Why Not Invest The Value Of Your TESCO Vouchers To Provide Food For Those In Need In Our Community

As I’m sure you will be aware, the demand on the many Food Groups in Rossendale to provide support to those in need in our community is increasing week on week, and to meet that demand these amazing voluntary groups need your help.

You can make a massive difference to that support by donating directly to those within our community who need extra support through the Rossendale Community Support Network. You could make a donation to the value of your TESCO vouchers, or simply make a monetary donation to the Rossendale Community Support Network Just Giving crowdfunders account at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/supportrossendale?utm_term=Egg7kE6ZZY. All donations will go directly to food groups within the Valley to pay for food and other items to support those in our community who are so reliant on that extra help to make ends meet.

You can also make food donations directly to the many Rossendale Community Support Network food group members listed below.

Positive Start – are sited at 4 Bury Road Rawtenstall. They can be contacted on 01706 800858. They are open Friday 10.00am – 11.00am

Haslingden Community Link – is sited at on Bury Road Haslingden. They can be contacted on 01706 230116. They are open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 8.00pm

Crawshawbooth Village Centre – is sited on Adelaide Street Crawshawbooth. They can be contacted on 01706 507167.

Trinity Baptist Church – is sited on Bank House Lane Bacup. They can be contacted on 01706 597376.

The RAFT Foundation – is based in Rawtenstall and can be contacted at info@raftfoundation.org

The Lighthouse Community Foodshare – is sited at Whitworth Methodist Church. Opening times are 10am until 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will be on an appointment basis via referrals from local doctors, schools, social services, town council, and also self referrals. They can be contacted on 07922 951 096

The Rossendale Food Box Scheme – these are boxes hosted by local residents across Rossendale where residents can take the food they need from a box for free, and can donate to a box when they are able to. Food boxes are open daily and for locations, please check their Facebook page

TESCO Retain Independent Donation Points And Maintain Local Food Group Support

Supermarkets in the Rossendale Valley have been pivotal in supporting those in our community who need extra help. The demand on food groups in the Valley has increased significantly over recent months and that support is even more essential

TESCO PLC have recently announced a review to their policy for food donations in store made by their customers. Currently TESCO stores in Rawtenstall and Haslingden have donation points in store where customers can donate food to the Rossendale Community Support Network trolley, with the assurance that all donations will be redistributed to those in need within Rossendale. These donations are so important in the challenge to provide vital food to families and individuals who need that extra support.

TESCO’s revised policy would have meant that in the coming weeks those donation points would have been removed and replaced with the FareShare brand, and all donations made locally would be sent directly to their distribution centres where they will be redistributed nationwide. The Food Groups in Rossendale will then have to apply, purchase and collect those donation and bring them back to the Valley for distribution within Rossendale. Many group have neither the funds to pay for food or the means to collect.

As a consequence of opposition from the Rossendale Community Support Network membership and the Rossendale community, TESCO have reflected on the consequences of this change and have agreed to allow those local donation points to remain, giving their customers a choice of donating to local groups or to FareShare. This means that the Network members will continue to receive donated food from the TESCO Rawtenstall and TESCO Haslingden stores. So please support the great work of the Rossendale Community Support Network members who do an amazing job and donate what you can

The demand on all food groups in the Valley is immense, so if you prefer, you can make a food donation or a regular monthly financial donation directly to your chosen group. Please contact your preferred group through their Facebook page for details of how you can arrange this.

Positive Start – are sited at 4 Bury Road Rawtenstall. They can be contacted on 01706 800858. They are open Friday 10.00am – 11.00am

Haslingden Community Link – is sited at on Bury Road Haslingden. They can be contacted on 01706 230116. They are open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 8.00pm

Crawshawbooth Village Centre – is sited on Adelaide Street Crawshawbooth. They can be contacted on 01706 507167.

Trinity Baptist Church  – is sited on Bank House Lane Bacup. They can be contacted on 01706 597376.

