Lancashire Volunteer Partnership welcomes referrals from staff members within our LVP Partners organisations

LVP operate a Community Support (Befriending) offer for the following partners of LVP:

  • Lancashire County Council
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 
  • Blackburn with Darwen Council

Please note we do not accept referrals from voluntary agencies or members of the public, only from the public services listed above. If you are a staff member of LVP not mentioned above, you may still be able to refer to similar services in your own organisation.

We work with our public service partners to support people with care and support needs who no longer require paid staff support, or those who are only just coping.

We have provided some eligibility criteria below; if you are working with an individual or family and are unsure if they fit within this criteria, please contact us directly to discuss further on 01772 416417.

Level 1 – Thriving

Not eligible for volunteer support

Good emotional health and wellbeing, happiness and life satisfaction.

Good hygiene and self-cares

Health status above expected baselines

Social wellbeing, healthy positive meaningful relationships

Level 2 – Just coping

May be eligible for volunteer support

Poor self-care including meeting own medical needs and those of others dependent on them

Unable to address own emotional needs

Bereavement, loss or separation

Vulnerability to mental health

Unnecessarily accessing services

Insecurities about identity

At risk of self-harm

Level 3 – Struggling to cope
May be eligible for volunteer support
Deteriorating mental health
Hygiene and self-care needs struggling to be met
Complex medical needs and or disability
Increase in reliance on unhealthy coping strategies e.g substance misuse
Negative self-destructive thoughts
Level 4 – Not coping
Not eligible for volunteer support
Acute mental health problems: severe bouts of depression, self-harm, threats of suicide
Life threatening and severe health issues
Unable to meet dependants needs

If the person does not meet the criteria for LVP we would encourage you to access the Our Lancashire website to explore what community support is available in their area.

Please complete our on-line referral as fully as possible including any known risks. Please tell us how you think a volunteer will enhance the person’s life and what positive outcomes they would like to achieve.

Please note this referral is subject to further checks before being accepted. You will be informed of the outcome of your referral as soon as possible.

The online referral form can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any queries regarding the process, please contact or call 01772 416417 our team are available from 08:00-16:00 Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).