CVS AGM & Health Network

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:

A full report of the day can be found here.

Buzz-IT – Helping people to get connected

West Lancs CVS is working in partnership with Citizens Advice Lancashire West and West Lancs Borough Council to enable people to access help with using digital tools and getting to grips with navigating online.

Through this new Buzz-IT project there are 3 ways to get involved:

  1. Book a place on a FREE course
  2. Ask for one-to-one help
  3. Volunteer

1. FREE Digital courses

As part of the launch of the Digital Health Hub, Citizens Advice is offering the following courses to anyone aged 18 and over:

The sessions will be held at the Digital Health Hub (next to Citizens Advice), Unit 47, The Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6LN.

Book your place through Citizens Advice 0344 2451294 or via the Eventbrite links in the course title.

2. One-to-One Digital Help

If you are looking for information online, wanting to apply online or make better use of your smartphone, tablet or computer, Buzz-IT is offering one-to-one support.

More information is available from West Lancs CVS 01695 733737 or Citizens Advice 0344 2451294

3. Digital Volunteering

This is a great way to share your digital knowledge and skills with others who may be less confident. There are two roles available, Digital Buddy and Digital Champion. Both volunteering roles involve supporting others to gain and develop digital skills, to understand Data protection and security as well as find information online. Training for both roles is provided.

To find out more, contact Jan or Sarah at West Lancs CVS on 01695 733737.

Carers Support newsletter

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.