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Selnet’s Under One Roof scheme is recruiting TWO new members to their team!

  • Are you passionate about helping others?
  • Do you have an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by people who are in crisis situations or in high need for support?

If you can answer YES to both of the questions above apply to become one of our Application Case Workers.


As Application Case Worker, you will work closely with customers accessing support through the scheme, and with colleagues at Selnet particularly the Under One Roof team. You will link in with external agencies who also offer services and support to our client group, referral partners who are supporting Lancashire residents in crisis and subcontracted partners responsible for the supply of essential household goods.

The Under One Roof Team assess applications for support under the scheme. They test eligibility and need for support and also offer a holistic package of advice, guidance and signposting which looks to improve the circumstances of an individual or family.


Selnet is seeking to appoint TWO Application Case Workers to support the application process and further support under the scheme.


The overall aim of the Service is to support people to meet their immediate needs and to help them feel more secure and live more independently in their community.


Application Case Worker (2 full-time posts) will be an essential resource for customers accessing the service. The main aim of their role will be to help people break a cycle of crisis by providing information, and direction to external resources that will enable customers to build a support network to better improve their situation.

The post holder will be able to recognise and understand the difficulties some local resident’s face. They will support customers with guidance and direction, in addition to the goods this scheme can provide. They will work as part of the team to review and process applications and respond to queries from a variety of directions.

To further ensure the impact of our support they will develop a knowledge bank of external resources shared by the whole team that can support our customers (people in crisis)

Salary: Starting salary £25,500

ACW – Job Description and Person spec

Closing date: Midday – Wednesday12th October 2022

Applications must be submitted using a Selnet application form and returned to no later than the closing date detailed for the post you are applying for.


To apply please read the Job Description and Person Specification carefully and tell us how you meet the criteria for the post by completing our Application Form and sending it to If you need a quick call to discuss any of the posts please drop us an email with your contacts details.


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Lets’ Grow Preston

Contact: Annie Wynn






About Us

We are a network of community gardens and friends of open spaces covering the whole PR postcode. We provide bulk buying discounts and a monthly network meeting for the 34 members to attend and share their experiences and their ideas. We loan tools and equipment. We help communities to improve their environment. We provide training in horticulture so that communities and individuals can grow their own food and plants.

We have 4 sites from where we promote physical and mental wellbeing through volunteering in horticulture. Following the principles of social therapy in horticulture, we build esteem and confidence.

Our volunteers are diverse. The youngest is 14 and the older is 86. We have SEN groups and individuals, retired people and people who are seeking employment as well as people on long term sick or with disabilities preventing them from working.

We create surplus by delivering training, facilitiating projects and selling plants.



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Selnet Social Business Expo 2022 – POSTPONED


We invite you to join us for our first in-person networking Expo event!

This informal yet important day is designed to help you come together with like-minded businesses all striving for social good.

The event will be opened by newly appointed Mayor, Counsellor Suleman Khonat (see details) supported by Blackburn Cathedral’s Vice Dean, Canon Rowena Pailing.



We have an action-packed day!

There will be lots of opportunities to network, share ideas, best practice and learn from each other.

Many Lancashire Social Enterprises, charities and entrepreneurs will be showcasing their services and products.

You can sit and listen and be inspired by Lancashire sector leaders speaking on topical subjects.

  • How businesses can bring social enterprises into supply chains and the value that social businesses bring to the local economy
  • ‘Gross domestic happiness’ – What’s the point of measuring gross domestic product when it doesn’t include measuring people’s wellbeing & happiness?
  • How to overcome the main fears that hold our sector back from reaching their true potential


Speakers include:
Further info available soon on speaker topics and content

Tony Carr
Managing Director of Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC and Lancashire’s 2021/22 Social Enterprise Champion.


Paula Gamester
Director of The Sewing Rooms

Paula is an experienced businesswoman who brings entrepreneurial flair, knowledge and commitment to the sector. Paula’s leadership secured national recognition in 2020 when The Sewing Rooms was awarded the Social Enterprise Resilience Champion award and was listed within the UK’s SE Top 100 Index.


Speaker and author Norry Ascroft

Norry has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals to overcome their challenges and achieve their ambitions.

He specialises in helping young people and his book, The Truth About Bullying, is regularly the number one seller in its category on Amazon and helps to build resilience in teenagers through increased confidence. If they know why their problems are happening, they can do something about it.


Join Us!

If you would like to exhibit your business at one of our stands, please download our booking form.

There will be a small charge for exhibiting at the event, a reduced fee for Selnet Members and full cost price for non-members:

  • Stand cost for a Selnet member – £25 + VAT
  • Stand cost for non-members – £50+ VAT

This event is free to attend, and refreshments will be available.

Date: TBC

Time: TBC


Venue: Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, BB1 5AA

The map is clickable and will connect you to Google maps


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Yvette Holden, Membership Lead Officer on 07958 432165 or email


Please tag us on social media using #SE_EXPOLANCS22


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Lancashire’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2022

Selnet believe that social enterprise can transform lives and change the world. We are here to support Lancashire’s social enterprises to start up, develop, connect, and grow.

Social enterprises based or operating in Lancashire – highlight your work and celebrate your impacts at the 2022 Selnet awards!

