- Blackburn Rovers Community Trust
Contact: Deborah Blades
Tel: 01254 508256
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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- Community Solutions North West
Contact: Deborah Clark
Tel: 01254 460080
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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- Lets’ Grow Preston
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;
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- Rosemary and Time CIC
Tel: 07880 348597
Rosemary and Time CIC delivers gardening related activity workshops, training courses and ongoing projects aimed at supporting both geographical communities and communities of interest. Our main focus has been people living with dementia and their carers, and those living in care homes and the activity co-ordinators that support them.
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This social enterprise grows plants to sell at local events and farmer’s markets, creates wildlife habitats, including bird boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog homes for sale. They supply care homes with subsidised priced activity sessions and provide training for those wishing to learn more about gardening, they can also provide bespoke consultancy and training to organisations wishing to develop the skills of their staff.
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- Veterans in Communities
Contact: Liz Hamilton
Tel: 01706 833180
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.
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