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Lancaster District CVS Bulletin – April 2012 Lancaster District CVS works to represent, promote and develop local voluntary and community organisations. We aim to strengthen the sector, build partnerships and influence local policy. We provide training, funding information and financial services. To find out if these services could benefit your organisation, download our Services leaflet from

CONTENTS CVS NEWS OTHER SECTOR NEWS FUNDING RESOURCES TRAINING JOBS CVS NEWS [BACK TO TOP] Heysham North Fund Community First: Neighbourhood Matched Fund £5,000 is now available to fund community projects in the Heysham North Ward as part of a new national initiative targeting some of the most deprived areas of the country. People will be encouraged to give time, expertise and resources towards the projects they identify in their areas. The government will match these pound for pound, helping to stimulate local action towards meeting community needs. Heysham North has been included in the Community First programme because there exists within it certain areas of disadvantage in terms of deprivation and increases in benefits claimants. Funding priorities take these factors into account (see below). Lancaster District CVS has registered a community panel to make recommendations to the Community Development Foundation on funding. There is £5,000 available for this financial year and, we hope, further funds for the next three years.

Any group that is a voluntary, community or not for profit organisation and is based within the Lancaster District boundary can apply for a grant of between £250 and £2,500. Please note that the Panel only has £5,000 to allocate this year. It is anticipated that additional funds will be available in the following three years. Funding Priorities for 2011/12: • Provide advice and support for people who are living in temporary or poor accommodation–particularly, but not exclusively, families. • Provide budget counselling, information and advice for individuals experiencing financial difficulties. The application deadline is Friday 22nd June 2012. Recommendations will be made to the Community Development Foundation on 30th June. The application form and guidance notes are available from If you would like to be involved in a Heysham North reference group to advise on funding priorities and be involved in developing a community plan for the ward for next year, please email the panel via

Welfare Reform Bill Becomes Law The controversial Welfare Reform Bill has received Royal Assent and is now an Act of Parliament. The Bill follows the November 2010 White Paper ‘Universal Credit: Welfare that Works’ which set out the Coalition Government's proposals for reforming welfare to improve work incentives, simplifying the benefits system and tackling administrative complexity. Besides introducing Universal Credit, the Bill makes other significant changes to the benefits system. If you would like Lancaster District CVS to organise a briefing for you on key changes and potential implications, please email and we will organise this through the Forum. Key areas of reform are as follows: • The Bill introduces Personal Independence Payments to replace the current Disability Living Allowance • It restricts Housing Benefit entitlement for social housing tenants whose accommodation is larger than needed • It will up-rate Local Housing Allowance rates by the Consumer Price Index • It amends the forthcoming statutory child maintenance scheme • Payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance is limited to a 12-month period • The total amount of benefit that can be claimed will be capped.

Further information is available on the Department for Work and Pensions website.

Volunteer Co-ordinators Network Tuesday 24th April 2012, 10.00am-12.00pm Trinity Community Centre, Middle Street, Lancaster LA1 1JZ The Volunteer Co-ordinators Network is open to anyone involved in supporting, co-ordinating or managing volunteers. Agenda: Closure of the Volunteer Bureau – Lancaster City Council commissioned research to consider the implications of this and future need; Help Direct’s online service to help you find volunteers – Alan Conway will show you how to use this; and an Open Forum, as requested at the last network meeting, a round the room update followed by opportunity to discuss issues and share good ideas. Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Training Needs Analysis 2012 Lancaster District CVS is keen to ensure that the training courses we offer are of value. We would appreciate your feedback on the training your staff, volunteers and members would benefit from. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey here by the end of April 2012 (please feel free to pass this survey on to others within your organisation who may be interested).

Property Group Thursday 3rd May 2012, 11.00am Trinity Community Centre, Middle Street, Lancaster LA1 1JZ The aim of the Property Group meeting is to bring together the organisations that expressed an interest in discussing property matters last year, review the survey findings together (which over 50 organisations have completed) and decide on the next steps forward. The draft report of the survey is available to any group or organisation that wants a copy prior to the meeting by emailing Michael Hallam via Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Research on not-for-profit support for people in need in the Lancaster District

