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We've tried to list as many groups and associations in the Lancaster & Morecambe Bay Area as we can find. We'll add more groups/details here as the information becomes available.

The categories are a bit arbitrary - if you think your group is wrongly classified, just  let us know.

Animal Welfare, Interest, Protection
Art & Drama
Cultural
Crop-Growing and Animal Husbandry
Disability
Eco-, Sustainability & Conservation
Games + Cardplay
Health
Heritage
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender
Literary
Music (Bands, Choirs, Centres, Promoters etc)
Music (Bands, Choirs, Centres, Promoters etc)
Overseas Aid
Photography, film, video, multimedia
Political Parties

Pressure Groups

Seniors' Groups
Social & / or Philanthropic
Special Interest
Spirit / Religion / Meditation
Sport / Activity
Support Groups (for illness-related / carers see 'Health')
Trades Unions
Youth Organisations


ANIMAL WELFARE / INTEREST / PROTECTION
See also our environmental sustainability groups page

Lost or stray dogs can be reported to the Lancaster City Council Dog Warden Service. f you have lost your dog during normal office hours, report it to the Dog Warden Service on 01524 582935. Outside these hours, contact the strays kennels on 07931 220 094.
The Dog Warden service regrets that it CANNOT help with stray cats or other animals.

Animal Care
Blea Tarn Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA2 0RD
Reception, Charity Shop & Education Room all open daily 10am - 3pm
Cafe open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 3pm
Animal Care takes in, cares for, and finds new homes for a large number of dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, large and small, as well as undertaking a conservation programme with their land involving tree planting and care. The organisation promotes respect for all forms of life.
The Blea Tarn Kennels are usually open 365 days a year focussing on finding new homes for stray dogs and cats and miscellaneous small animals. They are always looking to recruit dog walkers and volunteers - get fit and make some four legged friends who will never laugh at your clothes or chat up your best friend (unless your best friend is an attractive Labrador)

Animal Rights Group (Lancaster & S. Lakes)
Email: lancasteranimalrights[at]hotmail.co.uk
Postal address: c/o Larc, The Basement, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1XN
Tel: 07928488610
LARG are a group of concerned people who are campaigning towards a better world for animals. They argue that animal exploitation is unnecessary for sustainable human existence, and are taking a pro-active approach to creating a society where cruelty is no longer commonplace. They do this through peaceful activities such as letter writing, educating, signature collecting and attending demonstrations. They meet informally once a month to plan activities, contemplate the state of the world and socialise with like-minded people. Newcomers are always welcome!

Birdwatching Society (Lancaster & District)
The prevalence of wild birds and other wildlife is a key indicator of environmental sustainability. The society rganises indoor meetings and field trips, collecting records of birds seen, and organising surveys with the BTO and others.

Cats Protection League (Lancaster & Morecambe)
P.O. Box 179, Morecambe, LA3 1WL
Cats Protection houses cats and welcomes volunteers.

Creepy Crawly Roadshow
Email: carrievale@hotmail.com
Tel: 0781 380 6460
Website: www.creepycrawlyroadshows.co.uk
We are an exciting, interactive mini-beast roadshow.
We can come to your school, nursery, workplace, Brownie and Scout group, youth club or child's party.
Professional experienced presenters who are CRB cleared.
Fun, affordable and educational.

Heysham Hedgehogs Wildlife Watch monthly group
(3rd Saturday each month). Come along and investigate how small mammals live at Heysham Nature Reserve, learn how they survive and what they feed on.
Fee: £1. Booking is ESSENTIAL.
For more information and to book a place contact:
Emma Garston Tel: 01524
855030. Mobile: 07717366812. Email: egarston@lancswt.org.uk. Website:
http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/

The Oldies Club
A charity dedicated to finding older dogs new homes. Everyone who works in the Oldies Club is a volunteer. We live all over the country to provide national cover. The Oldies Club does not have kennels or offices - we all work from home to help dogs find foster homes until they are adopted. We make sure the dogs in our care receive full vet treatment and assessment in foster homes before we adopt them out. As we are volunteers, donations made to the charity really do go to help the dogs and not to pay for offices and overheads. So please support our Vet Fund Appeal with a donation.

