Volunteering showcase with Lancashire Adult Learning and CVS highlights opportunities in Accrington and Hyndburn

Dozens of people have attended a volunteering partnership event with Lancashire Adult Learning and the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS.

Held at Adventure Hyndburn, the volunteering showcase event highlighted the work of both organisations in the volunteering sector in the local area and what is happening in the wider volunteering community.

Visitors attending also had the opportunity to find out more about grant funding, charity and group support and volunteer training, as well as a ‘have a go’ at a range of free LAL volunteer training activities including First Aid, Health Awareness, Singing for Happiness, the Five Ways to Wellbeing, ICT and Family Learning.

Lancashire Adult Learning’s volunteering programmes have a lasting effect on the communities in which they are delivered, with 70% of learners on volunteering programmes continuing to volunteer in their own communities after completing their course.

Nicola Hall, Head of Adult and Community Learning, said: “Our partnership event with Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS was extremely successful and it gave LAL the opportunity to develop our relationship with them as well at network with new and existing partners including Carers Link, Age UK, Lancashire Volunteer Partnership, Homestart, Foundation for Ribble Valley Families, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Police and NHS.

“The event also provided the opportunity to highlight our community development courses including Singing for Health and Happiness, Get into Volunteering and Dementia Friends. Advice and guidance was also offered to visitors for courses at Lancashire Adult Learning and at Accrington and Rossendale College in and around the Hyndburn area.”

Elaine Barker, from Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning in order to provide learning opportunities for volunteers within the local communities.

“Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS can support volunteering opportunities for members of the community who have time to give back and can broker placements for the local voluntary organisations to support growing our community activities to best serve our local population. For information, contact HRV CVS on 01254 888614 or email mail@hrv-cvs.org.uk.”

As well as its targeted delivery and partnership work, Lancashire Adult Learning offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.

LAL’s new course guide for Autumn is now out, and is packed with a wide range of courses to help adults across the county learn a new skill, enhance their social life, or develop their career prospects when the new academic year begins in September.

In February 2018, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the inaugural winner of the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards.

Further information about Lancashire Adult Learning can be found at www.lal.ac.uk or by calling 0333 003 1717.

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