SWLICAN or ICAN

For 40 years South West Lancashire Independent Community Advice Network has continued to work as a grass roots organisation providing quality advice and support on Employment Law, Welfare Rights and Money Advice.

From our newly refurbished I.T. suite we also provide training and support in basic and advanced I.T., as well as providing CV writing assistance, job search and much more. Our services are free, accessible and client friendly and are delivered from our base at the Ecumenical Centre and at a number of outreach venues.

Our Vision

South West Lancashire Independent Community Advice Network (SWLICAN or ICAN for short.) is a driver of social inclusion through the provisions of accessible resources, training and social activities for individuals and local Voluntary, Community and Faith organisations in West Lancashire.

ICAN’s basic philosophy is the empowerment of people to be active citizens who are able to help themselves, either by accessing services or volunteering and employment opportunities. We want people to be able to solve their problems themselves by providing them with the necessary life skills, confidence, resources and facilities to do so.

Our Aims

South West Lancashire Independent Community Advice Network is a grass roots organisation which aims to provide quality advice and support on Employment Law, Welfare Rights, Debt, Health and Safety, plus access and support on ICT, Job Search and Interview Techniques.

Our aims are to provide a free, accessible and customer friendly service delivered through a network of community-based venues to help people overcome the effects of social and economic exclusion.

ICAN Team

  • Jimmy McDermott - Senior Adviser
  • John Earle - Welfare Rights Adviser
  • Karen Dempsey - Benefits Adviser
  • Lynn Dempsey - Benefits & Money Adviser
  • Janet Jolley - Volunteer Trainee Benefits Advisor
  • Kevin Hudson - Volunteer

Specialising in Welfare Benefits, Disability Benefits, Employment Law, Debt and Money Advice, IT and Get Online Support.

Providing FREE, independent and confidential advice

  • Jan Fitzsimons - Development Officer and Administration
  • Ian Appleton - I.T. Facilitator
  • Phill Savage -  Volunteer IT Tech Support

Providing assistance in Basic and Further I.T. Skills, Browsing the Internet and Emails, C.V. Assistance and Online Job Search

Management Committee

Paul McConnell, David Vickers, John Fleet, Charles Evans, Phill Savage, Tess Reddington, John Earle, Jan Fitzsimons and George Hughes

 

 

What we did last year

We saw over 1000 clients

We recovered over £1.8 million in benefits for people – which helps to support the local economy

We recruited new volunteers

Our assistance increased by up to 71% from 2018

Our IT Suite assisted clients with CVs, digital online courses, job applications and Job Search

We developed Outreach Services in Burscough, Ormskirk and Hesketh Bank

We did over 120 home visits to vulnerable people who were unable to leave their house

We worked with 44 organisations from across the North west

We developed Know Your Rights and Money Go Round courses, successfully delivered in West Lancs and Netherton

We saw over 1000 clients

We recovered over £1.8 million in benefits for people - which helps to support the local economy

Our assistance increased by up to 71% from 2018

We did over 120 home visits to vunerable people who were unable to leave their house

We worked with 44 organisations from across the North West

We recruited new volunteers

Our IT Suite assisted clients with CVs, digital online courses, job applications and Job Search

We developed Outreach Services in Burscough, Ormskirk and Hesketh Bank

We developed Know Your Rights and Money Go Round courses, successfully delivered in West Lancs and Netherton

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