Over the last 12 months, social enterprises across Lancashire have simply been there when needed supporting individuals and empowering Lancashire communities. These businesses adapted to external pressures, react to emerging need and support Lancashire residents in ways only they can.  



On 4th November 2022, our Enterprise in Society Awards will highlight and celebrate impacts made across our exceptional business community.


The Big Night

The Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2022 will be staged at the luxurious Village Hotel (De Vere) in Blackpool.

Join us for an unforgettable evening that celebrates: hard work, huge social impact and the strength and resonance of businesses that operate for GOOD!

Friday 4th November 2022 at 7pm til Midnight

3 course meal, live entertainment, awards presentation and a great opportunity to network withother social enterprises in Lancashire.

Tickets are £49 each or a table of 10 for £450. Book by phone on 01772 200690 or email stating the number of tickets required for your organization.


Sponsor an Award

To discuss sponsorship opportunities and your support of the Lancashire social enterprise sector, contact Liz Tapner MBE, Selnet’s CEO, on 01772 200690 or email



Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises that have formed since 1st January 2020. The judges will consider your social mission, why you started up and what you have achieved.


Small Social Enterprise of the Year

For social enterprises under 10 staff (but no limit on volunteers). The beating heart of Lancashire’s social enterprise sector may be small but achieve great results. So, don’t be shy, really impress the judges with details of your ethos, your team’s skills and experience and how you support society.


Large Social Enterprise of the Year 

For social enterprises with 11 or more staff. The powerhouses of social enterprises. Show the judges how you bring about big changes to people and the planet.


Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year

Given the amazing success of Building Better Opportunities and other support programmes in Lancashire, Selnet is blown away by the efforts that organisations go to in helping the most vulnerable in society move closer to the workplace. Within your application, give the judges a couple of real-life case studies to demonstrate how you have changed lives.


Employee of the Year

Tell the judges about your employee or your colleague who goes way beyond their job description. Give some examples of real differences they have made.


Striving for Equality

When equality, diversity and inclusion are present Social Enterprises reap the rewards. We are looking to highlight a Social Enterprise who have fantastic Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and are able to demonstrate their impact when working on behalf of others to tackle inequalities.

Tell the judges about how you are advancing equality for your target groups e.g. race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, social mobility, disability, health including mental health or age.


Environmental Champion of the Year

In Lancashire, our people and our enterprises are making huge strides to improve the environment. Some towns have declared a Climate Emergency, some businesses are reducing their environmental impacts, addressing the global issue.

The judges will be looking at practical measures being taken by our sector to improve Lancashire and how it fits into a wider strategy.


Volunteer of the Year

We love this category! Tell the judges why your people volunteer, what they do, about their approach to helping others and highlighting the impacts they have achieved.


Social Enterprise Champion 2022

This is always a tough category, but the judges will consider individuals who are shining examples of social enterprise in action in Lancashire. Past winners have been exceptional leaders in their field who turned an idea into a social enterprise, enabled positive change and who carry the Social Enterprise banner with them in everything they do.


Social Enterprise of the year

From all the nominations received, the judges will also choose Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year No additional nominations are required for this category.


We can’t wait to  celebrate with you on the night!


See photos from our past Awards Events



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A Solution Within

Contact: Hannah Brownhill

Tel: 07794 922710






About Us

A Solution Within Community Interest Company has an aim to equip young people with the necessary tools to support positive self-esteem and wellbeing. This is achieved through school workshops, assemblies, targeted programmes and teacher training.



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His Provision CIC

272-274 Central Dr

Contact: Christine Phillips

Tel: 07704 031100





About Us

His Provision was born out of a local church soup kitchen/food pantry and registered with companies house in June 2013. Initially operating from the church premises and a small rented shop we were blessed when Green Pastures purchased our multi purpose premises for us in January 2015. The new centre has allowed us to offer supported accommodation to four men, plus move on accommodation for a further two clients. We also host a community hub, free family meal, volunteering opportunities, community café and training centre, and also houses our food pantry.



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St. Antony’s Centre

Eleventh Street
Trafford Park
M17 1JF

Contact: David Flanagan

Tel: 0161 848 9173






About Us

St Antony’s Centre provides front line Information, Advice and Guidance services to various community & faith groups, charities and employers across the North West. In addition, the centre is accredited training provider and currently holds contracts across the region to deliver predominantly Maths, English and ICT courses across a number of community venues, employers and partner locations. The face-to-face provision is complimented by an extensive range of distance learning CPD and vocational qualifications.

As well as the outreach provision St Antony’s boasts permanent bases in Manchester, Accrington and Blackpool from which services are delivered in partnership with others. The Head Office facilities in Trafford Park Manchester also provides Conference, meeting and exhibition space.



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Hope Street

Ormskirk Civic Hall
Southport Road
L39 1LN

Contact: Sheila Byrne

Tel: 07903 381874





About Us

Hope Street is a mental health organisation run by qualified professionals with lived experience.

We are a trauma-informed and person-centred service that provides support for individuals and families when they are at their most vulnerable.

Our services include:

1:1 coaching music  meditation  employability 
exercise mental health nurses holistic therapies guest speakers 
workshops  relationships with food arts and crafts yoga courses
menopause  confidence building    




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