Please visit Turn2us website for access to a guide that covers what you can do if you cannot heat your home.

Help In Preston Please have a look at Help In Preston’s website to access support that is available in Preston.

Community Coffee Morning

On Thursday 14th April Galloway Hall Community Centre will be holding a coffee morning event.They will be offering free Blood Pressure checks and have a visit from the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust HARRI bus.They will also be providing food parcels thanks to the #ArnoldClarkCommunityFund For more information and to confirm your attendance Community Coffee Morning

Village Halls Week 2022

Village Halls Week is a national campaign, shining a spotlight on the contribution England’s 10,000+ village and community halls make to rural communities. It is an opportunity for hall management committees to celebrate their work and get inspiration from others. This year’s theme is ‘Innovating for the Future’. More information about Village Halls Week can Village Halls Week 2022

New Childcare Setting

Community Futures are extremely excited to announce the opening of our new out of school provision Cool Kidz @ Sacred Heart, which is based at Sacred Heart Primary School. Cool Kidz @ Sacred Heart is a registered provider of childcare for children aged 4-11 years. It is open from 3:15pm until 5:45pm during term time. New Childcare Setting

Annual General Meeting 2021

We have had a wonderful day at our Annual General Meeting celebrating the launch of our The National Lottery Community Fund Connecting Communities in Lancashire Project ! Thank you to everyone who attended today and has supported Community Futures over the last few 12 months, we couldnt have done it without you!

Food Market & Coffee Morning

After the success of our last food makret, on Thursday 21st October we will be holding another Food Market and Coffee Morning at Galloway Hall. The food market will be open from 10am – 3pm. Simply bring a bag to fill and leave a £1 donation 🍎 We will also be having a coffee morning, Food Market & Coffee Morning

Vacancy – Out of School Playworker

Cool Kidz @ Langho (Term Time only) Cool Kidz @ Langho Out of School Club, Billington and Langho Community Centre, Langho, BB6 8AB An opportunity has arisen for an experienced childcare professional to take up a Playworker position within our Out of School Club at Langho, Lancashire. Setting hours (TTO): 15:15 – 17:45 Mon-FriRate of Vacancy – Out of School Playworker

Childhood Experiences Consultation

Do you live in Lancashire and have children or grandchilden? If so, we want to hear from you! Please complete the short consultation survey below to help us to support more families across Lancashire For further information please contact

Food Market Success!

Thank You to everyone who donated and supported us at our first Food Market at Galloway Hall We had a fabulous day meeting and supporting our local community The money raised by your kind donations will go towards our next event, so keep your eyes peeled!

Revised Information Sheets for Opening Village & Community Halls

Village and community halls are now able to open their doors and are looking forward to helping their communities get back together for a wide range of events and activities. Last week ACRE issued a briefing note that provided recommendations for taking steps to keep vulnerable residents safe, whether that be maintaining well-ventilated spaces or encouraging users Revised Information Sheets for Opening Village & Community Halls

Food Market Galloway Hall

On Wednesday 4th August our Family Support team will be holding a Food Market at Galloway Hall. The food market will be running from 10am – 3pm. Simply bring a bag to fill and leave a £1 donation If you have anything you would like to donate please drop off at Community Futures, Brentwood House, Food Market Galloway Hall

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Congratulations to the seven Lancashire groups who received this years Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service! Seven groups of volunteers based in Lancashire have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The groups are included in the list of 241 charities, social enterprises Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

New Trustee

We are very excited to announce the appointment of our newest trustee, James Manning. “I’ve lived and worked in Lancashire for over 20 years, building up experience in partnership working and collaboration with large organisations. I’ve worked in local government for over five years and also in adult education, Information, Advice and Guidance, the NHS New Trustee

Village/Community Halls COVID-19 Update

National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has issued new information to help village halls make sense of the latest announcements about the lifting of national lockdown restrictions. England’s 10,000+ rural community buildings will instead have to wait until 17 May before they can be hired out for many functions including exercise classes, coffee mornings, Village/Community Halls COVID-19 Update

