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Organisations with Volunteering Opportunities


Aawaz – The Voice of Asian Women Across the Nation

AAWAZ is a local registered charity, established in 1997. The charity works with women and families, with those people who are in most need.  The name AAWAZ mean “Voice” in Urdu and is the “voice” of Asian women across Lancashire and nationally.

The charity’s work revolves around the principle (...)


Abaseen Foundation

The Abaseen Foundation (AF) is a charitable body dedicated to improving the lives of those who live in one of the poorest and (...)


Access Ability

At Access Ability we recognise and respect the diversity of peoples’ needs and therefore enabling opportunities for all is at the heart of our Vision. Our Mission is to empower disabled people and those with long term health conditions to ‘Unlock their Potential’ through Engagement, Education and Employment. We do (...)


Accrington and District Blind Society

Accrington & District Blind Society is an independent local charity supporting people with a sight loss in East Lancashire including Hyndburn and Rossendale.

Our mission is to enable people living with limited vision in East Lancashire to thrive at home, in education, at work and socially.

We stock a wide (...)


Accrington and District Blind Society – Groups & Support

Sight Loss Groups & Support provided by Accrington and District Blind Society – Click on groups for more information Sight Support Group

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30am to about 12:30pm visitors are welcome to stay on longer if they wish. The group (...)


Accrington and District Blind Society – Services

Sight Loss Services provided by Accrington and District Blind Society – Click on groups for more information Sight Advice Centre

Our Sight Advice Centre at 32 Bank Street, Accrington is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm. We hope to increase the opening times when more support (...)


Accrington Victoria Community Hospital

The Accrington Victoria Community Hospital Is a local hospital providing in-patient and out-patient services for the local popuation. The hospital also access to dedicated specialist services such as physiotherapy, podiatry and renal services. The hospital also has a Minor Injuries Unit.

What does the service provide for inpatients?

Accrington Victoria (...)


Adrenaline Centre

Adrenaline Centre Haslingden

Adrenaline is a fun-packed fitness centre. Our gyms, courts, sports and adventure facilities has something for eveyone to get active and have fun! Find out more about Adrenaline Centre Haslingden by calling us on 01706 227016 or emailing info@adrenalinecentre.co.uk

Gyms

Recently refurbished, Adrenaline is a fantastic (...)


Advocacy Focus

Advocacy means supporting somebody to speak up and be listened to, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and taken seriously. Advocacy can enable people to become more involved in important decisions about their health and social care.

Our Advocates help people in the community who have difficulty with communicating (...)


Age UK Lancashire

Who we are

Welcome to Age UK Lancashire.

We are a county-wide charity working with and for older people. We believe that later life should be valued and fulfilling. Through the services and support we provide, we aim to promote independence, enhance health and well-being and enable (...)


Age UK Lancashire – Activities and Events

Due to ongoing covid restrictions, some of our regular activities and events are not running. We are looking forward to opening up in the future. For information on our current services and support please click here. Regular activities Lunch clubs

Regular Lunch (...)


Age UK Lancashire – Services

Age UK Lancashire believes that it is important to enable older people and their carers to have support to remain independent and to live interesting and fulfilled lives.

We offer a range of services to help older people across Lancashire make more of their lives. Our (...)


Age UK Lancashire – Shops

Our charity shops are located throughout the county, offering a wide range of quality items for all ages.  About our shops

Our shops are crucial to the work of our organisation. They help us raise much-needed cash which we can use to provide services which are not funded by other (...)


Alzheimer’s Society North West

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.

Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure.

We know it is scary facing up to it, (...)


Back on Track Project with BPRCVS

We are recruiting Volunteers to support BPRCVS’s Social Prescribing Link workers, helping residents in the community to increase confidence, enable independence and support to achieve goals. Volunteers will be supporting residents to attend community activities, to get outdoors or assist in building confidence and independence to achieve their goals.

Give (...)


Bacup Credit Union

Bacup Credit Union aims to provide an easily accessible service, offering members safe savings facilities and loans at favourable rates of interest, whilst continuing to promote financial education and encourage good savings habits.

 

The Credit Union Story

The modern Credit Union movement traces its origins to Germany and to (...)


