West Lancashire Macmillan Cancer Support

When you are affected by cancer in any way, sometimes you just need someone to talk to, or ask a question.

Contact your local West Lancashire Information and Support Service:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, we are here to help.

Calling all volunteers:

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. And the feelings of loneliness and isolation that so many people experience make it even harder. Now, more than ever, we need people like you to join our team and get involved.

No one should face cancer alone. And with your support no one will. 

*If you would like to volunteer for the West Lancs Macmillan Information & Support Service call me.

*If you know someone who would like to be a volunteer, please forward my contact details on. 

Gaynor Caldwell. Macmillan Information & Support Service Manager

HCRG Care Group, Ormskirk Hospital, 2nd Floor Bickerstaff House, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ

M:  01695 402164

E:   Gaynor.Caldwell@hcrgcaregroup.com (for non-sensitive information)

E:   Gaynor.Caldwell2@nhs.net (for sensitive information)


Did you know almost half of paths in England and Wales are either unusable or in need of improvement?

That's where Keith comes in. Without Keith and thousands of Ramblers path volunteers like him working hard to keep this a country made for walking, we couldn’t enjoy our beautiful countryside on foot.

“If our volunteers weren’t able to do the work we do, many paths would become overgrown and inaccessible. And that means less people getting out experiencing the benefits of walking. We can’t let that happen.”

Unfortunately, local authorities are under pressure so support for path maintenance work is disappearing in many areas. Thousands of miles of paths that could be helping people experience the power of walking are deteriorating and becoming less accessible.

“All local authorities are under pressure. That’s why volunteers like us need to be there to help get the job done. In these times of austerity, your support is so important.”

Find out more about what our incredible volunteers are up to with your support. See https://www.ramblers.org.uk/

Dogs for Good are looking for Puppy Volunteers

Puppy Socialisers offer puppies a home for a year, giving them all the experiences to start on the road to becoming life-transforming dogs.  The puppies will eventually become assistance or therapy dogs working with disabled people.

Visit www.dogsforgood.org or call on 01295 759827 


We run Scouting based activities for the young people of Parbold and are very pleased that over 130 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 attend regular meetings at the Hut on the Hill.

Great progress has been made since the building of the new hut, including the tarmacking of the carpark and lane!  The Hut is also shared with the Guides Groups and the U3A as regular users, taking our weekly users to well over 200.  We are looking for people who can give some of their time to helping to maintain and develop the opportunities for our young people through a number of roles.  Examples include supporting the leaders, administering memberships, the hut calendar, coordinating hut maintenance, fund raising……… and can be tailored to the time you might be able to offer.  If you are interested and want to know more, please contact Charles Bithell, Chairman on 464878 or cbithell@btinternet.com.  

Did you love being a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide?

Like to give something back to Girlguiding?

Our Rainbow and Brownie Units need additional Adult Leaders / regular helpers.

Interested? Call Sandy Smith 01257 463407 for more information.


The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is designed to give young people aged 16-25 the chance to gain and improve their skills so they can move into employment, further education or training.  This is a 12 week development course which includes a fully paid, 4 day residential which happens in week 2 of the course.  This course does not cost anything and you will not lose your benefits.

Contact:  Team Leader – Jonathon Marlow on 07870 168529 or email: jonathon.marlow@westlancs.ac.uk

Courses to be held at: Ormskirk College, Hants Lane, Ormskirk, L39 1PX

Team 9 – Monday 21st September 2015 – Friday 11th December 2015

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

Give the gift of time this Christmas and in the New Year.

Have you an hour or two spare every week? Would you like to give back to your local community? 

Offer companionship and make a positive impact on vulnerable people's lives, help run activities at a Disability Day Centre or assist at a local library.

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership is looking for volunteers for a variety of roles in your area. You can see all these roles on the LVP website: lancsvp.org.uk or alternatively you can ring Dave Warren, the volunteer officer for West Lancashire, on 07958156850 or our central helpline, on 01772 531076.

West Lancs CVS

If you are interested in volunteering – for a few hours a month or full time – we can find something to suit you.  The Volunteer Centre recruits volunteers for over 200 hundred organisations and has a huge range of volunteering opportunities available.

Volunteers can do all sorts of things, from helping at a nursery, doing conservation work, to helping at a day centre.