Please support this research and reply by Thursday 5th May 2012 Lancaster District CVS is pleased to announce that Dr Chris Grover, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, and Linda Piggot, Teaching Fellow, from Lancaster University have kindly agreed to carry out a piece of research for us around issues identified by our members. The research will examine the impact of current changes (particularly those related to funding) in the not-for-profit sector on those people most in need in the Lancaster City Council area. Chris and Linda are carrying out a larger piece of research focussing specifically on the effects of policy changes upon people with disabilities – which will also be reported on later this year. If you or another person from your organisation would be happy to be interviewed by Chris’s team, please could you provide the details requested below and they will arrange to visit you. A report will be written for Lancaster District CVS by the end of July 2012 when we will arrange for a public presentation of the findings. Please email Linda Piggott ( by Thursday 5th May 2012 with the following information: your current funding situation; any recent changes to your service delivery; and any recent changes in demand for your services.

Morecambe Interagency Group (MIG) Wednesday 16th May 2012, 12.00 -2.00pm Venue: TBC (the meeting circulates around various venues in Morecambe) MIG is a bi-monthly inter-agency meeting for voluntary, community and faith sector groups working in Morecambe and surrounding areas. The group meets at 12.00pm for lunch (bring your own) and networking with the meeting starting at 12.30pm. The meeting begins with a speaker providing a 20-30 minute presentation including questions. The rest of the meeting offers time for each participant to update the group on their work, finishing at 2.00pm. The meetings are informal and provide an excellent information sharing and networking opportunity. There is no expectation that people will attend every meeting. If you are not on the MIG mailing list but would like to be, please contact

Volunteer Achievement Awards 2012 Wednesday 6th June 2012, 4.00pm-7.00pm Ashton Hall, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ The deadline for nominations is Friday 18th May 2012.

Nominations are invited under the following categories: • Volunteer of the Year: This award is aimed at individuals who volunteer for community based projects • Young Volunteer; as above but 18yrs and under • Trustee of the Year: As above but specific to those who sit on the committee as a Trustee/Board Member/Director • Community Pride Volunteer: This award recognises the contribution of individuals who support people in their local area and is supported by Lancaster District public sector organisations • Groups of volunteers: This award is aimed at groups of people who volunteer for community based projects Nomination forms are available to download from

Volunteering Services in the Lancaster District Lancaster District CVS, Help Direct and Lancaster City Council have commissioned consultant Alan Chapman to carry out independent research into the future development of volunteering services in the District in response to the closure of the Volunteer Bureau. If you have any comments you would like to forward to Alan regarding these changes and/or the needs of organisations for the future support of volunteering in the District, please email who will pass them on to him.

Welcome Lancaster District CVS would like to welcome its following new Member: Inspire 2 Independence Inspire 2 Independence is an organisation participating in the government funded Work Programme, with the aim of getting people back into work.

OTHER SECTOR NEWS [BACK TO TOP] Voluntary Sector Cuts in the Lancaster District Three organisations in the District: Diversity FM; Folly; and Lonsdale District Carers have reported their closure on the Voluntary Sector Cuts website. If your organisation has recently been affected by reduction in funding, please map it at

Lancaster Steiner School Open Day Friday 27th April 2012, 2.00pm-4.30pm Lune Road, Lancaster LA1 5QU Lancaster Steiner School is holding an Open Day. Find out what makes Steiner education different; sample some classroom activities (and cakes); and talk to the teachers.

Community Foundation for Lancashire Philanthropy In Our Time Lecture Thursday 26 April 2012, 4.30pm-7.00pm Council Chamber, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ This free event is a unique opportunity to hear from Baroness Prashar CBE, the Community Foundation Network’s Honorary National President, talk on Philanthropy In Our Time. The Community Foundation has received a gift from the Esmée Fairburn Foundation to establish a North West Philanthropy Fellowship. A consortium of five Community Foundations from across the region being lead by the Community Foundation for Merseyside will work with new and existing philanthropists to inspire the theme across the region. Please RSVP to by 16th April 2012. For more information, see

Third Sector Lancashire / Lancashire County Council Personalisation and the role of third sector organisations in the context of health and wellbeing – Conference Wednesday 9th May 2012, 9.00am-1.00pm The Woodlands Conference Centre, Chorley The key note speaker will be Dr Simon Duffy of the Centre for Welfare Reform, who has been said to have 'invented' personalisation. For more information and to book, email

