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Tender Opportunity – Employability Skills Provision for Building Better Opportunities – Age of Opportunity (Lancashire) Phase 3

Selnet is looking to select 2 suitably qualified and experienced organisations to provide employability skills support to Age of Opportunity participants from within Lancashire. Proposals are sought from organisations that can demonstrate competence in engaging with and delivering relevant support to people aged 50 and over with multiple and complex barriers into employment, training or education.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th February 2022 at 1pm

https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=46e1e889-9362-ec11-8110-005056b64545&p=e0cc5631-4690-e511-80fb-000c29c9ba21

If you are interested in the opportunity or have any questions please follow the instructions within the portal above.

Age of Opportunity is part of Lancashire’s Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).

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Rainbow Youth Centre

Contact: Martin Needham

Tel: 01254 720740


Email:
office@rainbowyouthcentre.com

Web: www.rainbowyouthcentre.com

   

 

ABOUT US

We are youth hub specialising in helping young members of the LGBTQI+ community with mental health issues & social anxiety, we act as a safe space for young people to come, and be themselves ask for help or advice, or just to find a friend.

 

WAYS TO TRADE WITH THIS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

The Rainbow Youth Centre have an online shop selling various items to help raise funds for the centre.

 


 

 

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Project Compliance Officer – Job Advert

Do you like delving into the detail? Are numbers & data your thing? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Social Enterprise Lancashire Network (Selnet) are looking to recruit a full-time Project Compliance Officer to join our friendly & supportive team, working on the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme in Lancashire.

The Building Better Opportunities projects aim to support unemployed people who are furthest away from the job market and identify, reduce and/or remove barriers, helping them to start learning, training or working.  Selnet provides the project management function for our three Building Better Opportunities projects and our 30 delivery partners deliver employment support direct to project participants. We are looking for someone new to join our project management team to help us run these impactful projects.

This role requires an analytical approach with an eye for detail, along with critical & creative problem solving skills. You will liaise with the project delivery partners to ensure the compliance of financial and participant related documents, review financial claims information submitted and ensure evidence is recorded and compliant with the rules and regulations determined by our joint funders; National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and European Social Fund (ESF).

The successful candidate will be subject to a six-month probationary period and it is anticipated the post will be funded until June 2023.  

This post is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Benefits:

  • £22,232 with 2% increase in January 2023
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Company pension scheme (10% company contribution)
  • Flexible working
  • Combination of home and office working
  • Cycle to work loan scheme
  • Access to mental health and wellbeing resources
  • Two days paid per year for volunteering
  • Closing date for applications Monday 31st January 1pm

 

Documents

SELNET Application for Employment 2021

BBO Monitoring Compliance Officer – Person Specification

BBO Monitoring Compliance Officer – Job Description

 

Selnet is a company limited by guarantee. Company number 05671228.

 


 

 

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Selnet Awards 2021 – And the winners are

Lancashire’s social enterprise teams “perform miracles:
day after day after day”

Social Enterprises across Lancashire celebrated and promoted for their phenomenal impacts and achievements throughout Covid at the Enterprise in Society Awards 2021

On 2nd December 2021, at the Crow Wood Hotel, Burnley, Selnet’s 10th awards event for social enterprises highlighted how social businesses adapted services to Covid challenges, in order to continue supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people across Lancashire.

Selnet is the lead organisation representing social enterprises across Lancashire, increasing our sector’s competitiveness, sustainability and impact. We support and enable the vital work of frontline social enterprises, from training, to contract delivery and enabling partnerships.

Social enterprises across Lancashire have gone above and beyond expectations in response to Covid-19, helping people in crisis and keeping lives together. Our phenomenal sector deserves the recognition, celebration and wider promotion, joining together and sharing impactful stories in person at the Enterprise in Society Awards 2021.

The story from Twitter

And the winners are!


Start-Up Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by The Sewing Rooms

Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year 2021, sponsored by The Sewing Rooms, awarded by co-Directors Paula Gamester and Maureen Fazal to Growing Resilience CIC:

Startup Social Enterprise of the Year winners Growing Resilience CIC ©Andy Ford

“We are just under a year old, set up to support people around mental health. Teaching people how to cook with foodbank items, horticulture, introducing different concepts of mental health, meditation, conflict resolution, chaotic lifestyles, becoming physically and mentally better, working with UCLan to support LGBTQ+ communities and homeless people.” Glen Duckett, Growing Resilience CIC.

