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Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service is working together with Blackpool Council to discover the rich variety of skills held by the residents of Blackpool’s diverse Communities.


Marcus Beasley, from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service, who is leading the project, commented

“The Public Health Department at Blackpool Council and ourselves here at the Council for Voluntary Service want to uncover the hidden skills in Blackpool’s neighbourhoods. We want to form network volunteers able to provide, support and help to their community. We believe there are many examples of where assistance and support from within communities can make a huge difference to the well being of individuals. The training we will provide will give people the confidence to volunteer for the Network. We are sure that both volunteers and neighbourhoods will get a lot out of the programme.”


The Neighbourhood Community Network Programme will aim to develop a network of individuals/volunteers that will work at grass root levels in local neighbourhoods. A flexible programme of community training will be offered to people who become involved to enhance their existing skills and life experiences.


The aim of the project is to strengthen communities and relationships between the various agencies and organisations working within them. This also allows communities to contribute to the identification of priority issues within a Neighbourhood action Plan


Dr Arif Rajpura, Blackpool’s Director of Public Health commented about the programme:

“This programme is about discovering the assets we have in our community and one of the biggest assets we have is the people in our community. We want to mobilise the skills that are present in our society so that we can use them to help and strengthen our communities.”


Mike Bullock, Chairman of the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service said

“We are delighted to be working with Blackpool Borough on this initiative which will provide significant benefits for local residents.”


If you would like further information about the project or wish to enquire about volunteering please contact the project coordinator Marcus Beasley on 

01253 6245905 

or email Marcus on [email protected]

Visit the website


Or write to Marcus at the following address

Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council

for the Voluntary Service

95 Abingdon Street



The Neighbourhood Community Network Programme is funded by The Public Health Department of Blackpool Council.

The mapping exercise and establishment of the support networks will be conclude by the end of March 2015.

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service is a registered charity supporting local groups across the Fylde Coast: registered charity number 1057178