Our service will operate independently providing Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mediation and life skills. Our work will be sourced through local CIC’s, networking, care providers, GP’s and community hubs. As counsellors our services are universal to the needs of anyone who feels they would benefit from counselling. This could either be on a 1-2-1 basis or group sessions. Often, we find counselling is sought after particularly by individuals who are on the margins of society and have multiple, complex needs. It is well recognised that these groups have high levels of mental health amongst others. The company’s activities will provide benefit to our local area, where there is a high level of social and economic deprivation.
12 Million Minds is a CIC who help children and adults to understand their emotional health. We help them understand that behind every behaviour is an emotion and this helps to give them insight to their anxiety, worry and stress through emotional health coaching.
The Electric Sunshine Project offers creative experiences; workshops, events, projects and shows, and a new meeting place for communities. We aim to reduce barriers for children, families and adults in the Blackpool and Fylde coast areas to connect with their own creativity. We encourage people to think, unlock their creativity and grow in confidence while having fun. With our profits being reinvested into the local community, we are the only socially engaged theatre who use the arts as a transformative process to positively change the town of Blackpool. In August 2020, we look forward to moving into our new community creative hub on Blackpool prom; The Old Electric.
How Selnet are supporting Lancashire’s social enterprises through Covid-19:
Selnet believe that social enterprise can transform lives and change the world for social good. Now more than ever, the skills, passion and expertise of social enterprises are needed to support our vulnerable and marginalised communities who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
We are seeing Lancashire’s phenomenal social enterprises step up, innovate and collaborate to respond to need; whether that’s getting good food out to disadvantaged communities and maintaining critical services for marginalised people, to manufacturing masks for the NHS and providing advice and support for entrepreneurs.
The Selnet team are working hard to continue delivery of the social enterprise partnerships we lead and helping our amazing sector in Lancashire stay connected, up to date and supported:
The Covid-19 pandemic is presenting uncertainty and challenges to our organisations, teams and the communities we support. As your social enterprise network, Selnet are here to help you navigate through this uncharted territory. We will do everything we can to support you now and as we adapt to ‘the new normal’… So keep in touch!
Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund – As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.
DEFRA Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme – The grant aims to provide immediate support for a limited period of time to help to feed those most vulnerable due to the economic impacts of Covid-19. This ensures that they can access a continual supply of food in a time of increased demand. This will feed numerous economically vulnerable groups including the homeless, the elderly and those in rehabilitation.
Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. The #AskForHelp service is available to all Lancashire business owners. Call 0800 488 0057 to discuss all business issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. Our team will advise where possible, as well as directing businesses to expert advisers across Lancashire.
We have also built a dedicated #AskForHelp hub with resilience guides, access to Government updates and partner advice as well information about webinars, virtual drop-in sessions and other support.
A Lancashire-wide relief efforthas been launched to support those in isolation by utilising the spare capacity of hospitality businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lancashire County Councilare continuing to work with colleagues in the NHS and Public Health England to do everything we can to delay the spread of coronavirus and ensure the people of Lancashire are protected.
Blackpool Council– Blackpool Council’s business support team is in the process of setting up a dedicated helpline to ensure that local businesses can access the support announced by the Chancellor. Details will be issued on this website shortly.
NCVO have also taken down all pay walls on the Knowhow website. This means that all online content is now free to all to use. So, whether it’s information about governance or online training for staff who are working from home unable to do their jobs, they hope this will provide that little bit of extra support.
We want to do everything we can to help you, and the people you support, weather the storm. This blog shares links to resources you might find useful. We’ll update it as new resources become available or visible to us.
Co-operatives UK have put together a guide on HR issues answering questions such as ‘how do we treat employees who follow guidance to self-isolate?’ and ‘what about parents who are off work because their child’s school has closed?’.
Shelter: Coronavirus housing advice and resources to support for helping those who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic
Groundswell: Resources to support people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. All developed together with people who have been homeless themselves.
National business and employer support
Chamber of CommerceAs the situation surrounding coronavirus / COVID-19 continues to unfold the Chamber is working hard to keep you informed. With advice constantly changing and new support becoming available the Chamber will be sending regular updates to give you the information businesses need.
This Federation for Small Business(FSB) guideincludes sections on if you have to close your organisation, business insurance, advice for employers and measures for the workplace. It’s aimed at small businesses but the advice is also relevant to small charities, social enterprises, community businesses and impact organisations.
We support the Lancashire Skills and Employment Advisory Panel which have responsibility for skills and employment priorities in Lancashire, and are part of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Our focus is to create the conditions for a balanced, skilled and inclusive labour market to underpin economic well-being, productivity and growth across the LEP area.