Bacup Family Centre

For the past 20 years, Bacup Family Centre has successfully supported families; “giving a helping hand” when, how and where they need it. Based in the local community, the Centre helps individuals and families cope with life’s demands and difficulties .

The weekly groups, some for adults, others (...)


Barnardos

We protect, support and nurture the UK’s most vulnerable children

We help hundreds of thousands of children, young people, parents and carers via our 800+ services across the UK.

 

What we do

We help children through the trauma of sexual abuse and exploitation. We provide support for young (...)


Barnardos – Rawtenstall Shop

Shop and help Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s has charity shops all across the UK where you can find all sorts of bargains, buy amazing cards and gift wrap, donate goods or volunteer.  Barnardo’s shops are a great place for the community to donate their unwanted items as well as shop for quality (...)


Be Free

Be Free provides a range of specialist support for adults in Rossendale affected by domestic abuse. Our community services include; a confidential helpline that can be accessed by people affected by domestic abuse and those who are worried about them, tailored one to one support to improve personal safety and (...)


Bfriend

Bfriend is a charity aiming to reduce social isolation in people aged over 65. Voluteer befrienders commit to spend an hour a week with someone who may benefit from more company. Prior to the pandemic this would involve popping over for a cuppa and a chat each week but, over (...)


British Lung Foundation

What we do

We’re the only UK charity looking after the nation’s lungs. With your support, we’ll make sure that one day everyone breathes clean air with healthy lungs.

We offer hope through research

We’ve been researching lung conditions for 30 years. Today, it remains at the heart of (...)


British Red Cross

What we do

We help anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world, get the support they need if crisis strikes.

How we’re run

The British Red Cross is governed by a board of trustees. They ensure that as an organisation we are effective in working towards achieving (...)


Burnley General Teaching Hospital

Burnley General Teaching Hospital provides a full range of hospital services.  This includes general and specialist medical and surgical services along with a full range of diagnostic (e.g. MRI, CT scanning) and support services.

Burnley General Teaching Hospital is East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s site which specialises in planned (elective) (...)


Calico Enterprise

Through passion and a shared belief for positive change, we aspire to create skills and employment opportunities together with unique and innovative services that offer a bright future to people, places and local communities.

we firmly believe that our difference lies with the people who work here

Founded in 2000, (...)


Cancer Research UK

About us We beat cancer

We fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. We also provide cancer information to the public.

 

We raise money

Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.

Our organisation

A number of bodies work together to ensure (...)


Carers Link Lancashire

Carers Link Lancashire provide practical and emotion support to unpaid Carers across East Lancashire.  We can:

Assess your needs as a Carer which will look at the different ways in which caring affects your life and how you can carry on doing the things that are (...)

Child Action NorthWest – CANW

Child Action Northwest is a regional charity with a big heart, offering support to children, young people and communities. Founded 130 years ago, we support over 10,000 children, young people and families across the North and West of England every year; those facing poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, mental health issues (...)


Citizens Advice Rossendale & Hyndburn

Citizens Advice Rossendale & Hyndburn provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on people’s rights and responsibilities.

We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination We provide advice people need for the problems they face We campaign for change to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives We (...)

Citizens Advice Rossendale & Hyndburn – Care Navigation Profile

Citizens Advice Rossendale & Hyndburn is a local charity that offers free, impartial & confidential information and advice on the problems that people face including debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment, utilities, consumer and relationships.

An initial assessment is usually carried out over the phone and in many cases telephone advice (...)


Civic Pride Rossendale

Civic Pride Rossendale (Gardening, Litter Picking, Rewilding and other projects) covers the Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth, Waterfoot and Edenfield areas.  We have helped create and now maintain many Community Gardens that help to brighten up the area for the local residents, but also creates an attractive setting to showcase the surrounding moorlands (...)


Community Solutions – CSNW

Community Solutions North West (CSNW) is an innovative social enterprise, specialising in engagement and support. We are here to meet individual needs. Through face to face interaction and relationship building, we focus on personal strengths to achieve holistic outcomes.

 

What

We are Community Solutions, an innovative charity (...)