 

Highly commended award presented to We Be Kids CIC (collected by Suzanne Murray, Groundwork)

Shortlisted were Beanstalk Business Support CIC, Growing Resilience, Mindsight and We Be Kids CIC.

 

Small Social Enterprise of the Year
Presented by awards judge Adam Holden

The category ‘Small Social Enterprise of the Year’ category was highlighted as the category celebrating ‘the lifeblood of our sector’, presented by judge Adam Holden and awarded to Divine Days Creative Arts:

Small Social Enterprise of the Year winners Divine Days ©Andy Ford

We tackle inequalities with health, working with people with complex needs or disabilities, helping them access social entrepreneurship we use the arts predominantly. Everyone in our category is phenomenal, so we are just so thrilled, everyone is just absolutely wonderful, and we are absolutely honoured!” Katie Whitehead, MD.

 

Highly commended award presented to Let’s Grow Preston.

Shortlisted were Barks and Recreation, Brew Me Sunshine, Divine Days Creative Arts, Let’s Grow Preston and SHAPE Lancashire.

 

Large Social Enterprise of the Year
Sponsored by Unity Trust Bank

Large Social Enterprise of the Year category was sponsored by Unity Trust Bank, and announced and presented by Margaret Porter to Furniture Matters:

Large Social Enterprise of the Year winners Furniture Matters ©Andy Ford

“I didn’t expect this at all, we’re 20 years old, we work in Morecambe and the surrounding area of Morecambe, through Covid we really came into our own, what we’re about is helping people in need, in crisis, – where others closed around us, we kept on going and honestly, we had a really great 18 months!” – Steph Buchanan, Manager at Furniture Matters.

 

Shortlisted were Child Action Northwest, Furniture Matters (Calico Enterprise Ltd), Intact, Lancashire Women, Recycling Lives Social Enterprises and Travel Assist.

 

Social Enterprise Covid Hero
Sponsored by Recycling Lives Commercial

The Covid Hero category recognises the great efforts that organisations have gone to over the last 18 months; the new category Covid Hero, presented by David Allen on behalf of the sponsor ‘Recycling Lives Commercial’ to @TheGrange Community Centre:

Social Enterprise Covid Hero winners @TheGrange Community Centre ©Andy Ford

“The Grange is right sat the centre of Grange Park in Blackpool, we support the residents of Grange Park, during Covid while services closed, we stayed open and we supported the people that were the most vulnerable – most of all what came to light out of it, is there are some very vulnerable people who were not known to use before Covid, but now they are known and have support and care put into place so a lot of good has come out of the work that was done during lockdowns – we did meals on wheels, Christmas dinners, housed people off the streets – and that support just continues and continues. We’re very proud of what we do!” Ellen Ryan @TheGrange

Alistair Clarke reflected the crowd’s response: “Amazing, amazing organisation!”

 

Shortlisted were CANWe Solutions CIC, Intact, New Era Enterprises, The Sewing Rooms and @TheGrange Community Centre.

 

Work and Training Social Enterprise of the Year
Sponsored by Livv Housing

The Work and Training Social Enterprise of the Year category was presented by judge Paula Brown on behalf of sponsor by Livv Housing to Brew Me Sunshine.

Alistair Clarke said “The winners can’t be here tonight – why? Because they’re on their Christmas party!”

Work and Training Social Enterprise of the Year winners Brew Me Sunshine, from Facebook (post Awards)

VideoThank you very much for this award, it means so much here to us at Brew Me Sunshine, it’s been really rewarding to see our volunteers overcome their challenges and develop their confidence and skills throughout our training schemes – it’s been even greater to see one of those volunteers join our team as a member of staff, who will also get a  well-deserved nomination in one of the other categories this evening. We are incredibly proud of our team and we are not just a café that serves a cup of coffee and delicious cakes. We continue to be a safe, accessible community space for some of the most isolated members of our community. Thank you again and you are all very welcome to see us here at Brew Me Sunshine to celebrate the hard work of all of those this evening”
Claire Lloyd – Cafe Manager

 

Shortlisted were AFC Fylde Community Foundation, Brew Me Sunshine, Calico Enterprise Ltd, Child Action Northwest, Recycling Lives (Social Enterprises) Ltd and Social Enterprise Solutions.

