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    NEW Fresh Looking Blackpool Community News Needs YOU !!!

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on March 31, 2009

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    Blackpool Youth Directory

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on January 20, 2009

    The Blackpool Youth Directory of Positive Activities highlights the wide range of groups, clubs, projects and services available to support young people in the town and Fylde Coast.

    There is also a very useful summary of funding opportunities available to support projects related to young people.

    With over 650 viewings on Scribd this has proved to be one of the most popular documents featured on this website. An embedded version is reproduced below:
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    Top tips to deal with economic uncertainty from NCVO

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on January 19, 2009

    ncvo-snipThe NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) have published Five Top Tips to Survive and Thrive in the Economic Downturn.

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    Big Lottery Fund ‘Thinking’ Consultation

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on January 16, 2009

    big-thinking-logoThe Big Lottery Fund wants individuals and groups to take part in a ‘big thinking’ consultation and give their views on how its grant programmes (expected to be over £2 billion between 2009 and 2015) should be spent.

    The Big Lottery Fund state that these views will guide how they award funds to the projects that help make the biggest impacts. The consultation site Big Thinking contains lots of features including online surveys, videos and games to help you form and give your opinions.

    The ‘big think’ consultation ends on 27th February 2009.

    Source: GMCVO

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    Blackpool Illuminations Team To The Rescue of Dance Company

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on January 15, 2009


    Blackpool Council’s Illuminations team came to the rescue of a fundraiser for a local youth theatre school by providing a light show in support of a day long neon dance-a-thon.

    Class Act Theatre School hosts weekly sessions for a range of kids ranging from 5-18 years of age, with many children hailing from some of the most deprived communities of central Blackpool.

    School Director, Rachel Sykes, explained: “We have a wonderful range of talented children attending our weekly dance, drama and singing sessions, but we recognise the financial strain many families are under in the current economic climate. We aim to keep costs to a minimum which means we are constantly on the lookout for low cost options for props and costumes needed for our shows.

    We came up with a fundraising idea of a day-long neon dance-a-thon, a sort of 70’s disco throwback. A great idea at the time but we underestimated the cost of supplying a lighting system to bring to life our hall at Holy Family Church, Claremont. That’s where the Illuminations team came in with special thanks to Steve Shaw who gave up his time to install the lighting rig. The kids loved the special effects and danced till they dropped – helping us raise over £800! on the day. We can’t thank them enough. Even the parents joined in.”

    Michael Wilcocks, Head of Blackpool Illuminations said, “We heard Class Act were in need of some special disco and ultra violet lights for their fundraiser and were only too pleased to help.

    “We don’t often get recognised for the work we do in the community and this is an excellent example, albeit fairly last minute where we were able to support a really worthwhile cause with around 100 children helping raise funds for their theatre school.”


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    Seminars on Collaboration Benefits

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on January 12, 2009

    collaboration-benefits-logoBookings are now being taken for free seminars on Collaboration Benefits organised by BASSAC and VSNW.

    By collaborating effectively we can challenge the resource and power inequalities facing our sector and our users.

    The seminars are part of the awareness raising element of the Collaboration Benefits programme. They provide the key opportunity for infrastructure, community development or other support organisations to learn more about Collaboration Benefits and register their interest in the Train the Trainer programme. Your organisation could be eligible for free training and get paid to cascade support for collaboration within your area.

    A draft Programme for the Seminars is available. More information about Collaboration Benefits, a Capacity Builders’ National Support Service programme run by BASSAC is available from

    The seminar dates are:

    · Tuesday 3rd February 2009 – Gujarat Hindu Society, Preston: 10.30 – 12.30 followed by lunch – closing date for bookings is 27th January

    · Friday 20th February 2009 – Friends Meeting House, Manchester: 10.30 – 12.30 followed by lunch – closing date for bookings is 13th February

    The seminars are free.  Places are limited so book as soon as possible – see closing dates above.

    Source: Voluntary Sector North West

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    National Compact Workshop – Preston

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on January 9, 2009

    National Compact Workshopatt2dc62

    Wednesday 21st January 2009, 1pm – 3.30pm

    Gujarat Centre, Preston, PR1 8JN

    A free half-day workshop providing a general introduction about the Compact, organised by VSNW (Voluntary Sector North West) and the Commission for the Compact. Please come prepared to discuss your views!

    This is your chance to find out more about the Compact, the partnership agreement between government and the voluntary and community sector in England. The Compact is all about better partnership working and creating better outcomes for individuals and local communities. It recognises shared values, principles and commitments, and sets out guidelines for how both parties should work together, consult and make decisions.

    What’s in it for you? Find out more about the Compact and how it can help you. The Compact can help voluntary and community organisations ensure they are treated fairly in any relationships they have with government bodies.

    Who should attend? This workshop is designed for those working in small organisations in the North West. We are hoping for some lively discussions and participation from attendees.

    1.00pm Registration and Lunch

    1.30pm Workshop: An introduction to the Compact together with discussion sessions.

    For more information and to book, please contact:


    Tel: 0121 237 5900 (Ruth Fennemore or Fiona Coulson).

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    2009 – We will prosper!