Crimestoppers

We’re an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime, 100% anonymously.

Whoever you are, wherever you live, from communities to companies.

By phone and online, 24/7, 365 days a year.

We also share advice on how to protect the people you care about from (...)


Crisis

We work side by side with people to help them rebuild their lives. From decades of experience of working with thousands of homeless people, we know what’s needed to leave homelessness behind for good. We use this experience to shape the services we provide and the changes we campaign for.

(...)

Cruse Bereavement Support

We’re here to make sure that everyone grieving gets the support they need, when they need it. We offer support through our website, national helpline, live chat, group, zoom, telephone or one-to-one in person support. We want to make sure everyone grieving gets the help they need in (...)


Cycling Projects

Cycling Projects is a national UK cycling charity which promotes inclusive cycling through a range of successful community engagement programmes that give people the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis; through help, support and guidance. Most noticeably this is all achieved through its two nationally acclaimed initiatives Wheels for (...)


Derian House Children’s Hospice

At Derian House we help children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and above all, high quality care.

We provide respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people across the North West and South (...)


East Lancashire Bat Group

The East Lancashire Bat Group is dedicated to the conservation of bats in the boroughs of Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Burnley, and Rossendale that make up Pennine Lancashire.

Our membership is open to all with an interest in bats.

We aim to help to conserve bats, their (...)

Emmaus

At Emmaus we’re working together to end homelessness

The first Emmaus opened in 1991 and there are now (...)


Epilepsy Action

Who is Epilepsy Action?

Epilepsy Action is a community of people committed to a better life for everyone affected by epilepsy. We want high quality, accessible epilepsy healthcare services, so that people with epilepsy have the support they need to manage their condition. We want wider awareness and understanding of (...)


Families and Babies (FAB)

Our breastfeeding peer support service first started way back in 2004 when our now Chair Of Trustees Elaine Edwards had a difficult start to breastfeeding her daughter Jessica and struggled to get support. She went to a local Sure Start Centre for help and it was there Elaine met other (...)


FareShare

We believe that no good food should go to waste

We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. We are doers. We are a community. We change lives.

 

55,046

tonnes of food redistributed to charities

 

131.9 million

meals equivalent provided to vulnerable people

 

5.2 (...)

Girlguiding

We are the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK

We empower 240,000 girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today. We’ve been doing that through adventure, friendship and fun for over 100 years. Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure we empower (...)


Haslingden Community Link

Haslingden Community Link provide community services in Haslingden “For the Common Good”.  That means everybody!

We have been serving the needs of the local community since the year 2000 providing support services and activities from pre-birth to old age.

We are an independent charity that is funded from a number (...)


Lancashire Victim Services

If you have been a victim of crime, whether recently or in the past, we are here to help. We provide emotional support, information and practical help, regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police. All of our services are free and confidential.

Lancashire Victim Services has been established by (...)


Lancashire Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is your local branch of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust charity, working to protect wildlife and nature for the future.

We are a key voice for nature, both locally and nationally. We manage reserves, deliver specialist projects and have a people and (...)


Lauren’s Place

Laurens Place was born in June 2014 after the tragic and public death of Lauren Johnson, aged 17, from Oswaldtwistle, who took her own life by falling from the highest point of Accrington Arndale Centre.

Lauren was known to have had mental health issues and was failed by the gap (...)


M3 Project

The M3 Project is a Registered Charity (1154113) that offers a variety of accommodation services and housing advice to homeless and vulnerable young people and families aged 16 to 21. The Charity is based in Rossendale but works with young people across East Lancashire. (Excluding Blackburn with Darwen)

Everyone has (...)


Made in Haslingden

We are a social craft group specialising (but not exclusive to) those living with dementia, their carers, friends and families. We host our group on the third Friday of the month at Haslingden Community Link where we love to welcome old  and new faces. We organise activities which are tailored (...)


Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is a grassroots charitable movement. It is the largest crime prevention voluntary movement in England and Wales and has upwards of 2.3 million members. Schemes are run by volunteers across England and Wales supported by volunteer Associations, and by Neighbourhood Watch Network, the national umbrella organisation for the (...)


