- Advocacy Focus
Contact: Justine Hodgkinson (CEO) or John Hutchison
Telephone: 0300 323 0965
Advocacy Focus provides:
- statutory mental health advocacy (IMHA) in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool
- mental health advocacy in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
- statutory mental capacity advocacy (IMCA) in Blackpool, Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen
- advocacy support for people with health and social care related issues in Blackurn with Darwen
- advocacy support for young people with learning disabilities through their transition from children to adult services (East Lancashire)
- non instructed advocacy support in Blackpool with issues relating to health and social care
For general enquires about other advocacy support available in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, please contact Advocacy Access:
Phone: 0345 456 3210
Text only: 07886 744 634
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- Blackburn Youth Zone
Email: Contact Us
Blackburn Youth Zone is a 21st century youth hub located at the heart of Blackburn, open to young people aged 5 to 19 years old, aiming to change the prospects offered to young people in the area.
Uniquely, this is happening in partnership with young people rather than on their behalf.
As such, the Zone is led with the principle of ‘starting where young people are, going where young people take us’.
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- Brierfield Action in the Community
Contact: Naheed Ashraf
Tel: (01282) 696100
Brierfield Action In the Community – BAIC set up in 2003 by local residents of Brierfield. It consists of Board Directors living in and around Brierfield who manage the operations of the organisation through a project manager. The organisation itself is registered as a ‘not for profit’ company and a ‘Registered Charity’. It has been set up for the benefit of those living within the area of Pendle but primarily Brierfield. It also acts as a catalyst to promote for the benefit of the public in Pendle where there is social and economic deprivation by all or any of the following means:
- the advancement of education, training or retraining;
- the preservation and protection of good health;
- the promotion of equality and diversity for the benefit of the public by promoting the elimination of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, disability or ethnic origin and by promoting attitudes, customs and practices in favour of equality;
- the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities available for use by the community or any section of it;
- the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance; the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or those who by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities;
- the promotion of public safety and the prevention of crime;to develop the capacity and skills of the members of the community in Pendle in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society.
- ICT facilities
- Cyber Games
- Information and Advice/Guidance by trained staff
- Conference/meeting room
- Video/Music editing suite
- Employment based initiatives
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- Burnley FC in the Community
We are Burnley FC in the Community, the Official charity of Burnley FC. Working hard to inspire, support and deliver change in our local communities.
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- Cauda Equina Syndrome Association
Contact: Claire Thornber
We are the national support group for people living with cauda equina syndrome. We run national support group meetings for patients and also raise awareness of the red flags of the condition that arise from medical negligence. We run a helpline and offer advice re issues surrounding the condition.
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- Chapter3 Enterprise CIC
Contact: Dianne Tew
Tel: 07799 711337
A not for profit organisation with a strong commitment to communities and society focused on helping create economic and social value through enterprise. We are a small but perfectly formed community interest company with many years of leadership and enterprise experience and great passion for what we do.
Our experiences, skills and wisdom being built-up through running businesses and working with hundreds of start-ups, in particular micro-businesses and the third sector.
We deliver practical workshops providing guidance and creative solutions that help business, non profits, communities and individuals, get unstuck and move forwards.
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- Child Action Northwest
Contact: Sue Cotton
Tel: 01254 244716
INSPIRING LIVES AND CHANGING FUTURES
It’s what we’ve been doing since 1886, in one form or another!
We passionately believe that every child and young person has the right to achieve their full potential, whatever their background or circumstances – and, as a result, we work with over 6000 children, young people and families in the North West of England every year. We work in the heart of communities – often in partnership with other organisations – to end family cycles of deprivation, drug and alcohol abuse, lack of self-esteem, youth crime, teenage pregnancies and broken families.
As a result, we help to strengthen individuals, families and communities so that children and young people can lead healthy and meaningful lives, with the opportunity to succeed in school, to grow up to enjoy healthy relationships, to have access to training and employment opportunities and to be successful in the world of work.
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- Chorley VCFS Network
35-39 Fazakerly Street
Contact: Donna Hussain
Tel: 01257 226516
We are an infrastructure support service offering infrastructure to third sector organisations in order to build capacity within the sector for economic and social improvement.
