Employability, Education & Training


  • A Solution Within

    Contact: Hannah Brownhill

    Tel: 07794 922710


    Web: www.asolutionwithin.org

    Email: asolutionwithin@gmail.com



    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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  • ACT Community Partnership CIC

    Contact: David Flanagan

    Tel: 07847 521291


    Web: www.actcommunity.co.uk




    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. 



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




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  • Active Lancashire

    Office 3-4, Farington House
    Lancashire Business Park
    PR26 6TW

    Darren Wright

    Tel: 01772 299830


    Web: www.activelancashire.org.uk




    Active Lancashire is the strategic lead for Sport and Physical Activity in Lancashire. We connect with like-minded local organisations and individuals to help bring about active lifestyles. Nationally we are one of the many Sport England-led Active Partnerships that drive a sports delivery system across the country.

    We believe that sport and physical activity have the power to influence behaviours and develop skills which can have a broader, positive impact on people’s lives.

    Our work in leading and facilitating effective partnerships across the county from key influential decision makers, through to community grass roots organisations aims to encourage Lancashire residents to engage in sport and physical activity and lead a happy, more prosperous life.


    Active Lancashire won our Work and Training Social Enterprise of the Year in 2022 and John Raper of Active Lancashire won our Volunteer of the Year Award in 2019.




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  • Anteros Community

    Unit 6 Greetby Place
    WN8 9UL

    James Hoy

    Tel: 07964 826017


    Web: www.anteroscommunity.co.uk


    Anteros Community provides music education and support for professionals and enthusiasts within the music community and music industry.



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  • Barks & Recreation

    Contact: Stephen BrownBarks & Recreation Walking Dogs, Improving Lives


    Email: info@barksandrec.co.uk

    Web: www.barksandrec.co.uk


    About Us

    Barks & Recreation are a Preston organisation that supports people who have a learning disability or mental health condition to walk dogs – and share the profits with the people we support.

    We walk the dogs of people who are struggling to care for their own dogs due to a physical health condition or disability, and provide additional services with the aim of keeping the dog and its owner together – preventing social isolation.



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  • Beanstalk Business Centre CIC

    Contact: Kerry Stevens

    Tel: 07720 779809


    Web: www.beanstalkbusiness.co.uk



    Beanstalk Business Support CIC is passionate about helping businesses become stronger, sustainable, and profitable. We offer business support and administration services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, not-for-profits, and SMEs.  We recognise that small businesses are the backbone of local communities; they provide character and individuality that reflect a town’s personality. Business owners and employees usually live and work within their communities. Building successful businesses create a thriving local economy with local jobs and strong community bonds.

    Simultaneously,  we provide employment and work experience opportunities, with job coaching and pastoral support for people looking for employment.  We invest all profits towards our employment programmes.  We develop workshops, courses, and tutorials that leave people empowered by knowledge, tools, and newfound confidence, ready to take those first steps towards a meaningful career. Returning to work is intimidating, so we build a person-centric training strategy where individuals become accustomed to the world of work in a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment.


    Beanstalk Business Support CIC won our Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year award in 2022.




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  • Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

    Darwen End, Ewood Park
    Nuttall Street
    BB2 4JF

    Contact: Deborah Blades

    Tel: 01254 508256


    Web: www.rovers.co.uk/community




    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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  • Blackpool and The Fylde Street Angels

    Contact: Paul Rawson

    Tel: 07964 202525


    Web: www.bfstreetangels.org




    We support vulnerable people in Blackpool. We help to make Blackpool a safer place to be in the evening.

    Some of our services:

    • Temporary Bed Unit 365 days per year
    • Hot food street outreach
    • Weekend evening outreach – we offer practical help, advice and basic first aid
    • A shelter for adults during severe weather periods

    We also have a facility called Angels Rest used to run education and support groups




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  • Brew Me Sunshine

    12 Victoria Street
    LA4 4AH

    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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  • Change Grow Live

    CGL HQ – Towerpoint
    44 North Road
    BN1 1YR

    Contact: Katie Bebbington


    Web: www.changegrowlive.org




    Change Grow Live is a charity specialising in Substance Misuse and Criminal Justice intervention projects in England and Wales. We’re funded by councils and local authorities who commission us to provide services, and we sometimes receive donations from the public.