RSPB Lancaster Local Group
The group's aim is to support actively the work of the RSPB in the local community and to involve RSPB members and the wider public in the Society's conservation, public affairs, education, fundraising and other activities. Regular field outings are held in a variety of locations in the Lancaster area, some jointly with the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society. So, if you would like to have fun and meet like-minded people, contact us and help make a difference for birds and wildlife. tel: Tel: 015395 63280
See also Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve in Silverdale.

North Lancashire Wildlife Group
We are the local group of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and meetings are open to all members of the Trust. If you are not already a member, come along to a few meetings and, if you like what we do, join us.
We provide a welcoming and friendly environment in which to meet like-minded people, learn about wildlife, and have fun while, at the same time, helping nature. There are indoor meetings with fascinating wildlife talks in Autumn and Winter, and interesting and varied outdoor field meetings in Spring and Summer.
Our aims are to deliver a programme of activities for members and the general public, raise awareness of wildlife issues and sites, conduct biological recording and survey work, and generally support Wildlife Trust aims and projects…and…to have fun together! Visit our website for details.
www.nlwg.co.uk

Wolfwood Animal Sanctuary
Set up in 2007 in donated accommodation south of Lancaster just off the A6. Since then it has cared for a steady flow of unwanted and lost dogs, urgently needing new homes.
Rescued wildlife is housed, from hurt and injured hedgehogs and orphaned baby hedgehogs, and injured birds and other animals.
In separate fields are the rescue horses and ponies that Wolfwood is permanent home to, and where volunteers have built a new stable, to their own design.
Charity shop at Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 4BN tel 07971 518 335 during opening hours.
Info, volunteering, donations (please) etc , contact Wolfwood by email at wildlife[AT]wolfwood.co.uk, tel: 07931 220 094 web: www.wolfwood.co.uk.


ARTS & DRAMA


See our gallery for all arts and performance listings.

CULTURAL

Lancaster Islamic Society
Fenton Street, Lancaster LA1 1LA.
Tel: 01524 64131

Lancaster & Morecambe Bay Chinese Community Association
LMBCCA helps to promote and advance the education of Chinese history, art, culture and traditions to the community.
Kim Leong, Chairman,
Heysham Youth, Community & Children's Centre
Emmaus Road, Middleton Way, Heysham,
Lancashire LA3 2LL
Tel: 07737958804

Hua Xian Society
First Floor, 58 Queen Street, Morecambe LA4 5EP
Tel: 01524 400161
The Hua Xian Chinese Society is a not-for-profit volunteer led community association. We organise activities and provide services that benefit the Chinese and wider community of Lancaster and Morecambe (Lancaster District).


GAMES + CARDPLAY

BRIDGE

Lancaster Bridge Club
3/5 Chapel Street, Lancaster, LA1 1NZ
Tel. 01524 383120
The Lancaster Bridge Club is situated in the centre of Lancaster, close to the bus station and public car parks. We have our own dedicated accommodation with two playing areas which can be used for club sessions, matches and training.
Visitors are always welcome.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are served at the table during play.
www.lancasterbridge.org.uk

Lancaster Chess Club
The club meets at the Reform Club, at the bottom of Moor Lane in Lancaster, from 7.30 onwards, every Tuesday and Friday, from the end of September until the beginning of May. All players of any ability are welcome. We organise a variety of competitions and have teams in the local league.
To contact the Club Secretary, email dick.collins@btinternet.com or call 01524 60242.

Lancaster Wargames Club
New Building, Lancaster RGS, East Road, Lancaster, LA1 3EF
We play all kinds of wargames from any historical period and also board games and fantasy games. We meet weekly on Tuesdays from 7 - 10.30pm in Room 4, in Lancaster Royal Grammar School's New Building (built 1928), on East Road Lancaster. The entrance (see map) is just uphill from the cathedral graveyard. All aged 12 and upwards are welcome - first attendance is free, after that a small weekly attendance fee is payable.
For more info see: http://lancasterwargamers.blogspot.co.uk/


HERITAGE

The Freemen & Freewomen of the City of Lancaster
Founded in 1900 when the Marsh was drained and the land sold. The commoners who thus lost grazing rights had, in exchange, their names entered on a Roll of Freemen and received an annual rent called 'Marsh Grass'. They were also exempt from certain tolls which are no longer levied. Today, only a limited number of names higher on the Roll receive Marsh Grass (about £13). To qualify to become a Freeman you must satisfy one of the following conditions:
1. Be the son or daughter of a Freeman or Freewoman
2. Be a native, born within the 1900 Lancaster boundaries.
3. Have lived in Lancaster for seven years continuously
4. Have served a seven-year apprenticeship under a Freeman or Freewoman.
Admission takes place annually, at the Court of Admissions in June/July. Application forms from Lancaster City Council

Friends of The Victoria Pavilion /
aka Morecambe Winter Gardens


Friends of Williamson Park
help to improve the park for the benefit of the community and future generations. The group has been running for a number of years raising funds for new facilities, undertaking environmental and educational projects in the park and helping the council continue to improve the park for the thousands of visitors which pass through its gates each year.

