Funding to Tackle Fuel Poverty

The next closing date for applications to the Scottish Power Energy People Trust is the 24th May 2017.

The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that:

• Provide energy efficiency advice

• Improve home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures

• Carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits

• Provide assistance to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply.

Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.

Previous projects supported include: YMCA Glasgow which received a grant of £58,177 for a projects that – Glasgow Energy Saving Initiative aims to provide an energy efficiency advice service to people currently, or in the future, residing within supported accommodation projects across Central Scotland.

Through advice and implementation of energy saving initiatives, YMCA will significantly reduce energy bills and the impact on the environment and carbon footprint.

Marketing and Events Coordinator: Mobilising Communities

Part-time, Fixed term – 11 months (0.6 FTE, 22.5 hours pw)
Salary: £20,000 – £24,000
Closing Date: 08/05/2017
Spice are looking for an exceptional Marketing and Events Coordinator to join their North West Team to support marketing, events and other activities for a new project working across 5 areas of Lancashire to mobilise communities.

Read more and Apply

Project Manager: Mobilising Communities

Full-time, Fixed Term – 11 months (1.0 FTE, 37.5 hrs pw)
£28,000 – £30,000 plus pension contribution
Closing Date:
Spice are looking for an exceptional and experienced Project Manager to join their North West Team to deliver a new project across 5 areas of Lancashire working with local communities, businesses and voluntary sector partners to test new approaches to mobilising communities.

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Seniors Programme Manager

Full Time – Permanent
£33,000 – £35,000 plus pension contribution
Closing Date
Make a difference and lead the delivery and growth of Spice Time Credits Programmes for the NW Region. You will manage a high performing team and oversee a portfolio of projects across the North West from development, design and planning, through to delivery and evaluation. It will also be your job to work with senior stakeholders to set the strategy for the programme and ensure that things are developing to meet their needs.

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Wood work courses for men

As part of Adult and Community Learning Wellbeing project they are currently able to offer two additional woodworking classes –  just for men! They are currently looking at ways they can engage more men into learning and improving their wellbeing. In the long term they are also hoping to establish more courses within a ‘Shed Project’.  There are only 5 places on each course and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Details of the course are below. The courses are FREE to learners from Blackpool and surrounding areas above the age of 19 and who have mild to moderate mental health issues – or not.Learners are only able to attend one course per learning year: 1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017.

The health and well-being classes are funded by Department for Education as part of a Research Project that is testing out whether short, part-time community learning courses help people develop strategies to manage their mild to moderate mental health problems (like stress, worry, anxiety, and depression). There are 58 research sites in England  including here at Blackpool.

If you know anyone who is interested or might benefit from this or any of our many courses please get in contact with them on 01253 476798 or email [email protected]. To attend one of these courses learners will need to take part it an information and advice session with one of our advisers prior to starting the course.  During the session they will ask you to complete a mood and wellbeing questionnaire to see if you are eligible. If you are eligible, they will require your written consent to let them use the information for research purposes only.


Intermediate woodwork – Animal feeders

6 week course:

Dates: Monday 1pm-3pm noon – 08/05/2017 – 19/06/2017

At: Blackpool Centre for Independent Living B Shed

(no lessons on Bank Holiday Mondays)


Beginners Woodwork for the Garden – trugs and planters.

6 week course:

Dates: Monday 10am -12 noon – 08/05/2017 – 19/06/2017

At: Blackpool Centre for Independent Living B Shed

(no lessons on Bank Holiday Mondays)

Progress Housing Group Community Garden Project

Background Information: Progress Housing Group (PHG) wish to support an organisation to deliver a community garden project in South Ribble, Lancashire.


What is the focus of the fund?: The project is aimed at upskilling and capacity building of local residents in the South Ribble area. Long term PHG wish for project beneficiaries to become involved in the delivery and maintenance of the garden resulting in improved health and well-being as well as volunteering opportunities. Additional benefits to support the overall sustainability of the project would include support to volunteers to form their own constituted group for them to take responsibility for the garden and secure future funding to ensure its sustainability.


There has been wide consultation with local tenants to identify a communal green space and concept boards have been used to involve local community members in the development of plans. The local tenants would like this communal green space to be developed as a multi-purpose space that can benefit all members of the community. It is located in Fox Lane, South Ribble, Lancashire and is approximately 250m2. Time has passed since the consultation was undertaken so applicants will be expected to undertake further consultation and evidence the results within the application.


Who can apply?: This fund is targeted at all not for profit organisations based in Lancashire, or Merseyside organisations with a presence in Lancashire, that have the skills, experience and capacity to deliver this project


Key Project requirements:

  • Structurally develop a community space that includes a range of different areas that addresses the needs of the community and positively improves the appearance of the local area. This will need to be a secure area in terms of the perimeter fencing which boarders PHG properties.
  • Work experience opportunities and a paid traineeship/placement for one PHG customer during the build of the area. The applicant would manage the traineeship/placement and we would suggest this is based on a set period. Eg. a 3 month paid work placement with the organisation. PHG would advertise this opportunity amongst their tenants but ideally would want it to be someone referred by their Progress Futures project.
  • Recruitment and training of community volunteers to ensure sustainability of the project.
  • Clear outcome plan which focusses on sustainability
  • Development and upskilling of local residents, from local school children to older people living within the PHG Independent Living schemes. PHG wishes to provide capacity building courses from the area that bring benefits to all.
  • A focus on health and wellbeing – the project to include food growing areas as well as sensory areas and linked activities that promote positive mental health.
  • A programme of activities to combat social isolation and be delivered in partnership with community volunteers who can then go on to deliver the sessions independently. (Previous suggestions have included: general plant husbandry – sowing, caring, pests and diseases, taking cuttings etc, creating herb spirals, hanging basket workshops, edible flowers, wildlife gardening, increasing yield and container gardening, outdoor cook and eat session and composting).
  • Intergenerational projects.
  • Activities for individuals with learning difficulties.


