Grantfinder license renewed

We are very pleased to announce that we, Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS have retained our Grantfinder license for 2016-17.

We have done this because our ongoing Sector Survey shows that finding funding remains the primary concern of Third Sector organisations on the Fylde Coast. 81% of respondents say that they have seen growing demand over the last 12 months, and 82% expect to see this growth in demand continue. 64% think that finding funding to meet this demand will be their primary challenge over the next 12 months.

Grantfinder is an essential tool for fundraising, listing over 8,000 funders, searchable by type of organisation, planned activity, expenditure and other keywords to ensure that we find exactly the right source of funding to fit your project. Sources of grants listed range from national and international funders such as the Lottery and European Union, to charitable trusts with specialised areas of focus.

CVS staff have long experience of using Grantfinder, and will be able to assist you in identifying grants most suitable for your project. You’ll receive a detailed list of potential funders, with contact details, their area of focus, criteria, maximum and minimum amounts and more. In the last three months alone we’ve helped organisations seeking over £300,000 of funding.

Please note that we are the only organisation in the three districts of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde to hold the key to this invaluable funding tool.

If you would like further information or to book a session please call us on 01253 624505.

My expertise as a volunteer was wasted

Confessions of a charity professional series

I was keen to use my comms skills to help the local branch of a national charity, but my efforts were wasted – an all-too-common experience for volunteers.

When I saw that the local branch of a national charity was looking for volunteers, I applied. I had several years of experience working in PR and media, had some time to spare and was keen to use my communications skills to help a charity whose cause I felt passionately about.

After meeting with the volunteer manager and explaining my professional background, I didn’t hear anything back for weeks. Having been used to working in an environment where new jobs and contracts were agreed quickly and often on-the-spot, I was surprised at the lack of response. I was offering them my time, for free, for as long as they needed it – surely they would jump at the chance of help?

I had to chase them up a few times, and when they finally got back to me, rather than ask for help with PR and marketing, they gave me some routine admin to do.

I hated to admit it, but I was sorely disappointed. The task I was doing wasn’t particularly pressing, and I knew I’d be better placed helping with communications – but I didn’t want to seem pushy or demanding by insisting that they put me in a particular role. After all, I wanted to help them with whatever they needed most, so I felt that if they really just needed someone to do data entry, I ought to be happy to do it.

I resigned myself to my role and helped out at the odd fundraising event where I could, but it was enormously frustrating. The charity’s lack of strategy with their communications led to so much effort being wasted, yet they weren’t willing or able to allow me to help them in any significant way.

Eventually I left, the experience having put me off volunteering for a long time. I had gone from being full of enthusiasm and excited to help a charity I cared about, to frustrated and disillusioned with the whole process.

Sadly, my experience seems to be a common one. Several close friends have since told me that they have been put off volunteering because a charity hasn’t got back to them, or because when they did finally secure a volunteering role they were neglected or given tasks that didn’t suit their skills.

I realise that with charities so often being over-stretched and under-staffed, recruiting and managing volunteers can be a challenge. In my own case, perhaps I should have been clearer about what I wanted to do to help – after all, people give up their time for many reasons, whether that’s to use existing skills, to learn new ones, or just to become part of a community.

But whatever the motivation, it’s a charity’s job to ensure that both potential and existing volunteers feel valued, recognised and useful. In a climate where charities need all the help they can get, finding and keeping enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers should be a priority.

Source: Guardian Voluntary Sector Online

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M.A.F.I.A. (Mereside and Friends in Action)

The M.A.F.I.A. (Mereside and Friends in Action) has been established by a group of residents on Mereside.

They want to develop a sense of identity and strengthen community pride by encouraging and supporting residents to love the place where they live.

Their main objective is to consult, plan, fundraise and implement the redevelopment of recreational areas on the estate by working with the local
council and other agencies.

This will result in a new state-of-the-art recreational facility, accessible to all. They also organise social events and activities for the residents of Mereside as well as assisting other community groups and organisations on the estate.

They lead by example; by litter picking, supporting those in need and by helping out at community events.

They hope you can support their work. you can find out more about the group from the newsletter below.

