Community Support & Centres


  • Advocacy Focus

    54 Blackburn Rdadvocacy-focus
    BB5 1LE

    Contact: Bushra Yaqoob

    Telephone: 0300 323 0965



    About Us

    Advocacy Focus provides:

    1. statutory mental health advocacy (IMHA) in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool
    2. mental health advocacy in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
    3. statutory mental capacity advocacy (IMCA) in Blackpool, Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
    4. advocacy support for people with health and social care related issues in Blackurn with Darwen
    5. advocacy support for young people with learning disabilities through their transition from children to adult services (East Lancashire)
    6. 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
    Email: contact[at]




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  • Brierfield Action in the Community

    1-3 Colne Roadbrierfield-action-logo1-300x197
    BB9  5HW

    Contact: Naheed Ashraf

    Tel: (01282) 696100



    About Us

    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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  • Chorley VCFS Network

    35-39 Fazakerly StreetChorley VCFS Network
    PR7 2SW


    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

    Boulevard Centrecommunity-cvs-logo
    45 Railway Road
    BB1 1EZ

    Contact: Garth Hodkinson

    Tel: (01254) 583957


    About Us

    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

    C/O All Souls BoltonCES Logo
    Astley Street
    BL1 8EY

    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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  • Divine Days Community Arts CIC

    Divine Days Logo

    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

    Highbury StadiumFTFC
    Park Avenue
    FY7 6TX

    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 Estatefurniture-matters
    Mellishaw Lane
    LA3 3FB

    Contact: Rachel Mackie

    Tel: (01524) 426622



    About Us

    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

    Cotton Court Business Centre
    PR1 3BY

     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

    Bury Rdhaslingden
    BB4 5PG

    Contact: Andrew Walmsley

    Tel: (01706) 230116



    About Us

    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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  • Helping Hand Limited

    29-35 Ripon Roadhelpinghand
    FY1 4DY

    Contact: JillThrelfall

    Tel: (01253) 621366



    About Us

    Helping Hand is a Blackpool based Christian charity, covering the Fylde Coast that assists the church to respond to the needs of people who have problems, such as drug and alcohol misuse, poverty and homelessness and who are not integrated with society.

    Our main aim is to help our clients back into society by working in partnership with organisations, landlords and employers to provide emotional support, accommodation and training.



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  • Intact – Preston

    The Centre
    49 Whitby AvenueIntact Logo
    PR2 3YP

    Contact: Denise Hartley MBE

    Tel: (01772) 760760



    About Us

    The Centre

    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
    Exchange Street
    BB5 0JD

    Contact: Naz Zaman

    Tel: (01254) 392974



    LBN Logo


    About Us

    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

    Education & Community Zonelancashire-equalities-organisation-ltd
    37 Brown Street
    BB5 ORS

    Zed Ali

    Tel: 01254 304082




    About Us

    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

    Mercer HouseMercerHouse logo
    Charles Street
    Clayton le Moors
    BB5 5PS

    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

     3 Errigal Housencompass
    Avroe Crescent
    FY4 2DP

    Contact: Teresa Jennings

    Tel: (01253) 362140



    About Us

    Our Vision
    To enhance the health and well-being of people across the North West of England through providing localised, innovative and responsive services.

    Our Mission
    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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  • Pukar Disability Resource Centre

    3-5 Oakham Court
    PR1 3XP

    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

    Recycling Lives Centrerecycling lives
    Essex Street
    PR1 1QE

    Contact: David Allen

    Tel: (01772) 665940



    About Us

    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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  • SAMS

    SAMS @ Energy Zonesams-logo
    Newfield Drive
    BB2 3UA

    Contact: Joanne Mason

    Tel: (01254) 291271



    About Us

    More info available in our brochure.



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  • SHAPE Lancashire Community Interest Company

    14 Church Road
    Bamber Bridge
    PR1 3BQ


    Contact: Kate Eastwood and Mandy Foster


    Tel: 07966 531797 or 07947 715123

    Email: /


    About Us

    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
    Norwich Street
    BB1 6NZ

     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

    The School Housesmile mediation
    Smirthwaite Street
    BB11 4AZ

    Contact: Karen Ainsworth

    Tel: (01282) 436989



    About Us

    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

    Contact: Lucy Hamlinspring into action

    Tel: 07742 510496



    About Us

    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

    South Placestrawberry fields training cic logo
    1 Meeting House Lane
    LA1 1TQ

    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
    Navigation Way
    PR2 2Y

    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

    45 Meadow Park
    LA2 0NH

    Contact: Jane Binnion

    Tel: 01524 752723





    About Us

    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
    • Unemployed
    • Women with disabilities



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  • The Magdalene Project

    P.O Box 29
    OL13 8AF

    Contact: Irene Alderson

    Tel: 01706 870939



    About Us

    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

    Prospects Environment Centreprospects foundation
    54 Broadway
    BB5 1EW

    Contact: Mike Stapleford

    Tel: (01254) 230348



    About Us

    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 or contact Mike on 01254 230348.



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  • UR Potential

    Project Officeurpotential
    296 Central Drive
    FY1 5JW

    Contact: Deborah Terras

    Tel: 01253 344398



    About Us

    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

    Ecumenical Centre
    WN8 6LU

    Contact: Martin Trengrove

    Tel: (01695) 733737



    About Us

    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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