Lancaster Archaeological & Historical Society
The LAHS is over 25 years old. During the winter the society runs a lecture programme at St. Paul's Hala Hall in Scotforth, Lancaster. Tel. 01524 412445

Lancaster Canal Trust
Information on boat dimensions, cruises, restoration, working parties, club activities and take a virtual tour along the canal.
Lancaster Canal trust hold work parties every second Sunday in the Month. To volunteer and for more info contact Keith Tassart, Work Party Organiser on 01524 424761 or 077 473 66 084 or email: workparty@lancastercanaltrust.org.uk.

Lancaster Civic Society

The Civic Society plays a major part in preserving Lancaster's old buildings. Through the Lancaster Design Award scheme it promotes public awareness of good design. The Society offers a lecture program (2nd Weds of the month from Oct - April 7.30pm Lancaster Town Hall), summer outing to a North-west town and Country House, evening guided walks around local villages, regular newsletter, "Good" and "Ugly" Walks and is involved in the National Heritage Open Days scheme every September (see what's on).
Membership secretary tel: 01524 33411

Lancaster Family History Group
Strong local organisation founded in 1990. Aims to promote family history research, compile indexes of local monumental inscriptions in gratitude for all the other splendid indexes that we use and to develop resources, so members can benefit by using them at the regular Group meetings.

Lancaster & Morecambe Family History & Heraldry Society
Founded 1984. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month except December at 7pm in the Church Hall, 'Church of the Good Shepherd', Torrisholme. We also have free drop-in help sessions for the public at Heysham Library from 2 - 4pm on the first Thursday afternoon of each month. See our website programme for talks, trips and other events.

Mourholme Local History Group
Covers the area of the old parish of Warton, which included Warton-with-Lindeth, Borwick, Carnforth, Priest Hutton, Silverdale, Yealand Conyers and Yealand Redmayne.
There are eight evening meetings between September and April, at which people knowledgeable about our local history talk and answer questions. There is a summer outing, led by a specialist in a particular field of local history. Research is encouraged. No prior experience of research is needed, only enthusiasm.
The Society meets in Yealand Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month (except the December meeting which is on the second Thursday) from September to April.

Slyne with Hest Local History Group
Meets regularly during the Autumn and Winter to hear talks and have discussions on all matters relevant to the history of the village and the district. The group also organizes guided walks around the village to visit places and buildings of historical interest. They currently curate the Hest Bank Wharf Exhibition

MUSIC
Links to our Music Gallery
(Bands, choirs, classes, promoters etc)

LOCAL POLITICAL PARTIES

Conservatives
• North West Conservative Association

The Green Party
• North Lancashire Green Party
Visit Lancaster Green Councillors on facebook

Liberal Democrats
Lancaster & Morecambe Liberal Democrats
Visit Lancaster & Morecambe Liberal Democrats on facebook

Labour Party - Lancaster Branch
www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/
Visit Lancaster Labour Party on facebook


LOCAL PRESSURE GROUPS

See our sustainability page for environmental, transport and animal welfare organisations.

Amnesty International - Lancaster
The local Amnesty International group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room in the Gregson Arts & Community Centre on Moorgate, Lancaster. Each year we follow Amnesty International's lead and focus on a range of human rights campaigns and take part in a number of local events. Our monthly meetings cover workshops, letter writing, films and talks. All are welcome.
Annual membership is £10 (£5 unwaged).
Contact lancaster.amnesty[AT]googlemail.com for more details, or visit
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/lancaster

It's Our City
Campaign group formed in response the city council's decision to deal exclusively on the Canal Corridor Development with clone town developers Centros Miller, without any tendering process and in opposition to the results of the consultation by the Real Planning for Lancaster team.