Membership Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of our new Membership offer, we want to give charities and community groups the chance to win a year’s membership worth £200! In addition to all the benefits of membership, you could receive FREE Governance advice for a full year, FREE trustee training and publicity for your events to reach a Membership Giveaway

New Trustee

Community Futures are very excited to introduce our newly appointed trustee, John Hymas! John joined our trustee board at the end of January, having been retired for the past 8 years. “My wife and I have lived in Mellor for over 30 years having emigrated from our native Yorkshire in the 1980’s.I am a Parish New Trustee

Disability Hate Crime Survey

Disability Equality North West – DENW wants to hear from disabled people about their experiences of hate crime and views about hate crime, the services and support available and ideas about how those services and support could be improved. They will share the outcomes of the research with key partners such as the police, victims Disability Hate Crime Survey

ACRE ‘Domesday Book’ created to capture the work of village halls in their centenary year

Village halls in England are being encouraged to sign the online record to mark 100 years of rural community action. The online record has been set up by national charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) as part of a week-long celebration of the contribution community and village halls make to rural communities which begins Monday 25 January. ACRE ‘Domesday Book’ created to capture the work of village halls in their centenary year

Village Halls Week 2021

Rural charities celebrate 100 years of village halls Village Halls Week 2021 will recognise the contribution England’s 10,000+ halls have made to rural communities since the 1920s The campaign week – now in its 4th year – is set to take place 25 to 29 January and will feature online events, videos, podcasts, and blogs Village Halls Week 2021

Reach Volunteering

Reach Volunteering specialise in recruiting and placing trustees. Post an opportunity or search their community to find the perfect trustee or skills-based volunteer for your charity. Visit their website:  to get started!

Lancashire Adult Learning – free courses for volunteers

Lancashire Adult Learning have a number of free courses for volunteers starting from 11th January 2021 onwards. Courses include Volunteering into Employment; Introduction to Mentoring and Introduction to MH Awareness. Ring 0333 003 1717 for more information or visit their website:

Local Connections Fund

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the The National Lottery Community Fund are investing £2 million pounds each into the new Local Connections Fund. It will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ of between £300 and £2500, so that small local organisations – with an annual income of £50,000 or less, can Local Connections Fund

Energy Crisis Fund – Voucher Scheme

The Energy Voucher Scheme is funded by the Energy Saving Trust via the Energy Crisis fund. It allows organisations to work in collaboration with fuel voucher providers to distribute fuel vouchers to families and individuals that are vulnerable and/or are suffering with fuel debt and poverty. Find out more via the downloads below:

Village Hall Safeguarding Week 2020

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is calling on England’s 10,000 village halls to make sure policies and procedures are in place to keep everyone safe. The charity which heads up England’s largest rural grouping of community support agencies will be raising an awareness of measures that can be taken by halls to protect Village Hall Safeguarding Week 2020


Age UK Lancashire (AUKL) is launching a Digital Inclusion Project, which will support people to get online and use technology.  This will enable individuals to connect with family & friends, find out information, carry out online tasks and access health services such as GP consultations and prescription ordering. Subject to donations and funding, we may DIGITAL INCLUSION – Age UK Lancashire

Young Citizen Award 2021

Do you know a young person to nominate for the Young Citizen Award 2021? This scheme is being administered by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime Charity on behalf of the High Sheriff and the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2021. All Finalists will be invited to attend a presentation at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters Young Citizen Award 2021

COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund

This fund has been established in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young people. What are Buttle UK Chances for Children grants? -Individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund

Information to help village and community halls reopen – September update

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) have updated their Information Sheet once again to help village halls reopen. This includes their interpretation of the government’s new ‘Rule of Six’ If you would like support or advice about re-opening your village or community hall please contact or visit our COVID-19 Information for communities page Information to help village and community halls reopen – September update