    Because we’re not a business, we’re not looking to make a profit. So we can focus on making sure that everything we do is helping the people who use our services, and the wider public too.

    In Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, we operate under the brands Inspire, New You and Go2. Within all our services in Lancashire, we have teams that support with all of the following and much more

    • Clinical interventions for drug and/ or alcohol treatment
    • Family Safeguarding
    • Criminal Justice
    • Homelessness
    • Housing
    • Education, Training and Employment
    • Recovery Support
    • Behaviour Change




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  • Chapter3 Enterprise CIC

    178 Holmfield Road
    FY2 9PU

    Contact: Dianne Tew

    Tel: 07799 711337


    Email: dianne@chapter3.org.uk

    Web: www.chapter3.org.uk


    About Us

    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

    Whalley Road
    BB1 9LL

    Contact: Sue Cotton

    Tel: 01254 244716


    Website: www.canw.org.uk


    About Us


    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.

    Child Action Northwest won our Social Enterprise of the Year Award in 2019 AND 2021, and Environmental Champion of the Year in 2022 – plus Rachael Gallagher of Child Action North West won our Employee of the Year Award in 2019, Natalie Hall of CANWe Solutions won our Social Enterprise Employee of the Year in 2021, and Dominic Hawke won Social Enterprise Employee of the Year Award in 2022!



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  • Communicate SLT CIC

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    49 Hardhorn Road
    FY6 7SR

    Joanne Burr 

    Tel: 01253 462123


    Web: www.communicate-slt.org.uk

    About Us

    2017 will mark Communicate’s 6 year anniversary of delivering high quality, needs led and effective services within the North West. Whilst celebrating the achievements of the last six years, we will take the opportunity to review our mission, vision and values as a foundation for the future. We aim to establish a 5 year strategic plan based on the key drivers of Sustainability, Team, Leadership and High Quality to support Communicate’s continued growth and development. We are looking forward to continuing working in partnership to maximise life chances by enabling effective Speech, Language and Communication.




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  • Community Solutions North West

    Elmfield HallCommunity Solutions North West Logo
    Gatty Park
    BB5 4AA

     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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  • Creativity Works Preston

    33 Shepherd Street
    PR1 3UE

    Steve Egan

    Tel: 07946 612666


    Email: steve@creativityworkspreston.org.uk

    Web: www.creativityworkspreston.org.uk



    The Creativity Works Preston Production Centre is based upon the Danish Production school model.

    CWP offers an alternative form of education to people of all ages who need or prefer to learn in a different way to the traditional education system that is predominantly academically based to one that is project-oriented and provides individualistic tuition. The crux of the learning environment and pedagogy is learning through doing; practical work and the solving of tasks in a working community aimed a real production and marketing of goods and services. We offer bespoke training courses in Hair & Beauty, Food & Nutrition, Teaching & learning, Media and Music, Sport and maths & English.

    We offer a pre 16 programme to referral agencies such as Schools, Lancashire County Council Missing Education team, Youth Offending team and any agency responsible for young people aged 14-16, with places available for up to 40 young people. We offer a post 16 Programme with places available for up to 50, students.





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  • DanceSyndrome

    c/o Pathways Associates
    Suite 2, Waterside
    St James Court West
    BB5 1NA

    Julie Nicholson 


    Email: info@dancesyndrome.co.uk

    Web: www.dancesyndrome.co.uk



    DanceSyndrome is an inclusive award-winning North-West dance charity led by dancers with learning disabilities. 

    DanceSyndrome believes that everybody belongs and that people with learning disabilities have skills and assets which can contribute to and inspire an equitable civil society.