How much is available?

There is approximately £23k available for this project


Any additional information?

Project to be completed by March 2018

For further information/or to arrange a site visit please contact Annette Stevens, Progress Housing Group on 01772450894, [email protected]


The closing date for applications is 31st May 2017.


How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside’s website – and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to [email protected] or post them to the address below.


Documents which need to be included with your application:

  1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution
  2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as DBS checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help

NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.


The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance/autonomy
  • Commercial ventures
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT


What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.


You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.


For further information please contact Tina Kennedy, Community Philanthropy Manager at:


Community Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside

Third Floor,

Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,


L1 3DN

T: 0151 232 2444

Email: [email protected]

Third Sector Leaders Meeting

The next 3rd Sector Leaders Meeting is 18TH May 2017 at 2pm at EPS, Mereside Building FY4 4TE. Note new date

The purpose and objectives of the Blackpool Group are:

  • To provide a mechanism for a Third Sector collective to collaborate and work more effectively together.
  • To raise awareness of the value of the offer the Third Sector has.
  • To be organic and flexible with little bureaucracy, providing peer support and the sharing of resources and intelligence.

Please can you send agenda items to Debbie Terras by 15th May.

Items so far for the meeting are:

  1. Scoping exercise of the 3rd Sector in Blackpool – Results – Deborah Terras
  2. Fairness Commission update – Jane Hugo
  3. Representation & updates of the 3rd Sector at Strategic Groups/Forums/Boards – Open to agree representation and amp current roles
  4. Volunteers Week – Publicity event to showcase the 3rd Sector Impact  – Ruth Lambert

Can everyone please remember that information regarding impact and scoping must be sent to Debbie by 26th April


Night Duty Supervisor

The Ashley Foundation

Hostel Night Duty Supervisor

£8.25 per hour

The Ashley Foundation is Blackpool’s largest homelessness charity and offers accommodation with support to vulnerable single homeless people. We are looking to appoint a Night Duty Supervisor to work nights, weekends and bank holidays in our Blackpool hostels as cover for annual leave and sickness absences for 9 other staff as and when required.
Ideally you will have experience in working with vulnerable people. You will have a good understanding of the support needs of homeless people, be non-judgemental in your approach and have good people skills. You will be willing to go the extra mile and be self-motivated. You will be able to work alone and under your own initiative. You will be flexible in your approach to work and able to cover shifts at short notice.
In return we offer an opportunity to join our team of committed and enthusiastic staff, a competitive salary and good terms and conditions.
Please contact our main office on 01253 297200 or at The Ashley Foundation, 81 Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PP for an application pack.
Closing date: Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 5.00pm
Duty Supervisor Job Description

Duty Supervisor Person Specification

GB – Application for Employment – AP1

GB – Equal Opportunity Monitoring – Form EO

Swimming Teacher

YMCA Poulton

Up to 11 Hours Per Week

Up to £12.73 per hour

If you are looking for a meaningful job, a caring, progressive work environment and an opportunity to reach your fullest potential, consider a career with the YMCA.

They are seeking individuals who are inspired by playing an important role in changing people’s lives and therefore communities.

They are all about creating inspirational pathways and opportunities, opening doors and welcoming all to get involved and make a positive difference.

Working with them means helping children, youth, adults and seniors at all levels of ability, from all walks of life, to develop their self esteem and potential in new ways.

This is for evening and weekend swimming teaching hours covering a Monday, Wednesday Friday evening and a Sunday morning.

Suitable applicants may apply for all or a specific day.

You will deliver swimming lessons in accordance with the YMCA programme and the ASA National Plan, enabling all individuals to participate and progress.

To be successful in this role you should adhere at all times to standards of personal and professional behaviour which reflect a positive image of the YMCA.

You should have experience in delivering swimming lessons and hold an ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate Level 1/2 (current).

To the successful candidate they offer:
 28 days annual leave (Pro rata) (including Bank Holidays)
 Flexible working environment
 Opportunities to apply for other internal roles
 An opportunity to work for a company who offer on-going development within your role
 The post holder must be aware of equal opportunity principles and comply with the Fylde Coast YMCA’s equal opportunity procedures.
 Job Share will also be considered

For an application pack on the above role, please email [email protected]

Closing date for the role is Thursday 04th May 2017, by 15:00pm. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please note, that due to the high volume of applications we are currently receiving, they are only able to contact candidates who are successful in progressing to the next stage, if you have not been contacted within 5 days of the closing date, then please
presume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

Part time Fundraiser

Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind

Registered Charity 1009955

Part time Fundraiser

Salary £20,202 pro rata, per annum (£10,920 for 20 hours per week). Three year fixed term contract. Subject to review based on performance. Flexibility with regard to working arrangements is required.

They are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Fundraiser to join their team. Primary responsibilities include, raising funds by developing and delivering a programme of fundraising activities, establishing and maintaining a donor/supporter base, increasing legacy income, researching, identifying and submitting funding applications, responding to and supporting fundraising opportunities. The development and support of a volunteer Fundraising Committee. Raising awareness of the Organisation and its’ services.
For more information or an application pack please contact Trina Parkinson, Finance and Administration Manager
[email protected] or telephone 01253 362688.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Record will be requested for the successful applicant.
N-Vision promotes equal opportunities and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

Closing date: 16th May 2017
Successful applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.