- 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
- Age UK Lancashire
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.
Contact: Dave Packwood
Tel: 0151 488 1100
As one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, Barnardo’s works directly with 248,000 children, young people, parents and carers every year. We run over 996 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
Every Barnardo’s service is different but each believes in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.
- Best at Solutions (CIC)
118 Clifton Drive
Contact: Catherine Best
Tel: 07443 606312
We are inspired every day by the commitment and tenacity of those who support children/young people in schools or in extracurricular enrichment centres in a voluntary capacity to gain vocational experience. Today’s job market is competitive and we aim to provide those people with that extra knowledge to ensure that they are successful in gaining suitable employment. We also believe that in this area of high percentage house repossession, suicide, divorce and unemployment, the children involved are very often the ‘forgotten’ factor, needing specialist support to help them cope with personal issues and raise attainment, therefore not perpetuating the ‘cycle of deprivation’ any further.
As a company we run 1 day and short courses to enhance the professional skills of those who support children/young people with SEN, additional needs, mental health issues and those who live in areas of high socio economic deprivation, in any kind of voluntary capacity eg youth centres; schools; uniformed organisations. We also work with and support older teenagers and adults in a personal capacity, who are possibly out of work, retired or still in education, who are grieving or struggling to cope with a loss, the breakdown of a relationship or similar.
- Brighter Future Workshop
Contact: Peter Cousins MBE
Brighter Future Workshop (BFW) is a multi-award winning charity and Social Enterprise that exists to help people with disabilities to regain or retain their mobility by providing new and recycled mobility equipment and aids at a cost effective price.
Brighter Future Workshop has a clear vision for change in two critical areas, firstly to provide supported training places to young disabled people (otherwise thrown on life’s scrapheap) to enable them to have far better chances in life, and to make their own informed choices. Secondly, to reduce or prevent thousands of pieces of reusable mobility equipment from ending up in landfill sites – including wheel-chairs, power chairs, scooters, electric rise-and-recline chairs, fully-functional hospital beds etc. -, by recycling them in our fully-equipped workshop and returning the equipment back into the needy, disabled community.
The scale of mobility equipment that ends up in land fill is truly horrendous; some mobility equipment providers scrap countless 1,000s of pieces of valuable mobility equipment a year, e.g. damaged or at the prescribed end of life. Most of this equipment could, after being recycled, be put back into the disabled community for reuse.
- Brothers of Charity Services
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.’
- Certain Curtain Theatre
Contact: Claire Moore
Tel: 01772 731024
A not-for-profit professional touring theatre company – specialising in writing and producing original dynamic live theatre. Often exploring important social issues; domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, gun crime. Established in 1989 the company tours across the UK taking live theatre to community spaces improving access to the arts and utilising theatre for the education of all.
- Communicate SLT CIC
Contact: Jill Threlfall
Tel: 01253 462123
2017 will mark Communicate’s 6 year anniversary of delivering high quality, needs led and effective services within the North West. Whilst celebrating the achievements of the last six years, we will take the opportunity to review our mission, vision and values as a foundation for the future. We aim to establish a 5 year strategic plan based on the key drivers of Sustainability, Team, Leadership and High Quality to support Communicate’s continued growth and development. We are looking forward to continuing working in partnership to maximise life chances by enabling effective Speech, Language and Communication.
Contact: Sarah Calderbank
Tel: 07597 942494
DanceSyndrome is an inclusive arts charity that aims to inform and empower people through dance. Our trained dancers, both with and without learning disabilities, work alongside each other to offer community dance workshops for anyone who wants to improve their physical health and personal wellbeing. As well as offering community dance workshops across the North West, we also provide dance leadership training to empower people with and without learning disabilities to become Dance Leaders and to gain the knowledge, skills and ability to co-deliver inclusive dance sessions. DanceSyndrome also perform live at a variety of public and private events across the UK, including community showcases, festivals, fundraising events, national conferences, AGMs, universities, schools and even parties and weddings! DanceSyndrome opens eyes. A performance allows us to share with you how powerful dance can be and allows us to challenge perceptions and demonstrate ability rather than disability.
