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Let’s Grow Preston

Contact: Annie Wynn


Web: www.letsgrowpreston.org

Email: letsgrowpreston@gmail.com



About Us

We have 3 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 in individuals and we deliver workshops and activities in the community to promote community cohesion and resilience.

Established since 2011, we also support a network of community gardens and friends of open spaces covering the whole PR postcode. We provide bulk buying discounts to the members and a monthly network meeting for the 34 group members to attend, 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.

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.

In the last 12 months, individuals have donated over 3000 hours to Lets Grow Preston.

We generate a surplus income by delivering training, facilitating projects and selling plants.

We collect surplus food grown by local allotmenteers annually throughout the summer holidays in order to supplement the local food hubs with fresh produce, grown locally. Each year this equates to about 8000 meals over an 8 week period and sequesters 1 ton of carbon. Which is the same that a tree would sequester in its lifetime of between 40 and 100 years.

These are some of our accreditations;


Let’s Grow Preston won our Small Social Enterprise of the Year award in 2022.



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Queens Market Morecambe CIC

25-27 Victoria Street

Nick Smith

Tel: 07974 383784

Email: queensmarketmorecambe@gmail.com

Web: www.queensmarket.org



Queen’s Market Morecambe is an amazing building that has the potential to create a social enterprise that will generate profit to reinvest. Enabling Ambitious Opportunities, investing in joined-up thinking and connecting cogs that already exist, bringing unity to the community.




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Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

Gawthorpe Hall
Burnley Road
BB12 8UA

Contact: Charlotte Steels

Tel: 01282 773963


Web: www.gawthorpetextiles.org.uk




Chaired by Lord Shuttleworth, we are an independent charity that uses its extensive, nationally significant collection of textiles and craft items to inspire and educate. Based at Gawthorpe Hall, we provide access to the collections via public exhibitions, study visits for students, researchers and specialist groups, as well as school visits, artist collaborations and commissions, workshops, demonstrations, talks and gallery tours. We deliver community outreach to support the wellbeing and skills development of local residents in Burnley through a textile studio within Valley Street Community Centre.



We create a range of gifts and homewares utilising designs from the collection to support income generation for our charitable activities.




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Brew Me Sunshine

12 Victoria Street

Contact: Joseph Gardiner

Tel: 01524 414846


Email: joseph.gardiner@galloways.org.uk

Web: www.galloways.org.uk/morecambe




Brew Me Sunshine is a Café situated within the old Visitor Newspaper building in Morecambe. The Café space is shared with the Galloway’s sight loss services team and creates a warm friendly approachable atmosphere for people to access and learn about the sight loss support offered by the charity. The profits from the café are donated back to the charity.

Brew Me Sunshine won our Work and Training Social Enterprise of the Year award in 2021.



The café is developing and growing with a view to creating employment opportunities for people with visual impairment. Revenue generated by the café supports this work.

This social enterprise also has available office space and can be contacted directly about this.




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The Sewing Rooms

Centaur House
Units 1 – 6
Gardiners Place
Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Paula Gamester MBE

Tel: 01695 550 772


Web: www.the-sewing-rooms.co.uk



About Us

The Sewing Rooms social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems. Our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances. We do this through bespoke training workshops and a manufacturing department that makes soft furnishings, accessories and bespoke upholstery for private and corporate clients.


Paula Gamester MBE of The Sewing Rooms won our Social Enterprise Champion Award in 2019.



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Community Solutions North West

Elmfield HallCommunity Solutions North West Logo
Gatty Park

 Deborah Clark

Tel: 01254 460080


Web: www.csnw.co.uk



Community Solutions is a North West based charity that aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation. We believe that every person matters and no person should ever feel alone or lonely.

We support people who are going through life changes or crisis such as bereavement, loss of health, loss of jobs, poverty, mental health issues etc. We offer a range of befriending and mentoring services to help people live healthier, better lives including home visits, social groups, telephone and digital befriending, counselling, crisis support and more.


We help people to live healthier, better lives. We believe that every person matters, and no person should ever feel alone or lonely.




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