Some very sad news. Community Spirit, a wonderful local group dedicated to helping homeless people in Blackburn, have been forced to vacate their previous base in the old Blackburn Fire Station. The group, which has held a soup kitchen every Tuesday evening throughout this year, has up to 30 volunteers providing support, food & toiletries for around 60 vulnerable local people.
This is a group of people who have identified a need and have got together to address poverty with little support from elsewhere and deserve every credit. Please, please, please, if you’re in a position to provide premises – either on a temporary or permanent basis – get in touch with them.
If you can help, please get in touch with them via Facebook.
To find out more about their predicament, please read this article from the Lancashire Telegraph.
Blackburn with Darwen Community Fund is a small grants programme that is being run by Blackburn with Darwen CVS on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as part of the Your Community Your Call campaign. Your Call focuses on helping communities to volunteer and develop solutions that make a difference within their local neighbourhoods.
The fund is only open to local charities, social enterprises, voluntary or community groups (i.e. not for profit organisations) and the group must not directly employ any paid members of staff. The group must be run by volunteers and use volunteers to deliver its activities.
Groups may apply for funding to:-
► to do an event to recruit more volunteers or to train your existing volunteers;
► to do a volunteer led activity that makes a difference within your community (e.g. community clean up, fundraising event, run a youth club, arts/sports activity, social activity for older people, etc.);
► to use volunteers to deliver an event that brings your community together and builds a better community spirit i.e. different ages, different neighbourhoods, faiths, ethnicities, etc.;
► to use volunteers to deliver a community learning event, workshop or undertake volunteer led research to find out what are residents views on what needs to improve in your neighbourhood, map what is going on, what needs to change, plan future activity, etc.;
► to recruit, train or use volunteers to do something that will benefit how your group or organisation operates.
This list is not exhaustive or exclusive – it is just to try and get you thinking about what you may want to apply for. There must be a learning element within the activities we fund. Come along to the meeting for more information.
The deadline for returned forms will be Friday 3rd July, 12 noon with feedback on whether or not you have been successful the following week.