    DanceSyndrome was created in response to the determination of Jen Blackwell, a dancer with Down’s Syndrome who wanted to share her passion for dance and get the world dancing.

    She wanted to engage with other dancers, to lead workshops, to choreograph and deliver performances and inspire others to believe in themselves. Supported by her parents Jen spent 10 lonely years searching for opportunities to train to become the community dance worker she sought to be.

    Established in 2009 as a limited company, DanceSyndrome became a charity in 2013. Under the current Managing Director, the charity has experienced an exponential increase in demand both regionally and nationally. Using dance as a vehicle for positive change, our vision is to empower learning-disabled individuals through inclusive dance.

    All activity is led by a Dance Leader with learning disabilities supported by a professionally trained Dance Artist. Using a co-production model, DanceSyndrome delivers weekly community workshops and training for the core company. On demand the dancers regularly engage in performances, training, university seminars, conferences and we are developing and piloting a social replication model.




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  • Divine Days Community CIC

    Contact: Katie Whitehead

    Tel: 07782 551004


    Email: info@divinedays.co.uk





    Divine Days Community CIC

    Divine Days Community CIC delivers a programme of services and provision for adults with additional needs; children with additional needs and complex needs; the elderly; the isolated; and those managing long-term mental and physical health conditions. Our provision is centred around bringing people together through a variety of programmes and creative activity programmes focused on connectivity, inclusivity, and rehabilitation.


    Gateway Support

    Gateway Support is partnership between Divine Days Community CIC and An Inclusive Future CIC (AIF CIC) providing an urgent and essential service for individuals and families across the West Lancashire area with a child/children with an additional need or disability, as well as those who are managing long term health conditions or poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gateway Support provides an information, advice, guidance, and befriending service to ensure people with disabilities can access pastoral and professional services and support in an accessible, person-centred, and meaningful manner during and after the COVID – 19 pandemic.

    Legacy Project

    The Legacy Project is our Supported Internship initiative funded by Well Skelmersdale and West Lancashire CCG. Divine Days CIC works with local businesses, schools, and colleges to deliver a supported internship programme for young adults with additional needs, learning disabilities and/ or physical disabilities who live and learn in West Lancashire and the surrounding area.


    Man-Archy is our men’s mental health provision, using talking therapies, support groups, one-to-one sessions, and a befriending service for men living in West Lancashire. This project is funded via Well Skelmersdale and West Lancashire CCG delivering a person centred, local offer of crisis intervention and prevention for men.

    Community Connections

    Our Community Connections sessions offer specialised activities for the elderly, people with poor mental health or dementia, people that have been isolated and those managing long term health conditions. Community Connections provides a safe environment run by qualified practitioners to support members of our community to reconnect and find purpose and meaning on their road to recovery.

    Dance for All

    Divine Days inclusive dance activities and classes for people of all ages with additional needs. Our teachers and practitioners have years of experience, as well as being qualified and trained in working with children and adults with additional needs, learning disabilities and complex needs. Our award-winning Dancers have performed all over the country raising awareness of inclusion and acceptance.

    Our Dance classes include:

    • Diddi Tots – Tap, ballet, and disco classes for babies and toddlers with additional needs.
    • Diddi Divine – Therapeutic and contemporary dance classes for infants and juniors with additional needs.
    • Diddi Divas – Tap, ballet, musical theatre, and street dance classes for children with additional needs.
    • Divine Dance – Contemporary, inclusive dance classes for adults with additional needs.

    We work with mainstream organisations to help them develop and improve their inclusive practice and how to become disability confident.

    We deliver a variety of training programmes for schools and businesses including antibullying and disability awareness.


    Divine Days Creative Arts won our Small Social Enterprise of the Year Award in 2021.




