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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.
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.
EU Funding Updates
The ESF Funding opportunities remain complex and LBN are working tirelessly to represent the BME community and provide BME communities with the relevant information. The Big Lottery Fund ‘Building Better Opportunities’ call-out for Over 50’s has closed now – those who expressed an interest with Selnet and Families Health & Wellbeing Consortium will be contacted shortly.
The Theme Leads for the this bid (if it is successful) are;
Equality Impact Assessment – Lancashire BME Network Enterprise – Community & Business Partnership and Enterprise 4 All Employability – Bootstrap Volunteering – Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Volunteer Centre Financial Inclusion – Advice Lancashire Digital Inclusion – Lancashire Women’s Centre Engagement – Age UK Lancashire
In addition, Selnet are leading on a bid for the NEET 16-25 years project. The theme leads are still being decided on for this bid, and we will keep you updated as this develops. The Children’s Society are also developing a bid for the NEET 16-25 years project, and are currently welcoming expressions of interest for this.
If you want any further information on the developments, or want the expression of interest form for The Children’s Society, contact Nathan at LBN on 01524 392974 and he will provide you with the latest updates.
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. Call: 01254 392974 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CCG Social Prescribing Burnley Pendle & Rossendale CVS and Hyndburn & Ribble Valley CVS have been successful in securing funds from the CCG to provide a small funding programme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of residents and reducing admittance rates at GP surgeries and A&E departments. Round one has already been completed and applications for subsequent rounds will be accepted until all funds have been committed.
More information, deadlines for subsequent rounds and application forms can be downloaded from the Burnley Pendle & Rossendale CVS website (
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).
Skipton Building Society ‘Grassroots Giving’ Skipton Building Society’s ‘Grassroots Giving’ fund is once again open for business. The Grassroots Giving is a small fund aimed at non-registered charities, and is a great way for small community groups to secure some funds for activities. For further information and to apply, visit the Grassroots Grants website (http://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/).
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)