Lancaster & District Pensioners Campaign Group
LDPCG logo
Local pensioners' group campaigning on seniors' issues, predominantly focussing on changes to health and social care services. Campaigning to keep services local and accessible.
Tel: 01524-61585, or e-mail: mjnlancs@yahoo.co.uk

Lancaster and Morecambe Trades Union Council
(L&M TUC)
Umbrella group for trade union branches to discuss and campaign on political and employment issues. Also operates resource centre for trade unions and public groups.
Tel: 07985 762573
Email: lmtuc@pop3.poptel.org.uk

Occupy Lancaster


OVERSEAS AID


Beyond FGM
A group of local midwives and supporters backing a community led organisation in Kenya, 'Beyond the Knife'. We aim to divert girls from female genital mutilation by providing an alternative rite of passage at puberty, that includes a week of citizenship, human rights and health education as well as providing celebration and public recognition of their change of status. We also work with traditional birth attendants and others to promote safe practices around childbirth and improved reproductive health. This approach has been very successful and so far we have worked with approximately 600 girls. Visit us on facebook.

Double Joy
Double Joy is a home and school for children orphaned by Aids in Kenya.
It is supported by a UK charity, Friends of Double Joy, which has strong connections to Lancaster, and holds regular events in the city.

Stepping Stones Nigeria
Educational charity founded by two local teachers which has created and maintains a school focussing on the needs of destitute children in Nigeria.


SENIORS & OVER-50 GROUPS

Barton Road Community Centre
Lunch Club -
Monday
Coffee Group
- Thursday Morning 10am-12pm £2.50
There are other drop-in sessions and courses of all kinds through the week too.
You can see us at  www.bartonroadcentre.co.uk/ and on facebook or phone 01524 65622.

The Friendship Centre
Lancaster Baptist Church, Robert St, City Centre, Lancaster, LA1 1PT
Tel: 07814 174 147
A social centre for people aged 55 and over in Lancaster district. We are open 3 mornings a week and provide a wide range of activities and classes, as well as the opportunity to meet people and benefit from peer support and company.

The Rainbow Centre
Clarence St, Morecambe, LA4 5EX
Tel: 01524 415502
Community centre for the over 55's providing fun, leisure and educational activities. We offer a range of classes throughout the year depending on members requests (we have a thriving computer centre). We also provide hot meals, snacks, refreshments and homemade cakes. We are open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

Vale View Day Centre Lunch Club

Stratford Close, Lancaster, LA1 2JP
Tel: 01524 381164
Daily Mon - Fri. The lunch club costs just £4.60. Regular dishes on the menu include fish and chips, roast dinners, homemade fruit crumbles and custard.
There's a range of activities including men's groups, arts and crafts, exercise activities, dominoes, DVD shows, quizzes and a game of bingo.
Pre-booking for the lunch club is essential and you need to make your own transport arrangements.


SOCIAL +/or PHILANTHROPIC GROUPS

Heysham Townswomen's Guild
Tel: 01524 850015
Sociable and general activities for a wide age group of women e.g. talks, information, outings, social activities. We are based in Heysham, but have connections with other townswomen's guilds in the area.

Hua Xian Society
First Floor, 58 Queen Street, Morecambe LA4 5EP
Tel: 01524 400161
Aims to provide opportunities for the Chinese community in and around the Lancaster District, to get involved in the wider community and positively contribute to local life.
A volunteer led group encouraging people from all backgrounds to engage in voluntary work and community activities.

Lancaster Muslim Welfare Society
71 Blades Street, Lancaster LA1 1TS
Tel: 01524 35124

Lancaster & Morecambe Lions Club
Prime aim is fundraising for local charities and community projects, including helping individuals. The club also has a strong social side.

Lancaster Round Table
Fundraising for community projects - organises the annual Beer Festival in March among many other events. Email: Table@wyresoft.co.uk

Morecambe Bay Credit Union Ltd
Credit Union Centre, 75 Queen Street, Morecambe LA4 5EN.
Tel: 01524 411240
Saving together for a better future. Member benefits include: flexible savings, low-cost loans, no hidden charges, free life insurance. Save for 13 weeks and you can apply for a loan. Loans are low-cost, have no hidden charges, hassle-free and ther is no penalty charge for early repayment. All services are regulated & authorised by the Financial Services Authority. Collection points are located at local community centres throughout Lancaster & Morecambe. New volunteers are welcome.

