Welcome to West Lancs ARK
Providing support services for people in need, including ex-Armed Forces, ex-offenders, job searches, housing advice, support for homelessness, training and higher education applications, drug and alcohol problems, business start-up, issue of food bank vouchers and help with essential household items.
Sailings towards success, Together!
You Can Be A Part Of Us
At West Lancs Ark, we believe in the power of community and the positive impact of volunteering. Join our passionate team and become a driving force behind our mission to support ex-Armed Forces, ex-offenders, the unemployed, homeless and those battling substance misuse.
West Lancs Ark’s mission is to provide comprehensive support services to diverse communities, including Armed Forces personnel, ex-offenders, the unemployed, individuals experiencing homelessness and those struggling with substance misuse. Our primary focus is to empower our clients by facilitating access to housing, education, training, voluntary work and employment opportunities. We are committed to addressing drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues, debt management and navigating the benefits system. With a dedicated provision for ex-Forces personnel, we aim to ensure their smooth transition into civilian life, offering training, housing solutions and support with benefit claims. Collaborating with local organizations, including the local foodbank, we extend our support network to encompass benefit claims, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) applications, debt advice, employment law, welfare rights and health and safety matters, among other essential services.
Comprehensive Support Services
Established in 2012, West Lancs Ark is dedicated to offering a wide range of comprehensive services. We extend our support to individuals from diverse backgrounds, including Armed Forces personnel, ex-offenders, the unemployed, those experiencing homelessness and those dealing with substance misuse.
Empowering Our Clients
Our primary objective is to empower our clients to lead fulfilling lives. We achieve this by facilitating access to essential resources such as housing, education, training, voluntary work, business setup and employment opportunities.
At West Lancs Ark, we understand the unique challenges our clients may face. That's why we provide compassionate assistance in addressing critical issues like drug and alcohol problems, mental health concerns and managing debt.
Supporting Ex-Forces Personnel
We recognize the sacrifices made by ex-Forces personnel and offer a dedicated provision to ease their transition into civilian life. Our support includes tailored training, voluntary work opportunities, housing solutions and assistance with benefit claims.
In collaboration with our local foodbank and various organizations, we extend our support network further. Our team is committed to helping individuals with benefit claims, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) applications, debt advice, employment law and tribunals, appeals, welfare rights and health and safety matters.
Making a Difference
At West Lancs Ark, we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve. Our holistic approach to support ensures that no one is left behind and everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
Lyn: Our ex-forces volunteer making a diffrences
Say hello to Lyn, a remarkable member of the West Lancs Ark team. With 20 years in the Armed Forces, Lyn brings invaluable experience and a heart dedicated to helping others.
Lyn’s transition into civilian life was seamless, and now she’s here to guide fellow ex-Forces personnel through the same journey. Her warmth and understanding create a safe space for those seeking support.
Thank you, Lyn, for your service and continued dedication. Your impact at West Lancs Ark is truly inspiring.
Capturing Community Impact
Each picture captures a unique story of empowerment, resilience and hope, highlighting our unwavering commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Witness the moments that reflect the core of West Lancs Ark’s mission – a spirit of compassion, inclusivity and the relentless pursuit of building a stronger, more united community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment or can I just turn up?
We welcome walk-ins during our office hours. However, to ensure personalized attention, appointments are recommended, especially for more complex cases. Feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment at your convenience.
What support is available for Ex-Forces like me?
We collaborate with organizations like SSAFA, Veteran's HQ, RBL, and more. From finding housing solutions to accessing medals, education, volunteering, and support for family members—come walk through our door; help awaits.
I am homeless, where can I seek help and what comes next?
Take the first step, reach out to your local homeless team, then contact us. We'll work diligently with the council and agencies to secure housing and guide you through the next steps.
Seeking assistance with affording food?
As a registered agency of the Trussell Trust, we provide Foodbank Vouchers to those in need. Reach out to our team for assistance, and you'll receive a parcel designed to last for 3 days. Collect it from your nominated foodbank.
Struggling with overwhelming debts?
Certainly. We provide support for various debts, including Council Tax and Rent arrears. Our services include debt advice and referrals to specialized agencies like debt management, Inclusions, Money Advice Team, and more.
Is it possible to get in touch outside office hours?
Certainly! Refer to the contact section for a list of the appropriate contacts to reach out to.
Jan: The Compassionate Founder of West Lancs Ark
Jan, our compassionate founder since 2012, drives the heart and soul of West Lancs Ark. Her unwavering dedication empowers Armed Forces personnel, ex-offenders, the unemployed, the homeless and those battling substance misuse. Jan's vision creates lasting change, offering hope and transformation to all in need.