Find out what some of members have to say

As High Sheriff of Lancashire I would like to endorse private sector Corporate Social Responsibility. Many voluntary, community, faith and social enterprises need the assistance, expertise and support that the private sector can offer. The ‘One Blackpool-Connect’ project promotes responsible business practices; private sector assistance would encourage these businesses and help address the social issues within our local communities.


Amanda Parker JP

The High Sheriff of Lancashire 2015 – 2016

As Tesco’s Community Champion it’s my job to find ways to support the local community. Tesco’s Clifton Road store now has a 600 sq ft community room which is available to hire free of charge and we are working hard to help in whatever ways we can. Many of the private sector businesses I come across are willing to support the Third Sector and I believe that the One Blackpool-Connect Project is a great way to collaborate for the community’s benefit.


Lynn Sumner

Community Champion, Tesco Extra, Blackpool

Warburtons are fully committed to managing our impact on the environment as well as supporting the communities we work with. We want to continue building a business that positively contributes to our family and yours, both now and in the future. We fully support the One Blackpool pilot scheme to engage with the local private sector in order to build the capacity of the VCFSE sector.


Natalie Fitzpatrick

Community, Health & Well-Being Manager, Warburtons

The ‘Connect to One Blackpool’ lottery-funded project is a great initiative. There is a pressing need for Third Sector organisations to improve their governance and forward planning by recruiting volunteer trustees from the private sector. Age UK Blackpool & District have benefitted greatly from a business strategist working for a national organisation and joining the trustee board in 2014.


Martin Block

Chairman, Age UK Blackpool & District

I had never really applied for that level of grant funding before, it took a while to pull it all together, but I had some good support from our trustees.  With help too from One Blackpool, we got the application finished and sent off.  I recall the moment we got the letter. I opened it and after a moment of realising what it was, my heart leapt into my throat, I was so happy and grateful that the lottery had provided us with grant funding for a year to do this.


Paul Shanahan

Three Leaves

With O.B. Bid Writing Support, they were awarded a £10,000 Awards For ALL grant

There are over 1500 people with visual impairment in Lancashire and this grant will help us to upgrade and enhance the equipment we use to audio describe performances. It will also fund training for more audio describers, and facilitate research with disability organisations to understand some of the key barriers to theatre attendance for the visually impaired.


Colin Johnston

Venue Development Manager of Blackpool Grand Theatre

We are all excited at Community Voice at the prospect of signing up to the One Blackpool e-Learning programme. It is an easy process to sign up to and allows us to take each module at our own pace. It allows us to get new skills and experiences and when completed a certificate/qualification which is recognised by employers.

We do hope to make full use of this opportunity and develop it within the Community Voice Group.


Dave Bannister

Chairman, Better Start Parent group, Community Voice