The Woodlands Rural Centre

Wellbeing Day Sunday 27th May 2012, 10.00am-3.00pm The Woodlands, Silverdale, Carnforth LA5 0RU The Woodlands Rural Centre in Silverdale aims to renovate its site and buildings to become an ideal venue for groups and individuals to engage in rural, alternative and conservation activities, courses, studies, volunteering, or as a quiet retreat. The Wellbeing Day will feature tours, craft stalls, music, refreshments, activities and children's entertainment. For more information email or see

Heysham Mossgate Community and Sports Facilities Details of the Heysham Mossgate Community and Sports Facilities (located off Middleton Road in Heysham) have been announced. When completed the ÂŁ1.7 million complex will include: multi-function main hall and kitchen with server; equipped gymnasium; flood-lit artificial pitch; refreshment facilities and storage area; changing rooms with showers; meeting/conference room; car park; and cycle path. The multi-function main hall (scheduled for completion by mid-November 2012) will be able to accommodate a range of uses, including: fitness classes, parent & toddler groups, community events and meetings, youth sessions, private and public functions, exhibitions and performances, etc. Users will have the option of vending services or to request to have catering provided. The artificial pitch will be available for use from late April/early May 2012. Mrs Jean Yates, Chair of the Heysham Mossgate Community Facilities Company said “I am delighted that Heysham and the surrounding District is finally getting much needed sports and community facilities. Heysham, with the third largest population in the District after Lancaster and Morecambe, will soon be able to offer a range of top quality sports, leisure and community facilities and services that the local community deservesâ€?. Anyone wishing to receive more details of the facilities can get an expression of interest / pre-booking form by emailing

Lattice Works Marketing Research Survey The Lattice Works social enterprise development programme has agreed to support a student from Lancaster University Management School who is carrying out research into marketing within social enterprises and not-for-profit

organisations. Lattice Works knows that marketing is of great interest to many organisations, and the survey will help inform future developments in local support around marketing. The survey link is here.

Give It Back George Drop The Charity Tax A campaign to 'drop the charity tax' has begun following plans to cap income tax reliefs (Gift Aid) announced in the Budget, which will negatively affect voluntary organisations, both large and small. It will discourage the major donors that give large, one-off donations to many charities. Many of these gifts are used to set up grant-making trusts and foundations that support small charities. For more information and to support the campaign, see

FUNDING [BACK TO TOP] Lattice Works Crowdfunding Workshop Tuesday 1st May 2012, 10.00am-3.30pm This is a free full day workshop in Lancaster into crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a growing phenomenon that enables you to build a strong network of supporters to launch a project or promote a cause. The workshop will explore in practical ways how your organisation can use crowdfunding as an alternative to grants (or other ways of raising income) supporting not-forprofits through online pledges and loans, using the power of social media. The day will be facilitated by Anne Strachan, a Manchester based crowdfunding expert. Places are limited, so please book (or request further details) by emailing For more information, see

BBC Children in Need General Grants Programme BBC Children in Need's grants programme are open to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under.

Your organisation and project must be based in the UK and you need to be a registered charity or other not-for-profit organisation. The next deadline for applications is Sunday 15th April 2012 (followed by one on 15th July). Within the general grants programme, you can apply for: • Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years • Main Grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years For more information and to apply, see

Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core Ben & Jerry's are looking for people (aged 18-34) who are creating new models for sustainable business which will make a difference in communities. The five best entries will win a prize of €10,000. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th April 2012.

Galbraith Trust The Galbraith Trust makes grants of between £100 and £3,000 (but will consider applications for smaller or larger amounts) to organisations for any charitable purpose. The receiving organisations do not need to be registered charities, but the activity for which they seek a grant must be charitable. The people benefiting from the charitable activity must live in the Lancaster District. The next closing date for applications is Tuesday 17th April 2012. For more information and to apply, see

Workers' Educational Association European Social Fund Community Learning Grants in the North West Does your group want to help people overcome barriers and gain the skills and confidence to get back into work? Nearly £2m is available to be given out over the next two years in the North West as ESF Community Learning Grants.

