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The next meeting of the Practitioner and Volunteer Coordinator Network will take place on Thursday 27th May between 9.30 and 10.30am. It is hoped that this meeting will be "in person" at the Boulevard Centre.

An agenda can be found here, along with minutes from April's meeting.

Contact Donna Talbot to learn more.
► The latest edition of Our Lancashire's brilliant newsletter covering the BwD and Hyndburn areas can be accessed here.
They are also offering free training, with the next workshop being Change for Good - Covid Positives in Lancashire's VCFSE Sector on
Thursday 20th May.
IMO's Doorstep Sport + offers fun activities for people aged 11 to 17. Sign up here by
Friday 14th May.
Their Young Minds project is also accepting applicants.
► The Council's 5 Ways to Wellbeing campaign kicks off on
Monday 17th May.
Lancashire Adult Learning are offering free sessions for Dementia Action Week (
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd May).
Lancashire Mind are offering a 5 Ways Workshop for BwD on
Tuesday 18th May. Sign up here.
There is also a Stress Buster Workshop on
Thursday 20th May. Sign up here.
They are also running Diabetes Focus Groups in June. Sign-up deadline is
Friday 21st May.
Health Education England's National Volunteering Unit have a two-day training workshop entitled Future of Volunteering 2021 on
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd June.
Change Grow Live are seeking a Lead Consultant. Application deadline is
Tuesday 15th June.
► Would you be interested in partnering with the Blackburn Festival of Light? If you answered "yes," please get in touch with them.
► Everyone's welcome at Circles Connected.
EthosVO does valuable work training Young Leaders of tomorrow's workplace.
► The Gas Safe Charity are running online Think CO workshops this month.
Healthwatch BwD are gauging the opinions of 18 to 30 year olds on COVID-19 vaccination.
Humraaz are taking referrals. Drop them an e-mail or call 01254 695800 to learn more.
Inspire have published a training update.
► Could you be a Vaccination Marshal Volunteer Lead?
Can you help Lancashire Women with a like, share or comment?
Funding update


Our Community, Our Future grant deadline extended to Sunday 16th May

Toyota Parasport Fund Opens for Round 2 – End of May Deadline

Digital Skills 2021 Grants Programme Accepting Applications

Funding for Charities Working with People to Develop Skills Ready for Employment

Funding for Innovative Digital Inclusion Projects that Benefit Clarion Communities

Funding for UK Charities Working in the Field of Breast Cancer

New Funding to Support Armed Forces in Acute Hospital Settings

Upcoming deadlines

Enterprise Development Programme - Equality - closes Friday 14th May
Support to charities and social enterprises working in the equality sector to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.

Screwfix Foundation - closes Friday 14th May
Grants to registered charities for projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need.

Thomas Pocklington Trust Grants - closes Friday 14th May
Grants for projects that support the delivery of positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people aligned to the priority areas of education, employment, engagement, and collaboration and sustainability.

Youth Endowment Fund - closes Friday 14th May
Funding for organisations to support interventions to prevent children and young people who are at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this happening.

Golsoncott Foundation - closes Sunday 16th May
Grants to voluntary sector organisations for projects that promote fine arts and music.

Power to Change – Powering Up! Capacity Strengthening Support Programme - closes Monday 17th May
Tailored support package to increase community business leaders’ knowledge, to provide wellbeing support and to build peer relationships to boost recovery especially in communities hardest hit by COVID-19.

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants - closes Tuesday 18th May
Grants for not-for-profit organisations to support new, original and innovative projects that actively promote a healthy heart and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in local communities.
The BwD Community Fund, which we on behalf of the Borough Council, the Brian Mercer Trust and the Eric Wright Charitable Trust, is open for applications.
Organisations can apply for grants of up to £1000 under the scheme.
► Next deadline: Monday 7th June.
Get the full picture here.
Download the application form here.
► 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 - including the Community Action Fund.

The Trustee Leadership Programme is an award-winning governance training initiative delivered by charity support agency Cause4 in partnership with the Clothworkers’ Company. Now in its 8th year, this programme was launched to empower those taking on governance roles to be confident in their duties and deliver effective leadership, training c. 500 Trustees a year. Upcoming summer course dates include:

Emerging Chairs Programme: a one-day course for existing Trustees seeking to take the step towards Chairing a board. This empowering course covers key issues such as Leadership, Chair-CEO relationships, fundraising, and marketing, and allows prospective and existing Chairs to share experiences and learning.
Thursday 22nd July (9.30am-4.30pm)
Sign up here

Trustee Leadership Programme: essential governance training for the new or aspiring Trustee, this course covers an overview of the sector, governance & strategic planning, financial management, and fundraising. It is further enhanced by an expert guest speaker and a charity matching session where attendees can meet charity leaders seeking board members. The online course is delivered in two parts:
Wednesday 28th July (2-4.30pm) & Thursday 29th July (2-5pm)
Sign up here

All courses will be delivered via Zoom.

Email for further information. 

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