The RAFT Foundation – is based in Rawtenstall and can be contacted at info@raftfoundation.org

The Lighthouse Community Foodshare is sited at Whitworth Methodist Church. Opening times are 10am until 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will be on an appointment basis via referrals from local doctors, schools, social services, town council, and also self referrals. They can be contacted on 07922 951 096

The Rossendale Food Box Scheme – these are boxes hosted by local residents across Rossendale where residents can take the food they need from a box for free, and can donate to a box when they are able to. Food boxes are open daily and for locations, please check their Facebook page

The Bacup Now Digital Tablet Appeal Gains Momentum

Tablet presented by TESCO’s Community Champion Kaydy Leigh Durkin

The Bacup Now Community Group’s Digital Table appeal for digital devices for Nursing Homes in the Valley is beginning to gain momentum. The appeal, promoted by Rossendale Radio and the Rossendale Community Support Network, is already attracting support from the business community with donations of tablets and laptops coming in that will provide opportunities for Care and Nursing Home residents to communicate with their families through video apps such as FaceTime and Zoom.

David Gould Opticians donating two tablets to the appeal

Local businesses and individuals who have already contributed including Morrison’s in Bacup, METIS HR, David Gould Opticians, WHN Solicitors, TESCO Rawtenstall, Dansworks Academy of Performing Arts, Catherine Smyth Media, Anne Crane of Stacksteads, Ann Hyde of Bacup, Tom Radcliffe of Rochdale and Dan Buckley of P4OTOS, donating digital tablets or laptops that will be allocated to Care and Nursing Homes, initially in Bacup, then extending across the Valley

Dale Connearn presenting a tablet on behalf of Dansworks

To address future plans and likely demand going forward, the Bacup Now Community Group are asking for more businesses and individuals to engage with the scheme. Many medium and large size companies update their IT devices on a regular basis and often discard their old laptops and tablets. Bacup Now is looking to take up these devices, arrange for them to be refurbished, and offer them to further Care and Nursing Homes, voluntary organisations, and potentially set up IT facilities for those in our community who don’t have access to digital support. If you have, or are likely to have tablet or laptop devices that you would like to donate, please email bacupnow@hotmail.com.

If You Are Struggling, There Is Financial Help That You Can Access Quickly And Simply

The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies is a one-off limited contribution for local authorities in England to use to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.

Applicants must:

· Be at least 18 years of age

· Be resident in Burnley, Pendle or Rossendale

· Be able to demonstrate that they struggling to afford food and / or other essentials due to Covid-19.

· not have any savings, access to other monies or affordable source of funding, or other means of accessing support

Referrals into the scheme will be through a combination of self and agency/organisation referral.

What can be provided?

Food: Any applicant deemed eligible for an award of food will be offered up to the maximum of an equivalent of £100 worth of food.

Essential items (including heating bills): Any applicant deemed eligible for an award for essential items, will receive an award up to a maximum of £200.

Items could include: Essential household items; Supermarket vouchers; Vouchers for school uniforms; Vouchers for essential furniture; Essential items for children.

What can’t be provided?

This fund is designed to provide the most essential items to those most in need. The programme will not provide:

· Cash

· Leisure activity e.g. Holidays

· Specific items from specific shops

· Specific foods from specific shops/supermarkets (special dietary requirements will be catered for)

· Any item/service which has already been paid for

· Anything that promotes a religious or political agenda

· Any particular item which has already been funded from a different source

· Help with rent/mortgage payments or paying off debts e.g. Council Tax, credit cards etc

For more information or should you have any questions, please contact BPRCVS on Email: emergencyassistancerossendale@bprcvs.co.uk

or phone Rossendale Connected on 01706 252520.

Can You Help Bring Families Together?

There haven’t been many positive outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic, but one is the use of digital devices to communicate. Laptops and tablets are being used regularly for a number of applications. Meetings, home schooling and more specifically personal communications.

Families have been able to keep in touch through Zoom, FaceTime and Messenger, and some Nursing Homes have been able to offer digital communication to residents and their families, which has been amazing, particularly under current restrictions

An idea has been put forward by the Bacup Now Community group to hold an appeal for donations of pre-owned tablets or laptop for refurbishment and distribution to Bacup Nursing Homes initially, but if the appeal is successful, the distribution will extend to the whole valley.