 

Social Enterprise Employee of the Year
Awarded by Selnet Membership Lead, Yvette Holden

Employee of the Year, presented by Selnet Membership Lead, Yvette Holden, awarded to Natalie Hall of CANWe Solutions.

Social Enterprise Employee of the Year winner Natalie Hall of CANWe Solutions, award accepted by Michelle Dixon ©Andy Ford

Accepting the award on her behalf was Michelle Dixon, Head of Service at Child Action Northwest: “I have the pleasure of working with Natalie and her team. She’s heavily pregnant and was advised to take some time off to rest! Working with Natalie she’s amazing, she gives her all to everything – on behalf of Natalie thank you very much!”

 

Shortlisted were Carl Simms of Child Action Northwest, Craig Kirby of The Sewing Rooms, Jez Palmer of CANWe Solutions CIC, Julie Smith of SHAPE Lancashire, Natalie Hall of CANWe Solutions CIC and Vicky Hutchinson of Lancashire Women.

 

Striving for Equality Award 
Sponsored by Calico Enterprises

The Striving for Equality award was sponsored by Calico Enterprises and presented by Sam Howarth to Equalities and Justice Northwest.

Striving for Equality Award winners Equalities and Justice Northwest ©Andy Ford

Presented to Zed Ali, Chief Officer: “We help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector to implement best practice policies that promote equality. We provide advice and advocacy on a whole range of practical issues and we are absolutely blown away to win this award, all I can say is thank you!”

 

Shortlisted were Child Action Northwest, Equalities & Justice Northwest and URPotential.

 

Environmental Champion of the Year
Presented by Chair of Selnet, Graham Jones

Environmental Champion of the Year winners Recycling Lives Social Enterprise ©Andy Ford

The Environmental Champion award was awarded to Recycling Lives Social Enterprise, and presented by the Chair of Selnet, Graham Jones:

When asked how he would sum up what Recycling Lives’ actions are, he said:

“I think that in a nutshell, I have a team that perform miracles, day after day after day”. Alasdair Jackson, Operations Director at Recycling Lives.

 

Shortlisted were Furniture Matters (part of Calico Enterprise), Let’s Grow Preston and Recycling Lives (Social Enterprises) Ltd.

 

Volunteer of the Year
Presented by Selnet’s Deputy CEO, Donna Marshall

Volunteer of the Year winner Jessica Marina Bridge of Renaissance UK ©Andy Ford

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented by Selnet’s Deputy CEO, Donna Marshall, who invited all shortlisted nominees to the stage for recognition of their work, and then announced the winner of the category as Jessica Marina Bridge of Renaissance UK.

“I’m a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I work with Renaissance UK, volunteering hours with them, I work with individuals suffering with sexual health issues, trauma, addiction, drugs, alcohol and the LGBTQ community as well, so I was working with them while I was qualifying as a CBT therapist and since then I’ve been volunteering my hours ever since. I couldn’t imagine not being with them, they’re just a brilliant team! – Jessica Marina Bridge, Renaissance UK.

Volunteer of the Year Highly Commended  & Winner ©Andy Ford

In recognition of the shortlisted candidates’ work, awarded highly commended certificates were presented to Beryl Lymer of Spring into Action, Donna Hannigan of URPotential, Katy Smith of Child Action Northwest, Krysti-Ann Monroe of Lancashire Women, Tina Calderbank of SHAPE Lancashire and Yasmin Shakir of PUKAR.

 


Social Enterprise Champion 2021

Presented by 2019 Champion Paula Gamester

Paula Gamester of The Sewing Rooms in Skelmersdale was the Social Enterprise Champion winner in 2019; Selnet’s last Awards ceremony due to Covid. Paula presented this award, saying: “I am absolutely delighted to announce that the 2021 Social Enterprise Champion is Tony Carr”:

Social Enterprise Champion 2021 winner Tony Carr of Social Enterprise Solutions CIC ©Andy Ford

Tony was very surprised, and on accepting the award, said “It’s very kind and thank you to the judges, and everybody who has been involved in this awards ceremony. I’m very lucky – I’ve had 2 careers, my first career was 30 years as a retailer, then I moved to our sector and its given me enormous job satisfaction, because now I enjoy going to work and I enjoy the results of the work, which is something that never happened before.