These are grants up to a maximum of £12,000 available to support some of the hardest to reach communities and individuals, to help people access further learning or training that could lead to employment. The funding can be applied for by small community and voluntary groups, registered charities and social enterprises, with preference given to organisations with a turnover of no more than £300,000 per year in each of the last two years. The programme for the North West is being managed by the Workers’ Educational Association. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications to Round 2 is Friday 4th May 2012. Round 3 opens on Monday 2nd July 2012.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Catchment Restoration Fund for England The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has created the Catchment Restoration Fund to support the reduction of pollution that comes from the way land is used and improve the landscape through which water flows. A £28m fund, providing up to £10m each year, has been allocated for projects to be delivered in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. The fund will support work that aims to: restore more natural features in and around waters; reduce the impact of man-made structures on wildlife in waters; and reduce the impact of small, spread-out (diffuse) sources of pollution that arise from rural and urban land use. Projects that will improve any of the water body types within the Water Framework Directive are eligible. This includes rivers, groundwater, lakes, canals, estuaries, coastal waters, wetlands and protected areas such as Bathing Waters, Drinking Water Protected Areas and Sites of Specific Scientific Interest with water related features. For more information, see The closing date for applications is Friday 18th May 2012

Community Grants Community Grants, a fund provided by the Lancaster District Local Strategic Partnership and run on its behalf by Lancaster District CVS, is a small grant scheme designed to assist groups in the District to undertake small projects that enable local people to take part in community activities. Any group that is a voluntary, community or not-for-profit organisation and is based within the District boundary can apply for a grant of between £250 and £2,000.

The funding is available to any project that takes place within the Lancaster District which helps local people ‘take part’ in their local community, and which meets one or more of the priorities below: • Improve community cohesion, a sense of belonging and taking part, by promoting positive relationships between communities and groups in the Lancaster District • Increase the life chances, opportunities and outcomes for children and young people allowing them to play a full and active part in the life of Lancaster District • Increase the ability of your group to strengthen community involvement; provide a service, or act as advocates for your local community • The provision and opportunities for all people to self develop through access to life long learning opportunities The next deadline for applications is Tuesday 22nd May 2012. For more information and an application form, see or email

Comic Relief UK Grant Programme Comic Relief's UK Grant Programme has recently opened to applications. Comic Relief makes grants in the programme: that range between one and three years; to fund both Revenue and Capital costs; and recognise that a true reflection of the cost of your project may include some organisational running costs. Comic Relief are committed to funding work across the UK and are particularly keen to ensure they reach areas and groups of people who often miss out. As such, they accept applications from the voluntary and community sector throughout the UK including: constituted voluntary and community groups; charities; social enterprises; co-operatives; faith organisations; and community interest companies. This will be the last funding cycle under their current grants strategy. The new strategy will launch in spring 2013 with grant making resuming in summer 2013. For more information and to apply, see The closing dates for applications are in June 2012.

Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories

All Our Stories will make available grants ranging from £3,000-£10,000. From researching local historic landmarks, learning more about customs and traditions to delving into archives and finding out the origins of street and place names - this new programme will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and share what they learn with others. You can request funding for the following types of activity to explore and learn about heritage: visits to places like historic buildings, landscapes, parks, burial grounds, museums, archaeological sites or industrial heritage sites like railways; using collections like archives, libraries and museums, including collections held by people in the community; talking to people who know about heritage or holding workshops, talks and sessions exploring people’s memories; and recording things like people’s memories or local wildlife / scanning old photographs and documents / archaeological digs or surveying historic buildings. You will need to share what you have learnt by holding or producing things like: community events; digital things like smart phone apps, DVDs or websites; display boards; exhibitions; guides/trails; leaflets or books; packs for schools; or performances. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st July 2012.

North of England Horticultural Society Grants Scheme The North of England Horticultural Society has launched its new Grants Scheme, offering grants from £100-£2,000, to community groups and organisations within the North of England to fund gardening projects and activities. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Tuesday 31st July 2012 to be considered. For more information and to apply, see

Village SOS The Big Lottery Fund has announced a second round of Village SOS funding, offering rural communities grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for enterprising ideas that will boost their local area. There are two forthcoming information events: Thursday 10th May 2012 in Skipton; and Tuesday 12th June 2012 in Penrith - see the website for details.