Brockholes Holiday Club

Jigsaw and Cool Kidz holiday club was featured in Lancashire Post this weekend! Community Futures CEO, Denise Partington said “It’s not just learning children have missed out on during lockdown, it’s the chance to socialise, exercise and take part in group activity. The Community Futures summer holiday club at Brockholes, funded by Community Foundation Lancashire, Brockholes Holiday Club

Galloway Hall Re-Opening

Preparations are well underway for the re-opening of Galloway Hall, Fulwood. All current hirers have now been sent a questionnaire to complete and return in preparation for the next step. Lots of work has been done throughout the closure including new PVC windows, a new back door and a main hall flooring revamp! Covid-19 precautions Galloway Hall Re-Opening

Jigsaw @ Brockholes Wood re-open

Staff have been extremely busy preparing to reopen with all of the essential safety measures in place. Let us know what you think!

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – Nominations for 2021 Awards

Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does? Why not consider nominating it for a national award? Terry Hephrun, Chair of the Lancashire Panel for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) said “In 2002, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – Nominations for 2021 Awards

Covid-19 Update

Guidance on re-opening village halls is expected soon, along with a risk assessment document to help prepare. We are still working to an unconfirmed opening date of 4th July but will post all updates as we receive them. You will find COVID-19 guidance documents on this site, but if you have a particular question or query, Covid-19 Update

DEFRA Food Charities Grant Fund

On Monday 11th May, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a Food Charities Grant Fund. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to support your organisation to provide food those who need it.  We encourage you to apply as DEFRA Food Charities Grant Fund

Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund

As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline.Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils can apply. Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund

Aviva Community Fund

This quarter Aviva have broadened their ‘Aviva Community Fund’ criteria to include applications for covering the core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout COVID-19, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum Aviva Community Fund

Village Hall Survey New Deadline

NEW CLOSING DATE! ACRE have extended the deadline until the 30th April 2020 to make sure that everyone has had a chance to complete the survey. Get your voice heard by those who can make a difference. Take the Survey today using the link –

ACRE releases Covid-19 support for Village Halls

Action with Communities in Rural England have released guidance and support for Village Halls in regards to Covid-19. The documents detail eligibility for support from the Government for village and similar rural community buildings. If your Village Hall would like access to this information please email stating your Village Halls name and contact information.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does? Why not consider nominating it for a national award? Terry Hephrun, Chair of the Lancashire Panel for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) said “In 2002, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Office Closure

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic Community Futures have decided to close head office at Brentwood House until further notice. We will no longer be taking calls, however we will still be available via email. Please contact for general enquires or find individual email addresses via the Head Office Staff tab on our website. Office Closure

Coronavirus Advice

This article contains information on general guidance, stay at home guidance, advice for village halls, advice for community groups and protecting the isolated & vulnerable. COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may Coronavirus Advice

Hyndburn Business Awards 2020

Work has now begun on the fifth annual celebration of the achievements of Hyndburn’s business community. Nominations are now open until 9am on Tuesday April 14th. The ceremony will be held on the evening of Tuesday June 16th in the Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall. For more information or to make your nomination please visit:

Cool Kidz @ Langho Ofsted Report

We are proud to announce that our Cool Kidz @ Langho setting recently received ‘MET’ in their Ofsted inspection.Due to the new framework that came into place in September 2019, this is the highest accolade that can be awarded to Out of School provisions.Ofsted described our staff as inspiring and our children to have impeccable Cool Kidz @ Langho Ofsted Report

National Village Hall Census

Rural Charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) releases a comprehensive survey to 10,000 village halls once every ten years. ACRE will use the data collected to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to National Village Hall Census

Calor Rural Community Fund

If your community project is sitting off the mains gas grid and in the need of financial support you can apply for funding from Calor’s Rural Community Fund to give your project the boost it deserves. There are three levels of funding available, depending on the size of your project: 11 grants of £5,000; 6 Calor Rural Community Fund

Free Resource for people you support – Giving World

Giving World is a registered charity that redirect new business end-of-line and discontinued stock (e.g. warm clothing, food, toiletries) for free to the most deprived communities in the UK.Their evidence indicates charities across the UK are struggling to meet the increasing level of need in their communities. And that beneficiaries face multiple and complex problems. Free Resource for people you support – Giving World

