Carer’s Rights Day 2016

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

Download our general leaflet and all carers leaflet.

For more information, contact Yvonne or Sarah at Carers’ Support on 01695-733737 or email


New CVS training courses

Burscough Community Farm

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 to find out more!

the best thing we have grown is a small community of amazing people

July Dig In newsletter

The July edition of Dig In – the CVS Community Food Growing project’s newsletter – has just been published!

Read it here.

Show What You Grow 2016

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.


One West Lancs Forum – July 2016

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:

Well done to Timesavers!

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 or