MAFIA newsletter

United Utilities Lancashire Community Fund

What is the focus of the fund:

The fund has been created to support community groups and charities that work to help vulnerable people particularly addressing issues of social and economic deprivation & isolation; debt and afford ability; mental health; ageing plus the environment that have a detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing.


How much is available:

Grants of between £2,500 and £20,000 (total). Grants can be awarded over a period of 1-3 years. In exceptional circumstances, and at their discretion, the panel may consider applications for amounts above this.
Who can apply:

Registered charities, social enterprises, community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name.


Which areas are covered:

Parliamentary constituencies ofBlackpool North and Cleveleys*, Blackpool South, Fylde, Wyre and Preston North, South Ribble, Ribble Valley, Lancaster and Fleetwood*


*Please note that the areas of BlackpoolNorth and Cleveleys (£6,866) and Lancaster and Fleetwood (£13,917) have very limited remaining funding available so unfortunately we are unable to consider applications at the top end of the grant limits. We are still very happy to consider some smaller projects though with the remaining budget in these areas.


Any special criteria:

–          Applications for grants at the higher end of the scale should include some clear, measurable and timed milestones that will aim to be achieved as a result of the grant.

–          Applications for building work should provide three quotes for the work.

–          Only one grant per organisation can be awarded from this fund. However, if you apply and are unsuccessful then you are welcome to re-apply.


Costs that may be funded:

This fund can consider operational costs for one off or continuing projects (e.g. sessional fees/equipment/volunteer costs), contribution towards core costs (including salaries) and building work (e.g. adaptions/renovations to community centres)


Closing date:

Friday 10th March at 4pm

Download full criteria here

Apply Now

Can you help Fleetwood Museum?

Fleetwood Museum has been saved to re-open in 2017 and survive for the future – can you help?

Fleetwood Museum is the only officially accredited museum on the Fylde Coast and has a unique position within local heritage tourism.

It was originally built as the towns Custom House, then became the council office and later the town hall when Fleetwood became a borough in 1933.

Supported by over 100 volunteers and one member of staff, at Fleetwood Museum real history is brought to life with real people.

Attention all Tradespeople and Suppliers

FLEETWOOD MUSEUM TRUST will be holding an open day
Saturday 18th February from 10.30am – 2pm

Visit the Grade 2 listed museum on Queens Terrace – register your interest to join their list of contractors and suppliers.

From April 2017 they will need to employ -Builders/Joiners/Electricians/Painters (exterior/interior) Suppliers/Printers/IT specialist suppliers/Cleaners.

They are passionate about their community and would particularly welcome interest from local tradesmen and suppliers.

Come and join them for a coffee and biscuit and meet the Museum Trustees

Source: Visit Fleetwood

New Lancashire funding stream

Please be advised Community Foundation for Lancashire are launching the latest WO Street Transformation Fund to voluntary and community groups that are based in what was previously known as old Lancashire tomorrow.

There is an available budget of approx £30k so they are looking for approx 10-15 applications to present to panel. The deadline for applications is 10th February.

The aims of the WO Street Transformation Fund are to transform activities, enhance capacities and develop communities’ inline with the wishes of Mr. Street who was the founder of the WO Street Foundation. It aims to encourage the community to take a proactive approach to empower themselves and others to achieve social growth and make a difference.

See guidelines document below.

WO Street Guidelines Lancashire 2017

Blackpool Community Action Team want your views

The Blackpool Community Action Team work to empower local residents struggling with overgrown gardens, and to support communities dealing with issues of litter, fly-tipping, etc.

They train both the residents they help, and the volunteers who get involved, in how to use a wide range of gardening equipment and empower them to better help themselves and to help others.

In this survey, they want to learn more about the condition of gardens and local estates in and around Blackpool, to identify areas of need, and where best to set up their new and FREE weekly volunteer training workshops due to launch in early 2017.

Please take the survey

Renaissance successful in securing new funding

Renaissance have been successful in securing funding for both a Children’s ISVA (3 years) and also an ISVA to work with historical cases (initially until March 2017).

