common goals to support local marginalised communities. This also allows for better use to be made of existing resources in face of significantly increasing demand from both local communities and referral agencies.
LWN were formerly known as Lancashire Wide Network for Minority Ethnic Women and were established in 1996 as a result of Fair Play seminars looking at poor levels of economic activity amongst BME women. The Pact set up in 2003 after identifying a need amongst BME groups and organisations for specialist capacity building support. LWN were the only organisation in Pennine Lancashire to support BME women in a ‘joined up’ service and address the holistic wellbeing of each woman it engaged with. The Pact were a well-respected representative body, with a track record of supporting infrastructure and BME groups around a number of thematic issues and needs.
Having collaborated on various projects and programmes throughout their respective histories, the Boards and Members of LWN and Pact felt it appropriate to merge the two entities to better achieve their shared goals of supporting BME communities:
both had a strong emphasis on user involvement;
the boards of both were comprised of current and ex service users, as well as other key political, social, and economic stakeholders;
both delivered community based learning activities supporting the development of BME communities.
The newly formed body is continuing and building on these shared successes, but is now able to make better use of existing resources through a more integrated management and strategic intervention structure in empowering marginalised BME communities. The merger has also resulted in a widening of our remit and LBN is now able to work with all genders.
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- Lancashire Equalities Organisation Ltd
Contact: Zed Ali
Tel: 01254 304082
Lancashire Equalities Organisation 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.
Lancashire Equalities Organisation Ltd is strategically positioned within ONE Lancashire to act as a conduit for engagement with service providers and advocate for Social inclusion in Lancashire.
Our aims are:
- To support the health and wellbeing of BME communities of Lancashire
- To support the integration, empowerment and civic engagement of BME communities
- To tackle exclusion, discrimination and injustice
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- MercerHouse 1842 Ltd
Clayton le Moors
Contact: Nick Collingridge
Telephone: 01254 659427
MercerHouse 1842 is a not for profit organisation which aims to maintain Mercer House as a community and commercial resource to enable community projects, trading for social purpose and ownership of buildings and land to bring about long term social, economic and environmental benefits to local people.
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- N-Compass North West Ltd
Contact: Teresa Jennings
Tel: (01253) 362140
To enhance the health and well-being of people across the North West of England through providing localised, innovative and responsive services.
n-compass aims to be the innovative leader and preferred provider in the provision of advocacy, carers, counselling, health and well-being and volunteer development initiates and services, making a positive difference and enhancing life opportunities for adults and young people. n-compass will achieve this through developing and expanding its work as a specialist lead provider and by working collaboratively with key partners. Our commitment to establish effective partnerships is underpinned by acknowledging that no single organisation/sector can tackle deep-rooted social issues and problems alone. By working together we can create many more opportunities and take a co-ordinated approach to reach and support the communities we exist to support and to address the challenge of long-term sustainability for the services we delivery.
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- Optimum Links Communications
Contact: Hilton McAllister
Tel: 01524 37492
Optimum Links Communications is a Community Based Communication services company that markets a Telecoms Affinity programme which supports charities through direct donations and through increasing regular donations from existing donors.
Optimum Links Communications is a Telecom, Mobile, Data and IT Consultancy, Billing and Engineering company that also seeks to help charities directly through decreasing their communications costs. As you know communication costs can best be reduced by a mixture of applying the latest technologies, second-to-none customer service and through the reselling of bulk rate purchased data, mobile and telecoms.
We offer a complimentary Communications Audit, as well as a complimentary Cyber Security review.
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- Power of Music (North West) CIC
Tel: 07710 756894
Power of Music through music therapy, singing and sharing music deliver planned sessions that incorporate peer support and social interaction. Our music sessions are designed to help people and their families living with a long term condition such as dementia. Meeting people and sharing music on a regular basis encourages peer support creating important networking where people come together to share their experiences. The Power of Music CIC already has two Community Choirs called the “Songbirds” in West Lancashire. The project is to develop “Singing For Health” sessions delivered by some of our choir members and our choir facilitator within residential and day care settings for people living with a long term health condition such as dementia, COPD, stroke and mental health. The Power of Music has already worked with the British Lung Foundation, Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s society.
Our aim is to help and support people who can be isolated and dis-empowered as a result of the advanced stage of their dementia or other long term health conditions. These musical and personal interactions identify and build upon areas still intact in a person suffering the losses associated with the later stages of Alzheimer’s or, other forms of dementia or stroke such as memory, physical capacities, personality changes and accompanying loss of identity. Power of Music can deliver a “Singing for Health” programme designed to support care staff to develop their understanding of how music can benefit and support the emotional needs of people with dementia in the context of a person-centred approach to dementia care.
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- Pukar Disability Resource Centre
Contact: Younus Khan
Tel: 01772 822700
Pukar is a registered voluntary organisation that has been supporting people for over 20 years. Supporting people with disabilities, carers, vulnerable adults, people seeking employment. We work with organisations to promote education, provide Information advice & guidance. We are placed in the heart of Preston. We are able to support people who’s first language is not english. We work to promote independance and wellbeing. Our approach is person centred.