The Bacup Now Community Group in collaboration with Rossendale Radio and The Rossendale Community Support Network is rolling out the appeal, and is currently looking for individuals and companies who are able to sponsor a new device or donate a used device for refurbishment and redistribution to Nursing Homes, voluntary groups and other worthy recipients. All sponsors and donors will be given acknowledgment of their contribution if they wish

We all want things to get back to normal, but for Nursing Homes, it is likely that their residents will continue to be isolated from their families. Digital communication will be a fantastic alternative, providing regular opportunities for families to see, speak and further include residents in their lives, improve the feeling of belonging, well-being and provide an increased quality of life.

Can you help? Did you get a new tablet or laptop for Christmas, or are you a business who has old devices you would like to donate or would like to sponsor a new tablet. If so, please get in touch at bacupnow@hotmail.com and we will email a donation form out for you to fill in and return, then we will arrange the pick up of your device.

A Collaborative Business Model may be a solution to the future high street

Photo courtesy of The Metro

As a consequence of COVID restrictions over the past months, many businesses have had to radically change their business model in order to survive. As the old High Street model has been failing for some years, the pandemic has simply accelerated the inevitable, and many businesses have found solutions that have changed their traditional model and resulted in an effective model for the future that involves collaboration with other businesses to provide the business with a more universal product offer that benefits all partners involved. The following are case studies of businesses that have radically changed their model for the future

A couple who run a ‘wet pub’ have teamed up with a local chip shop to serve meals they were previously unable to provide. The collaboration increases their offer and benefits both partners

Mobile coffee company Ninja Coffee originally modelled its business around providing quality coffee at event sites. As events dramatically reduced over the pandemic period, the business owner started delivering coffee to individuals and businesses, and created ‘neighbourhood coffee groups’. He then negotiated two static sites on leisure facilities that previously had none. This new business model has actually expanded the business during a time that has been devastating for others

Fitzpatrick’s in Rawtenstall are collaborating with Lucardo and Sweetie to expand their offer for Christmas. They are offering hampers containing Fitzpatrick cordials, sweets from Sweetie and tickets to Lucardo’s escape room experience.

The development of a Business to Business Collaborative model may be the way forward in reinventing the high street. The businesses remain independent but become part of a collective that offers far more than one business could deliver on its own. Possible collaborations could be:

Businesses selling greetings cards could extend its offer options to special occasion by collaborating with a cake decorating business, a catering business, a venue, entertainment, and all partners could promote each other’s offer

Leisure centres and Gyms could expand their offer through collaboration with local food and drink outlets and other facilities. What about a haircut or a facial after your workout

Rawtenstall market is a great example of developing a new business model that identifies the stallholders not just as individual businesses but as a market collective, while maintaining the traditional market atmosphere

Collaboration between restaurants/Cafes and product suppliers. Butchers, fishmongers, bakers and greengrocers supplying product. The product would be local sourced and quality and if the supply businesses were mentioned on the menu, it would encourage customers to shop for their food at those suppliers

The new Bacup market development plan would provide an opportunity to site a range of businesses that complement each other and work as a collective with a mix of food/drink outlets, food suppliers and entertainment under one roof. Holmes Mill in Clitheroe is a great example. It has a food hall, beer hall, bistro, bar and grill, cinema and boutique hotel all on one site

These are just a few collaborations that may work, but hopefully will get the businesses to get creative in their approach to retail modelling for the future

The Food Support Network Evokes The Spirit Of Christmas throughout The Valley

Members of the Rossendale Community Support Network are working together to provide meals, food provision, toys and gifts and much more to ensure the whole Valley community can enjoy a Christmas we have all been looking forward to. The Food Group collectively provide support throughout the year, but are determined to make Christmas special for those who are alone, isolated or need just a little extra support. Here are the Food Collective members. Here are their offers and contact details:

The Rossendale Food Box Scheme will continue to support the public through their boxes of food and home essentials around the Valley through the Christmas holiday. All of their community boxes are available 7 days a week and some are available 24 hours a day. They can also do emergency food deliveries if necessary. For information about your nearest food box see their Facebook page or call 07508 606903.

