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What is Blackpool Community Action Team or BCAT?

Updated on October 24, 2017

Blackpool Community Action team

Myself in blue with other volunteers
Myself in blue with other volunteers | Source
Pastor James Baker (purple trousers) with other volunteers
Pastor James Baker (purple trousers) with other volunteers | Source
Before:  An overgrown area After: Land reclaimed and tidy
Before: An overgrown area After: Land reclaimed and tidy | Source
Tidying a grass verge
Tidying a grass verge | Source
A volunteer stood by a skip
A volunteer stood by a skip | Source
An open day presenting what Blackpool Community Action Team does
An open day presenting what Blackpool Community Action Team does | Source

What we do

The northwest of England is one of the worst deprived areas in the country. This is where Blackpool Community Action Team comes in bringing back hope to communities and self-esteem to volunteers. We also encourage people and communities to take ownership of their lives and areas for the betterment of all.

Blackpool Community Action is headed up by Pastor James Baker based at St John's Church, Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1BP, 07532 770104,

Blackpool Community Action Team comes under the parent organisation of ROC or Redeeming Our Communities a Christian charity bringing back hope for deprived communities across England. Blackpool Community Action works in partnership with Blackpool Council, Blackpool and the Fylde College plus other groups to find volunteers a placement that can ultimately lead to employment.

Volunteers can train in gardening and land reclamation or can be trained in office skills at Blackpool Community Action Team's office (contact details provided). Volunteering is a great step into getting people back into work and off benefit dependency.

Blackpool Community Action Team works with residents to clear and make tidy their gardens if for some reason they are unable to do so through illness, working whatever. Also, green spaces that were formerly beauty spots or family areas are brought back to their former glory by volunteers clearing overgrown plants, bushes, rubbish and other debris.

Volunteers come from all backgrounds and ages and are trained in a proficient way on power tools and garden/landscaping maintenance. Like those based in the office, they can learn hands-on and both these groups have gone on to find work and hold down jobs.

With austerity and cutbacks affecting the lives of ordinary people, it is imperative that Blackpool Community Action Team is able to do its work in the lives of these people. Of course, the work that they do of gardening and landscaping plus admin work is important but the main emphasis of what we do is giving people the chance to volunteer and make them confident and job ready.

So finally whether you know Blackpool or not and the surrounding areas I hope you will agree with the work that this group do is invaluable. I started off as a volunteer with James Baker and Blackpool Community ActionTeam in the office and getting down and dirty with projects.

I can certainly recommend this group as a caring and helpful charity that cares for its volunteers and their future.

Funding: A charities life blood.

Charities can only operate and provide the services they do through a budget and that budget is obtained by donations from benefactors, philanthropists, or through companies that offer to fund charities.

Blackpool Community Action Team is no different and if groups like ours did not exist the lives of people who feel left behind for whatever reason would be a darker place. So Blackpool Community Action Team has made bids to companies like Tesco for example. Some bids are successful and others not so and the latest bid that Blackpool Community Action Team have engaged with for funding is with Aviva.

Aviva is a company that deals in insurance but it has a fund for charities and 5 charities, for example, can put in a bid for funding and people can vote for whatever charity they think is best deserved to receive the x amount of money.

If you feel Blackpool Community Action Team deserves funding for a project and volunteer coordinator as well as funding for training people in skills for work please follow the following link:

Thank you.

Time for voting!

The day has arrived where Blackpool Community Action Team needs votes to secure the funding we need to carry on with the precious operations we do in the north west of England.

That is using volunteers to help people who cannot do their gardens and also reclaiming overgrown land in deprived areas to transform them back to pleasurable areas for wildlife and the general public.

Volunteers are trained on power tools and in gardening/land reclamation techniques to ensure they can later on get a job in that field is they so wish. Also, people work in our admin office where they get to experience life in a busy modern office which will also allow them to be job ready.

Blackpool is a deprived area of England where the poor have been hit hardest by austerity and the cutting of public services. Blackpool Community Action Team works in tandem with other charities and groups to ensure individuals lives are changed for the better and to make communities across Blackpool feel better about themselves.

So if you want to vote to ensure Blackpool Community Action Team gets the funding it needs to carry out its precious work here is the voting link:

Thank you.

Pictorial evidence of what we do!

An example of the work we do transforming overgrown areas
An example of the work we do transforming overgrown areas | Source
Some of our assembled volunteers bringing hope to communities
Some of our assembled volunteers bringing hope to communities | Source


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