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  • Enterprising Habits Ltd

    36 Briercliffe Road
    BB10 1 XB

    Contact: Ibrar Syed

    Tel: 07545 261780


    Web: www.ehabits.org.uk




    We offer a range of services to local residents and families across East Lancashire that includes vocational qualifications, functional skills, employability skills, enterprise support, bi-lingual info advice and guidance, traineeship (16-25) etc.



    We deliver services such as an employability support programme, traineeship, apprenticeship, SIA courses, Adult Education Budget, ESOL classes, IT courses, bespoke business start-up support, entrepreneurship and info advice & guidance




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  • Freckle Creative

    Contact: David Scholesfreckle | create

    Tel: 07712 591890


    Email: info@frecklecreate.co.uk

    Web: www.frecklecreate.co.uk



    About Us

    Freckle is a marketing consultancy, focused on support for the 3rd sector, in all areas of business development, promotion, creative delivery and marketing.



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  • Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside

    Blackpool office:
    2a Dinmore Ave
    FY3 7RW

    Andrew Darron

    Tel: (01942) 821444


    Web: www.groundwork.org.uk/clm/

    About Us

    Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire & Merseyside (CLM) is both a charitable trust and a social enterprise.

    We’ve been working to build more sustainable communities across Cheshire and Lancashire since 1985 and in Merseyside since 2012. We do this by helping people and organisations to create better neighbourhoods, to build their skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way.

    Our vision is of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper.

    By this we mean communities where:

    • people can work if they want to
    • people are not living in fear of crime
    • young people are valued and can realise their potential
    • people are healthy and can afford to make healthy choices
    • neighbourhoods are places where people want to live, and
    • communities, whether they be neighbourhoods or business communities, are more resilient

    We have set 6 core objectives which we feel are key components of a sustainable community. All of our work will contribute to at least one of these objectives:

    1. We will help communities to become more active and resilient
    2. We will help to build greener, safer, stronger neighbourhoods
    3. We will help young people realise their potential
    4. We will help those furthest from the labour market to find work
    5. We will promote improved health and wellbeing
    6. We will reduce carbon emissions and tackle the impacts of climate change



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  • Growing Resilience CIC

    Office 5, The Boulevard Centre
    45 Railway Road
    BB1 1EZ

    Contact: Richard Wallwork

    Tel: 07786 261 485


    Web: www.growingresilience.co.uk



    Growing Resilience is a self-awareness course that considers encountering conflict and stress in everyday life, as a certain inevitability. The programme shows the participants how to grow a mental health toolkit to become more resilient and be better able to cope with times of chaos and deal with conflict pro-actively, focussing on a positive future situation.


    Growing Resilience CIC won our Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year Award in 2021.




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  • His Provision CIC

    272-274 Central Dr
    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.


    HIS Provision won our Enabling Ability Award in 2019.



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  • Hope Street

    Ormskirk Civic Hall
    Southport Road
    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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  • IMO Charity

    Unit 11, Business Development Centre
    Eanam Wharf
    BB1 5BL

    Mohammed Sidat

    Tel: 07973 860717


    Email: info@imocharity.org

    Web: www.imocharity.org




    A grassroots charity based in the heart of Blackburn. We have been operating since 2006 and work with young and old people in supporting them on various health & wellbeing, education & employability and Sports & Development.

    Our work got recognised in 2016 by her Majesty and we were awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Services.

    Our strength is in engaging with BAME, Assulym and Refugee community and we as an organisation are big in engaging and supporting all.





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  • Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd

    112-116 Tulketh Browintegrate-logo
    PR2 2SJ

    Peter Green

    Tel: (01772) 333800


    Web: www.integratepreston.org.uk

    About Us

    Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd was established in 1983 to provide supported housing for individuals with Learning Difficulties. We continue to do this and also support individuals with Mental Health conditions, Physical Disabilities, Autism, Sensory Impairments and Dementia.

    We have a long history in Social Enterprise and all of our Social Enterprises’s have been established to provide better opportunities in life, and the employment market, for people with disabilities & long term conditions. We offer placements related to wood recycling, horticulture and gardening, handyman services, decorating, retail and packaging.


    Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards:

    Peter Green, Integrate’s Director of Operations was awarded Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion award in 2017.



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  • Lancashire Careers Company CIC

    Unit 1-2, Edward VII Quay
    Navigation Way
    PR2 2YF

    Tel: 07470 136357


    Email:  enquiries@lancashirecareers.co.uk

    Web: www.lancashirecareers.co.uk


    About Us

    Lancashire Careers Company CIC exists to ensure that professional, qualified, and registered career development is available to unemployed people throughout the region.  Those providing career guidance are qualified to a minimum of Level 6 in the careers sector.  We measure the impact of our intervention using evidence-based tools and psychometric testing (Morrisby and Outcomes Star).

    While we work with anyone who is seeking career change or employment, we have a specific interest in working with Lancashire Care Leavers (18-25), veterans and 50+

    We are specialist professionals who firmly believe that collaborating adds value to our purpose.

    We are registered members of the Career Development Institute.  We have the Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award, and we are Disability Confident employers.  All associates are cleared with Enhanced DBS and are on the update service. We are proud members of Social Enterprise UK.



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  • Lancashire Women

    21-23 Blackburn Road
    BB5 1HF

    Amber Wells

    Tel: 0300 330 1354


    Web: lancashirewomen.org 




    Lancashire Women is a leading charity for women and girls in Lancashire with over 8500 women accessing their services over the past year and 31 active volunteers supporting delivery of their services. Their vision is where all women and girls in Lancashire are valued and treated as equals. Lancashire Women empower women and girls to be able to transform their lives by bringing them together to: find their voice, share experiences and understanding, develop their knowledge and skills and challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about them… so that they can have choices in becoming the individuals they want to be.

    Through their network of female only centres, located across the county, they can help Lancashire Women:

    • Improve mental health and emotional wellbeing
    • Get advice on managing money, benefits and debt
    • Improve skills, knowledge and gain employment
    • Meet others and build friendships
    • Life safer, happier and more positive lives

    “My life has turned around because of the support I’ve received. I feel that a light bulb has been turned on.”

    To contact Lancashire Women call 0300 330 1354, email TalkToUs@lancashirewomen.org or visit www.lancashirewomen.org to find your nearest centre.


    Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards:

    In 2018, Lancashire Women were named Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year, and Sarah Harrison was also awarded the title of Volunteer of the Year. Lancashire Women then won the Large Social Enterprise category in 2019!




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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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  • Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd

    midstream2 Penrose Place
    WN8 9PR

    Contact: Mark Saxon 

    Tel: (01695) 555316


    Web: www.midstream.org.uk

    About Us

    Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd, inaugurated in 1995 as a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee is a leading Social Enterprise.  From a six and a half acre site and state of the art, purpose built accommodation in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire it provides vocational training and supported employment in a caring environment for young people and adults with learning difficulties.  At the same time it creates business and trading opportunities with public sector, private sector and voluntary/community sector organisations offering a wide range of products and services.

    Those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market have the opportunity to take part in ‘real live’ work activities in a choice of occupational areas including Horticulture, Woodwork, Business Administration, Retail, Hospitality & Catering.  At the same time they are encouraged to work towards nationally recognised vocational qualifications ranging from basic entry level to NVQ level 2.  Training and assessments are carried out by our own professional teaching staff.  Health and Social Care needs are met by qualified health & social care practioners who give just the right level of support to ensure individuals are able to enjoy taking part in their daily work and training activities.

    The whole focus of Midstream is to improve the quality of working lives of people who through no fault of their own are disadvantaged in the labour market and allowing them to make their contribution to the world of work.