The closing date for applications is 2.00pm on Wednesday 12th September 2012, but you can send your application at any time before this. For more information and to apply, see

Funding Success Stories Green Close Studios ‘Lancashire Witches 400’ Green Close Studios in Melling has been awarded a £100,000 grant from the Arts Council for a year-long project based on the Lancashire Witch Trials. 2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the trials which took place in Lancaster in 1612. The two-day witch trials in 1612 led to 10 people being hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster, after being found guilty of causing death or harm by witchcraft. The money will be used for community arts, crafts and historical projects. Other plans include a specially written piece by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. They are also working with artists along the route of a long-distance walk from Pendle to Lancaster, and in local schools. For more information on the project, see Ellel War Memorial Institute Trust Ellel War Memorial Institute Trust has recently been awarded £30,000 from Village SOS. The group will use the funding to develop a catering facility within their new community centre, which can be used by external caterers providing for business functions being held at the centre, as well as by local community groups such as youth groups and local allotment groups. This enterprise will generate income by selling local produce, which will be used to make the centre self-sufficient so that it can continue to provide its services for the community. For more information about applying to Village SOS, see the 'Funding' section above. Quernmore Primary School Quernmore Primary School has recently received a £10,000 grant from Awards For All. The school will use the funding to create an outdoor learning and community events area, along with a fruit orchard and a vegetable growing area for the use of the school and the wider community. This will enable children to learn about the gardening and the whole community to grow produce and learn about healthy eating.

RESOURCES [BACK TO TOP] Winter Gardens The Friends of the Winter Gardens would like to raise awareness that the theatre is available for use by the voluntary sector, at very reasonable rates. The building has been undergoing major renovation work and will soon have a new bar/café and toilet facilities. For more information, see

Community Learning Network Charity Collection Buckets Lancaster-based charity Community Learning Network (CLN) has a number of official charity collection buckets with security lids available to hire for £1 per bucket. For more information, email

ADHD North West Induction Loop Amplifier ADHD North West has an 'Echo-Loop' Induction Loop Amplifier system for TV, DVD or HiFi listening for people who have a hearing aid with a telecoil "T" setting (very similar to this), that it would like to donate to any organisation that might benefit from its use (collection only). It is not boxed, but comes with instructions, power lead and microphone. For more information, email

Big Lottery Fund Fresh Thinking: The Next Chapter The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has recently published 'Fresh Thinking’, an update to their 2009-15 Strategic Framework 'Big Thinking'. ‘Fresh Thinking’ outlines how BIG are adapting to change and offers a clear vision of what you can expect from them as a funder up until 2015. It builds upon the principles outlined in ‘Big Thinking’, their mission remains the same, they are a committed outcomes funder and they will continue to offer a mixed funding portfolio. However, they are also embracing new areas of work like social investment and delivering funding with others where it can make even more difference for communities and the lives of people most in need.

For more information, see

Charity Finance Group / Charity Investors' Group Writing your charity’s investment policy - a guide This guide will help you to consider what to cover in your charity’s investment policy. It includes a model template and good practice examples. However, it is not a prescriptive guide nor does it provide specific investment or legal advice. The guide focuses specifically on your charity’s written investment policy. More information about the wider legal and good practice framework for charity investments is set out in the Charity Commission’s guidance on investments, Charity and investment matters: A guide for trustees. This guide is for: those responsible for developing and writing their charity’s investment policy; and trustees, who have overall responsibility for the investment of their charity’s funds. For more information, see

TRAINING [BACK TO TOP] Lancaster District CVS For more information about the forthcoming training events organised by Lancaster District CVS, click on the headings below. Front Line British Sign Language Wednesday 18th April and Wednesday 9th May 2012, 9.30am—3.30pm More Music, 13-17 Devonshire Road, Morecambe LA3 1QT A two day course which will give participants the basic tools and awareness in communicating not only with deaf people, but also people from all walks of life. Developing an Effective Trustee Board Thursday 19th April 2012, 9.00am-12.30pm Halton Community Centre, Low Road, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6NB Volunteers and the Law Thursday 14th June 2012, 9.30am-12.30pm Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY

How to Demonstrate the Impact of your Project to Attract Future Funding Wednesday 20th June 2012, 9.00am-4.00pm Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX

Strawberry Fields Training Youthwork in the Criminal Justice System Tuesdays 17th & 24th April and 1st & 8th May, 6.00pm-9.00pm 1 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TQ Strawberry Fields Training currently has funding to provide free training for anyone with an interest in youth work. This course is specifically designed for youth work in the justice systems. The aims of the course are: gain an understanding of the justice systems; understanding the issues and the impact on young people; an understanding of what is effective practice within youth work; understand the role of youth worker within the YJS; and supporting people in the custody suite. For further details email or call 07765 308183.

