The Dig in Newsletter has just been published by the CVS Community Food Growing project. You can read it here.
The CVS Carers Support project has published its Spring 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.
Details of our 2017 training programme have just been published. Courses include:
- Health Champion “bite size” (taster)
- Building the Strengths in your Community (ABCD)
- Working with Volunteers
- Monitoring & Evaluation (Health & Wellbeing Focus)
- Meet a Funder
- Digital Health : a basic guide
- The Joys of Social Media
- Building Connections (ABCD)
- Writing Workshop – Effective Press Releases
- An Introduction to Volunteering
- An Introduction to Fundraising
- Safeguarding Children
- RSPH Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement
Full details can be found here.
This year Carers Rights Day is 25th November 2016 and the Carers’ Support Project has arranged the following Drop-Ins:
- 10 – 11am: Tarleton Library, Mark Square, Tarleton PR4 6TU
- 11.30 – 12.30pm: North Meols Medical Centre, Church Road, Banks PR9 8ET
- 11 – 12 noon: Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale WN8 6NL
- 2 – 3 pm: Brookes Bistro, Aughton Street, Ormskirk L39 3BP
- 4 – 5 pm: Twinkle House, 2 Gorsey Place, Skelmersdale WN8 9UP
Everybody welcome – please drop in and find out what support is on offer for carers in West Lancs!
The Carers’ health and education awareness project provides a wide range of vital information about:
- Local groups and services for supporting your caring role
- Carers Assessments and emergency care cover
- Informing your GP so they are aware of your caring role
- Health and wellbeing to support self-care
- Financial support and short break help
For more information, contact Yvonne or Sarah at Carers’ Support on 01695-733737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Organic Veg Club started 3 years ago on an 18 acre site between Burscough and Rufford, with the aim of growing food sustainably and running a local Veg Box scheme.
After two growing seasons they now have a community of fifty members from varied backgrounds who want to produce their own food. They also introduced chickens and bees and have an orchard of fruit trees, soft fruit and nut trees.
In 2016, Organic Veg Club registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) and became Burscough Community Farm. They are especially keen to recruit new members this year and there are two types of membership – with or without a Veg Box. Head on over to http://burscoughcommunityfarm.org/join-us/ to find out more!
the best thing we have grown is a small community of amazing people
The recent celebration of school gardening in West Lancs was a great success, with over 65 green fingered children from 10 schools took part.
The event was organised by the CVS Community Food Growing Project in conjunction with West Lancs Allotment Federation and West Lancashire College, and was funded by Upholland Tawd Vale Lions.
Read the report here. Click on the pictures below to view the gallery.
Over 150 people from 68 public, private and voluntary sector organisations attended the third One West Lancs showcase event on July 6th 2016 at Edge Hill University.
Local voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) organisations were given the opportunity to showcase their work, and there were information stands and plenty of opportunities for networking.
The programme for the day included presentations from a range of speakers and the full report can be found here.
Useful links from the day:
- Sandra Bonner, West Lancs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): the health case for being physically and socially active
- Pamela Holstein, West Lancs Borough Council: helping residents of West Lancs get digitally connected
- Anne Strachan, CrowdFunding: opportunities for fundraising through Crowdfunding and some good examples of successful campaigns
- ‘Crossing the Line’ – film by the Artz Centre, Skelmersdale: The film is part of a new initiative to help young people recognise the risks of becoming involved in organised crime. More information here: www.artzcentre.co.uk/artz-centre-launch-national-crime-film/
- Launch of Active West Lancs: a partnership of 5 local organisations aiming to provide activities to get West Lancs more active. Read the presentation here. Website: www.activewestlancs.org
Well done to local charity Timesavers who have just been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Timesavers was set up by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of paid jobs or work experience placements in administration for people with moderate learning difficulties in West Lancashire. The grant will fund sessional workers, travel and office materials.
Edward McCarthy, Trustee and Secretary of Timesavers, says “Our charity aims to help overcome barriers to employability by supporting people to gain further skills and work experience in all aspects of office work such as using computers, photocopying, filing and improving their communication skills.
Timesavers is looking for help from local employers to provide unpaid office work experience for their clients for just a few hours per week.
Please contact Edward at email@example.com or