Taking campus activities into the heart of our city

Eric Ollerenshaw.
Eric Ollerenshaw.

Last week while out and about in Lancaster I called in to Campus In The City 2 which is a series of events run by Lancaster University which aims to bring activities that would normally take place on campus into the heart of our city using temporary space as and when a shop becomes vacant.

The project is now in its second year and I am told that this year’s events are even more ambitious than last, with numerous different workshops and activities being run until Saturday, April 25.

The event that was running when I managed to call in was by LICA – Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts and was part of the Museum of Water’s activities which have also been displaying at the Storey Institute.

If you would be interested in popping along to any of the forthcoming events you can get further information by www.campusinthecity.com.

I also had the opportunity to meet the new management team at McDonald’s to discuss their community programmes. One of these is their involvement in the ‘Love where you Live’ campaign which is an initiative to get local businesses and others involved in litter picking and tidying up local areas and I think this is a great way to bond communities.

Another initiative they run is the Football Community Awards which aims to recognise and reward people who contribute to grassroots football.If you know of anyone that you might like to nominate please visit www.thefa.com.

Finally, a new independent charitable trust has been set up to support community businesses across England.

Power to Change is funded by the Big Lottery Fund which has invested £150m to establish it and the aim of the trust is to deliver support and guidance to people looking to get a project off the ground and support existing businesses.

In the next few month Power to Change will be opening the initial grants programme for existing community businesses and if you would like further information on what help is available please visit www.thepowertochange.org.uk