Our Projects

We are unique organisation in that we support the development of the capacity and impact of the Civil Sector. Providing targeted needs led time limited interventions, research and training that in turn support the capacity of communities if need, geography and interest.

We are a team of professional academic researchers, qualified youth and community workers, qualified substance misuse workers, teachers and practitioners in specialised fields. Each of our Associates come with unique skills to meet the needs of the communities.

Between the team we have an abundance of evidence of good practice and excellent results and impact. From developing action research projects with community member to support co design of projects and interventions to designing teaching toolkits and organising large community celebration and education events.

International Men’s Day 2023

We are co-creating an event that promotes community engagement and inclusive practice which also highlights the positives of the amazing work here on the Fylde Coast which supports men, as well as address the many issues impacting on men, i.e. gambling, physical health, sexuality, mental health, death by suicide, county lines, criminality and identity, and more. We also want this to be an event to celebrate men and to have some activities that are fun and enjoyable. 

International Women’s Day 2023

Our aim is constantly evolving the event and for 2023 we are excited to announce it will be a truly international festival. The event will involve all 4 of our home nations, with young women and youth workers joining us from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Blackpool Youth Pride

The Washington Group are very proud to work alongside our Blackpool Pride colleagues and support Youth Pride. We are committed to supporting all our community and give our time to do this.

Engaging Dad’s Workforce Training (CECD)

The inclusion of dads and male caregivers from pregnancy through the Early Years contributes to positive outcomes for children’s social and emotional development. A recent data review by Blackpool Better Start demonstrated that only 31% of dads were engaging in Better Start funded activities and services, this dropping to 16% at universal/community level.

International Men’s Day 2022

This year, here in Blackpool we will once again be celebrating International Men’s Day 19th November 2022. For the past few years, International Men’s Day Events in Blackpool have focussed quite rightly on men’s mental health, especially suicide prevention. However, this year we will be concentrating on ‘promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity.’

International Women’s Day 2022

The 2022 format will be slightly different in that the Festival/Summit, aims to engage young women to develop a 5 year strategy for the Fylde Coast.  Young women came together in 2021 to agree the key actions under each of the 5 themes of IWD and are very keen that they start to see action on the Fylde  coast.

LGBTQ+ Level 3 Qualification

The Washington Group in partnership with RenaissanceDLL Training, are proud to be able to offer the 1st LGBTQ+ accredited Level 3 course.  The course, written by Shughie Morrison, explores the culture and history of the LGBTQ+ community, equality legislation, sexual orientation and LGBTQ+ rights.  

International Men’s Day 2021

Following on from the last two successful International Men’s Day events held in 2019 and 2020, The Washington Group agreed with key partners to ensure that this day continues to be recognised on the Fylde Coast.

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Men’s Day 2020

Following on from the successful International Men’s Day event held in November 2019 The Washington Group agreed with key partners to ensure that this day continues to be recognised on the Fylde Coast.

International Women’s Day 2020

On Saturday 7th March 2020 we are coming back to Blackpool 6th Form, with a bigger and brighter Festival, developing and enhancing the 2019 Festival, based on the amazing feedback.

International Men’s Day 2019

For the 1st time, in history, The Fylde Coast will be hosting an International Men’s Day event for businesses and organisations in Blackpool, on Tuesday 19th November at Blackpool Football Club.

International Women’s Day 2019

More than 100 high-profile women from sport, science, arts and business across the Fylde Coast played their part in inspiring local young women to “smash glass ceilings” and see themselves as equals as the first-ever International Women’s Day Festival took place in Blackpool.

Once upon a time in a military base in Lancashire – Stories outside the wire.

A collaborative storytelling project set to highlight the experiences of military families is underway in Lancashire.

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