We work with all sectors to enhance services and support them to become more effective and efficient.
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- Community CVS
45 Railway Road
Contact: Garth Hodkinson
Tel: (01254) 583957
Community CVS’ aim is “Connecting People, Growing Communities.” Our mission is “to achieve positive social change by developing active resilient communities and transforming lives through social action.”
We accomplish this in a number of ways under the following four themes: –
- Support – to the most vulnerable in society
- Action – inspiring people to action in our communities
- Resource – developing groups with funding and advice
- Volunteer – connecting people to help their community
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- Community Enterprise & Skills CIC
Contact: Rizwana Adam
Tel: 07886 341 364
We are a group of local volunteers who have been supporting many members of the local community, predominantly Asian female ladies, with their personal, social and welfare development needs and providing an opportunity for them to meet and discuss their issues. We have about 3-5 volunteers actively engaging with the local community. As more women have gained awareness of our services there has been greater demand and we are now seeking to formally establish the group with a Constitution and as a NOT FOR PROFIT organisation for the benefits of the local community.
We are active in Pennine and Central Lancashire as well as North Greater Manchester and are keen to expand our services and provision to a wider area.
We have worked mainly with those in an unpaid carer’s role as well as supported those with confidence issues to develop themselves to become more active in their communities and seek employment and economic activity opportunities.
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- Divine Days Community Arts CIC
Contact: Katie Whitehead
Tel: 07896 137 236
Divine Days Community Arts CIC is set up to make the Arts accessible to all – we run various creative workshops including Music, Dance, Creative Art and Relaxation.
We have 3 Creative Dance groups for adults with additional needs and we perform in schools delivering interactive workshops to raise awareness and promote inclusion and acceptance. We also offer Creative Workshops for schools to explore themes around Health and Wellbeing and self expression.
Our Award Winning Creative Dance Groups are available for bookings whether as part of your training to raise awareness of additional needs or as part of your celebration event.
We offer a Sensory programme which we deliver in Dementia Care Homes and community settings.
We run Creative workshops for adults living with long term health conditions
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- Empowered Mothers Network CIC
Empowered Mothers Network provides help and support with perinatal mental / emotional health and wellbeing – we help mothers to build their own village in the absence of the traditional one – via in-home and online postpartum doulas, mother’s circles, groups, workshops and courses.
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- Fleetwood Town Football Club Community Trust
Contact: Lisa Bennet
Tel: 01253 208442
Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust is a vibrant charitable organisation that is an independent charity working in partnership with Fleetwood Town Football Club. We provide sport, physical activity, emotional and mental health and wellbeing programmes, educational programmes and outreach and employability/ training courses.
We work with children, young people, adults and the elderly, often with a range of additional needs and barriers to inclusion to support and inspire individuals to become physically and emotionally healthy and build strong communities; through increased self-value and personal aspiration, within exciting and easily accessible programmes.
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- Furniture Matters
Contact: Phil Crossley
Tel: (01524) 426622
Furniture Matters is a local re-use and recycle charity who’s aim is to provide quality low cost furniture and other household goods to local people in need in the community; to reduce the amount of furniture,electrical items and other household goods that end up in landfill and to provide quality volunteering and training opportunities for local people, aiming to increase employment prospects for some of these people.
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Gift92 helps those in real need to build a stable home. We help people with limited finance and receiving state benefits to furnish a property. The charity has been doing this since 1992.
Many of those we help have moved into an empty property and do not have the funds to furnish it. We supply the essential furniture and household items to help them and their family create a home. We collaborate with several local agencies and charities to enhance the household items clients receive through our service.
Our work is supported by generous members of the public who donate usable furniture and household items, we are always in need of more due to demand. The furniture collected has enabled us to help over 750 people in 2018.
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- Global Amigos
Contact: Andy Neale
Tel: 01772 921522
What started as a group of mainly unrelated people wanting to try something different, has evolved into a self-supporting, volunteer-led, Preston-based social enterprise aiming to inspire, engage & support others locally and around the world.
Global Amigos is the umbrella company name for various North West activities that currently receive support from over a dozen dedicated volunteers. We receive no external funding; all monies are generated through commercial activities such as Dirrty Harry’s & from businesses choosing to advertise in Podio Magazine; the most effective way to advertise to Preston commuters, visitors & residents.