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- Recycling Lives
Contact: David Allen
Tel: (01772) 665940
The Recycling Lives charity acts as a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people. We offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place to call their own.
Our charity work is supported by the successful commercial activities of Recycling Lives Ltd, a Queen’s Award-winning recycler and waste management solutions provider.
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Contact: Joanne Mason
Tel: (01254) 291271
More info available in our brochure.
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- SHAPE Lancashire Community Interest Company
14 Church Road
Contact: Kate Eastwood and Mandy Foster
Tel: 07966 531797 or 07947 715123
SHAPE Lancashire is a newly established Community Interest Company. We aim to deliver projects in the community across Lancashire that will improve the lives of the people living there. We aim to deliver projects including, but not exclusive to, Sports, Health and Wellbeing, Enviromental, Volunteering.
Although newly established as a CIC, we have have been delivering projects in Lancashire for over 20 years in previous employment. We have delivered a wide range of projects and always deliver outcomes. We are passionate about what we do, and believe our strength is in community enagement.
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- SLYNCS (Strengthening Links between the Youth and Networks, Communities and Specialists)
Bangor Street Community Centre
Contact: Jaffer Ali Hussain
Tel: 07713 141663
SLYNCS is a Blackburn based youth empowerment charity working across East Lancashire. Our primary purpose is to support young people to become active citizens by enabling them to develop and deliver community projects and campaigns on issues that matter to them and their local communities. In addition, we enable young people to engage with decision makers from a range of sectors to ensure that the voices of young people are being listened to and championed.
In addition to our weekly work which is ran by developing and delivering youth forums, we manage a number of local, regional and national contracts including the National Citizen Service and receive funding from four different government departments which supports our work.
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- Smile Mediation
Contact: Karen Ainsworth
Tel: (01282) 436989
Smile is a not-for-profit organisation which helps to resolve conflict in our communities through mediation.
We are a limited company, with charitable status.
Smile is run by a small staff, supported by a team of trained volunteer mediators.
The service grew out of a Government initiative to look into housing problems which were blighting the Burnley and Coventry areas.
The demand for our services increased when the 2002 Homelessness Act compelled local authorities to make mediation available to homeless young people or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Smile went from strength-to-strength, constantly developing its range of its services. As well as supporting people in East Lancashire, our reach has gradually spread across the whole county, into Greater Manchester, parts of Yorkshire and beyond.
A growing reputation for high quality services enabled Smile to reach the point where it is now self-funding.
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- Spring into Action CIC
Tel: 07742 510496
Spring into Action is a provider of services for people with disabilities and/or specialist needs, offering developmental opportunities for children, young people and adults to help them to fulfill their potential. Working in partnership with other service providers in Lancashire, we aim to enable each individual to achieve their capacity for independence, self awareness and self determination.
Please visit Our Projects page to find out more about our current and future projects.
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- Strawberry Fields Training CIC
Contact: Paul Ireland
Tel: 01524 874246
At SFT we provide alternative education, training, aftercare and resettlement support to those engaged in the criminal justice system, alcohol & drug recovery services, and to vulnerable adults or young people struggling to cope in mainstream environments.
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- The Football League (Community) Ltd
t/a The Football League Trust
Edward VII Quay
Contact: Jules Ollerton
Tel: (01772) 325960
The Football League Trust is a national charity that uses the power of football to change people’s lives.
The FLT unites the inspirational work delivered across England and Wales by the dedicated network of community trusts associated to the 72 Football League clubs. Last year we engaged with over 1.5million people using the power of football to improve health, inspire education, reduce crime, increase participation and tackle many difficult social issues like drug abuse and homelessness. The Trust tackles society’s greater goals by inspiring people through powerful projects built upon a foundation of our four key themes;- sport, education, inclusion and health.
Each of the 72 Football League Clubs (Championship, League 1, League 2) has its own community trust. The charities have a combined annual turnover of over £44 million, and 2,500 members of staff, including teachers, coaches and professional health workers. Based in the heart of their communities ours trusts use the magnetism their club badge to connect with people,
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- The Growing Club
Contact: Jane Binnion
Tel: 01524 752723
After successfully running The Growing Club, a 12 month business growth club for women in business, we launched the CIC to provide training and support to women in the community who are interested in running their own business.
- We are focusing particularly on socially excluded women
- Women survivors of DV
- Women leaving prison
- Lone parents
- Women with disabilities
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- The Magdalene Project
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.
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- The Prospects Foundation
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.
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- The Sewing Rooms
Contact: Paula Gamester
Tel: 01695 550 772
The Sewing Rooms social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems. Our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances. We do this through bespoke training workshops and a manufacturing department that makes soft furnishings, accessories and bespoke upholstery for private and corporate clients.
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- UR Potential
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.
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- West Lancs CVS
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.
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