Arnside & Silverdale Grants Fund

Funding for projects that conserve and enhance the Arnside & Silverdale AONB or connect people with the landscape; open to community groups, schools, businesses, partner organisations, parish councils, landowners and managers, and individuals.  Maximum value: £ 2,500 Eligible applicants: Community groups Schools Businesses Partner organisation Parish councils Landowners and managers Individuals The organisation must have a Arnside & Silverdale Grants Fund

Pukar Disability Resource Centre

Recently, Community Futures Chairman Peter Taylor was invited to the Pukar Disability Resource Centre in Preston as a thank you for his help in writing their first Lottery bid in 1996 and recently assisting them with a grant through the Duchy Fund. Community Futures were also credited for saving the Pukar organisation by helping them Pukar Disability Resource Centre

National Story Telling Week

As part of National Storytelling Week, Joe Hannett and Denise Partington from Community Futures have been to visit Jigsaw @ Brockholes Wood to read their favourite childhood story to the children. Both the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed their visit and look forward to doing it again soon!

NHS – Healthy Start

If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. This important means-tested scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers. Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year NHS – Healthy Start

Safer Internet Day 2020

We are celebrating #SaferInternetDay on 11th February! Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet. Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved Safer Internet Day 2020

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020

1 in 8 children and young people have a diagnosable #mentalhealth condition. We’re supporting Place2Be’s #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek this week to help raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Learn more: Keep an eye out on our Facebook pages for activities relating to Children’s Mental Health Week!

The Harris Charity

The Harris Charity can help young people under the age of 25 years who live in Lancashire (with priority given to those living in the Preston District.) The Trustees have wide powers of discretion to relieve need, hardship and distress, and to promote activities for social and community wellbeing.The Harris Charity can make available grants The Harris Charity

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva want to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, so they’re investing in two key areas: Aviva believe that the charities that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas without fear of risk. That’s why they’re focusing on funding small charities Aviva Community Fund

Funding available for local good causes

Good causes in Preston can apply for up to £20,000 of funding from one of three grant-giving trusts, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Registered charities can apply for between £500 and £20,000 while the limit for not-for-profit organisations without charitable status is £2,000. Funding will open for applications from good causes between 21st Funding available for local good causes

Defra and MPs will meet communities awarded funds from the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Defra and MPs will meet communities awarded funds from the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund  Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) runs the annual campaign Village Halls Week which celebrates the community spaces at the heart of rural communities. This year promises to be extra special as the week kick starts in the House Defra and MPs will meet communities awarded funds from the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Galloway Hall

Rooms are currently avaliable to hire at Galloway Hall, Fulwood. For more information or to make a booking please email:

The Wellbeing Passport

The Wellbeing Passport and card are tools for young people and their supporters to help them to share information about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. It is something that can be used in many situations and settings, where it is important for young people to feel confident to tell their story. The Wellbeing Passport The Wellbeing Passport

Village Halls Week 2020

ACRE’s Village Halls Week will run from Monday 20 January to Sunday 26 January 2020.The campaign is an annual and national celebration of rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going. Organised by the ACRE Network, the campaign runs in January and sees a huge variety of events happening across Village Halls Week 2020

Community Foundation for Lancashire

Grants are available for community organisations for projects and activities that contribute to stronger and more vibrant communities in Lancashire and lead to long-term benefits to the local population. The following organisations can apply for funding :Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.Community Interest Companies (CICs) can apply provided they are limited by guarantee and Community Foundation for Lancashire

Christmas Appeal 2019

Cool Kidz @ Roebuck and Community Futures’ delivered their Reverse Advent Calendars to the Salvation Army Preston today to be donated to those in need this Christmas! We were overwhelmed with donations – as you can tell our box was overflowing! Thank you to everyone who donated! 🎅🏻🛍✨❣️ #christmasappeal2019

Allied Westminster Competition

The competition aims to celebrate village life and the vital role of village halls in their communities. Judges will be looking for photos that encapsulate that sense of village community. For more information please visit