Morecambe + Heysham Rotoract Club
Meets alt. Weds at the Hest Bank Hotel.
Develop new interests, sports or activities, help others, make friends.
Tel: 01524 847350 or 07790 676373 or 01524 736900 or E-mail: morecambe@rotaract.org

Lancaster & Morecambe Realm Exchange
Creating a Real Economy At Lancaster & Morecambe
http://realmexchange.co.uk/
Now we don't need to wait until we have £££'s to be able to trade our time, our skills, our resources and our knowledge. We don't need to visit banks or holes in the wall in order to trade goods or services with other members of our local community. We don't need to pay interest on loans to ask for others to give us a helping hand. All we need is an unlimited supply of realms to record our transactions and help us to keep track of what our community members are exchanging with each other - which we have waiting here for you to start making use of.

Soroptimist International of Lancaster
We are like-minded women with a social conscience working globally to make a difference.  Local charities which we are currently working with include Life Education Centres for Lancashire and Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service.  We have been making Story Sacks for schools in Lancaster for a number of years. We are a very active and friendly club, meeting twice a month on Thursdays at Central Lancaster High School.  Please visit our website for further information.

Lancaster & District YMCA
Heart of the City", Fleet Square, Lancaster LA1 1HA
Tel: 01524 32737
Information Shop: 01524 389696
Email: ymcalancaster@btconnect.com
Online shopping portal: http://www.buy.at/lancasterymca
Young Peoples Nightclub; Y Information Shop for young people; Healthy Lifestyles Education project; "United" Anti-racist Football Project; Floating Tenancy/Housing Support for Young people inc Deposit Guarantee Scheme; Family Mediation Service; Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme; Yz Up Young offenders Project; plus the Heart of the City Project which will incorporate a number of community schemes, including Community Radio Lancaster.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Campaign for Real Ale - Lunesdale branch
We are the only group in this area trying to speak up for the beer-drinker and pub-goer (and not just campaigning for real ale, despite the name).
We do this mainly by producing publications, holding publicity events and lobbying the people who can do things.
Lunesdale CAMRA is one of some 200 branches of the Campaign for Real Ale which works throughout the UK and is in turn linked with similar organisations in other countries.
Like all the other CAMRA branches, Lunesdale is entirely voluntary, run by and for the members who turn up to make it work.
All CAMRA members are welcome to come to our meetings. Anyone, member or not, is invited to our social events.

Lancaster & Morecambe Computer Club
Started in 2000. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 7.30pm at the Lansil Social Club. Small friendly club with a good mix of experience.
Info tel: 01524 421621 or 855166 or
email: davidhayleyhaigh@hotmail.com

Lancaster Eurodance
Traditional dance and music, French, Kletzmer, Balkan and more. Usually the first Tuesday of the month, 8pm. £3 per session.
See www.lancaster-eurodance.org.uk or call 01524 61108.
See whatson for session information.
Visit Lancaster Eurodance on facebook

Forces Chatter
Website for friends and families of members of the Armed Forces set up by local mum Judith Bray.

Friends of Lancaster Library
Meetings are held monthly on a Wednesday evening.
This group aims to promote Lancaster Library in the local community and to proved a forum to help develop facilities and activities in the Library. Members welcome! Please leave contact details at the Library if you are interested in getting involved.

Lancaster & Morecambe Fuchsia Society
Meets monthly at Lansil Sports & Social Club with a speaker on topical fuchsia-related issues. Also organises an Annual Show and other activities. Info tel: 01524 417710

Lancaster & Morecambe RC Lasers
11am (nearly) every Sunday. Lakeland Leisure Village, Nr Carnforth. Free.
Quarter scale Laser sailing boats do battle around an Olympic style course. New participants very welcome.
Model boats restricted to RC Lasers only.

Lancaster Linux Users Group.
meets primarily at 7pm, on the first Tuesday of the month at the Lancaster Resource Centre (LaRC) and is also currently meeting on the third Tuesday of the month in the Yorkshire House also beginning arround 7-8pm. See site to subscribe to the mail list (also any updated meeting arrangements).

Lancaster and Morecambe Model Aircraft Club

Lancaster & Morecambe Rail Users Group
Tel: 01524 33077
Pressure group that meets regularly and represents users' concerns to rail service providers.