Volunteer-led, we all share similar passions & benefit in a host of ways. Want to be part of it? Get in touch to explore the possibilities.
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- Intact – Preston
Contact: Denise Hartley MBE
Tel: (01772) 760760
As part of our continued service and commitment to our local community, the rooms and facilities are available for a wide variety of needs. With our range of multi-purpose spaces and multi-agency partnership working Intact aim to meet all your requirements big or small.
Intact has much to offer to the local community with many facilities available. The community hall and kitchen, therapy room, computer suite and training room can be hired for a wide variety of activities or events.
The Intact Centre has easy wheelchair access and toilet facilities with a baby changing area. Car parking is available at the front of the building and an induction loop system is available in the Community Hall and Training Room.
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- Lancashire BME Network
Spring Hill Community Centre
Contact: Naz Zaman
Tel: (01254) 392974
Lancashire BME Network (LBN) is a recently formed entity, resulting from the merging of Lancashire Women’s Network (LWN) and Lancashire BME Pact (Pact) in 2014.
Having worked closely over their respective histories on a number of programmes and initiatives, the boards and members of each felt it appropriate to formally merge the two bodies in recognition of their complementary natures and common goals to support local marginalised communities. This also allows for better use to be made of existing resources in face of significantly increasing demand from both local communities and referral agencies.
LWN were formerly known as Lancashire Wide Network for Minority Ethnic Women and were established in 1996 as a result of Fair Play seminars looking at poor levels of economic activity amongst BME women. The Pact set up in 2003 after identifying a need amongst BME groups and organisations for specialist capacity building support. LWN were the only organisation in Pennine Lancashire to support BME women in a ‘joined up’ service and address the holistic wellbeing of each woman it engaged with. The Pact were a well-respected representative body, with a track record of supporting infrastructure and BME groups around a number of thematic issues and needs.
Having collaborated on various projects and programmes throughout their respective histories, the Boards and Members of LWN and Pact felt it appropriate to merge the two entities to better achieve their shared goals of supporting BME communities:
both had a strong emphasis on user involvement;
the boards of both were comprised of current and ex service users, as well as other key political, social, and economic stakeholders;
both delivered community based learning activities supporting the development of BME communities.
The newly formed body is continuing and building on these shared successes, but is now able to make better use of existing resources through a more integrated management and strategic intervention structure in empowering marginalised BME communities. The merger has also resulted in a widening of our remit and LBN is now able to work with all genders.
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- Lancashire Equalities Organisation Ltd
Contact: Zed Ali
Tel: 01254 304082
Lancashire Equalities Organisation was set up over three years ago to help multi disadvantaged communities access mainstream services and support provision. The team are experienced and have the expertise to assist individuals and groups to overcome health inequalities and combat exclusion, discrimination and injustice.
Lancashire Equalities Organisation Ltd is strategically positioned within ONE Lancashire to act as a conduit for engagement with service providers and advocate for Social inclusion in Lancashire.
Our aims are:
- To support the health and wellbeing of BME communities of Lancashire
- To support the integration, empowerment and civic engagement of BME communities
- To tackle exclusion, discrimination and injustice
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- N-Compass North West Ltd
Contact: Teresa Jennings
Tel: (01253) 362140
To enhance the health and well-being of people across the North West of England through providing localised, innovative and responsive services.
n-compass aims to be the innovative leader and preferred provider in the provision of advocacy, carers, counselling, health and well-being and volunteer development initiates and services, making a positive difference and enhancing life opportunities for adults and young people. n-compass will achieve this through developing and expanding its work as a specialist lead provider and by working collaboratively with key partners. Our commitment to establish effective partnerships is underpinned by acknowledging that no single organisation/sector can tackle deep-rooted social issues and problems alone. By working together we can create many more opportunities and take a co-ordinated approach to reach and support the communities we exist to support and to address the challenge of long-term sustainability for the services we delivery.
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- Open Door Furniture Recycling
Tel: 01282 452400
Open Door Furniture Recycling is YOUR community based furniture scheme which has been set up on a not for profit basis to provide:
- Basic furniture, household goods and domestic appliances for disadvantaged people living within Burnley and Pendle who are excluded from buying these items through traditional outlets.