Volunteering has many positive benefits such as gaining work experience, building confidence, developing communication skills, and improving job prospects.

Find the latest opportunities to volunteer by:

Phoning Jan or Nicci on 01695 733737 for a chat or to arrange an appointment

Visit www.do-it.org to register online and look at current volunteering opportunities

New programme of Volunteer Opportunities now available at Beacon Park.

Bridleway Clearance, pond maintenance, fence reinstatement, oak bark peeling, green fayre preparations.  Commitment, willingness to learn and 'get stuck in' is essential.  Practical skills.

The Countryside Ranger Service is very keen to attract volunteers to take part in a wide variety of activities.

Becoming a volunteer Ranger is especially useful for anyone who is thinking of developing a career in countryside management as it gives the opportunity for real practical experience. Practical conservation is an obvious area to start, with training available in woodland and wetland management, access improvements, constructing countryside furniture, and much more.

If your career ambitions lie in countryside recreation and visitor services then becoming a volunteer can also give you valuable knowledge and experience and help you develop a full working knowledge of what Rangers do.

You'll also be welcome if you just want to get involved on an informal basis to do your bit for the environment - your support will be greatly appreciated. You can attend at any time, weekdays or weekends, and need no prior experience as training will be given. The latest task programme is now available from the Countryside Rangers.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer ranger, get in touch.

Contact us

Countryside Rangers, Beacon Country Park, Beacon Lane, Up Holland, Lancashire WN8 7RU
Tel:01695 622794

Email: beacon.park@westlancs.gov.uk

Come along to this picturesque countryside site and help to keep it in tip top condition for the wildlife that lives there. It is likely to be muddy in places so wear suitable footwear and clothing. All children under 16 require adult supervision. Booking is required.


We need to raise more than £35,000.00 to pay for what we have already and to fund some additional equipment.  If any of you can help in any way, please call Sandy Smith 01257 463407.  Every penny counts towards finishing our project.   Perhaps your Company could offer to match-fund one of our upcoming fund raising events?

We are still collecting unwanted old and foreign notes and coins, jewellery, watches and mobile phones.  The Do-It-Yourself Centre in Parbold have a collecting box in their shop.  If however you are unable to get to the shop you can always call Sandy or Nadine Downhill on the numbers above to organise personal collection. Thank you again for all your help with our lovely new Hut-on-the-Hill. 



This is a plea for adult volunteers to run our only rainbow unit in the area. Prior to covid we had 4 rainbow units in the area providing new opportunities and fun activities for the young girls in Parbold and surrounding areas. Sadly, this has recently dropped to just one unit taking girls from a large area and the current leaders are no longer able to run this. This leaves us in desperate need for some new volunteers willing to take on a new challenge of running the unit otherwise it will sadly have to close. We currently have 13 girls in the unit and a further 15 on our waiting list so demand is high. We have a group of experienced leaders who would provide plenty of support in this highly rewarding venture. If you feel you could help in any way, please get in contact with us Jen and Victoria via our email - parboldcommissioners@hotmail.com.


First Responders are volunteers who give some of their time to helping save lives in emergency situations. The scheme is supported by the North West Ambulance service. Full trainining  and equipment is provided.
For more information, please contact

Adam on 07723406139  or Alan on 01257462167 Email: westlancscfr@gmail.com

West Lancashire Dial a Ride

Did you know? West Lancashire Dial a Ride runs a volunteer Community Car scheme in addition to its familiar red and white accessible minibuses. The Community Car scheme works by local car owners volunteering their time to drive elderly or disabled residents to appointments or to the shops. Volunteer car schemes are a more efficient alternative to minibuses in rural areas and have proved very popular with residents in West Lancashire where we have been running a scheme for many years.

We need more car drivers. Would you consider volunteering? Volunteers can choose how much time they are willing to offer and are paid a generous rate for the mileage they cover on the scheme. No special driving licence or insurance is required. Applicants must undergo a driving assessment and security check. If you would like to know more, please ring Dial a Ride on 01704 893373 or email manaqer@wldar.orq.uk

Could you make a stranger welcome?

International students at UK universities,
far from their families, would love to spend a homely
weekend with you.
Volunteer hosts always needed.
01254 247836
07747 690669
For more information from a local host contact
Gabrielle Hardman on 01257 462153
HOST reg charity 327592

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