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  • Move 2 Change

    Contact: Martin Sadler

    Tel: 07545 839957


    Web: www.move2change.org.uk




    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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  • New Era Enterprises (E.Lanc) Ltd

    The CVS Centre
    62/64 Yorkshire Street
    BB11 3BT

    Wendy Woodfine

    Tel: 01282 435302


    Web: www.neweraburnley.co.uk


    About Us

    New Era Enterprises (E. Lancs) Ltd is a company limited by guarantee. It is a community business that promotes a wide range of community-based regeneration and economic development, primarily in and around Pennine Lancashire.

    Although constituted as a business, its ethos is much more about improving the lives of local people than making money for itself.  

    Its aim is to provide a service which supports the growth of skills and networks so that people are able to initiate and participate in their own and their community’s development.  This is achieved by working at a neighbourhood level within a vision of equal opportunity and sustainability.

    Ann Marie Wrigley is a founder Director of Selnet, and currently represents Selnet Member New Era Enterprises (E.Lancs.) Ltd as a Director on our Board.



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  • Newground CIC

    193 Bolton Road
    BB2 3GE

    Kasira Ahmed 

    Tel: 01254 265163


    Email: kasira.ahmed@newground.co.uk 



    Newground CIC is an exciting social enterprise delivering professional services in a competitive marketplace. We deliver services in community support and training, employment, environment and health & safety compliance, flood resilience, landscape architecture and grounds maintenance.

    Instead of our profits going to shareholders, they are donated to the charity Newground Together and distributed in the form of grants to environmental and community projects, so by choosing Newground, our customers are helping to drive positive social and environmental change.

    Newground is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 ensuring we deliver quality services in a safe and sustainable way. Newground CIC is the wholly owned subsidiary of the charity Newground Together, a member of the Together Housing Group, a leading provider of quality affordable and modern homes for rent across the North of England.




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  • No Whispers CIC

    Contact: Karen Livesey

    Tel: 07713 129242


    Email: info@no-whispers.co.uk 

    Web: www.no-whispers.co.uk




    Keeping children and young people safe.

    No Whispers Community Interest Company deliver training and awareness in child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, county lines and safeguarding.

    No Whispers aims to inform, educate, and empower adults about child sexual and criminal exploitation. Training and workshops emphasise the significance of recognising signs and indicators, early intervention, positive strategies, appropriate language, understanding victim blaming and the importance of safeguarding and reporting to prevent children and young people from becoming victims of exploitation and abuse.



    HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Mrs. Amanda Parker JP commented about No Whispers CIC Birthday event 2024, saying,

    “I was delighted to attend the No Whispers anniversary celebration. The training that No Whispers provides helps organisations recognise the signs of exploitation and provides vital information in the fight against child exploitation and associated crimes. It was marvelous to see so many people and local businesses represented”.





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  • Preston Domestic Violence Services

    10-12 Oakham Court
    PR1 3XP

     Valerie Wise

    Tel: 01772 201601


    Web: www.pdvs.org.uk



    Preston Domestic Violence Services is the first organisation in Preston which exists solely to support adults and children experiencing (or having experienced) Domestic Violence.




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  • Queens Market Morecambe CIC

    25-27 Victoria Street
    LA4 4AE

    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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  • Rainbow Youth Centre

    Contact: Martin Needham

    Tel: 01254 720740


    Web: www.rainbowyouthcentre.com




    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.


    Martin Needham​ of Rainbow Youth Centre won our Social Enterprise Champion award in 2022.



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




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  • Rebuild with Hope Foundation

    C/O Mclintocks LTD
    46 Hamilton square
    Birkenhead CH41 5AR

    Contact: Louise Atherton

    Tel: 07738 760039




    We are a newly formed organisation providing employment, training and support for individuals involved with the criminal justice system whilst on RoTL, community licence and post release.

    We will provide real work opportunities through a recycling, repurposing and retail operation and in collaboration with partners embed relevant training and wrap around support linked to identified progression routes.

    We have a number of employers in a variety of sectors across Lancashire and other parts of the North West who will employ individuals progressing through the Foundation.

    View our Announcement leaflet for further information




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  • Redmoor Communications CIC

    Contact: Lucie Higham

    Tel: 07747 061162


    Web: www.redmoorcommunications.co.uk



    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.