Lancaster Photographic Society
Lancaster Photographic Society is for anyone with an interest in photography. Everyone is welcome! We meet on Wednesday evenings from October to May at Lancaster Methodist Church at 7:30pm.
Meetings are a mixture of talks, portfolios, show and tell evenings and competitions.
Website: lancasterphotographicsociety.org.uk

LuneLab Makerspace
LuneLab Makerspace is a community workshop based at Halton where makers of all descriptions can meet, learn, swap skills, and work both individually and collaboratively. Visit our website to find out more, email or call Luke Mills on 07980 000 682.

Morecambe Bay Amateur Radio Society
We meet at the Trimpell Sports and Leisure Club, Out Moss Lane, Morecambe every Tuesday evening from 19.30. The Trimpell Club is also licenced as our training center and we are licenced to provide all levels of amateur radio licencing and training courses. Even if you're not from the area or club and would like to take an exam please feel free to enquire about our exams and courses
We hold a variety of events, from Video nights, talks, competitions and social evenings. We also have field days and other activities going on through the summer, have a look at the events page. for further details.
MBARS will happily take donations of offered radio equipment, masts and the like, which can help the club not only with training new members but also to enhance our small station. Should any local charities or businesses like to offer aid in this way we would all be very thankful.

Morecambe Bay Naturists.

Morecambe Grammar School Former Pupils.
MGS1970 is a site dedicated to tracing former pupils

Email: mgs1970@mail.com

Sewing Cafe
Transition City Lancaster's Arts group are holding Sewing Cafes at Lancaster library (back meetings room) from 2-5pm every Monday afternoon. This is a skills swap group: bring your sewing or textile project and finish it with the support of a friendly group or come and be inspired to start something new. No charge.
www.transitioncitylancaster.org

Lancaster & Morecambe University of the 3rd Age (L&M U3A)
The Lancaster & Morecambe U3A is a thriving organisation, currently with over 1000 members. Membership is open to all those no longer in full-time employment, and people of all backgrounds, ethnicity or beliefs are equally welcome to join. Although affiliated to the national Third Age Trust, the Lancaster & Morecambe U3A is run on an entirely independent basis with a Committee drawn from within the membership itself.
While the aim of the U3A is to provide a learning experience for those in the “Third Age” of life, this is done in a very relaxed setting. There are over 60 groups meeting regularly (mostly at the Friends Meeting House), covering a wide variety of interests, including history, music, science, languages, art – and there are a number of walking groups, too.
There is a low annual subscription (at present £16 for a single person, £30 for a couple) with a charge of 50p being made for each indoor group meeting, and £1 for the monthly meeting held at the Dukes Theatre (and the prices include refreshments!).
Want to know more? Then visit: www.lancasterandmorecambeu3a.org.uk.
Or contact: Sue Stafford, 01524 771511, email lmu3a.enquiry@gmail.com

SPORT/ACTIVITY
See our sports associations page

SUPPORT GROUPS

Lancaster Benefit Claimant Support Group
Facebook: Mutual support group for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities and also the unemployed, single parents, anyone on tax credits, or other benefits affected by the cuts. Drop-in coffee mornings / afternoons where people can support each other.

Lancaster Birth Support Group
meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Gregson Community Centre in Lancaster. The group is run by volunteers and the cost is £1 to contribute to room hire. Partners, grandparents and children are also welcome. Tea and coffee is provided. For more information, see our website or visit the Lancaster and Morecambe Birth Support Group on facebook, or call Ruth 0788 773 2547 or Jean 0791 3389 009.

Galloway's Society for the Blind
NW Lancs charity supporting blind and partially-sighted people. Est. 1867. Equipment, centres (Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth, Preston etc), weekly social activities, classes, talking newsletter, holidays, outings. Galloway's Society for the Blind, Howick House, Howick Park Ave, Preston PR1 0LS Tel: 01772 744148

Lancaster District CVS
Lancaster District CVS provides support for a wide range of voluntary organisations in the Lancaster District.
Lancaster District CVS produces a monthly bulletin (featuring the latest news, funding opportunities, jobs and more) and a Directory of Voluntary Organisations in the Lancaster District.
Lancaster District CVS organises a celebration of volunteers through the annual Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony.
More information about all of the above is available from the website: www.lancastercvs.org.uk

