Well done to all those who braved February’s snow and made it to the CVS AGM and funding information event!
The presentations can now be found on our Funding Advice page – and they include:
- The Eric Wright Trust – launching its Small Grants Pot on April 1st
- The Halsall Foundation – new Lancashire funder
The West Lancs CVS Annual General Meeting / Funding Information Event is being held on Tuesday 27 February 2018 at Evermoor Community Hub from 9.30am (registration) until 1.30pm.
The event will focus on funding opportunities for the voluntary sector with presentations from 6 external funders:
- Children in Need
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Key Fund
- John Moores Foundation
- Lloyds Bank Foundation
- Whitemoss Community Fund
and will include information from two new funders: Eric Wright Trust and the Halsall Foundation
If you would like to reserve a place / an information stand at the event please complete the booking form.
The ‘Level Crossing’ project has run for the past 18 months as an intervention project to support local people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who struggle to make behaviour changes to prevent further health problems. West Lancs CVS has been working in partnership with Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative and the University of Central Lancashire.
The Level Crossing project has been training people across West Lancashire as health champions and local connectors to sources of help, and has now trained 45 people as fully qualified health champions. A further 21 individuals have completed a short course on how to promote health.
The Level Crossing twitter account has been posting news and health tips (@levelcrossingwl), and the project now has a webpage with details of the health champion role and a story of change – it only needs to start with one person!
For more information, go to www.wlcvs.org/level-crossing
Dr Dawne Gurbutt, Clinical Lead for Interprofessional Education, Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, says “This was a complex project involving community engagement and liaison across a wide geographical area of West Lancashire. Whilst maintaining a focus on the key issues that the project sought to address, West Lancashire CVS was able to utilise its role as an umbrella organisation to maximise other links and enhance the project in various ways via establishing connections, mapping against other projects and creating an interface between this and other projects which was mutually beneficial.
The links made via West Lancashire CVS and the willingness to listen, engage and adapt led to some good insights into the area, as well as the development of training which was fit for purpose for the client group and a sustained engagement across the community for the duration of the project. This project has given good insights into the locality, the communities and the challenges of provision and has taken a solution-focused approach to developing initiatives.
There is scope to build not only on the project, but on the connections and links which were developed around this piece of work”.
The CVS Carers Support project has published its Summer Newsletter. It has lots of useful information for carers including local support groups, information on local organisations and dates for your diary. Read it here.
The CVS welcomed 81 representatives from community, voluntary and statutory organisations as well as the public and private sectors, to the CVS AGM and Health Network Event at Haskayne Village Hall recently.
The event featured presentations from a variety of speakers including Greg Mitten, CVS Chief Officer, who outlined the ongoing struggles faced by the VCFS in the current climate. He detailed the role of the CVS as an umbrella body and highlighted the five core areas of CVS work: Volunteering, Funding Advice, Information, Training, and Partnership.
Details of the presentations can be found in the following links:
- Greg Mitten, West Lancs CVS
- Gareth Dowling, West Lancashire Dementia Action Alliance+
- Paul Kingan, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Dianne Gardner, Public Health, Lancashire County Council
- Caroline Flynn, Macmillan Information & Support Centre
- Rebecca Mason, Heritage Lottery Fund
A full report of the day can be found here.
The CVS Carers Support project has published its latest Newsletter. It has lots of useful information for carers including local support groups, information on local organisations and dates for your diary. Read it here.