Age UK Lancashire Older Veterans

This new service gives tailored practical support for older veterans born before 1950 living in Lancashire.

Overview of the service

This valuable provision gives up to 12 weeks support for older veterans born before 1950, providing information and advice, practical support at home, access to social events and opportunities to become more active.  Funded from the Aged Veterans Fund, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.

How does it benefit older people, their families and carers?

This project allows them to to build on the work they already do with older people and to reach out to those veterans, family members and carers who may need support.

The grant means they they can develop and test their services and learn more about how to get more out of later life. Their work has, at it’s core what older people want to achieve for themselves.

Eligibility Criteria

Born before 1950; provided at least one day of service, for example National Service; Army; RAF; Navy; TA; along with merchant navy; live in a Lancashire County Council District.

The Navigator team will predominantly deliver the service via home visits and other community venues.

To see if you qualify please email [email protected] or by telephone on 0300 303 1234.





Volunteering for The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society are advertising some exciting new volunteering opportunities by becoming one of their Independent Visitors.

Could you volunteer as part of their service and make a difference to the life of a young person in your area?

An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who provides support to a young person who is in care. This may involve taking them out on different activities like going to the cinema, bowling etc. once a month for a few hours, establishing a long term supportive relationship where the young person will have the opportunity to develop their interests, learn new skills and built their self-esteem.

They are looking to recruit volunteers to support young people who are under Lancashire Local Authority care.

You do not need any qualifications, but they are looking for dedicated people who are comfortable with befriending and being a good role model for a child or young person who may have experienced difficult times during their childhood.

This is a worthwhile opportunity where you will make a positive difference to the life of a vulnerable young person, become part of a leading national children’s charity, gain valuable experience, meet new people and have fun!

An enhanced DBS check and references spanning the past 5 years are required for this role. Please have a look at the role description, which explains more about the skills needed for this role and the activities involved.

If you have any questions, or if you need any help applying, please contact the Volunteering Team on 020 7841 4602.

Blackpool Music School New Term

Blackpool Music School, a charity run school with a big passion for music. The school provides excellent, affordable music lessons for the local community.

They have just released their 2017/2018 term dates as follows:

TERM DATES 2017/18
Saturday 2nd September 2017 School returns

Term Dates 2017
Friday 27th October – school closes – after class for 1 week
Saturday 4th November – school returns

Friday 22nd December – school closes – after class for 2 weeks
Term Dates 2018
Saturday 6th January – school returns

Friday 9th February – school closes – after class for 1 week
Saturday 17th February – school returns

Friday 23rd March – school closes – after class for 2 weeks
Saturday 7th April – school returns

Friday 25th May – school closes – after class for 1 week
Saturday 2nd June – school returns

Friday 20th July – school closes – after class for 2 weeks
Saturday 4th August – school returns

Friday 24th August School closes – after class for 1 week
Saturday 1st September – school returns

For full information please visit their website

Personal Support Unit

Are you facing court without a lawyer? The Personal Support Unit (PSU) can help at all stages of the court process.

Who are they?

They are made up of 40 staff members and over 700 dedicated volunteers, with offices across England and Wales.

What they do
They are a charity based in the court building. Volunteers provide free support in the civil and family courts and some tribunals, with issues such as contact with children, divorce, eviction and money claims.

PSU volunteers can……

  • listen to you, and provide information and support
  • help you find out if you can get free legal advice
  • discuss settling issues without going to court
  • explain how the court works
  • help you fill in court forms and organise court papers
  • help you to plan what you want to say in court
  • go into court with you, take notes and help afterwards
  • provide details of other specialist agencies
  • Please note that they cannot give legal advice.

How to get help

Visit your local PSU. They can often help right away, or you can book an appointment.

View locations for your local PSU’s contact and location information.

Windmill Group

The Windmill Youth Group just doesn’t take you from Bronze to your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Curious about what they are up to?

In the last month alone Group members have been on

19 day Ultimate Outward Bound Expeditions

“I got back from my Outward Bound course on Friday. I had such a great time and it was such a great experience. We did such a variety of things as well as walking, including climbing, canoeing, rowing, ghyll scrambling, swimming across Ullswater along with making so many memories”

5 weeks exploring India & Nepal

“I arrived back in the UK this morning after 4 weeks in India and 1 week in Nepal. It has been an incredible journey!”

Read more about the types of activities you can take part in below.

Windmill Group


Spiral Health CIC’s new care facilities

Spiral Health is a Community Interest Company and a Social Enterprise with Social Value being at the very heart of what they do and central to their values.

As part of this Social Value, the home supports local organisations and the local community, by undertaking community interest activities and supporting local causes. Financial surpluses are reinvested rather than being distributed to shareholders. Spiral Health’s mission is to make a positive difference to people’s lives on a daily basis.

Bispham Gardens is a purpose designed nursing home or ‘Home for Life’, nestled in Bispham in the heart of the Fylde Coast, Lancashire. The home specialises in nursing, continuing heath care, palliative and dementia care and it also offers residential care.

Bispham Gardens is a bright, modern property that has been carefully designed and furnished to meet the needs of the people it supports. The property has three distinct areas; Buttercup Suite, Daisy Suite and Forget-Me-Not Suite, each with both private and shared facilities where you can socialise, read, watch TV, share a movie or simply relax in one of the many quiet areas.

Like many of the services at Bispham Gardens, the care team take great pride in personalising and tailoring the care around each individual. Their focus is to make it a home where each individual can live in a safe, relaxed and friendly community, where there is a good balance of independence and appropriate level of support and independence.

Person in charge: Sara Beardall (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Blackpool Borough Council (click for contact details)

Type of Service: Care Home with nursing – Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned , Registered for a maximum of 28 Service Users

Registered Care Categories*: Old Age

Single Rooms: 28

Rooms with ensuite WC: 28

Latest Care Quality Commission* Report on Bispham Gardens: click here

* Care Quality Commission is responsible for the registration and inspection of social care services in England.

For further information please visit their website