Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. strives to assist those less fortunate than ourselves to achieve independence and fulfilment. We provide a wide range of professional services across the North West of England and are dedicated to helping people to help themselves.
We believe everyone deserves a chance.
Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. is a registered charity, working in close partnership with the Methodist Church, other denominations and faith groups and Local Authorities. Our goal is to give people the confidence, the skills and the knowledge they need to become independent.
The Board of Directors of Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. undertook a consultation exercise in 2014 to enable partners, sponsors, service users, volunteers and staff to comment on the proposed priorities of the charity over the three-year period commencing September 2014. The outcome of the exercise was a document called A Vision for Methodist Action North West Ltd.
You can view this document By clicking HERE
Methodist Action North West is making its voice heard about poverty in the region:
A few days ago, following encouragement from Blackpool MP Paul Maynard, Nikki Hart, Project Coordinator for Methodist Action, gave evidence to the Work and Benefits Select Committee at the House of Commons. Nikki has been at the forefront of the work in Blackpool to bring together the crucial work of the Council's Discretionary Support Scheme and local charities, businesses and volunteers in innovative ways. This Food Partnership is attracting national attention as a way of meeting local needs, and Blackpool Council’s support means that customers are not just given a food parcel but also access a range of services, advice and practical help to address the underlying reasons for that need. Nikki was particularly concerned to convey observations on the effect of the over use of welfare sanctions and to highlight alternative tools that can be used to support clients who are unable to engage due to health and social care issues. She was one of five experts called to give evidence.
You can view an extract of the evidence given to the Select Committee on Youtube by clicking HERE.
In a few days’ time Stephen Hetherington, the Charity's lead officer, will reinforce this message at a meeting in London with senior politicians and civil servants. Stephen has played a leading role in bringing empty homes back into use especially in Preston, South Ribble and Lancaster/Morecambe. His work has led to 100 properties now providing over 200 bedrooms and these are then let out to people who need support through the Charity's special services called A Place to Live. Methodist Action is hoping its work and evidence on housing and welfare support will help to influence government policy following the General Election.
You can download the press release by clicking HERE .
The table below summarises many of our achievements during the Year Ending September 2014.
|No. of clients||Project||Statistics|
|2260 parcels given out since April 13||Food Partnership|
|- 9 distribution points across Blackpool|
- 15 partner agencies or organisations
- Food parcels given to single people and families (equates to £36,000 worth of food)
- Advice given to clients by professional and charitable workers
|340||Cedar House counselling service|
|- 4830 counselling sessions delivered Oct 13–Sept 14|
- No fee charged but voluntary donations
|266 minimum||A Place to Live|
(Preston, South Ribble, Lancaster/Morecambe)
|- Social lettings agency|
- 131 properties signed up
|199||DISC outreach service|
(Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, Lytham, Fleetwood, West Lancs)
|- 66 males
and 133 females were supported|
- 28% of those supported were considered to have disability
- Main reasons for referrals – homelessness (38%), mental health issues (16%), substance misuse (14%), young people (11%)
(Preston, South Ribble)
|- Number of referrals received – 50|
(Preston, South Ribble, Lancaster/Morecambe)
|- Bringing empty homes back into use|
- Round 1 sign-up deadline October 14
- Agreed delivery = 110 bedroom units/47 properties
- Round 2 sign-up deadline January 15
- Agreed delivery = 96 bedroom units/60 properties
|68||Fox Street Community|
|- Capacity - 20 bedrooms for single men|
- Occupancy year to date - 93.3%
Clients who achieved independent living – 72.7%
|30|| Portland Street|
|- Capacity – 4 bedrooms for single men|
|98||No Second Night Out|
|- 82 males and 16 females used the service including 12 entrenched rough sleepers|
Advice given to a further 42 clients
The address of Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. is:
Howick Park Avenue
Note: We are co-located with Galloway's Society for the Blind - see map below.