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We will be holding a drop in session at Café Hub in Darwen every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm (from next Wednesday, 25th May). Our brilliant colleague Miffy will be there to help people get the support they need from our Action for Jobs project. Miffy can provide advice on employment, training, education and volunteering.

Additionally, we can also link people who have drug and alcohol issues in with specialist support services to ensure they have the help they need in their recovery. People can come and find out about the Community Asset Fund, and generally anything else Community CVS has to offer.
We can offer FREE upskilling and training for your staff. Please visit our website to learn more.
We're recruiting

We are looking for applicants for the following paid positions within Community CVS: –

Click on the links above to learn more about these exciting new roles within our organisation.
Do you run a volunteer-led community organisation with a great idea which can support recovery in the community and enhance people’s wellbeing?

If you answered "yes," our Community Asset Fund is offering small grants of between £500 and £2000 to enable you to put your plans into action.

If you’d like to express your interest or learn more, please e-mail Marselle Davies.
Looking for funding? Why not check out the Council's Funding Portal?
Are you up for the Total Warrior challenge?
Do something wonderful - volunteer

Independent Monitoring Boards North West

We encourage applications from people from minority ethnic populations, women, and people with disabilities.

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at four prisons in Lancashire (HMP Kirkham, HMP Lancaster Farms, HMP Preston, and HMP Wymott). The IMB helps to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approximately 30 miles of a prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. This is an unpaid role, however, expenses will be reimbursed. The time commitment is approximately 2 to 3 visits per month.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd May.

Please visit the IMB website for further information and to apply.

Blackburn Festival of Making - Could you be a Festival Maker?

The National Festival of Making is taking place in Blackburn on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June - and volunteers are integral to its continuing success.

A: A national celebration of making in Blackburn Town Centre

We take over Blackburn town centre with an explosion of maker and digital technologies, have-a-go workshops, food stalls, international performance, art exhibits, music, food and markets. Last year 100+ volunteers helped us attract 30,000 people visitors and make splash on national television. This year we need your help to put Blackburn on the map with an even bigger, brighter and bolder festival, bringing together Blackburn’s communities for a brilliant celebration of creativity.

A: There are lots of things to experience at the National Festival of Making and we have many roles to reflect this

Information point helpers - Meeting and greeting the public and providing information about the festival (good for: friendly & helpful people, smilers, hospitality and event production students)

Workshop helper - Helping a range of makers and crafters as they deliver workshops to the public (good for: learning new crafts! those who enjoy hobbies and crafting in their spare time, Art and Design students)

Artwork invigilator - Meet the artist in advance to learn about the festival’s heritage artworks, then discuss them and distribute information during the festival (good for: people interested in art or history, chatty people and art & design students)

Evaluation team - if people are your thing then this is perfect role for you, connecting with the public to find out what they liked about the festival (good for: the curious, hospitality and event students)

Learn more about this opportunity on their website. If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved in, you can sign up here.
ARC seeking volunteers

URGENT - Volunteer Interpreters: Ukrainian language

ARC Blackburn is now beginning to support refugees who have had to flee their homes due to the war in Ukraine. We are looking to recruit volunteer Ukrainian interpreters with a good level of spoken and written English. As volunteers you will be based at home and give support by telephone. You will need to be available occasionally to come into the ARC office at a pre-arranged times to provide the needed support.

Base: Home

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 months

You can learn more about this role here.
VOLUNTEER TITLE: ARC Reception Volunteer

MAIN PURPOSE : To provide a welcome and excellent service to all asylum seekers and refugees coming to ARC.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES: You can find out more here.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 months

LOCATION/TIMES: - To volunteer between (hrs) 10am – 3pm (am, pm or whole day)
- Day options: Monday, Thursday, Friday

MAIN PURPOSE: To provide a welcome and excellent service to all asylum seekers and refugees coming to ARC English Club.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES: You can find out more here.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 3 months

LOCATION/TIMES: 9.45am – 12.15 pm every Wednesday and Friday morning at the ARC base at Wesley Hall in Blackburn
Expression of interest form can be found here or call Rachel Casey on 01254 690282.
Charge My Street - Phoneline Support Volunteer

We couldn't keep the Charge my Street service running 24/7 without the help of our volunteers. Phoneline volunteers will be there for EV drivers when they feel they have no one else to turn to, by giving a regular shift of up to four hours each week working remotely to help get charging sessions started, answer payment queries and unlock cables that are trapped in chargepoints. Our trained phone advisors support people who are using our chargepoints, getting in touch via phone, or email.

This opportunity is available on weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Address: home based.

You can find out more here. Additionally, you can contact Tom Barker/Ady Powell on 01524 881227 or via
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