Village Halls Information Bulletin

As part of our commitment to supporting the excellent contribution that village halls make to rural communities, from January 2020 we will be distributing regular information bulletins specifically for village halls. If you would like to apply for membership to receive the bulletins, joining is free so simply download and complete the application form attached Village Halls Information Bulletin

Reverse Advent Calendar

This year Community Futures will be doing a ‘reverse advent calendar’. We will be collecting items to be donated to a local food bank, which will be used for hampers to be given to those in need this Christmas. If you would like to donate any dried foods, toiletries, long-life/ tinned foods etc we would Reverse Advent Calendar

Jigsaw @ Brockholes Wood Christmas Closure

Jigsaw Nursery @ Brockholes Wood will be closing for Christmas on Tuesday 24th December at 1pm. Closing and opening dates for all of our childcare settings can be found on our Community Calendar as well as the information sections for each setting on our website.

Subsidised broadband for Rural Communities

Some of the hardest-to-reach rural places in the UK are now eligible for government funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable* broadband to homes or businesses when part of a group project, thanks to the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Premises must be in rural areas where available broadband speeds are less than 30 Megabits per Subsidised broadband for Rural Communities

Annual General Meeting 2018-19

Our AGM this year was held in Preston on 23rd October. It was wonderful to welcome members back to hear their news and to share our own. It was also a great opportunity to introduce our most recent member of the team, Joe Hannett, who joined us in July 2019 as Partnership Manager and gave Annual General Meeting 2018-19

Comic Relief Community Fund

Grants are available for small grassroots groups and charities in England either to help them develop their organisation or to deliver projects that fit with Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Maximum value of the fund is £ 4,000. Objectives of Fund: The programme will invest in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and Comic Relief Community Fund

Community funding available for British Science Week 2020

Are you part of a community group which works with people who don’t typically engage with science? Have lots of activity ideas but lacking the funds? Apply for a British Science Week Community Grant!    The community grant scheme offers £500-£1,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and Community funding available for British Science Week 2020

AGM Save the Date

Community Futures’ Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at St Cuthbert’s Church, Fulwood, Preston. Invites and further details will be released in due course.

Cool Kidz @ Roebuck rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

Cool Kidz @ Roebuck were rated ‘OUTSTANDING’ in a recent inspection by Ofsted! This is a huge achievement for the setting and a testimony to all of the hard work and support from staff, children and parents over the last few years. Congratualtions! To read the full report please visit the Ofsted website:

New Charity Finds It’s Feet

Grimsargh Wetlands Trust is a new charity that was recently set up with the guidance and support of Community Futures. The trust is responsible for maintaining and protecting a biological heritage site and its flora and fauna, and is now bidding for funds for improvements such as new pathways, hides, a ramp area, viewing point New Charity Finds It’s Feet

Community Futures AGM 2018

Another successful AGM. There was plenty to look at, with displays from our childcare activity as well as the Lancashire Environmental Fund. An excellent presentation from Donna Atkinson of Little Green Bus gave everyone plenty to talk about – needs led transport plays such an important part in community life and Donna highlighted this issue Community Futures AGM 2018

Staff Bowling 2018

On Friday 7th December Community Futures held a staff social event for all employees to take part in a bowling tournament as an end of the year get together. Certificates were given for the Highest Score, Lowest Score, Most Spares and Most Strikes. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and look forward to the next! [envira-gallery id=”779″]

Lancashire Environmental Fund

GREEN GRANTS LAUNCHED The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) are pleased to announce a new small grant funding stream, the Green Grants.  The grants, up to £1,000, are for not-for-profit organisations, charities, trusts, community groups, parish or community councils or voluntary organisations, for small stand alone projects, with a 6-8 week turn around on applications. Projects Lancashire Environmental Fund

Susan Hughes MBE

Congratulations to Trustee Susan Hughes MBE. Susan was delighted to be given the MBE by The Queen on Tuesday 10th November at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her services to the Community.