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The next meeting of the Community CVS Network will be taking place on Thursday 21st October from 9.30am in the Conference Room at the Boulevard Centre, featuring presentations from: -
► Gabrielle Aspin from Community Buds;
► Chris Trickett from Community CVS;
► Zaynab Jogee from Age UK;
► Heather Hook from Kooth; and
► Hannah & Lily from Hope for Justice.
For more information, please contact Donna.
It's Get Online Week - and we're helping people who are experiencing or are at risk of digital exclusion to learn new skills, get connected and find out more about what digital support they can access.

Throughout the week, we're holding friendly, free sessions for people who would like to learn more, with our wonderful staff on hand to help you. They're at the Boulevard Centre from 10am to 1pm every day. To book on a remaining session, please give us a call: we're on 01254 583957.
Learn more about what's available in this excellent article in The Shuttle
We've all benefited greatly from the contribution made by so many wonderful volunteers during the pandemic and beyond.

They deserve every credit which can be bestowed upon them for their marvellous efforts.

That's why we're committed to make this year's Community Volunteer Awards the best ever.

Save the date: Wednesday 3rd November.
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ELHT&Me have been chosen as one of the beneficiary charities for the Blackburn Bonfire at Witton Park on Saturday 6th November
The event raises thousands of pounds every year for local charities, and to help raise as much money as possible to enhance patient experience at our hospitals, ELHT&Me are looking for enthusiastic volunteers (aged 16 and over) who can spare a few hours to help bucket collect, greet people as they arrive and raise awareness of the charity. The collection will begin at 5pm, when the gates open, until approximately 7.30pm when the fireworks and bonfire start.
All volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to enjoy the fireworks extravaganza and bonfire.
If anyone is interested in supporting their local hospital charity and can spare a few hours to help, please email for more information.
Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria are seeking responses to a Place-Based Partnership Development colleague survey for Pennine Lancashire (closes on Friday 22nd October), and are seeking to engage with the public on Enhancing Acute Stroke Services (closes on Wednesday 27th October).
IMO Doorstep Sport+ are raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest with their new young people-led Save a Heart initiative, working with Benefit Mankind to raise funds for a community defibrillator. If you would like to contribute, please contact or call 07562 685931/01254 781310 before Saturday 23rd October.
NHS England are holding a webinar entitled Thriving places - Delivering services with and for our communities on Tuesday 26th October.
Lancashire LGBT's next LGBTQ+ Mental Health Hour will take place on Thursday 28th October, with a focus on Black History Month: Queer Black Mental Health. Host Beth will be joined by Tolu Ajayi from Rainbow Noir and Cheryl Martin from Black Gold Arts.
 The National Volunteer Certificate has been implemented by Health Education England and will be launched in Lancashire and South Cumbria from Monday 1st November. If you would like your organisation and volunteers to be included in the programme, please e-mail Ruth Bond.
► BwD Learning have Resilience and You training coming up over four weeks from Wednesday 3rd November.
BwD Sports Council is inviting representatives of all BwD sporting clubs, groups and organisations to attend their Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday 17th November, starting at 7pm at Blackburn Central Library. You can download the agenda here.
Nightsafe's Sleep Out this year will take place on Friday 3rd December. To learn more about how you can get involved, please drop them an e-mail.
The 180 Project are holding a raffle to raise vital funds.
BwD Public Health & Re-Align Futures have a variety of Mental Health courses coming up.
Come and meet HARRI at these locations during November.
Funding update

Upcoming deadlines

Rowing Foundation - closes Monday 25th October
Grants to support rowing with preference shown to encouraging participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment.

Arts Council England - Capital Investment Programme - closes Tuesday 26th October
Capital funding to support cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact.

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Charity - closes Tuesday 26th October
Grants for the development of innovative IT projects with a charitable or educational focus.


Newground - Harnessing Diversity Grants available!

Together for Our Planet - Deadline Reminder

Arnold Clark Community Fund Reopens for Winter Funding

Veterans’ Foundation Accepting Applications for Winter Projects Across Great Britain
The Council's funding portal, Community Foundation for Lancashire's funding page (guidelines can be found here) and the Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner's website provide exceptional resources for those seeking funding.
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