Category Archives: Fundraising

ACT Foundation

Timesavers have been awarded £500 for the Computer Drop In sessions in Bickerstaffe. These took place from February to April and will return in the autumn.

Edward McCarthy Secretary of Timesavers: “A huge thank-you on behalf of Timesavers. This makes a huge difference.”

Timesavers is a charity set up in 2010 by a group of parents who were concerned by the lack of paid jobs or work experience placements in administration for people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire where they could gain their skills in a supportive environment and on a one to one basis if required.

They provide qualified sessional workers who collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the office, then return them home after their training/ work experience. The learners are encouraged to join a local job club and given help to produce a CV and a speculative letter to go with it working in conjunction with Lancashire County Council Employment Support Service.

Our sessions are at our Skelmersdale office or Bickerstaffe Four Lane Ends Mission.

Support staff for Timesavers are provided by Linkability (West Lancs) , Divine Days Creative Arts CIC and Edward McCarthy Support Services.


The ACT Foundation (ACT) was formed in 1994 and is registered with the Charity Commission (number 1068617).

We provide grants to individuals and other UK registered charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of people in need and, particularly, those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or the elderly.  Our grant budget is derived from our diverse investment portfolio and we do not fundraise.

At ACT, we believe that people living with a physical and/or mental disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.  Our priority is to provide financial support that enables one or more of our 4 life “themes” to be met.  In summary our themes and, therefore, priorities are:-

Health & Wellbeing – supporting access to community facilities to maintain, improve and enhance general welfare

Independent Living at Home – helping people to live independently in their own home for as long as possible

Respite – enabling carers to take a break from the responsibility of caring for a loved one

Transition – supporting the journey through education and personal development programmes into employment, long-term volunteering or other meaningful daytime activity, housing and independent living

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Visit or call 01704 893835 or 07971 299606.

Sporting Challenge Tenth Year


Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire is going to be ten years old this year. The charity will be having a tenth year anniversary celebration in the summer. Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves.

Sporting Challenge are asking West Lancashire residents and businesses for their help.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to ask the generous residents and businesses of West Lancashire to make a donation to our charity in its tenth year. This will help us reach the next ten years. You could make a one off donation or sponsor one of our activities. Please email or call 07971 299606.”

Edward adds: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved over the ten years. The support staff, the parents and carers, the trustees, the committee members and members of the group itself who come to all our activities and have such a great time week in week out.”

Sporting Challenge organises sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities which include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities. Last year the charity organised its first short break.

They currently support around 50 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

For more details visit or call 07971 299606.





Timesavers January 2018 AGM

Here is our January 2018 AGM Chairman’s Report:

Chairman’s Report for Timesavers 7th Annual General Meeting.

Held on 16th January 2018.

Our seventh year of operation has again proved successful with the help of funding received once again from the Yapp Foundation for the Office Rent, Trusthouse, Percy Bilton for Equipment, Warburtons, Villages in Partnership, WLBC Community Chest, Community Foundation, Community Link Foundation, LCC Local Members Grants and Awards for All together with income from sales of greetings cards and shredding work.

We have maintained good links with other charities and voluntary groups in Certacs House and West Lancs who are giving us some admin work and shredding for our clients to do.

Thanks to Dot the sales of the greetings cards we produce and the money raised has been used to help with our running costs.

The client numbers have stayed the same over the past year with some attending on a regular basis for up to 8 hours a week using support from their Personal Assistants for part of the week as well as our Sessional Support Workers from EMSS, Divine Days and Linkability.

Also links have been maintained with statuary and other bodies including West Lancs CVS and Lancashire Social Services.

I would like to thank Edward for his assistance with Funding Applications and maintaining our website.

Finally I would to thank our committee of volunteers and the sessional support staff for their help and assistance over the past year.





Funding News

Timesavers are celebrating a £500 grant from the Peter Lathom Charity. The grant will fund some of their activities/work.

Peter Lathom’s Charity provides grants to individuals in particular need and to local groups working with those in need – for further details contact Brighouse Wolff solicitors who act as clerks for charity.

For more information on Timesavers visit or call 07971 299606 or email


Duchy of Lancaster Funding Award

Timesavers have been awarded £400 towards their running costs from the Duchy of Lancaster.

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity set up with the consent of Her Majesty The Queen to benefit causes primarily within the County Palatine.

Edward McCarthy said: “We wish to thank the Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth for our funding award. We know from feedback that our work is very beneficial, and with extra funding we can carry on this good work and work towards new opportunities with our trainees.”

Timesavers are a small parent run charity providing  training and work experience in office and computer skills for people with moderate learning difficulties and are looking for local employers to offer short periods of office work experience one or two morning per week for the people we support to give them an insight into the world of work.

For more details visit , call Edward on 07971 299606 or email .




Funding Award from Community Link Foundation June 2017

CLF-LOGOCLF Community Link Foundation was delighted to make a grant award to Timesavers based in Burscough in June 2017.

Timesavers aims to help overcome barriers to the employability of people with additional needs by supporting them to gain further skills and experience in all aspects of office work and computers such as use of photocopiers, printers and shredding machines together with filing and using Microsoft Office programs. We will also help them to improve their communication skills and confidence in the workplace.

People with additional needs often need extra help such as allowing them to repeat tasks and letting them to work at their own pace so it makes it easier for them to acquire new skills without feeling under stress. In order to achieve this work experience and skills training is given in a supportive environment and in this way we hope to overcome the barriers to learning which people with learning disabilities often encounter.

Timesavers arrange for qualified sessional workers to collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at our office, then return them home after their training/ work experience.

Edward McCarthy, Charity Trustee said: “The grant from the Community Link Foundation will contribute towards providing materials for the office and transport costs which will be greatly appreciated by our charity.”

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