Funding News

EMSS have been working with St Mark’s Church Scarisbrick to achieve funding for their Annex Extension Project (The Lighthouse) . 

The Church has received £1000 from the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and £3500 from the Rank Foundation.

Edward McCarthy writes: “A big thank-you to these funders for supporting this fantastic project. This project will make a huge difference to the church, Scarisbrick and the wider community beyond.”

The project is to create:

1. A disabled-friendly access route into church to help wheelchair-users, the elderly, parents with buggies, funeral processions, etc.

2. A modern WC, accessible to all.

3. A kitchen for the preparation of hot drinks and snacks.

4. A meeting area to accommodate twenty people. This would allow fellowship after services and could also accommodate small meetings, groups, PCC meetings, etc.

5. Space for buggies and wheelchairs.

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St Mark’s Church also has a project you can vote for with the Aviva Community Fund, please vote on this page:




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Active West Lancs Funding News

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £200 worth of funding from Active West Lancs.

—‘Active West Lancs’ is a partnership commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver a three year programme to improve health and wellbeing across the borough.

—The five partners involved are West Lancashire Borough Council, Skelmersdale Community Food  Initiative, —West Lancs School Sports Partnership, —West Lancs CVS – Community Food Growing and —West Lancs Community Leisure Trust. They offer programmes of early intervention and prevention activities  for physical activity, weight management and obesity prevention.

—They target different sections of the community using local facilities and green spaces. Both medical referral and self referral are possible onto specific courses.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 55 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund our 2019 evening sailing activities in the future. It is great that Sporting Challenge are involved in this project.”

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Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email

The Grey Court Trust

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 from The Grey Court Trust.

The Grey Court Trust were set up to provide relief to persons suffering from severe sporting injuries or mental or physical disabilities of any description through the advancement of education, music and the arts, and the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment.

Edward McCarthy Activities Organiser said: “A big thank-you to The Grey Court Trust this will make a huge difference and fund more of our popular sessions.”

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For information on Sporting Challenge call 07971 299606, visit or email