Information about this site

This site has been designed to provide community information to those either living and working in Rossendale, and is supported by the Patient Participation Groups of Rossendale GP practices.

You will find information here about organisations and how to access their services. You will also find information about recent news about them and the events they are arranging.

Are you looking for volunteering opportunities? Volunteering is an excellent way of picking up skills, making friends and feeling part of a team of like-minded folk. And it’s not just worthwhile; volunteering can also be fantastic fun and hugely rewarding. Where organisations have volunteering opportunites you will see this highlighted and linked to on their directory page.

Are you new to the area? You may find these pages useful: A useful guide to living & working in Rossendale


In the directory of services you will find a huge range of ‘not -for-profit’ organisations and services provided for the benefit of Rossendale citizens. Some of these will be small, local groups supporting a particular cause. Others will be a nearby branch of larger organisations that may have a national or even international presence.

All of the services in the directory are grouped into categories. If you are looking for a particular type of service, you can search by category to see what is available.

If you know the name of the service you are looking for you can search in the A-Z list of all services. Alternatively, if you do not know the exact name of the organisation, you can search on a keyword to find services that may be of interest to you.

If you just want to know what services are on your doorstep you can type in your post-code to search by location and a map with a list of services will show you those that are nearby.


Here at REAL we compile a calendar of events from in and around your local area. These might by one-off events or be run on a regular basis. Type a keyword into the calendar to see what is available or browse through the calendar to see what is going on on a particular date. Alternatively, each organisation will have links to the events they are organising on their directory page.


Find out what is happening in local organisations in your local area. You will find the most recent news items listed below:

Patient Participation Groups

Follow this link for PPG information and resources.

rossendale over mapA useful guide to living & working in Rossendale

Are you new to the area? You may find these pages useful

Trying to find a new hobby?

If you are looking for a new hobby, here are some resources that might provide some inspiration

Rossendale Cultural Arts Network

Rossendale CAN showcases and promotes all of the amazing arts that exist within the Valley

Latest News from REAL

First Newsletter Published by HAPPI

The ‘Haslingden All People’s Pool Initiative’ have published their first newsletter to provide updates on their progress towards getting Haslingden Baths reopened.

Their first edition provides details of work undertaken so far as well as the group’s exciting plans for the future.

Follow this link to download a copy:

HAPPI Newsletter-1 (pdf)

Alternatively email to subscribe to their mailing list and get future updates direct.


Hospital Porter Apprenticeships

Accrington & Rossendale College currently have three Hospital Porter apprenticeship vacancies with the East Lancashire NHS Trust.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a career in the NHS and may be of particular interest to community learners who have done an Adult Care, Health & Social Care or Cleaning/Facilities course.

Applicants are requested to e-mail their CV to

Full details are available at… Read more

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