Upskilling the Health and Social Care Workforce Across Lancashire

The purpose of the project is to bring together ‘support, training and future proofing’ for the workforce of small and medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees) across private and social enterprise sectors throughoutLancashire, who contribute towards improving people’s health. Organisations working across the social determinants of health including, but not limited to, the arts, sport and recreation, education and training, community development, employment support, environmental initiatives and so on. Any business, organisation or activity that helps to improve the health and well-being of the community and the individuals therein could be eligible for free training provided by the upskilling project.*

An added value project which will enables individuals to contribute to the development of their organisations and progress the organisation forward. This should result in a significant impact on the organisations and their clients within, whilst contributing positively to everyone’s health and well-being. The results and impact will include individual and organisational growth, future proofing and becoming more integrated in the health and social care economy.

Each business will receive the following as appropriate, organisational diagnostics and skills audits, a workforce development plan, individual learning plans, flexible bespoke training, leadership and management training.

*Subject to de minimis, state aid regulations and other eligibility criteria.

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We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 iteration of the Community Volunteer Awards. Please click the links below if you would like to nominate someone for an award: –

General nomination form

Good Neighbour Award nomination form (for individuals)

Community Involvement Award nomination form (for businesses)

Lancashire BME Network‘s Comic Relief Global Majority Micro-Grants scheme is now live!

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The BwD Community Fund is open for applications. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £1000 under the scheme. Next deadline is Monday 13th September.

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Get Online at the Community Hub – Digital Drop-in

At this time when having access to the internet and wi-fi can make or break your chances of getting a job or getting the help you need, doors are open Monday to Friday at the Community Hub, 35 Railway Rd, Blackburn, for free and friendly help to enable people to ‘get online’ or get help with basic internet skills. Call 01254 583957 to reserve a place.

These free and friendly drop-in sessions with laptops will help people with life’s essentials – whether it is to search and apply for jobs, get an email address, sort out bills and banking, or access benefits and support.

For anyone that lacks confidence, there is no need to worry – Community CVS staff are used to helping people get to grips with the absolute basics, and you will soon gain more confidence in using the internet.

Places are available on a pre-booking basis, 1011.30am, or 11.30am1pm throughout the week (Monday-Friday).

The digital drop-in is open to all, but reserving a place in advance is essential by calling 01254 583957.

All support is COVID-19 safe in line with government recommendations.

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Locally Organised Communities Across Lancashire (LOCAL)

Locally Organised Communities Across Lancashire (LOCAL) is the vision coordinated by Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and supported by Community CVS and many other infrastructure organisations across Lancashire that will facilitate this necessary conversation, and ensure that all voices are heard, whether you are from a social enterprise in Morecambe, a theatre in Blackpool, a large charity in Burnley, a faith group in Preston, a sports club in Skelmersdale or a community group in Blackburn or Darwen – we want you to get involved.

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