The Raft Foundation in Rawtenstall will be providing food through a referral from a support agency such as Citizens Advice who can be contacted on 0300 456 2552

Positive Start and St James the Less Church in Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth Village Centre and Trinity Baptist Church in Bacup understand that some are currently going through a tough time. They are offering free Christmas dinner hampers, so if you are or know of someone needing a little help, all you have to do is complete a simple form, and leave the rest to them. The form can be accessed at http://www.rossendalefood.online. Deadline for nominations is 14th December for pickup from noon on 23rd December. Positive Start will also be open on 23rd and 30th December 2-3.00pm

The Shine Project will be working in collaboration with Kay Street Baptist Church in Rawtenstall, and will be providing free Christmas lunches made from fresh ingredients then frozen, plus all the trimmings delivered or collect. Vegan, Halal and Vegetarian options available. To nominate someone or yourself, email projectshine@yahoo.com

Haslingden Community Link will be providing a free food hamper with everything needed for a Christmas lunch for 4 – 6. They are available for families with children on free school meals and will be available from noon on 23rd December. Vegan and Halal options available. For further information ring 01706 230116 or email info@hcl.org.uk

Veterans In Communities in Haslingden are providing Christmas hampers for veterans. So if you or someone you know has served in the armed forces, you can nominate yourself or another by emailing bobelliott@vic.org by 30th December

The Lighthouse Community will be open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am until 3 pm. Christmas week open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (Boxing Day). Food parcels can be delivered if it’s not possible for anyone to attend in person and these are by appointment. To arrange, please ring 07922 951096 or email lighthousefoodshare@gmail.com

For general enquiries please email us at rosscsn43@gmail.com

A New Scheme By The Rossendale Community Support Network Aims To Provide Meals To Struggling Families

The Rossendale Community Support Network is planning to launch a scheme that is focussed on providing meals and drinks for those vulnerable children and families that are struggling in our community. The initiative is being led by Samara Barnes, a member of the management team, and is called ‘Pay It Forward’. It works on the basis of members of the Rossendale community paying into a community pot at a participating cafe, restaurant or catering establishment that will pay for drinks and meals that can be accessed by those in the community who are struggling due to current circumstances.

The scheme is supported by the Rossendale Borough Council and those participating businesses will receive a small initial donation, a Pay It Forward sign for the window indicating that they are part of the scheme and stickers to give out to those customers who have made a donation. In return, funds allowing, the business will provide free drinks or meals paid for from the Pay It Forward fund donations to support disadvantaged families in the Valley

There is little doubt that the repercussions of the current crisis is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future, and so the Pay It Forward scheme is seen as a long term initiative that with your help could provide support that will really make a difference. If you would like to be involved with this amazing Rossendale wide scheme, please email rossendalepif@gmail.com

Rossendale Radio Launch Christmas Toy & Gift Appeal

Rossendale Radio, in partnership with the Rossendale Community Support Network and the Kids in Rossendale charity have launched an appeal for new toys and gifts for those kids in our community who may go without this Christmas

The appeal goes out to businesses and the community to donate toys and gifts that will be redistributed directly to kids in our community. A number of businesses and organisations have already agreed to be donation points for the appeal and Donations are being accepted up to 13th December at these collection points:

Rossendale Radio Studios – Hardmans Mill, Rawtenstall

Tesco – Haslingden

Morrisons – Bacup

Haslingden Community Link – Bury Rd, Haslingden

Rawtenstall Market

The Village Centre – Crawshawbooth

Trinity Church – Bacup

Janet Isherwoods – Kay St Rawtenstall

Dearden Tea Rooms – Deardengate, Haslingden

St. Annes Primary School – Edgeside, Waterfoot

W.N. Dry Cleaners—Haslingden

Unscripted Dress Shop – Deardengate Haslingden

Cohens Chemist – Stacksteads

Forget-Me-Nots Florist – Bacup

TESCO Rawtenstall

Donations for all ages are gratefully accepted and can include gifts suitable for 7 – 14 yr olds and adults, also Chocolate Coins, Wrapping Paper, Sellotape, Gift Tags, Crackers, Christmas Bags, Ribbon and Advent Calendars will be most welcome.