That work was all money-based, and this is about people. Job satisfaction is everything: when we can see the fruits of our work and see that peoples’ lives have changed. So, thank you very much for this award!”

Shortlisted nominees were Annie Wynn of Let’s Grow Preston, Dave Scholes of Mindsight, Linda Markey of URPotential and Tony Carr of Social Enterprise Solutions CIC.

 

Social Enterprise of the Year 2021
Sponsored by Social Enterprise UK

The final category, sponsored by Social Enterprise UK, shortlisted 27 candidates from all social enterprises shortlisted at the 2021 awards.

Social Enterprise of the Year 2021 winners Child Action Northwest ©Andy Ford

Liz Tapner presented this award on behalf of Social Enterprise UK, saying “I am so pleased to announce that for the second year running the Social Enterprise of the Year 2021 is Child Action Northwest

Michelle Dixon, Head of Service at Child Action Northwest said: “I work with these wonderful people, the only thing that I can say is that everyone does an amazing job, day in, day out – as I’m sure everyone does in the room, to win it the second time – we thought there was no way, so I’m absolutely thrilled, I’m more thrilled with friends and colleagues who stand by me because they’re the ones who go out every day and do what they do – thanks guys, you’re brilliant!”

 

About the 2021 Enterprise in Society Awards

  • Hosted by Vice Chair Alistair Clarke MBE, awarded MBE in 2020
  • Welcome address and Social Enterprise of the Year award presented by Liz Tapner MBE, awarded in July 2021.
  • Sponsors: Recycling Lives, Calico Enterprises, The Sewing Rooms, Social Enterprise UK, Livv Housing and Unity Trust Bank.
  • The largest social enterprise awards in England, outside of Social Enterprise UK.
  • Judging panel: Adam Holden, Paula Brown, Investment Manager of Livv Housing Group and Margaret Porter, Relationship Manager of Unity Trust Bank
  • #BuySocial giftbags produced by The Sewing Rooms: 5 staff members and 5 volunteers were involved in design and production, with each bag made from end of roll textiles and salvaged textiles otherwise destined to landfill; 1500 metres of fabric were used, the equivalent to cover 2 full sized football pitches!
  • Awards held on 02/12/21 with hashtag #SelnetAwards
  • Selnet’s Tagline: For People | For Business | For Good

 

A huge thank you to our sponsors!

 


 

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Move 2 Change

Contact: Martin Sadler

Tel: 07545 839957


Email:
martin@move2change.org.uk

Web: www.move2change.org.uk

   

 

ABOUT US

Move 2 Change’s vision is “To inspire engagement with nature to support positive physical and mental well-being”

We deliver a range of programmes and activities to enable people to be active and safe in the outdoors, build confidence, improve fitness, develop positive wellbeing, and develop skills.

  • Our Change Maker programme is run over 10 days  with participants working with others to develop team work and communications skills leading to tackling the “Change Maker Challenge”. On the journey through the Change Maker programme partcipants get the opportunity to develop and put into practice skills in team work , communication, personal  leadership  and  project management. Change Maker uses the great outdoors to provide an exciting  , challenging and beautful backdrop for learning and development .
    Our Fitwalk programme provides  opportunities to get out walking in small groups, meet new people , develop skills in navigation and environmental awareness, and set personal fitness goals.
  • Our Moving 2 Make Teams programme is aimed at organisations looking for something different to support work team development. The Theoutdoor  based experiences are bespoke in design for each circumstance, all involve a range of active, inclusive and fun challenges that will be co-designed to meet the goals of the organisation whilst building communities/teams within and across organisations.
  • Move 2 Change also offer opportunities to try a range of outdoor and adventurous activities  (for example rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, trail running) and develop skills in map reading and navigation.

