Thank you to Lancashire community groups

Community, voluntary, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups and organisations continue to make a massive and effective contribution to Lancashire throughout this unprecedented outbreak of Covid-19.  

The county council is appreciative of the difference that the VCFSE is making to individual citizens and is working to support the groups and organisations it has contracts with throughout this time by:

  • Being flexible on reporting and monitoring to ensure their staff spend less time on admin and more time supporting communities.
  • Giving more freedom on how to use funding so that it isn't tied in with previously agreed targets.
  • Providing additional support and ongoing promotion of their work through county council channels.

In return, the county council is asking for groups and organisations to:

  • Provide it with advice about what action needs to happen in local areas through the Communities Projects Team by emailing projectsteam@lancashire.gov.uk
  • Work with their local Community Hub and tell the county council if you are finding this to be too much of a burden. 
  • Use technology and digital solutions where possible to stay in contact with communities ensuring people are not isolated.
  • Be flexible and follow council guidance to help keep people safe.
  • report any significant changes to funded activities via the contract manager at contractmgmt.care@lancashire.gov.uk

The county council is also providing £170,000 to the Lancashire Community Foundation Covid19 Community Response Fund to fund activities to support communities throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "On behalf of the county council, my thanks go out to groups and organisations for the work that continues to be done to help people across Lancashire support each other during these difficult times.

"We know that the skill, energy and compassion of the VCFSE sector will be vital in keeping our communities strong. But we also recognise the huge pressure that this is putting on your staff, volunteers and finances.

"As groups and organisations that we commission, we will support you to deliver our contracts using your skills, expertise and networks to meet the needs of our communities

"We've also made funding available to groups and I'd urge you to apply if you feel it would provide extra support needed to help people in your area throughout the pandemic."