Volunteer with a church linked project in Lancashire

'Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth' - 1 John 3: 18

Many churches and organisations are working hard to help people in the area who are facing the challenges that come with poverty. These organisations rely on volunteers to be able to give the help that is much needed. Below you can see some information about organisations1 in the area, the work they do and the help they need. If you see somewhere you would like to volunteer, please click on the ‘I want to help’ button to fill out a very short contact form that will go direct to the organisation you want to help. Please help: we know that when people get involved in helping others they can make a real difference to those in need and to their own lives as well.

We work closely with a range of volunteering organisations across the county, especially the Volunteer Centre for Lancaster District  who also now cover Preston and have strong links with the other volunteer hubs in the county. If you can't find volunteering opportunities that suit you on our page do get in touch with them, or explore what is avaialbale locally through the national "Do It" volunteering website.

If you are an organisation wanting to advertise for volunteers, please click here and fill in the online form to register your details. We will try to get them up on the site within seven days but if you want to contact us to make sure email greg.smith@together-lancashire.org.ukFollow this link for practical resources and guidance for working with volunteers.

1 These organisations are known to, but not part of, Together Lancashire. The organisations have not been vetted by Together Lancashire and will have their own systems for working with volunteers. Our role is simply to make it easier for you to get in touch with organisations through our website and hopefully to then join in with their important work of tackling poverty

Blackpool Job Clubs and Online Centres

Blackpool

Several churches in the town are developing projects to help people find work and increase their online skills.

Volunteers are needed to mentor people as they search for work online, develop cvs and use the internet to claim benefits. Familiarity with it is essential but social skills are even more valuable. Sessions usually weekly daytime, various days and venues.

Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels

Blackpool

Helping and caring for people who are in Blackpool town centre at night in need of our assistance through being vulnerable, ill, lost, in need of first aid,water, flipflops, a chat and a brew or signposting into other services.

Volunteer weekly, fortnightly or monthly we are out on Fridays and Saturdays 9pm - 3am or part of those hours. Stay at our minibus base in Queen Street or walk with a team round the town centre.

ICANN

Fulwood Preston

We provide advocacy support to people who are undergoing medical assessments in respect of PIP/ESA Benefits. We also have a new project 'Cancer Older People & Advocacy' for people affected by cancer who are over 50

Attend benefits assessments with clients Support clients with their needs around cancer, including health appointments, finances, benefits, housing, end of life, wills etc

Together Lancashire

Lancashire

We support and build networks for church linked projects across Lancashire.

Together Lancashire review of online resources: We are looking for a placement of a student or volunteer to document our online practices. Much of the networking of together Lancashire depends on online communication. We maintain a website under the church urban fund web domain. Together Lancashire has a website, social media groups, a blog and numerous Google email groups. We also manage and maintain websites for other groups. However, these resources are extremely vulnerable were we to lose the services of key staff who have the skills, a vast amount of knowledge about the system in their heads and do most of the work maintaining this information resource. We believe it is important for our long-term strategy to fully document what we have and how we do it, so that anyone who takes up a post with Together Lancashire can continue to use and develop the work that we have done. We need someone to produce a manual about online practice but do not have the time to do that ourselves (without elves). We would therefore like to identify and recruit a volunteer, intern or student on placement. They would need to have a high level of social media and online skills to review our online strategy and to produce a clear and simple guidance manual. We would estimate there is the equivalent of 1 months full-time work to carry out this task although it will probably be better to spread this work over three to four months. It would involve one or two meetings at the beginning to scope out the task and another meeting at the end to review it. In the interim the volunteer good work flexibly in terms of hours and location providing they had a good online connection and computer, and they kept in touch and reported regularly on progress.

West End Impact

Morecambe

West End Impact works in partnership with Morecambe Community Church and other Christians in response to the regeneration of Morecambe. We run: Community Cafe, Boogie Babies toddler group, art group, youth club, drop in sessions, rehousing project, one to one support …

Listening, maintenance work, form filling, cooking, office work, Foodbank organisation, youth and kids clubs helpers

S.E.E.D.

Preston and surrounding area

Support and Education for Eating disorders is a charity organisation dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders in Lancashire by providing training, information, awareness, advice and practical support for everyone effected by eating disorders, their family members and friends. SEED runs carer and support group every Friday evening and Drop-in Service - every Friday, at Preston College, at 1.00-3.00.

SEED needs volunteers to running an office at Penwortham and to support its services at Preston College. We are looking for volunteers to help with: - Administration; - HR; - Marketing; - Social media; - Person Centered Volunteer Counselor; - Events management; - Finance; - Drop-in; - Bid writer; - Chairperson; - Trustee Secretary; - Training co-ordinator; - Volunteer co-ordinator; - Prayer co-ordinator; - Prayer team Members.

Maundy Relief

Accrington

We provide relief for people in need. In practice they are socially marginalised and often have mental health problems, are lonely and isolated and need support and friendship.

The person we are looking for will commit to a couple of hours per week to one person and offer ongoing, dependable and committed support for as long as it is needed. In several cases our volunteers have worked with their person for several years

The Olive Branch

Lancaster

The Olive Branch is a support centre to help those who are disadvantaged in some way: Homeless, Addictions, Debt, Relationship problems, Loneliness etc. We seek to listen and give space to enable people to discover and address real solutions.We can also help in practical ways by offering emergency food, sleeping bags, tents etc. We are open 4 days a week Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 11-4pm

Welcome people, make a drink and serve cake or biscuits etc. Listen and help them complete any appropriate forms etc. Pack up food parcels, date tins, rotate stock etc. Data Input Cleaning Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 11-4pm

Preston & South Ribble Street Pastors

City Centre and St Matthew's areas of Preston, and Leyland in South Ribble

We’re a group of 65 people from 21 churches who go out onto our streets in the City Centre and St Matthew's areas of Preston, and Leyland in South Ribble to listen to, care for and help anyone we meet.

To be a Street Pastor you should be a Christian and have been a member of a local church for at least a year – and have a heart to serve God and His people. You’ll be equipped in all areas of the work – every Street Pastor goes out once a month on a Friday or Saturday evening into their designated area.

Streetlife

Blackpool

We work with vulnerable young people in Blackpool aged 16-25. Operate an emergency shelter next to St John's Church in the town centre and provide support from our day centre on Buchanan st. This includes food parcels, lifeskill sessions, cook and eat, drop-in, one to one support, referrals to specialist agencies, housing advice.

being part of the team working in the shelter and/or day centre (see website for more info as we are open every day and every night), admin support, fundraising support, English language support for volunteers from overseas, mentoring gap year volunteers. www.wearestreetlife.org

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