    Lucie Higham represents Selnet Member Redmoor Communications CIC and is currently a Director on our Board.




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  • Shared Future CIC

    28 Cromwell Groveshared future cic
    M19 3GB

    Contact: Jez Hall

    Tel: 07963 706106


    Website: www.sharedfuturecic.org.uk

    About Us

    We are a community interest company based in the North West of England, operating across the UK.

    Offering consultancy, research and development services to the public sector and the social economy.

    We specialise in three main areas of work: The social economy, community engagement and public participation.

    We prioritise work related to climate change and environmental sustainability.

    Through our extensive associate network Shared Future can support with:

    • Facilitating Citizen Juries and deliberative engagement
    • Participatory Budgeting
    • Community-led planning and community development
    • Youth and community empowerment
    • Community asset development and building management
    • Ethical business and social responsibility
    • Organisational change and strategy
    • Social Impact reports



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  • St. Antony’s Centre

    Eleventh Street
    Trafford Park
    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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  • Strawberry Fields Training CIC

    South Placestrawberry fields training cic logo
    1 Meeting House Lane
    LA1 1TQ

     Scot Davidson

    Tel: 01524 874246


    Web: www.strawberryfieldscic.co.uk


    Strawberry Fields exists to support and empower marginalised people to recognise and move towards developing their potential.

    We have been supporting young people and adults for over nine years and continue to provide compassionate, client-centric, and innovative support packages for those in need.

    At Strawberry Fields, we believe in working a particular way meeting clients ‘where they are at’, whatever their stage or starting point.

    We are a small team of multi-skilled, highly qualified, and free-thinking individuals who are prepared to consistently challenge our own practice and our judgements or assumptions of others.

    As a company, we are always evolving and we take pride in going the extra mile for the benefit of our clients.




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  • The Alternative School Group Ltd

    Contact: Tracey Morley

    Tel: 01282 851800 / Contact us


    Web: www.thealternativeschool.co.uk

    Email: enquiries@thealternativeschool.co.uk


    About Us

    We are an independent school set up to support those pupils who are unable to thrive in mainstream education. All pupils have SEMH needs and are from some of the most disadvantaged families in the county. We offer personalised education to include outdoor education, access to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and residential retreats.



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  • The Football League (Community) Ltd

    t/a The Football League Trust
    Edward VII Quay
    Navigation Way
    PR2 2Y

    Contact: Jules Ollerton

    Tel: (01772) 325960


    Web: www.fltrust.co.uk


    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 Larder

    50 Lancaster Road
    PR1 1DD


    Contact: Kay Johnson MBE

    Tel: 07718 901813


    Email: kay@larder.org.uk

    Web: www.larder.org.uk




    About Us

    The Larder is a social enterprise in Preston. We promote food that’s healthy, local, seasonal and low waste. We work through a cafe and catering business, food academy and network of Lancashire farmers and producers.

    The Larder aims to raise awareness and educate people about a range of food issues from food poverty to food waste, from sustainable catering practices to procurement. We develop and deliver courses, workshops and lectures to groups and individuals and offer a consultancy service to public and private organisations.


    The Larder won our Environmental Champion Award in 2019.



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  • Travel Assist Services Ltd

    Unit 1 Rose Hill Estate
    Sough Road
    BB3 2HA

    Contact: James Coulthard

    Tel: 01254 846200


    Web: travelassist.org




    As a not for profit, social enterprise, Travel Assist has designed the business model on the foundation of their two major social objectives, which are;

    (1). Making transport accessible for those who experience difficulties reaching mainstream transport.

    (2). Creating and sustaining long term employment opportunities.

    From the very start, Travel Assist has based all business decisions on the ethics of our social objectives, which is to provide opportunities, equality and respect. However, as the business has developed, Travel Assist has recognised that it has a responsibility to look at the impact the work carried out by the organization has on the environment. Therefore, a third social objective has been added:

    (3). Sustaining responsible use of energy to minimalise the impact on the environment.