- A real work experience with vocational training towards a recognised qualification that will help the long-term unemployed secure worthwhile jobs.
- An opportunity to reduce the volume of waste, re-useable furniture and domestic appliances, going to land fill sites.
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- Optimum Links Communications
Contact: Hilton McAllister
Tel: 01524 37492
Optimum Links Communications is a Community Based Communication services company that markets a Telecoms Affinity programme which supports charities through direct donations and through increasing regular donations from existing donors.
Optimum Links Communications is a Telecom, Mobile, Data and IT Consultancy, Billing and Engineering company that also seeks to help charities directly through decreasing their communications costs. As you know communication costs can best be reduced by a mixture of applying the latest technologies, second-to-none customer service and through the reselling of bulk rate purchased data, mobile and telecoms.
We offer a complimentary Communications Audit, as well as a complimentary Cyber Security review.
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- Power of Music (North West) CIC
Tel: 07710 756894
Power of Music through music therapy, singing and sharing music deliver planned sessions that incorporate peer support and social interaction. Our music sessions are designed to help people and their families living with a long term condition such as dementia. Meeting people and sharing music on a regular basis encourages peer support creating important networking where people come together to share their experiences. The Power of Music CIC already has two Community Choirs called the “Songbirds” in West Lancashire. The project is to develop “Singing For Health” sessions delivered by some of our choir members and our choir facilitator within residential and day care settings for people living with a long term health condition such as dementia, COPD, stroke and mental health. The Power of Music has already worked with the British Lung Foundation, Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s society.
Our aim is to help and support people who can be isolated and dis-empowered as a result of the advanced stage of their dementia or other long term health conditions. These musical and personal interactions identify and build upon areas still intact in a person suffering the losses associated with the later stages of Alzheimer’s or, other forms of dementia or stroke such as memory, physical capacities, personality changes and accompanying loss of identity. Power of Music can deliver a “Singing for Health” programme designed to support care staff to develop their understanding of how music can benefit and support the emotional needs of people with dementia in the context of a person-centred approach to dementia care.
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- Pukar Disability Resource Centre
Contact: Younus Khan
Tel: 01772 822700
Pukar is a registered voluntary organisation that has been supporting people for over 20 years. Supporting people with disabilities, carers, vulnerable adults, people seeking employment. We work with organisations to promote education, provide Information advice & guidance. We are placed in the heart of Preston. We are able to support people who’s first language is not english. We work to promote independance and wellbeing. Our approach is person centred.
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- Recycling Lives
Contact: David Allen
Tel: (01772) 665940
The Recycling Lives charity acts as a safety net for vulnerable and marginalised people. We offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place to call their own.
Our charity work is supported by the successful commercial activities of Recycling Lives Ltd, a Queen’s Award-winning recycler and waste management solutions provider.
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Contact: Joanne Mason
Tel: (01254) 291271
More info available in our brochure.
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- SHAPE Lancashire Community Interest Company
14 Church Road
Contact: Kate Eastwood and Mandy Foster
Tel: 07966 531797 or 07947 715123
SHAPE Lancashire is a newly established Community Interest Company. We aim to deliver projects in the community across Lancashire that will improve the lives of the people living there. We aim to deliver projects including, but not exclusive to, Sports, Health and Wellbeing, Enviromental, Volunteering.
Although newly established as a CIC, we have have been delivering projects in Lancashire for over 20 years in previous employment. We have delivered a wide range of projects and always deliver outcomes. We are passionate about what we do, and believe our strength is in community enagement.
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- Smile Mediation
Contact: Karen Ainsworth
Tel: (01282) 436989
Smile is a not-for-profit organisation which helps to resolve conflict in our communities through mediation.
We are a limited company, with charitable status.
Smile is run by a small staff, supported by a team of trained volunteer mediators.
The service grew out of a Government initiative to look into housing problems which were blighting the Burnley and Coventry areas.
The demand for our services increased when the 2002 Homelessness Act compelled local authorities to make mediation available to homeless young people or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Smile went from strength-to-strength, constantly developing its range of its services. As well as supporting people in East Lancashire, our reach has gradually spread across the whole county, into Greater Manchester, parts of Yorkshire and beyond.