The funding has come from Children in Need and Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioners fund.

These are both excellent opportunities to extend the capacity and service of the current ISVA provision, especially as there has been a gap in service in the Blackpool area for quite some time now, creating a massive need to support children who have experienced sexual violence and/or rape.  During the last quarter, two new successful applicants for these posts have accepted and began their employment in January 2017.  Further funding has also been obtained for the provision of pre-trial therapy.  This is extremely beneficial for those ISVA clients potentially facing giving evidence in the future, for them to access specialist counselling here at Renaissance, without having to wait for an excessive amount of time to receive further help (ie potentially upon completion of a trial).

Enhanced guidance around the post of ISVA is due to be released in the near future with the intention of standardisation of the role countrywide and with a national recognition of the role.  Lime Culture is the pioneering body seeking to drive this forward with the assistance of commissioners and other agencies.

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 Hold the Date

Andrew Heath, Lead in Patient Experience and Engagement, would like you to bear in mind the upcoming events they are planning for Dementia Week 2017.

He says “Whilst we plan to have events on during the whole week I can confirm that the dates for the 2 main events hosted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals have been agreed:

  • Main event Clifton Thursday 18th of May 2017
  • Main event Blackpool Victoria Hospital Friday 19th of May 2017
  • Awareness Week itself: Mon 15th May – Sun 21st May 2017

He went on “I shall be emailing shortly with details of how to get involved in next year’s events and thank you for the support  that many of you gave last year.


Fylde and Wyre health bosses take plans on road

People living in Fylde and Wyre will hear about the progress made to change the face of local NHS services when health bosses go on the road next month.

Leaders at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will also detail plans to deliver more health services in the community, rather than in hospital.

The events, taking place across the area over four days, will update local people about the CCG’s progress so far in keeping the promises made in its 2030 Vision for Health and Care in Fylde and Wyre, which was published three years ago after a major public engagement exercise.

Feedback will also be sought about how the CCG should measure the quality of community health services in the future.

The events, which are free to attend with tea and coffee provided, will take place on:

·         Wednesday 22 February 2017 at Thornton Methodist Church, Victoria Road East, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 5HQ, from 2pm to 4pm;

·         Thursday 23 February 2017 at YMCA Lofthouse Building, London Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6JL, from 10am to noon;

·         Monday 27 February 2017 at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, Derby Road, Wesham, PR4 3AL, from 2pm to 4pm;

·         Tuesday 28 February 2017 at St Annes United Reformed Church, St George’s Road, St Annes, FY8 2AE.


CCG chief nursing officer Jennifer Aldridge, the executive lead for engagement, said: “We highly value the voice of our public when making decisions about how we deliver health services locally.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in shaping the future of the local NHS and I would urge as many people from Fylde and Wyre to come out and speak to us.”

For more information, call 01253 956400 or visit

Anyone wishing to attend the events should notify the CCG by calling the number above or emailing [email protected]uk

Member of Youth Parliament Elections.

This coming February Blackpool Youth Voice are running their Member of Youth Parliament Elections.

They’re currently seeking a new Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) to represent the young peoples voices of the town. This is for the young people who live in Blackpool and who are between the ages of 11 to 19.

They are contacting you as you may work with young people who may be interested in this role.

They are looking for a hard-working and passionate young person who is able to motivate their peers and is adaptable to almost any situation, this role will include the following:

  • Talking with local and regional young people
  • Campaigning about local issues
  • Meeting with local MP’s and Politicians
  • Run the annual Make Your Mark campaign
  • Attending various events in London and other areas
  • The annual MYP residential in April at the Lake District
  • Being an active member of Blackpool Youth Voice

Young people who may be interested in this role might want to further a career in politics,humanitarian work and/or make change on a local and national level. This role will support with building on confidence and public speaking.

If you have any young people that may be interested in this role, please use the link below to fill out your declaration of interest form by Friday 3rd February 2017. On the form there is more information about what happens next and key dates. They have also attached a copy of their Election Information Pack into this email.


If you have any questions or queries on this, please don’t hesitate to contact April Pollitt, Youth and Community Worker, on 01253 344398