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CVS Central Lancashire

We have received news that CVS Central Lancashire has ceased trading as of Friday 28th May. As a provider of infrastructure support services to the local voluntary sector we are sad that the services they provided will no longer be available.

We support the work of local networks and support agencies to bridge the gaps left by Central Lancashire CVS. Use the links below to find access to local support for your organisation.

Preston Community Network
Chorley VCFS Network
South Ribble Partnership

For Volunteering Support, you can contact your local Volunteering ONE Lancashire Coordinator. details HERE

Selnet Chief Meets Nick Hurd MP to represent Lancashire’s Third Sector

Sir Stephen, Nick Hurd & LEP Reps

Left to right: Sir Stephen Bubb – Chair Social Investment Business, Aidan Manley – CEO Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Liz Tapner – CEO Selnet / Representing Lancashire LEP, Nick Hurd MP – Minister for Civil Society, Kevin Janes – Cheshire & Warrington SE Partnership / Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Angeliki Stogia – European Officer Network for Europe, Karen Tierney – Acting Deputy Director New Economy/Adviser to Greater Manchester LEP , Dr Pernille Kousgaard – Liverpool City Region LEP

Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet Ltd (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) and ONE Lancashire Director was asked to represent the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) at a ministerial visit at St Georges Hall on 23rd January 2014 to launch the Liverpool City Region pilot of The Social Investment Business (SIB) Local Impact Fund, its aim to offer simple unsecured finance and investment readiness support to charities and social enterprises in the Liverpool City area.  There are 2 pilots as part of the current EU programme Liverpool and Northamptonshire.

A group of LEP representatives from across the North West had a private meeting with Chair at SIB Sir Stephen Bubb and Nick Hurd MP who gave recognition to the economic significance of the Third Sector as a growing and viable sector that needs affordable long-term finance.

Mr Hurd also acknowledged the need for local staged investment and the value of the representative’s local knowledge and intelligence to enable then to meet real local issues and needs.

Questions from the session included how the LEPs are planning to support social enterprise as part of their economic growth strategy? To this Liz Tapner was able to respond that she has been working with the LEPs Technical Assistance Group who is currently writing the Lancashire EU Structural Investment Funds Strategy (ESIF) enabling them to consult with Third Sector front line service delivery organisations and their support agencies.

Liverpool City Region is showing great leadership in supporting the social sector by setting up a Local Impact Fund, how does Lancashire plan to provide similar opportunities? Through strong partnerships with Social Enterprise North West, Selnet, ONE Lancashire and her position within the Technical Assistance Group, Liz is championing ongoing support and investment to the Social Enterprise Sector in Lancashire and is keen to work with the Social Investment Business and the LEP to include setting up a Local Impact Fund amongst other initiatives.

Read the following post Third Sector Representation in Lancashire’s Growth Plans to find out more about Lancashire’s growth development plans and how our sector is being represented.



Third Sector Representation in Lancashire’s Growth Plans

For the 2014 to 2020 funding period, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), will be brought together into an EU Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme. The top priorities of this Programme are innovation, support for SMEs, low carbon, skills, employment and social inclusion.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to set out how it intends to use the Growth Programme Funds in a European Union (EU) Structural and Investment Funds strategy. In developing its strategy, the LEP will work with and reflect the interests of a broad range of economic, social and environmental partners, including businesses, civil society, rural partners and further and higher education institutions

Lancashire is one of the largest local economies in the North of England. ESI funds will increase productivity levels for key economic sectors, promote sustainable employment growth and tackle the barriers to employment for Lancashire’s most disadvantaged communities and increase capacity to unlock the economic potential of Lancashire’s businesses and residents.

Lancashire has over 1000 Social Enterprises working on a range of activities across the economic, environmental and social spectrum. These businesses support and encourage economic activity amongst the most excluded and hard to reach individuals, and realise business activity and growth in areas where other sectors have failed, specifically within Lancashire’s more deprived communities.

Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet ltd (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) and ONE Lancashire Director was asked to contribute to the strategy for Lancashire to represent Social Enterprises and the wider Third Sector. Liz, a chartered business adviser and business mentor has extensive experience of providing business support to a wide variety of organisations across the North West. Through Selnet and as a Director of ONE Lancashire, Liz is well placed to advise on the strengths and importance of the Third Sector to the growth of Lancashire’s economy.

Through attendance at the Technical Assistance Group of the Lancashire European Network (LEN), Liz is currently working with senior public sector officers and writers of the plan of which the LEP’s role will be to oversee delivery for the next 7 years. EU monies will need to be matched and Liz is working with ‘opt-in’ providers such as BIG Lottery and Social Investment Business (SIB). Lottery projects are still to be defined but will stand alone from the mainstream lottery programme releasing additional investment into Lancashire. SIB have developed the Local Impact Fund a fund that is bespoke to Social enterprise

The strategy is now in its 2nd phase of development and due info central government 31st Jan 14. We will keep you updated on the plans and how they can impact on your business, organisation and community.

ONE Lancashire Celebration Event and Inaugural AGM


Formal Notice of ONE Lancashire’s Inaugural Annual General Meeting

The Transforming Local Infrastructure Project is coming to and end and ONE Lancashire Ltd is looking for a New Board of Directors to carry the company forward.

At the ONE Lancashire celebration and Networking Event on 24th September 2013, the AGM will also take place. ALL EXISTING DIRECTORS WILL STAND DOWN and a new Board will be elected.

Any Third Sector Infrastructure Organisation trading in Lancashire that is currently a Platinum ONE Lancashire member may nominate a key person in their organisation to stand as a director. .

Only Platinum members can vote or be nominated, so please ensure your membership application form has been submitted and approved.

Please download the Nomination packs here
ONE Lancashire AGM 2013 – Nomination Invitation
ONE Lancashire AGM 2013 – Director Expectations
ONE Lancashire AGM 2013 – Director Nomination Form

If you would like to know more, please contact Liz Tapner, Company Secretary, on 01772 200690, or


AGM and celebration event invite

Working Better Together Event

Thank you to all guests and speakers who attended the Working Better Together Event on Tuesday 16th April 2013 at The Best Western Leyland Hotel.

Over 100 guests turned up to find out more about ONE Lancashire and what we are doing to make lives better for people, communities and Third Sector Organisations across Lancashire.

outside signThe Day was opened by Graham Jones, Chair of Selnet, the lead organisation in the delivery of ONE Lancashire who passed over to Liz Tapner, CEO at Selnet to welcome everyone and give an update of the project to date.

View Liz’s presenation here and please get in touch if you have any questions
Liz Tapner Presentation

Ann McIvor, ONE Lancashire’s Positive Change Officer followed Liz to introduce the ONE Lancashire membership offer and also allowed our buying partners, The Charities Buying Group, The Phone Coop and BusinessWise Solutions to pitch to the room

More information about our membership offer, benefits, opportunities and to see a list of our current members can be found under the membership tab or CLICK HERE. You can also apply online by downloading the application form or contact Ann at for any more information.

Guests listening

Richard Caulfield of Voluntary Sector North West spoke next to update the group on the work done by the Public Sector Liaison Working Group and his presentation can be viewed here:
Improving relationships with the Public Sector
Richard asked the group to get in touch if they can help further with this work. Please contact Alice Carline on

Richard CaulfieldGraham Whalley and Dave Hollings did a quick session on collaborations and mergers as an example of organisations working better together and their presentation can viewed here:
Collaborations and mergers One Lancashire Presentation
Please contact Dave or Graham, (details at the end of the presentation) with any questions you may have.

Howerd Booth from South Ribble Borough Council welcomed guests to Leyland and demonstrated the features of Community PowWow and Ecceleston Sub Aqua Club was named the winner of the first Google Nexus. There are two more to be won so get signing up!

After lunch Christine Blythe from Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS launched the Volunteering ONE Lancashire project. More details on the project and who is involved can be found in the Volunteering ONE Lancashire tab or by CLICKING HERE

Christime Blythe

We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who helped to make the day success and hope to work with lots of you over the coming months to make working together better across Lancashire