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LBN August 15 E-Newsletter

LBN August 15 E-Newsletter

The BME Express

Edition 9



    Bringing you 
all the latest sector news.

Dear readers we hope you are enjoying our newsletters, please don’t forget to send us your feedback.

The newsletter is for our members and readers to receive quality information on latest trends, policies and opportunities. In future editions, we will be introducing a readers section, allowing opportunities for our readers to air any concerns and issues they may have or to share hints and tips on other reader’s issues and concerns.

If you wish to submit an article please have your submissions in by the last week of each month.

Email your article to: office@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk



LBN Consultations – IMPORTANT!!

Lancashire BME Network is undertaking a number of consultations currently in order to gauge existing BME provision and identify what gaps in service there are across the County. We will use this information to direct strategic developments, to raise awareness of gaps in service, and to provide our communities with the evidence needed for further funding in the future.

The consultation survey that we are currently working on relates to Advice and Guidance services available to BME communities; this could be through specifically BME organisations, or advice and guidance services available to the anyone that BME communities can access. 

This mapping exercise will help us to identify gaps in service, partners who can work across gaps in service, and provide the research needed to secure external funding, so it is important that we have as much feedback as possible. Share the survey with any group you know offers any type of advice or guidance services and please complete it if your organisation offers any advice or guidance services.


In addition, we are currently consulting members on the cost of membership to LBN, what services members currently use, and what services they may use in the future. It is a completely anonymous consultation, so please complete it. It will allow us to ensure that any changes to the membership offer will fully consider the wishes of members. 


Calling all volunteers in Preston – LBN need you!

LBN are looking for volunteers who live in Preston and surrounding areas to volunteer on our new Cancer Screening Project. Currently, Cancer Screening uptake for Cervical, Breast, and Bowel screening programmes within BME communities is significantly lower in Lancashire, especially in Preston. We are working in partnership with six specific GP practices in Preston with the aim of encouraging more of their patients to attend Cancer Screening programmes; these screening programmes could save your life. 
If you have a few hours you can spare each week and want to get involved in this new project, then we would like to hear from you. Volunteers will ideally be able to communicate in a relevant minority language (for example Gujrati, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish etc). Full training will be provided and out of pocket expenses will be paid to volunteers. For further information, contact Humma Nizami at LBN on 01254 392974.

Community Educators and Tutors

LBN are currently recruiting Community Tutors for a range of courses as part of our Lancashire Adult Learning contract.

If you have a PTTLS (or equivalent) or above qualification and are interested in delivering courses in community environments, please contact us by email (office@lancashirebemnetwork.org.uk) or call (01254 392974) and we will send out an application form. CV’s are not accepted. 

Calling Information, Advice, and Guidance providers!
LBN are currently developing a project proposal and are looking for partners who currently offer Information, Advice, and Guidance services to the BME community. We have been consulting with organisations (see the survey link above) and have been in discussion with communities to identify gaps in existing services with a view to LBN coordinating a wider partnership funding bid. 

We will be hosting a meeting of interested partners on Wednesday 2nd September (venue and time TBC); if you are interested in attending this and seeing what opportunities there are for existing IAG providers, please email Humma on humma.nizami@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk.



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Looking for a job??

LBN can help you with Cv’s, interview preparation, job search, carer’s advice and much more! Book an appointment now with one of our specialist employment workers who work across Lancashire.
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Funding Updates

Police and Crime Commissioners Community Action Fund
Grants of up to £2,500 are available from the PCC to community groups or projects that support the PCC’s priorities of protecting vulnerable people and tackling crime, re-offending, and anti-social behaviour. 

Lancaster Community Fund
Lancaster City Council and the Lancashire Community Foundation have combined to provide a small community fund for local organisations to apply for. The fund can be applied for by those working in Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth, and surrounding areas and priority will be given to those working with disadvantaged communities. For more information, and application forms, visit the Lancashire Community Foundation website (http://www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/Funds-and–Programme-Information).

Lancashire Environment Fund
Lancashire Environment Fund is a multi-agency funding opportunity available to community organisations across Lancashire that carry out projects that benefit the environment within the remit of the Landfill Credit Tax Scheme.
There are two strands; Small Grants and Large Grants. The deadline for expressions of interest is the 9th October, and further information can be found on the LEF website (http://www.lancsenvfund.org.uk/).

Preston Community Innovation Fund
Preston Community Innovation Fund is a small fund focused on making a difference to the communities in Preston. Preston City Council are looking for innovative ways of helping communities at a grass roots level to make a real difference; to bring about change at a street level. Projects must meet one or more criteria in order to be eligible. The deadline for Phase One is 1st September, and more information can be found on the website (http://www.preston.gov.uk/communityfund). 

Near Neighbours Grants
Near Neighbour Grants is a small grants fund aimed at supporting local community groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, developing relationships across faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities. 
The fund can be used for a broad range of projects, but must fit into their criteria of ‘Creating Association’, ‘Local and Sustainable’, and ‘Transformative’. Further information and applications forms can be found on their website (http://www.cuf.org.uk/near-neighbours/grants).

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