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Selnet Final Evaluation: Lancashire Building Better Opportunities Project

Intro: Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a national programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Selnet is Lead Partner on three Building Better Opportunities projects; Age of Opportunity and Invest in Youth have been operational since 2016 and Changing Futures since 2017. BBO Lancashire projects have recently received additional investment extending the project to 2023. Over £17 million has been invested in Lancashire over the lifetime of the BBO projects. Building Better Opportunities is now entering the final phase of delivery and all delivery will cease in March 2023.

Applications are now invited from a suitably qualified and experienced Organisation or Individual to undertake a Final Evaluation for the three projects.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th July 2022 at 1pm

https://procontract.due-north.com/Supplier/Advert/View?advertId=71d646cb-82ec-ec11-8115-005056b64545

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

 

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His Provision CIC

272-274 Central Dr
Blackpool
FY1 5JB

Contact: Christine Phillips

Tel: 07704 031100

 

Email: hisprovision4blackpool@yahoo.co.uk

 

    


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
Manchester
M17 1JF

Contact: David Flanagan

Tel: 0161 848 9173

 

Web: www.stantonyscentre.org.uk

Email: secretary@stantonyscentre.org.uk

 

    


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
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 1LN

Contact: Sheila Byrne

Tel: 07903 381874

 

Web: www.hopest.org.uk

Email: letstalk@hopest.org.uk

    


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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Shelter

Blackburn Central Library
Town Hall Street
Blackburn
BB2 1AG

Contact: Kimberley Helm

Tel: 0344 515 1882

 

Web: www.shelter.org.uk

Email: Kimberley_helm@shelter.org.uk

    


About Us

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle daily with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home; our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency.

Above all we seek a transformation in housing policy, including investment in homes people on low incomes can afford – an investment that has been missing for decades and from all political parties, so that now the human cost has become intolerable.

At Shelter Lancashire we have been working in the community delivering specialist housing, debt and welfare benefits advice for over 20 years. We are committed to improving the lives of those in our community by creating systems change.

 

WAYS TO TRADE WITH THIS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

Shop at Shelter
With almost 100 charity stores across the UK and a curated online store, browse second-hand items, vintage and designer clothes that help us end housing injustice

 


 

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Laugh Live Love CIC

Contact: Bev Wells

Tel: 07742 709994


Email:
bev.wells@laughlivelove.org.uk

Web: www.laughlivelove.org.uk

 

 

ABOUT US

Laugh Live Love promotes the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual welfare of older people on the Fylde.

We do this by providing a weekly luncheon club from St Paul’s Church Hall in Fairhaven.  Additionally, we deliver hot three course meals twice a week to members who are unable to attend the club and do a weekly fish and chip drop off. 

We hold activities for social interaction and creative sessions to help encourage the learning of new skills and rekindling old hobbies.

There are weekly Coffee and Computer sessions to teach older people how to use digital devices and have a tablet loaning service with one-to-one support.

Volunteers make weekly contact with members through our Chatterbox project, a telephone befriending service.

We have an adapted wheelchair accessible vehicle to transport people in wheelchairs and members unable to drive or access public transport.

 


 

 

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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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Welcome to DR!VE

DR!VE is an ambitious plan to support more than 200 new-start and existing businesses to grow in Lancashire over the next two years.

The Social Enterprise Lancashire Network, Selnet, is heading the partnership of qualified business advisors that can turn good business plans into business for good.

We’re here to help get business moving in Lancashire.

How can we help?

A friendly and approachable advisor will spend up to two days supporting you and your team to increase the chances of your business thriving and surviving.

That could include explaining the basics of business if you’ve decided to work for yourself for the first time, perhaps linking you with potential partners or helping with market research so that an existing business can grow or advise on moving premises and taking on more staff.  Alternatively, you may need to consider changes to your products and services in the post-Covid world.

In addition, Selnet will be arranging a series of masterclasses with expert speakers to guide participants through common business hurdles such as finance, administration and marketing/social media.

The support is bespoke to your organisation and at no cost to you as it is funded by the European Regional Development Fund with support from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

For more information, call Nina Cowell at Selnet on 01772 200690 or email nina@selnet-uk.com

 

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Selnet Awards 2021 Winners Article

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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