Free Help And Advice For Community Groups And Charities

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS have been funded until December 2018 by Lancashire County Council to provide advice, support and training to voluntary sector organisations in Wyre and Fylde.

Advice and help is available, free of charge, to any non-profit organisation based in Wyre and Fylde. Topics covered can include governance, fundraising and bid-writing, planning, networking with relevant organisations, marketing and monitoring.


A series of monthly workshops is being arranged at various venues across the Fylde Coast. We have so far provided training on charity governance, bid-writing and social media for charities. The next workshops are:


Safeguarding for small charities and community groups – end of March, date and venue to be confirmed.

Websites, Social Media and Crowdfunding for small charities and community groups – 26th April, venue to be confirmed.

To book an advice meeting or places on workshops, or for any further information, contact Simon Lawton: [email protected] or mobile: 0752 872 6554


  • To enable the diverse views of the local voluntary sector to be represented to local statutory bodies and others and, where appropriate, to be a conduit for this representation.
  • Tasks.
  1. Have effective mechanisms for encouraging consultation with local groups.
  2. Have opportunities for groups to respond to consultations
  3. Feedback to groups the outcomes of consultations.
  4. Arrange occasional meetings for the sector with local authority and other relevant statutory bodies.
  5. Inform the third sector of partnership developments and opportunities.
  6. Establish accountability for third sector representatives and establish clear two way feedback mechanisms.


  • To develop and maintain links across the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors and promote the ability for all sectors to engage in networking with each other.
  • Tasks
  1. Establish and maintain a range of communication channels within and between the third sector statutory and private agencies. Use these channels to promote the importance of the Third Sector in delivering public service priorities.
  2. Provide and support opportunities for networking for the Third Sector, including the Blackpool Third Sector Forum.
  3. Provide space in the newsletter and on the website for information from local agencies and relevant policy items.
  4. Have regular contact with other local development agencies, especially around common areas of work.
  5. Encourage and enable effective involvement of the local third sector in strategic partnerships.


  • To provide the support which will underpin the functioning and develop the capacity of local voluntary groups.
  • Tasks.
  1. Provide accessible, accurate, relevant information in various formats
  2. Provide or signpost advice on a range of relevant topics, including fundraising.
  3. Provide or signpost a range of practical resources for local groups.
  4. Provide appropriate, accessible training and/or information on local training providers.
  5. Designate a training officer to organise capacity building courses.
  6. Have a directory of local and relevant sub-regional, regional and national third sector organisations and ensure it is complete and current.
  7. Promote local third sector activity.
  8. Monitor and evaluate information, advice and training services regularly.
  9. i. Market the services and purpose of CVS to the sector, with particular reference to smaller groups who have had no previous contact.


To support sustainable development in the voluntary sector.

a. To ensure that we are aware of existing local voluntary and statutory provision and are able to identify gaps in provision.
b. Contribute to monitoring unmet social need in the area and to the sharing of this information between relevant agencies.
c. Are proactive in seeking to develop local provision for unmet need.
d. Give direct support to new and emerging groups.
e. Help to sustain the existence of local groups.