- Debs Connell Psychotherapist & Development Coach
39 Back Lane
Contact: Debs Connell
Tel: 01254 234580
As a psychotherapist I use an eclectic mix of techniques to help clients overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues in a way that suits them. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
As a Development Coach I help and empower clients to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals. Using an integrative and collaborative approach, I work with individuals, groups and organisations. I am a member of the International Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Coaching (IANPC).
- Disability Advice West Lancs
2nd Floor Whelmar House
Contact: Tony Lewis
Tel: 01695 51819
Our organisation is an independent dynamic charity which has grown significantly since 1981. Our ultimate aim is to provide high quality, tailored information, advice and practical guidance to disabled people and carers – helping them to alleviate their social and economic circumstances and remove barriers. We use tried and tested self-help tools to enable them to develop the resources to equip themselves for informed choices about how they wish to live their lives.
- 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
- Fingerprints Person Centred Support & Recovery Services CIC
The Recovery & Wellbeing Zone
23 South King Street
Contact: Brian Morrison
Tel: 01772 89 5283
Fingerprints is an Addiction, Mental Health & Survivors Recovery Organisation.
We run abstinence based support services.
1-2-1 Mentoring, Mutual Aid Support Groups and Holistic Therapies.
We work with each individual to develop and deliver their very own unique support package, to cover their needs.
No 2 x individuals are the same, just like No 2 x fingerprints are the same.
- In Di Go Dedicated Care and Support CIC
Contact: Diane Marie Price
Tel: 07505 353508
In Di Go’s vision – is a society where all children & 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. In Di Go works with disabled children young people 0 to 25yrs and their families including siblings. in Di Go provides person centred care with a holistic approach – has a can do attitude. The company works to develop confidence and self esteem in disbaled children and young people 0 to25 yrs and their families including siblings. The service is qualitative and shaped to meet the needs of service users. Providing one to one Short breaks – supporting, encouraging and enabling social inclusion in the local community reducing social isolation and give parent carers much needed respite. Saturday Clubs, small group activities. The company provides a voice for parent/ carers at meetings with social care, health, education or welfare benefits (support them with forms and letters). Other parents and carers find it difficult to speak in meetings about their child or young person, or do not understand the jargon. In Di Go will listen and hear what it is the parent/ carer and disabled child want to say and will support, encourage and empower them to say what it is they want to say.
- Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd
112-116 Tulketh Brow
Contact: Peter Green
Tel: (01772) 333800
Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd was established in 1983 to provide supported housing for individuals with Learning Difficulties. We continue to do this and also support individuals with Mental Health conditions, Physical Disabilities, Autism, Sensory Impairments and Dementia.
We have a long history in Social Enterprise and all of our Social Enterprises’s have been established to provide better opportunities in life, and the employment market, for people with disabilities & long term conditions. We offer placements related to wood recycling, horticulture and gardening, handyman services, decorating, retail and packaging.
- Inter Madrassah Organisation
Contact: Stephen Jones
Tel: 07973 860717
A grassroots charity based in the heart of Blackburn. We have been operating since 2006 and work with young and old people in supporting them on various health & wellbeing, education & employability and Sports & Development.
Our work got recognised in 2016 by her Majesty and we were awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Services.
Our strength is in engaging with BAME, Assulym and Refugee community and we as an organisation are big in engaging and supporting all.
- Life Long Song Ltd
165 Blackburn Rd
Contact: Janet Wright
Tel: 01257 276178
‘Life Long Song’ is a service offering a musical experience to the community focusing on the Third and Fourth Age. We believe that there is a great need for initiatives that support the well-being and productivity of older people. We aim to draw people together to experience all aspects of shared music-making and singing. Within the framework we have developed of musical activity and communication, many immediate benefits are realised. These are social, emotional, physiological and cognitive.
Participants are seated in a circle where they are able to move, communicate, listen, watch and respond. There are warm-up songs, a welcome song, responses encouraged to interesting recorded music, appropriate and meaningful use of instruments and sound makers to fit with a song or recording, all adding enjoyment. Activities might include the use of stimulating props (scarves, ribbons, parachutes etc.)
Ali and Janet work together to ensure pace and awareness of the needs and skills of the group. With this level of mutual support it is possible to develop part work, both instrumental and vocal. Music enables, enriches and energises.
