OB has completed a 12 month pilot project with support from the National Lottery focused on engaging the local private sector with physical and practical resources to build the capacity of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors.
This support will help social organisations to continue to deliver much needed frontline services to residents of the Fylde coast. It forms part of a wider drive to get business and charitable groups working more closely in Blackpool. The pilot scheme has encouraged business leaders to connect with communities by signing up to this initiative. Companies have agreed to help in a number of ways:
Our thanks goes out to Ian Fogg (pictured) and his successor Andy Charles from Business in the Community (BITC) for all the good work they’ve been doing across Blackpool and the Fylde. BITC is a British business-community outreach charity promoting responsible business with corporate social responsibility (CSR), and is one of Prince Charles’s Charities. It has inspired OB to reach out to smaller organisations who are under the radar. Ian has since joined our board and is actively involved in OB projects.
ENDORSED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL
“As High Sheriff of Lancashire I would like to endorse private sector Corporate Social Responsibility. Many voluntary, community, faith and social enterprises need the assistance, expertise and support that the private sector can offer.”
Amanda Parker JP
Former High Sheriff of Lancashire 2015-2016
“The ‘One Blackpool-Connect’ project promotes responsible business practices; private sector assistance would encourage these businesses and help address the social issues within our local communities.”
John Barnett MBE DL
The High Sheriff of Lancashire 2016-2017
One Blackpool would like to thank Big Lottery Fund for supporting this project.