Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) Prevention Partnership

What is the VCFS Prevention Partnership?

The VCFS Prevention Partnership aims to enhance and encourage the growth of VCFS Prevention services in Blackburn with Darwen. Working together to identify communities most in need and enable greater outreach of services, the partnership provides focus and leadership for preventative service provision and collaboration within the VCFS and wider system.

VCFS Prevention Partnership members

The VCFS Prevention Partnership is chaired by the Director for Adult Services, Prevention and Strategic Commissioning People. The partnership includes senior leaders from within the VCFS including the six VCFS services commissioned as part of the Happy, Healthy and Well programme. In addition, members include leaders from Children's Services, Public Health and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group.

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is an independent local charity that provides a wide range of services and support to people aged 50 and over, and their carers. Established in 1976, the charity operates from 5 static sites and a number of community venues across Blackburn with Darwen. It's aim is to support Blackburn with Darwen's older residents to maintain their independence.

Services include:

  • free independent advice and information on issues that may affect older people including income, housing, utilities and care
  • care and support services to help people remain at home such as Community Day Care for physically and mentally frail older people and adults living with a learning disability
  • befriending service for those that are housebound and isolated
  • holistic Here to Help service that aims to prevent repeated hospital admissions

In addition, the charity also provides a wide range of services and activities to support health and wellbeing such as social groups, active ageing sessions, specialised dementia activities, toenail cutting service along with one to one IT tuition.

As a local charity, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen relies heavily on donations and fundraising to maintain its services.

Find further information and contact details on the Age UK website.

Child Action Northwest - Young Carers Service

Blackburn with Darwen Young Carers Service provides help and support to young people aged 5 onwards, who are carrying the care burden at home. They may be looking after parents and siblings, helping them cope with illness, mental health issues, or even substance abuse issues.

The overarching aim of the service is to look at ways of reducing the Young Carers' caring role by offering timely support including one to one support / respite (time out from caring), signposting families to services and helping to find out about other services and activities that are available.

Services provided include:

  • young carers assessment
  • one to one sessions offered
  • respite offered in the form of group sessions
  • advocate on behalf of the young person, at meetings
  • school support
  • information, advice and guidance
  • family support / signpost
  • emotional and wellbeing support
  • social activities
  • a chance to influence the services which support them

Referrals are accepted from a wide range of agencies including schools, health and Children / Adult Services. Self-referrals are also accepted.

Find further information and contact details on the Child Action Northwest website.

Care Network

Care Network provides support to vulnerable residents in Blackburn with Darwen to access the services they need to promote independence, improve quality of life and enable people to live in their own homes and communities for longer. The aim is to be the leader in connecting people with quality services and information that help local residents make informed choices to enable them to live independent, healthy and safe lives.

Care Network also deliver a Safe Trader Scheme with over 70 local businesses who have been through their rigorous quality assurance checks and specialist training so that vulnerable people in Blackburn with Darwen can arrange for home improvements easily and with peace of mind.

Find further information and contact details on the Care Network website.

180 Project

180 Project is a Lancashire community recovery programme. They exist to break the vicious cycle of mental health, addiction, crime and prison. They disrupt negative life cycles with the intended impact that people become physically, mentally and emotionally well, and socially connected so that they can take their place in society to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Rather than initially engaging with people in a 'clinical' or 'across the table / office setting', the relationship and engagement starts in a gym environment which helps to break down barriers to have open and honest conversations. This builds trust and then allows opportunities to target, in a person-centred way, wrap around support through counselling, life coaching, peer support and educational group workshops.

Find further information and contact details on the 180 Project website.

Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service

Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service supports young adult carers aged between 16 to 25years, and adult carers aged 25+ years, living in Blackburn with Darwen.

Carers are people who support a family member or friend who couldn't manage without help due to illness or disability.

If you look after someone because they are:

  • ill or disabled
  • frail or elderly
  • a child with additional needs
  • living with a learning disability or have additional needs
  • using drugs or alcohol
  • living with a mental health diagnosis

You are a Carer and can access help and support from the Carers Service. They provide carers access to support, information and wellbeing activities so that Carers and the person they care for can be as well as possible.

Find further information and contact details on the Carers Service website.

Lancashire Women

Lancashire Women are a leading charity, with an average of 8000 women accessing their services each year. They empower women to live safer, happier and more positive lives. They offer support with mental health and wellbeing (in the form of one to one and group sessions), employment support, life skills, debt, benefits and money advice. They also have a Justice and Safety team who work with women who are in the justice system or women who might face homelessness or domestic abuse.

The Raising Aspirations project works with individuals to improve resilience and overcome barriers by developing a range of personal skills to support positive futures. They offer caseworker lead support to individuals, both male and female, from the age of 14+ within Blackburn with Darwen.

Find further information and contact details on the Lancashire Women website.