Morecambe Bay ME Group Tools for living with ME Thursdays 19th April, 3rd, 17th & 31st May, 14th and 28th June, 2.00pm4.00pm Friends Meeting House, Lancaster Morecambe Bay ME Group has announced the launch of their very first “Tools for Living with ME" Course to share coping strategies for living with the condition. The course aims to be helpful for anyone with ME, but in particular it will be useful to people who have been newly diagnosed. Local ME experts Dr Grimes and Dr Roberts will be speaking at the events. The course has a one-off registration fee of ÂŁ10 to be paid to the Morecambe Bay ME Group. To request a place on the course, email For more information, see

Clore Social Leadership Programme 2013 Fellowships

The Clore Social Leadership Programme is a unique programme that offers fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector. The Fellowship can be undertaken intensively over 12 months (the full-time option), or part-time, over a period of up to 24 months. The closing date for completed application forms and nomination forms is Monday 28th May 2012. For more information, see

Disability First CIEH Food Safety Level 3 in Catering 17, 18, 23 & 26 July 2012, 9.30am-4.00pm This qualification is suitable for managers and/or supervisors in small/medium sized organisations who oversee the running of the catering side e.g. luncheon clubs, fundraising events where food is prepared etc. Anyone working in a supervisory position in the food business is not only responsible but also accountable for food safety. It is therefore vital they are equipped with both the knowledge and confidence to do their job effectively. For more information or to book, email Cost: £245.00

Lancaster District YMCA CIEH Level 2 Risk Assessment / CIEH Level 2 Health and Safety / CIEH Level 2 Manual Handling / HABC Food Safety Level 2 / HABC Fire Safety Level 2 The YMCA's Training Department is offering a variety of training opportunities (above) at their 'Heart of the City' building. The cost for each will be £40-£55 depending on the number of delegates on each course. If you wish to find out more information or register an interest in attending one of the courses, please contact Nik by emailing or calling (01524) 32737.

NCVO Leadership Programme 2012 Thursdays 14th June, 5th July, 6th September and 4th October 2012 Manchester

Great leaders inspire great performance in individuals, organisations and whole sectors. They anticipate the future and create direction, bring out the best in people, inspire trust and deliver results. But leadership is a craft that you need to learn, practice and refine. This is the case whether you lead a small team or large organisation. Investing in your leadership and the leadership qualities of your staff is one of the most important investments you can make as it will have a huge impact on the success of your organisation and your success as an individual. Getting the leadership style, culture and behaviour in your organisation right will drive engagement and result in increased performance both internally and externally. Using a combination of facilitated workshops, action learning, assessment tools and self-directed learning the course will help you to: • Recognise your leadership style to help you understand how you function as a leader • Create and communicate a clear and compelling vision of the future • Inspire and engage people to follow you, establishing trust and respect • Create a high performance culture which delivers objectives • Manage the performance, productivity, morale and motivation of your team • Adapt your leadership style to suit the situation • Communicate effectively. Cost: from £266 (the actual cost of the programme is £800 but thanks to the generous support of Barclays, has been subsidised for many of the participants) For more information, see

JOBS [BACK TO TOP] Lancaster & Morecambe College Student Liaison Officer Hours: 37 per week Salary: £15,564-£17,637 Do you have enthusiasm, flexibility, organisation skills, self-motivation, patience, tact and a sense of humour? You might be just the person to make a positive difference to the student experience at LMC, working collaboratively across the College, Students’ Union and local community. For more information and to apply, see

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th April 2012.

Addiction Dependency Solutions Project Worker (Practitioner) Alcohol (based in Blackpool) Hours: 25 per week Salary: £22,387 pro rata Join ADS as a Project Worker (Practitioner) Alcohol and you will assist in the reduction of alcohol related health problems in the adult population of Blackpool – working within a primary healthcare setting. Able to demonstrate an up to date knowledge of alcohol and drugs and their affects, you will work with both individuals and groups – providing effective, high quality and evidence based services. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Friday 13th April 2012.

Shelter Senior Housing Advisor Hours: 37.5 per week (based in Blackburn) Salary: £26,088 More than one million people a year come to us for advice and support via our website, help lines and national network of services. We help people to find and keep a home in a place where they can thrive and tackle the root causes of bad housing by campaigning for new laws, policies and solutions. As a Senior Housing Advisor you will: play a vital and influential front line role in helping people to access and keep a home; use housing legislation and case law to address a wide variety of housing enquiries tackle homelessness, disrepair, tenancy status, rent/mortgage arrears, harassment and illegal eviction; and deliver a professional, impartial, pragmatic and outcome focused service. For more information and to apply, see the website. The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th April 2012.