 


 

 

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The Foxton Centre – BounceBack

Contact: Cath Coffey


Email:
cath.coffey@thefoxtoncentre.co.uk

Web: www.thefoxtoncentre.co.uk/bounceback

 

ABOUT US

With BounceBack – The Foxton Centre Social Enterprise – you can:

  • Obtain a unique, locally-made product at a great price
  • Support the use of recycled materials
  • Endorse a local charity giving opportunity to change people’s lives

Here’s a selection of our products below but you can check our full catalogue www.thefoxtoncentre.co.uk/Brochure-converted

 


 

 

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Redmoor Communications CIC

Contact: Lucie Higham

Tel: 07747 061162


Email:
lucie@redmoorhealth.co.uk

Web: www.redmoorhealth.co.uk/redmoor-communications/

 

ABOUT US

Leading specialists in social media training.

Redmoor Communications is a community interest company specialising in providing public relations support and social media training for new and established social enterprises, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations. A not for profit social enterprise with social responsibility at the heart of all we do, Redmoor Communications offers clients a comprehensive support package. Our masterclasses in social media will leave you with a thorough understanding of how you can use traditional and digital media to grow your business. Based in Lancashire in the North West of England but with staff based across the UK, we have over 15 years’ experience at the cutting edge of both online and offline communications. We bring a knowledge and experience of social media that is difficult to match ensuring that you have the confidence to use social media without the need to spend lots of money of expensive consultants. If you think you might qualify for one of our free sessions give us a call on 07747 061162.

 


 

 

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ACT Community Partnership CIC

Contact: David Flanagan

Tel: 07847 521291


Email:
contact@actcommunity.co.uk

Web: www.actcommunity.co.uk

   

 

ABOUT US

ACT Community Partnership has to date been successful in securing a building and undergone extensive renovations to provide a fit for purpose resource centre for the primary purpose of Advice, Counselling and Training. The organisation is actively developing a network of strategic partners to provide front line services to the local community through the different strands. In addition the new facility (The ACT Centre Blackpool) will provide accommodation for front line organisations as well as training and meeting space for hire. 

 

WAYS TO TRADE WITH THIS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

The centre boasts meeting space and training rooms that are available to hire.

 


 

 

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We Be Kids

Contact: Danny English

Tel: 07863 553039


Email:
webehere@webekids.net

Web: www.webekids.net

   

 

ABOUT US

We Be Kids is a new start up project in 2021 that aims to bring online inspiration to families so they can confidently take part in offline activities that boost their wellbeing.

At We Be Kids we follow our 1,2,3,4,5 model:

  1. We have 1 main aim- to help boost the wellbeing of children and families.
  2. We believe that positive wellbeing can be described by 2 main factors- being healthy and feeling content.
  3. We believe that making connections is key to wellbeing- 3 connections- in particular; connections with Nature, connection with community, and connection with ourselves.
  4. In order to help people boost their wellbeing we offer resources in 4 specialist areas; storytelling, nature art, nature activities and yoga and mindfulness.
  5. By engaging with We Be Kids children and families will be actively living the 5 ways to wellbeing: Get Active, Be Mindful, Think Community, Keep Learning and Practice Kindness.

We Be Kids is founded and run by Danny English and AnneMarie Trevena. Between them they have over 40 years experience working around the world in the fields of education and wellbeing.

More information can be found here: https://www.webekids.net/about-us

We Be Kids add new material each week to their online library, families can access the resources by visiting www.webekids.net and all the material is free.

We Be Kids is eager to make connections and work in partnership with other organisations who value the wellbeing of their staff, families, clients and the wider community. We are already working in partnership with local authorities in areas representing family services and education. If you are interested in helping us boost the wellbeing of children and families then please consider partnering
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Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

Darwen End, Ewood Park
Nuttall Street
Blackburn
BB2 4JF

Contact: Deborah Blades

Tel: 01254 508256


Email:
deborah.blades@brfctrust.co.uk

Web: www.rovers.co.uk/community

   

 

ABOUT US

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust (Registered Charity No. 1117122) is fully committed to offering all members of the local community access to the highest quality programme of grassroots football, education, inclusion initiatives and awareness projects to encourage off-field participation, success and enjoyment using the crest and brand name of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

The power of football to engage, enthuse and motivate people irrespective of age, gender and ethnicity is now recognised on many stages. As a vehicle through which community cohesion in its broadest terms of ‘narrowing the gap’ in health, education, aspirations and opportunity can be addressed, the local draw of Blackburn Rovers and the unrivalled power of the brand to bring additional credibility cannot be underestimated.

 


 

 

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