About this site

This site provides community information to those living or working in Rossendale.

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

Are you looking for volunteering opportunities?  Where organisations have opportunities available you will see this highlighted and linked to on their directory page.


In the directory of services you will find ‘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 wider presence.

You can search in a number of ways:

By category  |  In the A-Z list  |  Using a relevant keywordBy location


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 page.


Find out what is happening in local organisations in your local area.  You will find the most recent news items listed below.  You can also follow us on Twitter @RealforRoss or on Facebook @realrossendale


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.

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

Vacancy: Volunteer Co-Ordinator (Dogs)

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary are looking for an enthusiastic Volunteer Co-Ordinator to join their team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the local animal care sector and to make a real difference to the lives of animals.  They are looking for a strong, enthusiastic and experienced candidate to join the team and help to deliver a first class service to our customers on a day to day basis.

The coordinator post… Read more

Vacancy: VIC Project Worker

Veterans in Communities is recruiting a full-time Project Worker to deliver services to ex-services and emergency services personnel.

The focus of the role will be identifying and supporting ex-services personnel within the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale areas. Partnership working and the development of collaborative approaches with volunteers and other agencies and organisations, will be a vital part of this role.

Funded until 31st March, 2018 in the first instance, the… Read more

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