Heartbeat Chief Executive Officer Hours: Full-time (based in Preston) Salary: £40,000

Heartbeat is a dynamic charity providing cardiac rehabilitation services to over 500 people every week. We have also recently committed to investing in the development of our education and prevention programme which will see Heartbeat pro-actively promoting ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ advice and support across the North West. A dynamic new Chief Executive is sought to lead this growing organisation and to be responsible for ensuring that the aims and objectives of the charity are fully achieved. You will have experience of devising and delivering strategy, governance, fundraising, financial controls and the ability to provide leadership and direction to a team of staff. This exciting and demanding role requires an experienced senior manager with proven ability to establish a clear vision for the development of a business strategy to meet charitable objectives. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Monday 16th April 2012.

The Dukes Marketing Manager The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th April 2012. Board of Directors Due to planned retirements from The Dukes Board, two new voluntary positions are available. They are particularly looking for individuals with a background in personnel/people development and in philanthropy and/or corporate development. The closing date for the receipt of applications is Wednesday 25th April. For an application pack contact Jacqui Wilson on (01524) 598506 or email

Age UK Lancashire Carers End of Life Coordinator (based in Chorley) Hours: 21 per week (funded until 31st March 2013) Salary: £17,161 pro rata A coordinator is required to work throughout the areas of West Lancashire and Chorley to deliver the Carers End of Life and Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network projects. The post holder will be based in Central area in order to serve as large and diverse a population as possible. You will work

closely with Carers and older people on End of Life Planning, empowering them to make informed choices. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Friday 20th April 2012. Business Manager (based in Chorley) Hours: 35 per week Salary: £32,800-£34,549 Age UK Lancashire is looking for an experienced individual to work within its Business Development team. You will need to have a flair for marketing and promotion and experience in managing teams of staff. You will need a solid business background developed from experience preferably within the fashion or furniture retail sector or other relevant industries. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Friday 27th April 2012.

St Mary's Hospice Volunteer Manager (based in Ulverston) Hours: 21 per week Salary: £23,000 pro rata The post-holder will work as a job share with our existing Volunteers Manager to support our large team of volunteers at the Hospice and in the community. You will ideally have worked in a Volunteers Management role previously and have good knowledge of induction and training procedures. This role involves travel within our catchment area and a full clean driving licence is essential. Please return your completed application form to Pam Smyth, St Mary's Hospice, Ford Park Crescent, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7JP or email to: The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd April 2012. For more information and to apply, see

Mind Innovation and Improvement Manager (based in Manchester) Hours: 35 per week Salary: £34,138

Mind, the mental health charity, has a network of 165 local Mind charities providing services and support to over a quarter of a million people across England and Wales every year. Set up two years ago, the Mind to Mind service has been a success story, building relationships with local Minds and providing them information and advice. Mind is now refocusing the service to contribute to delivering a transformation in the scale and quality of Mind’s local presence, with a visible and measurable impact on the lives of people with mental health problems. To lead this they are looking for someone with an outstanding track record in designing and delivering improvement and innovation strategies and programmes that have had significant and measurable impact. You’ll have understanding, credibility and strong networks among the improvement and innovation communities, and bring a sound understanding of knowledge and information management and customer service. Above all, you will understand how to make the whole more than the sum of its parts, by enabling the network to build on its strengths. You will establish the team as a highly effective knowledge hub for Mind and Local Minds, producing effective resources to support service and organisational excellence and innovation. You will be at the core of the management of Mind’s relationship with the network. You will bring the very best in improvement and innovation methods and tools into all of Mind’s work. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Monday 23rd April 2012.