- Listening Tree CIC
Contact: Sally Proctor
Tel: 01257 752192
Listening Tree CIC is a counselling consultancy & training service dedicated to improving emotional well-being & mental health in children & young people.
We provide support both directly & indirectly to children, young people, school staff & other professionals through training, supervision & consultancy.We have a particular interest in bereavement support as this is where a lot of our passion and expertise lies.
- Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd
2 Penrose Place
Contact: Anita Cooke
Tel: (01695) 555316
Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd, inaugurated in 1995 as a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee is a leading Social Enterprise. From a six and a half acre site and state of the art, purpose built accommodation in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire it provides vocational training and supported employment in a caring environment for young people and adults with learning difficulties. At the same time it creates business and trading opportunities with public sector, private sector and voluntary/community sector organisations offering a wide range of products and services.
Those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market have the opportunity to take part in ‘real live’ work activities in a choice of occupational areas including Horticulture, Woodwork, Business Administration, Retail, Hospitality & Catering. At the same time they are encouraged to work towards nationally recognised vocational qualifications ranging from basic entry level to NVQ level 2. Training and assessments are carried out by our own professional teaching staff. Health and Social Care needs are met by qualified health & social care practioners who give just the right level of support to ensure individuals are able to enjoy taking part in their daily work and training activities.
The whole focus of Midstream is to improve the quality of working lives of people who through no fault of their own are disadvantaged in the labour market and allowing them to make their contribution to the world of work.
- 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.
- Pathways Associates CIC
St James Court West
Contact: Lynn James-Jenkinson
Tel: (07970) 900226
First and foremost Pathways Associates Community Interest Company is committed to supporting individuals to take control of all aspects of their lives as described by the 12 pillars of independent living (www.southamptoncil.co.uk). These were identified by disabled people and will, if met, enable them to fully participate in society and lead to people being in control of their own lives with the support they, at the level they need for as long as they need it. Pathways Associates are committed to securing these needs, both locally and nationally through the training, consultancy and research we provide.
Pathways operates as a social enterprise reinvesting surplus into supporting research, (which will extend beyond health and social care into any area of life, community or society) and developments in the health and social care field which promote our principles and make our services available at a subsidised rate (or largely free) to people who may be entitled to health and social care services and their families.
We seek to attract funding from external sources in order to support the work we do and our partnerships with other organisations which share our values.
We offer 3 types of membership:
- Individual membership
- Subscriber membership
- Associate membership
- Piccadilly Garden Ltd
Contact: Andrea Crook
Tel: (01524) 847685
Piccadilly Garden Limited is based in Scotforth and has a well established Plant centre, offering a varied range of Shrubs, Perennials, annuals,herbs and vegetable plants. We are also a supplier to landscape firms and allotment holders.
As well as the plant centre we have a recycling team who collect garden waste, deliver mulches, logs and topsoil by the bag or in larger quantites.
Our nursery onsite produces and supplies the plant centre and also makes up planters, hanginging baskets and wreaths.
The final part of our organisation is the garden maintenance team, who have contracts in the local area.
Piccadilly Garden provides day time opportunities to people with a learning disability, this is mainly in a horticultural enviroment but also we access outside placements and training for individuals. Training is also available onsite in horticulture and woodwork to the local community through Lancaster and Morecambe College.
We are open throughout the year, Monday to Friday.
Saturdays, May-September and December.
Times of opening are 9 o’clock- 4 o’clock.
- 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.
- Spiral Health CIC
Contact: Tracey Bush
Tel: (07789) 720636
“The company’s activities will be carried on for the benefit of patients (aged 18+ years) requiring seamless intermediate care rehabilitation services in order to prevent hospital admission and to facilitate earlier discharge from acute hospital care..”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unique Kidz & Co
Unique Kidz and Co
Contacts: Denise or Jane
Tel: 01524 831132
Unique Kidz & Co is The Brainchild of two mums of children with Special Needs.
Unable to find any suitable childcare that would meet the needs of their children, they set up an Ofsted Registered Afterschool and Holiday Club for Children and Young People with Disabilities aged from 3 years to 19 years old. Siblings are also welcome.
Graded Outstanding by Ofsted in their first visit, the Club goes from strength to strength. With well over 100 children on the register Unique Kidz and Co are already looking to expand the business.