Our Partnerships

Although the we are unique and independent in West Lancashire, it is important to remember that we are not an isolated organisation.

Dial UK logo We have been a full member of DIAL UK since 1992, which is a national organisation for the DIAL network, providing a range of specialist support services to DIAL groups like us. We can access services such as welfare rights support, training, social policy and management support.

We also acquired the DIAL UK Quality Mark in 2003, meaning this is now the fourth quality mark we have, and we are the very first organisation in the country to be awarded this.

Disability First logo We are a full member of Disability First, previously known as Access Lancashire and also the Lancashire Disability Information Federation (LDIF.) We were accepted as the first group in the region in 1994 to meet its core quality standards for information services. Disability First offers training, funding advice and quality standards support.

Advice Quality Standard We have been a member of the Legal Services Commission since 2001. This Partnership consists of various groups like the Helpline and helps to influence the provision and improvement of general advice and assistance throughout the region. In 2001, we were awarded the Community Legal Services Quality Mark at General Help Level, specialising in welfare benefits casework and disability.

We have been a full member of the West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service since 1994, which supports and develops local voluntary and community organisations. We have received training and high calibre volunteers via the Volunteer Centre, which is a project managed by West Lancs CVS.

We became a member of the now defunct Meeting Without Moving Foundation in 2005, which is a charity of which the TV personality Noel Edmonds is the Chairman and he has provided training to us on video conferencing techniques. The Meeting Without Moving Foundation exists to promote video conferencing in other organisations.