Voluntary Action Oldham Voluntary Action Oldham is the main capacity building, voluntary and community development agency for the borough of Oldham; providing practical support services to voluntary sector organisations and community groups. For more information about the jobs below and to apply, see Development and Engagement Manager (based in Oldham) Hours: 36 per week (fixed term until 30/09/13) Salary: £27,849 Voluntary Action Oldham is looking to recruit a Development and Engagement Manager: to lead the strategic and operational planning of the Development and Engagement function; to lead the development and engagement officer team to deliver against plans and targets; and to be a highly professional representative of the voluntary sector at a wide variety of local and regional meetings and events.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th April 2012. Fundraising and Business Brokerage Manager (based in Oldham) Hours: 36 per week (fixed term until 30/09/13) Salary: £27,849 Voluntary Action Oldham is looking to recruit a Fundraising and Business Brokerage Manager: to lead the development of the Fundraising and Business Brokerage Strategy and operational plan in collaboration with the Director and Transforming Local Infrastructure partners; develop and deliver new fundraising and business brokerage opportunities for a community development fund; prepare tailored and compelling applications to trusts and other institutional funders, in liaison with the Director and service delivery staff; and train and Develop VAO and partner staff for future fundraising activity. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th April 2012.

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS Administrator (based in Blackpool) Hours: 37 per week (fixed term contract to 31st March 2013) Salary: £16,440-£16,830 An administrator is required to join the Outreach Development Project team at Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS. The role requires skills and confidence in: facilitating training; processing invoices; tracking accounts (SAGE); and use of computer packages including Microsoft Word, Excel etc. For more information and to apply, see The closing date for applications is Thursday 26th April 2012.

One Voice Lancaster-based charity One Voice is recruiting for two positions. Advice and Guidance Assistant Hours: 16 per week Salary: £6.20 per hour Administration Assistant Hours: 16 per week

Salary: £6.20 per hour For further information and an application pack, contact Jo Williams by calling (01524) 382764 or emailing The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 27th April 2012.

Unique Kidz and Co Casual Play Workers Hours: up to 30 hour per week (during school holidays) Salary: £7.50-£8.00 per hour Unique Kidz and Co is looking for experienced play workers to work across their wide range of projects in the Lancaster area. Working with disabled young people and their siblings aged 0-19 years, the post holders will be responsible for providing stimulating, creative play activities for children using their holiday clubs. Qualified to a minimum of level 2, you will have extensive experience of working with children and young people, be able to demonstrate an understanding of play work and child development, and have a good knowledge of play provision. Key tasks will include: planning and delivering play activities during holiday clubs and projects; ensuring that all children have access to high quality play opportunities and to support children to take part in activities; and working cooperatively with Unique Kidz and Co’s staff team and external professionals to ensure that the needs of all children are met effectively. For more information and to request an application pack, email The closing date for applications is Friday 18th May 2012.

Help Direct Social Prescribing Co-ordinator Hours: 21 per week (over three days) Salary: £19,621-£21,519 pro rata Lancaster-based Help Direct is recruiting a Social Prescribing Co-ordinator to develop, co-ordinate and take overall responsibility for social prescribing activity within the Lancaster District to address the determinants of mental health and impacts of mental ill health. For more information and an application pack contact Fiona Robinson, Project Support Officer, by calling (01524) 387855 or emailing

The Centre @ Halton Weekend Supervisor Hours: 8 per week Salary: £6.08 per hour This is a new part-time paid post and the duties will include responsibility for the smooth running of the coffee shop, supporting the volunteers and being responsible for the centre as a whole at weekends. Preparation of the hire rooms, checking and cleaning of the toilets where necessary and monitoring of the outdoor areas including skate park, picnic area, children's play area and ball park area are also included in the list of duties. This is a temporary vacancy for six months, to start as soon as possible, that may lead to increased hours and/or permanence. The successful applicant will be expected to work eight hours per weekend with one hour unpaid break. These eight hours may be worked 8 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday alternate week-ends. The pay rate is the current minimum adult wage. Experience in a similar role would be an advantage. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Applicants must be willing to undertake food hygiene and first aid certificate courses. Expenses for certificates and disclosure will be met by the employer. Any enquiries and applications should be sent by emailed to Eileen via with "Weekend Supervisor" in the subject line.

Youth Action Business Development Manager (based in Blackburn) Hours: Full-time Salary: £27,000-£32,000 Youth Action is an independent community organisation working with young people aged 8 to 24 years old across Blackburn & Darwen and Lancashire. Established in 2003, they now have over 5,000 youth members and over 130 volunteers and mentors. The charity supports the belief that with the right leadership and guidance, young people are the solution to many of the region’s problems, not the cause of them. The Business Development Manager is a newly created role, responsible for securing and managing partnerships with all nature of external parties from the region’s blue-chip companies, high-net-worth individuals, small enterprises and political bodies; all with the aim of supporting and/or funding the core activities, programmes and operations of Youth Action. For more information and to apply, see

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