National Childbirth Trust, Lancaster, Morecambe & District Branch
The NCT Lancaster, Morecambe & District Branch is one of the NCT's network of over 300 local branches in the UK, run by volunteers and dedicated to supporting parents via a range of services including antenatal courses, breastfeeding support, bumps and babies and crawlers groups, coffee mornings, Nearly New Sales, a resuable Nappy Library to borrow and try out and much, much more.
We want to help parents-to-be and new parents get together to form a friendly and accessible support network as well as local antenatal and breastfeeding support. We welcome new ideas and more volunteers, so please do come along to our next meeting, give us your suggestions and let us know if you would like to get involved in any way.
Find us on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/NCTLancs
http://www.facebook.com/CrawlersAndCruisers

Lancaster & District Women's Aid (LDWA) has merged with Blackpool Empowerment:
Lancaster Domestic Abuse Service offers a range of confidential services and local advice. They can also offer practical and material support to those at risk of or suffering abuse. To arrange to talk to / meet with a local adviser contact the Blackpool office of Empowerment on 0300 32 32 100.
Helplines:
Women's Aid UK 0808 2000 247
WA North West 0161 636 7525
Fylde Coast Men's Support 07932 898274 Mon-Fri 9am - 6pm
Men's Advice Line 0808 801 0327
Broken Rainbow LGBT 0800 999 5428

TRADES UNIONS

Unison - Morecambe Bay Health Branch
We represent many Health workers in the Bay Area.
Email: contact@mbhb-unison.org.uk
We are very active in equality issues:
email: equality@mbhb-unison.org.uk

YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

Girlguiding Lancaster and Garstang.
GirlGuiding provides a safe and fun environment for girls aged 5 and over. For information on Rainbows (5-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and the Senior Section (14-25) please contact Emma at emmagirlguiding@gmail.com.
We have many groups across Lancaster, Garstang and the Lune Valley with opportunities for adventure and excitement!
Help us to open more Units across the Division - are you 18 or over and looking for Leadership Training or Volunteer Experience? Please contact Emma on the above email for further information.
Rainbows are the youngest of the Guiding family aged 5-7, they get involved in all kinds of activities in their meeting places every week, in a safe and creative environment they are able to make new friends, meet new challenges and learn positive values for life – it can be the start of an exciting journey to Brownies, Guides, Rangers and beyond!

Go4it
Lancashire County Council Young People's Service website with lots of local activities, organisations, offers, opportunities, info and other stuff for young people.

Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs
1 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TQ.
Tel: 01524 65106.

Lancashire County Council - Child Protection in Education

Lancaster Boys & Girls Club
Dallas Rd, Lancaster, LA1 1TP
Tel: 01524 32020
Provides an after school club and regular trips and outings. Part of the Lancashire Association of Clubs for Young People it is able to tap into a network of member clubs and provide real learning and rewarding opportunities for all young people.

Lonsdale District Scouts
Boy + girl recruits welcome to take part in scouting activites such as camping, pioneering, badge work, abseiling, climbing, forestry and much, much more. Covers W. Lancs.
Info message line: 0870 197 8182

1st Morecambe and Heysham Boys' Brigade
A Christian uniformed youth group for boys aged between 5 and 18. Varied activities include camping, mountain biking, watersports, climbing, caving, football, table tennis, badminton, quizzes, interest classes, electronics, model making, pool, warhammer, basketball and much more.
Email: info@1stmorecambe.net

PYRO - Proud Youth R Out
We are a youth group specifically for young people in Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding rural areas, aged 13 - 19 years old, who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ). PYrO is part of the Lancaster Rainbow Generation Youth Forum.
For more information, or just for a one-to-one chat, please text or call Naomh, the young people's worker tel: 07717 301821 or email us on naomh.mckee@lancashire.gov.uk or
pyro@ed.lancscc.gov.uk

Unique
Are you between the ages of 18-30?
Do you have a disability? Do you want to develop new friendships?
Do you feel the need to get out and about more?
Unique is a Social Group for young adults with disabilities and their friends aged between 18 and 30 years of age, predominantly from the Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham areas of Lancashire.
For more information on Unique, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Senior on 01524 34411 or alternatively e-mail us at one-voice@btconnect.com

YMCA - Lancaster
Contact info above
Yz Up Young offenders Project, "United" Anti Racist Football Project, Y Information Services for young people Y Fitness - gym with saunas, Healthy Lifestyles Education project, Floating Tenancy Support for Young people; Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme plus the Heart of the City project which incorporates training opportunities, Courses for priority groups - young people, the elderly, disabled people, people on low incomes, ex-offenders and Asian women. Services that allow single parents access to YMCA activities, learning opportunities and social interaction. Programmes that bring families together.

 

 

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