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 19, 2008

    snowman-sock-snipThis is the last scheduled post on BCN until the New Year – 2009. However, if readers want to submit material about those voluntary organisations that step-up, rather than wind down,their efforts over the ‘holiday’ period, then please do – BCN will endeavour to include it!

    We hope that you have found BCN interesting and informative since its launch on July 1st. If you have, then please look at ‘tipping’ the site below. Your pennies donated through PayPal will help us to continue bringing the BCN family to your PCs and laptops. The BCN Family (see right hand column) is looking for sponsors and partners to help develop its services – if your organisation wants to be involved with helping spread new social media then get in touch.

    BCN aims to bring the benefits of free and open source software to the voluntary sector in Blackpool – however, it is understood that professional help is sometimes required to kick-start a new project. So if you seek professional support to develop your own social media, blogging, online collaboration or Twitter solutions – then get in touch by emailing or leaving a comment.

    Finally – while we might be taking a break from serious commentary on this website – we do intend to carry on more light-hearted and fun blogging over on Just for the Weekend – come and join us and help shape this new Blog.

    Finally – a New Year resolution:

    Though times may get hard – and harder – in 2009, through our collective action and mutual support we will prosper. Human spirit and kindness will be our wealth!

    Love Ray Duffill

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    Blackpool Advice Link News

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 18, 2008

    advice-link-news-logo-dec-2008The latest news letter from Advice Link is now available. Advice Link continue to provide an essential service in the town.

    The next issue is due in March 2009 and readers are invited to contribute an article or advertise an event. Details should be sent to:

    Blackpool Advice Link News is available to view or download here from online storage.  It is also available via our Scribd documents button on the left-hand column of this website.

    Related Post: Scribd over 2,400 viewings of documents.

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    10,000 visitors to Blackpool Community News

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 18, 2008

    Blackpool Community News website had its 10,000th visitor yesterday – a quiet achievement. Nice!

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    Skilled Representation and Stronger Voices

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 17, 2008

    Skilling Up for Stronger Voices published by NAVCA reports on twoskillingupforstrongervoices-cover-snip research projects highlighting the role that representatives play in LSPs (Local Strategic Partnerships) and the skills and abilities they need and use.

    The document reports on the roles that representatives have in LSPs the range of key tasks that they carry out the types of skills and abilities they are using. It is hoped the material will be useful in supporting representatives and the organisations working with them

    The research has produced an outline of the range of roles and duties being carried out by third sector representatives and proposes a framework that describes the skills and abilities they are using. The material may also be of interest to representatives on LSPs from other sectors.

    The document is embedded here as a Scribd publication:

    View this document on Scribd

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    Blackpool on Wikipedia

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 16, 2008

    Wikipedia is the world’s largest online encyclopedia. It is a Wiki- (a collaborative website) -Encyclopedia and is therefore written collaboratively. The content is created by wikipedia-logovolunteers from around the world.

    The entry for Blackpool is no exception with dozens of people contributing to the article! And there is still work to do – you can register with Wikipedia free of charge and play your part in writing the definitive version of Blackpool’s history, people, charcteristics, facets… and anything else that is definitive and qualifiable about the town.

    Question: Would readers agree that the Regeneration section of Blackpool – Wikipedia needs ‘development’ !?

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    Merry Christmas from BCN

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 15, 2008

    xmascard-001xmascard-001Merry Christmas to

    all our readers!

    Thanks for your

    support and

    regular visits!

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    Calling neighbourhood practitioners – survey!

    Posted by blackpoolcommunitynews on December 15, 2008

    Voluntary Sector North West have circulated information about the following survey which they hope those who work at a neighbourhood level – from across the region – will complete . However, time is short – the survey will only be online until 5.00pm, Wednesday 17th December. It will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please alert and pass this on to other colleagues who are working in neighbourhoods.

    The results of the survey will help the Neighbourhoods Northwest Gateway to facilitate better information sharing amongst neighbourhood workers across the region and inform the type of activities delivered by the Gateway.

    nwiep-snipThe Centre for Local Economic Strategies has been commissioned by the Neighbourhoods Northwest Gateway to conduct a survey of Neighbourhood Practitioners from across the region. The aim of the survey is to help to develop a better understanding of neighbourhood working and the support needs of people working at a neighbourhood level.

    You can access the survey by clicking on the link below.

    Thank you very much for your time. If you have any questions please contact Paul or Micaela at CLES on 0161 236 7036

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    Blackpool Christmas Drop In Appeal

    Posted by blackpoolcares on December 15, 2008

    apss-logo-snipChristmas Appeal … I am running a Christmas Day ‘Drop In’ through my organisation “Alcohol Peer Support Services” based in Blackpool, for individuals in recovery from alcohol dependency.  I am looking for support to open this special service for lonely people who are either living alone OR struggling around family and friends who celebrate with alcohol at Christmas time.

    The recovery Drop In can be opened with your help, either by a small donation or some spare time to help on Christmas Day. Please pass this onto any friends or work friends who may wish to support this.

    To donate click: OR

    Clik the DONATE button on our new website which is still under construction, but is LIVE

    Please then send me a brief message to make me aware of supporters for the records and also to be able to thank you for your donation or help afterwards.

    HUGE Thanks … Brian xxxxx

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