We work with a wide range of partners to deliver our priorities which fit into the following four strategic themes, Future Workforce, Inclusive Workforce, Skilled and Productive Workforce and an Informed Approach.
Selnet and the Lancashire Skills Hub have secured funding from the Community Foundation for Lancashire, to provide digital devices and connectivity to disadvantaged over 50s in Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.
Applications for support through Digital Freedom 50+ must be completed by approved Distribution Partners, on individual beneficiaries’ behalf. The funding for this project has secured a limited number of devices for residents in every district in the County, ensuring the 14 Lancashire districts are equally resourced.
Working in partnership
Applications for organisations to become Distribution Partners are now closed. Applicants will receive further information in due course.
Over 40 organisations working with local residents have expressed an interest in becoming Distribution Partners, to apply for digital devices and connectivity on behalf of disadvantaged over 50s. We will be issuing guidance and opening applications for devices at the beginning of September. As the funding is limited, we can only support a limited number of applications and therefore the project is making awards based on eligibility and clearly evidenced need, on a first come, first served basis.
Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a national programme from The National Lottery Community Fund who are matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.
Selnet is leading three specialist partnership projects that are delivering support across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen; ‘Age of Opportunity’, ‘Invest in Youth’ and ‘Changing Futures’ are unique in being delivered by 45 exclusively Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Organisations.
Each partner brings specific expertise in supporting disadvantaged people, and combine to provide individually tailored support, helping each participant to understand, address and overcome a wide range of barriers that they have identified will help them most. Participating in support from any of the 3 BBO projects is voluntary, free to access and does not affect rights to benefits.
BBO is dedicated to improving the prospects and wellbeing of people who are struggling with the kinds of complex barriers that make them ‘hard to reach’ for mainstream employment and training support services; these can include issues around mental health, low self-esteem and low confidence, health problems or disabilities, caring responsibilities, debt, low or no skills, access to childcare, BME, LGBT, chaotic lifestyles and substance misuse.
Initially, 3 years’ funding was secured for 3270 disadvantaged people to benefit from tailored support overcome complex barriers and move towards work and training.
As a result of the successful delivery of these 3 projects, our funding was extended to 2022, allowing a further 2960 disadvantaged people to receive support through the programme in Lancashire.
Building Better Opportunities Lancashire will now be able to support 6230 people over the lifetime of the programme. Here are some of the people whose lives have been transformed by the support they have received:
Early in the programme we commissioned a social enterprise filmmaker to capture the impacts of the programme from the perspectives of delivery partners and participants:
Perhaps one of our projects could help you or someone you know?
Selnet led a 12-month process of developing three Lancashire-wide partnerships to provide specialist employability and skills support to disadvantaged people. Two projects began in August 2016; the ‘Age of Opportunity’, supports the over-50s, and ‘Invest in Youth’, supports young people aged 15-24. The third project, ‘Changing Futures’, began in February 2017 and supports people with multiple and complex barriers to employment.
In 2019, Selnet were successful in securing extensions to all 3 projects, bringing a total of £14.7M into Lancashire over the lifetime of the BBO programme.
To find out more, click on the links below to visit the project pages:
The Age of Opportunity project supports people who are over 50 and currently unemployed or economically inactive to improve their skills and employment opportunities.
The Invest in Youth project supports young people aged 15-24 who are unemployed or economically inactive including those not in employment, education or training ‘NEET’ or at risk of becoming NEET, to improve their skills and employability.
The Changing Futures project supports individuals who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market to overcome multiple and complex barriers and move towards employment and training.
Background Information on European Funding in Lancashire
The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme provides funds to help local areas stimulate growth. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.
A single ESIF Growth Programme has been set up to combine three separate European Funds. The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England that create jobs and economic growth.
For more information:
Lancashire LEP developed arrangements to ‘opt-in’ to the Big Lottery Fund (now known as The National Lottery Community Fund) to enable Lancashire to build a strong foundation for social inclusion programmes. This resulted in a £12.5m project for Lancashire in Building Better Opportunities joint funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund that will encompass 5 Lancashire projects.
Specialist SEND (special educational Needs & Disability) (legally based) advice support and advocacy services. We work within the community developing and delivering specialist services across education, health and social care. We are a neurodiverse organisation and employer.
Provision of support and training services to entrepreneurs with barriers to employment. Foundation digital skills training that adults need to safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world. Breaking the cycle of reoffending through entrepreneurship. We help people with convictions grow sustainable businesses. Inspiring entrepreneurship in young people who are most at-risk of being drawn into crime and violence in our communities.
Social Enterprise Lancashire Network