A growing reputation for high quality services enabled Smile to reach the point where it is now self-funding.
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- Spring into Action CIC
Tel: 07742 510496
Spring into Action is a provider of services for people with disabilities and/or specialist needs, offering developmental opportunities for children, young people and adults to help them to fulfill their potential. Working in partnership with other service providers in Lancashire, we aim to enable each individual to achieve their capacity for independence, self awareness and self determination.
Please visit Our Projects page to find out more about our current and future projects.
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- Strawberry Fields Training CIC
Contact: Paul Ireland
Tel: 01524 874246
At SFT we provide alternative education, training, aftercare and resettlement support to those engaged in the criminal justice system, alcohol & drug recovery services, and to vulnerable adults or young people struggling to cope in mainstream environments.
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- The 180 Programme C.I.C
The 180 Project is a community recovery programme in Lancashire and is one of the first of its kind in the UK. It is unique, effective and unlike anything else for those recovering from addiction problems. We use sport [an adapted CrossFit programme] combined with education, mentoring and peer support to achieve total wellness so participants are physically, emotionally and mentally well and socially connected.
180 gives focus and hope to offenders in the system and those recovering from addiction. It also has the potential to reach those people who are at risk of falling into this cycle as early as possible. Through this we aim to break the cycle of substance abuse, crime and prison to help rebuild lives. The long term goal is to impact positively on criminal re-offense rates, improve local communities and to assist individuals in gaining education, volunteer and employment opportunities.
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- The Football League (Community) Ltd
t/a The Football League Trust
Edward VII Quay
Contact: Jules Ollerton
Tel: (01772) 325960
The Football League Trust is a national charity that uses the power of football to change people’s lives.
The FLT unites the inspirational work delivered across England and Wales by the dedicated network of community trusts associated to the 72 Football League clubs. Last year we engaged with over 1.5million people using the power of football to improve health, inspire education, reduce crime, increase participation and tackle many difficult social issues like drug abuse and homelessness. The Trust tackles society’s greater goals by inspiring people through powerful projects built upon a foundation of our four key themes;- sport, education, inclusion and health.
Each of the 72 Football League Clubs (Championship, League 1, League 2) has its own community trust. The charities have a combined annual turnover of over £44 million, and 2,500 members of staff, including teachers, coaches and professional health workers. Based in the heart of their communities ours trusts use the magnetism their club badge to connect with people,
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- The Growing Club
Contact: Jane Binnion
Tel: 01524 752723
After successfully running The Growing Club, a 12 month business growth club for women in business, we launched the CIC to provide training and support to women in the community who are interested in running their own business.
- We are focusing particularly on socially excluded women
- Women survivors of DV
- Women leaving prison
- Lone parents
- Women with disabilities
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- The Magdalene Project
P.O Box 29
Contact: Irene Alderson
Tel: 01706 870939
The Magdalene Project is a counselling, support and training agency, as a charity we offer counselling / therapy for a number of needs, bereavement etc. Our main area of expertise being sexual trauma in whatever form that takes.
We work with children, young people and adults male and female, also families. This is usually on a one to one basis for as long as this is deemed necessary for the client’s recovery.
We also facilitate training on subjects befitting the work here; this is open to outside agencies both statutory and voluntary.
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- The Sewing Rooms
Contact: Paula Gamester
Tel: 01695 550 772
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.
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- UR Potential
Contact: Deborah Terras
Tel: 01253 344398
We are an accredited centre for ASDAN, ABC, NOCN and AQA and provide accredited training and opportunities for the community including employability awards, youth-work qualifications, peer mentoring. We have conducted Child Poverty research for Blackpool Council and developed a new Youth Volunteering Project ,Fylde Coast Be Involved. FCBI provides supported volunteering opportunities for 14 – 25 year olds in the Fylde Coast area.
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- West Lancs CVS
Contact: Martin Trengrove
Tel: (01695) 733737
West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Services is a charity, set up in 1973, and is the key umbrella group for voluntary and community groups in West Lancashire.
Our main activities are:
- Providing information and support to voluntary organisations
- Helping local people to set up and develop voluntary and community groups, and network with other organisations
- Representing voluntary and community groups to statutory and other organisations, and partnerships.
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