LVP hosted a special celebration event to mark the first anniversary of the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership (LVP).

The partnership, the first of its kind in the UK, was formed between local authorities, the police, fire and rescue service and health organisations in Lancashire. It was established to bring volunteering for public services together, making it rewarding and providing more opportunities for people to make a real difference in their communities.

The LVP has a number of bases across Lancashire which accept referrals from public services to support people in the community. This can range from giving a carer some respite to visiting someone in the community who is feeling isolated and is struggling to get out and about independently.

In the past twelve months the LVP has helped 397 vulnerable people across Lancashire.

LVP Programme Manager, Chief Inspector Ian Sewart said: “By working together with our partners we believe we can look after our volunteers better and allow them to use their skills for the benefit of all.

“We are passionate about supporting people in need of help and building stronger, more resilient communities that can flourish; and at the heart of this are our volunteers.

“From visiting people who may be feeling lonely and isolated, to volunteering alongside the neighbourhood policing teams as a Special Constable, at a children’s centre or as a cadet group leader; our LVP volunteers are truly amazing.”

To coincide with the LVP’s first birthday a ‘Champion’ volunteer recruitment campaign is being officially launched to encourage more people to volunteer. The ‘Feel Champion’ campaign has been created with the help of some of the LVP volunteers and features seven volunteers and their stories.

The campaign which includes posters, adverts, outdoor media, radio and digital activity will run across the county later this year.