Parkinsons Disease Society (Burnley Support Group)

The Parkinsons Disease Society offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. We are hoping to meet up again soon, Government and Parkinson’s UK guidelines permitting. The meetings will be at the Prairie Sports Village Cafe, which has undergone significant refurbishment in order to (...)


Parkinsons Disease Society (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Support Group)

Parkinsons UK offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. We also organise regular events and social activities. Join us – and meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area – we meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm at (...)


Parkinsons UK

Parkinsons UK offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. We also organise regular events and social activities. Join us – and meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area. We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. For more than 40 years we’ve (...)


Renaissance – UK

Renaissance – UK is a North West based charity, currently operating across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, we specialise in community focused substance use and sexual health services.

Founded in 1986, we started as a drugs helpline in Lancashire with funding from Child Action North West, over the years (...)


Rossendale Hospice

Rossendale Hospice is a local charity which cares for patients and their families living with cancer and other life-limiting conditions including, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), chronic lung disease (COPD), Organ failure and others.

We offer many services free of charge include Day Therapy, a range (...)


Rossendale Hospice – Befriending Service

Befriending Service – Rossendale

Brief Description The Rossendale Befriending service aims to reduce social isolation for people in Rossendale and if applicable their partners or carers by arranging a visit by a volunteer befriender.

The scheme works by matching each person (Befriendee) with a volunteer befriender who will visit regularly (...)


Rossendale Hospice – Bereavement Counselling

We also offer counselling support to family members, carers and close friends who are affected by their loved one’s illness; pre and post bereavement counselling for children, young people and adults.

Pre and post bereavement counselling is available at Rossendale Hospice for people of all ages living in the (...)


Shared Lives – Lancashire

Shared Lives is a service that matches adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, older people and/or mental health needs with carers and their families, to live within their home.

Shared Lives means people who need support can choose to become part of a real family, instead of staying in a (...)


Smile Mediation Ltd

Smile is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a mediation service, helping people to resolve conflicts and disputes within their communities, at home or in the workplace.

Mediation is when an independent and impartial third party helps people in a dispute to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.  You can find out (...)


SSAFA Lancashire Branch

SSAFA is the oldest tri-service military charity.

Our vision is to ensure that the needs of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families are met in an appropriate and timely way.

We exist to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to (...)


TEAM RISE Project

TEAM RISE is a Charity that supports anyone residing in East Lancashire who has a learning disability, autism,  is vulnerable or socially isolated.‎

This great project has had a great impact on a wide number of people and has supported people with learning disabilities in all areas of their lives, (...)


The East Lancashire Railway

The ELR has a long and rich heritage, from all the way back when the very first trains steamed into Bury Station in the 1840s. The development of the line and all of its local railway stations was a key part of the Industrial Revolution in Lancashire, and it’s been (...)


The Mental Health Crisis Line / Wellbeing Helpline & Texting Service

On October 1, 2019, the Trust acquired mental health and learning disabilities services in South Cumbria from Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust and became Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCft).

LSCft has an active Council of Governors comprising elected staff and public Governors and nominated partner Governors. The Council (...)


The Raft Foundation

The Raft Foundation was formed in Rossendale, Lancashire by local people to assist communities, families and individuals who are in crisis need within the Rossendale Valley.

Our projects currently include the provision and delivery of an independent 100% volunteer lead and managed foodbank service collecting and delivering to clients homes (...)


The Rossendale Players

The Rossendale Players New Millennium Theatre is run entirely by members who commit their time and energy to fill the many jobs necessary for the continued success of productions.

The Rossendale Players have been producing plays in the Rossendale Valley for over 80 years.   As well as our own productions (...)


Up & Active

Welcome to Up & Active. We have loads of ideas on easy ways to help you get up, get out and get active!

Up and Active is here to help people move from nothing to something and from something to more. We’re here to let you know what activities and (...)


Young Carers at BPRCVS

Young Carers at BPRCVS is an excellent, much needed project that provides a number of services directly to young carers in recognition of the hard work they do every day. Our dedicated Young Carers team help the young carers of East Lancashire manage with the emotional strain of caring for (...)


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