If you know someone in need, who could benefit from a gift, please complete the nomination form on our Facebook Page & Website (It can be anonymous). Any enquiries contact: studio@rossendaleradio.com or hello@kidsinrossendale.org.uk

The Rossendale Community Support Network Working To Alleviate Food Poverty

Given the amazing work and commitment that has been shown by the members of The Rossendale Community Support Network (RCSN) during these extremely challenging times, the Network acknowledge that it has a crucial role to play in providing a platform for members to communicate, collaborate and deliver effective support to our community. The RCSN is determined to take a proactive role in supporting members and the community going forward.

The Rossendale Community Support Network has over 520 members, and the objectives of the management team are to support those network members, the community of Rossendale, its voluntary, community and faith organisations and provide lines of communication and collaboration with the a view to developing a comprehensive and effective strategy in supporting those in need in our community. The Network is currently focussed on supporting Food groups in the Valley who are doing an amazing job in providing support for those in our community who are currently struggling. The following are those groups, their sites and opening times

Positive Start – are sited at 4 Bury Road Rawtenstall. They can be contacted on 01706 800858. They are open Friday 10.00am – 11.00am

Haslingden Community Link – is sited at on Bury Road Haslingden. They can be contacted on 01706 230116. They are open Monday – Friday 8.00am – 8.00pm

Crawshawbooth Village Centre – is sited on Adelaide Street Crawshawbooth. They can be contacted on 01706 507167.

Trinity Baptist Church  – is sited on Bank House Lane Bacup. They can be contacted on 01706 597376.

The RAFT Foundation – is based in Rawtenstall and their services are only available via referral from a Support agency

The Lighthouse Community Foodshare – is sited at Whitworth Methodist Church. Opening times are 10.00am – 3.00pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will be on an appointment basis via referrals from local doctors, schools, social services, town council, and also self referrals. They can be contacted on 07922 951 096

The Rossendale Food Box Scheme – these are boxes hosted by local residents across Rossendale where residents can take the food they need from a box for free, and can donate to a box when they are able to. Food boxes are open daily and are located at:

Whitworth – Top of Daniel St, Market St, near Northern Joinery. Open 10.00am – 7.00pm

Bacup – Outside 33, Pennine Road.Open 10.00am – 8.00pm

Rawtenstall – Cherry Crescent, Townsend Fold, BB4 6DL. Open 24hrs

Bacup – Top of Moorlands Terrace on Rockcliffe Road. Open 8.30am – 7.00pm

Rawtenstall – Outside 86 Burnley Road. Open 9am – 8pm

Crawshawbooth – Outside the Village Centre (old library). Open 9am-5pm

Whitewell Bottom – Outside Whitwell Bottom Community Centre. Open 24hrs

Lumb – Burnley Road East, situated next to the bus shelter opposite Lumb Green. Open 24 Hours

St Anne’s Edgeside – located in the car park behind the church on Ashworth Road, Edgeside. Open 9.00am – 6.00pm

Haslingden – Top of Ryefield Avenue West. Open 10.00am – 7.00pm

Waterfoot – Located at The Old Library Café. Open Tues -Sat 9.00am – 3.00pm

Staghills – Next to bus shelter outside Old Rossendale FC on Staghills Road. Open 8.00am- 8.00pm

Helmshore – In the bus shelter on Helmshore Road outside the Village Nursery. Open 24 Hours

Stacksteads – In the Hare & Hounds Carpark. Open 24 Hours

The Rossendale Community Support Network also has a Facebook page that carries up to date information about the support available and the work of network members. You can also email at rosscsn43@gmail.com