    Graham Jones is a founder director of Selnet, and currently represents Travel Assist as a Director on our Board.


    Ways to trade with this social enterprise

    We exist to primarily provide affordable, accessible transport for people who experience difficulties accessing mainstream transport




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  • U-Night Group

    Contact: Sue Sharples

    Tel: 07834 695606


    Email: sueamberco@aol.com

    Web: www.unightgroup.co.uk



    About Us

    The U-Night Group is a Community Interest Company run by and for people with a learning disability who live in Lancashire. 

    Our aim is to reduce isolation and loneliness, by providing opportunities for people to engage in meaningful activities, which lead to the formation of friendships and relationships. We do this by providing evening social and leisure events, training on sex and relationships and running a dating and mating agency called ‘MeetnMatch’.



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  • Veterans in Communities

    12 Bury RoadVIC
    BB4 5PL

    Contact: Liz Hamilton

    Tel: 01706 833180


    Email: lizhamilton@veteransincommunities.org

    Web: www.veteransincommunities.org



    Veterans in Communities (VIC) supports serving and ex-services personnel and their families, and members of the emergency services who have experienced difficulties in transitioning back into the community. We offer a range of services including outdoor activities, support to access specialised services, outdoor activities, hands-on projects to benefit the community, SInging Group and Art Group.

    Everything we do is focused on assisting our members to improve confidence, wellbeing in all its forms, achieving goals and being part of their local community.

    Our building in Haslingden has rooms available as office space, therapy space, arts and crafts, and a large conference room with flexibility in its layout.

    Amanda Walton represents Selnet Member Veterans in Communities (VIC) and is currently a Director on our Board.




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  • West Lancs Ark CIC

    Ecumenical Centrewest lancs ark
    WN8 6LU

    Contact: Janice Monaghan

    Tel: 07826 656387

    Other Contacts: Barry  07421 941324 / Sue (Armed Forces Champion)  07591 030205



    About Us

    We work with all members of our community and have an open door policy.  We help people with a wide variety of issues, inclusing debt, housing, employment, substance mis-use, training and education. We have computers available for job search and making benefit claims. We will assist with preparing CV’s, application forms. We also do referal to the Food Banks.



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  • Wot Wud U Do CIC

    Contact: Dave Clayton


    Web: www.wotwududo.co.uk

    Email: info@www.wotwududo.co.uk



    About Us

    At Wot Wud U Do Educational Services (WWUDES), we believe in empowering individuals to thrive in every aspect of their lives. Our mission is to equip people with essential skills that transcend traditional education, focusing on social and emotional development, employability readiness, and the power of co-production. Through tailored programs and collaborative approaches, we cultivate a growth mindset in individuals, empowering them with the confidence needed to enhance emotional management and decision-making skills, thus enabling them to navigate life’s challenges effectively.

    There are 3 strands to WWUDES’s programs and projects:

    • Improving participants’ self-awareness and self-management skills through workshops aligned with the social and emotional learning framework.
    • Providing participants opportunities to creatively express and tackle societal issues using their lived experience.
    • Supporting participants into work or education through the delivery of peer-led projects.

    Through our programs and projects, we can create opportunities for participants to creatively express themselves, enabling them to show their peers and professionals what they are truly capable of if they are given the freedom to create and take ownership of their work.

    Dave Clayton represents Selnet Member Wot Wud U Do CIC and is currently a Director on our Board.



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  • Youth Action

    Unity House
    49-51 Preston New Road
    BB2 6AE


    Contact: Amar Abbas

    Tel: 01254 695847


    Email: www.youthaction.org.uk/contact-us

    Web: www.youthaction.org.uk




    Youth Action is an award-winning youth charity, working across Lancashire for the last 19 years. We provide a range of services to the community for families and children and young people aged 5 to 24.




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