Royal Visit Volunteers Wanted….

Unique chance to become a ‘Royal’ volunteer

A team of volunteer marshals is being created to help out when The Queen visits Blackburn Cathedral for Royal Maundy on Thursday, April 17.

Roles will include assisting guests to get safely to the Cathedral from The Mall and then to King George’s Hall and staffing barriers in partnership with the Police where well-wishers will be gathering to see The Queen along a route through the town centre.  People to give directions, hand out promotional materials and other guidance to visitors and well-wishers are also needed to represent the Council. It’s likely to be an early start (from 6.30am for some roles) and the length of time you will be needed will vary.

Full briefing/training will be given in advance with the first full briefing scheduled to take place on Friday 4th April 2014 at12.30pm with lunch provided.- Venue to be confirmed.

Lunch/refreshments will be made available to all volunteers.

Expressions of interest to get involved should be sent by e-mail to You can also ring Emma on her mobile 07866 605681  for further information.

Youth Action

Youth Action: situations vacant

Youth Action has grown rapidly over the past few years. Income has significantly increased as well as geographical reach. There has been an even more dramatic increase in the numbers of children and young people they reach, from 1,950 in 2009 to 8,600 in 2013. Their programming has become more efficient, more professionally managed, and more consistent across the areas they work in.

They are recruiting four NCS Team Leaders and 27 NCS Assistant Team Leaders, successful candidates for which will spend two weeks in the summer leading a team of young people during the intensive NCS Summer programme, working to plan, develop and execute a community based Social Action project in their local area. The closing date for these positions is 1pm on Monday 31st March.


Home Start

Make a Difference – Volunteer with Home-Start

Want to make a difference? Home-Start are looking for volunteers to work with families in Blackburn with Darwen.

You will receive: –

confidence in yourself; and
a better chance of finding employment.

Preparation course starts Wednesday 12th March (9.30am2.30pm) and will take place on every subsequent Wednesday for 8 weeks.

For more information please ring Home-Start Blackburn & Darwen now for more information: 01254 692613.

What we do
Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.

We provide one-to-one support for parents
Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week.  They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet.  Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.

We also run family groups and social events for families.

Our values

  • We offer families choice
  • We work in partnership – with each other, with families and with other agencies,
  • We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment
  • We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.

Why it matters
The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family during these years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. But being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes life can get in the way. Circumstances throw you off course and everything else can take a back seat. A young child caught up in this can miss out on the love, routine and stimulation that are so vital for their future.  Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be.  They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.

Our vision
Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.