We have secured funding for a further 3 years!


ICANN have been successful in securing Lottery continuation funding to provide Advocacy support at Benefit Assessment and Appeals Advocacy service for Lancashire Residents LBAAS (excluding those who live in the Unitary Authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool).

The project will commence on 1 May 2019 for 3 years until 30 April 2022 and continues the successful support provided by our Advocates to vulnerable people including those with disabilities, long term health conditions, learning disabilities and mental health issues, who are attending health assessments for their benefit claims, Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit (UC) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 

The funding further allows the expansion of our Pilot project providing Advocacy support at Appeal Tribunals at Preston Magistrates Court  across the rest of the County. The Tribunal venues we will be able to support Lancashire residents at are: Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster and Preston (excluding those who live in the Unitary Authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool).

Thank you for your continued support for our service

Thank you Gary!

Dr Gary Kitchen from Get Heard has evaluated our Benefits Assessment Advocacy Project. Have a read of what he had to say: EVALUATION OF THE BENEFITS ASSESSMENT ADVOCACY PROJECT

“Some statistics from ICANN suggest that something like three quarters of clients supported by its advocates are successful”

“By supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people (especially where alone) to gain the disability benefits to which they are entitled, ICANN is providing a much-needed and beneficial service.”


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Community Fund Success!

We have been granted £4078.87 by the Co-op community fund!

Co-operative members shopping in Penwortham, Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge food stores and funeralcare have raised £10,000 for three local causes. During 2017/2018 the causes were Galloways, Rene Sladen Guide Hut and ICANN!

This donation is going towards running a twelve month pilot advocacy project to support carers of those with dementia, and the people with dementia that they care for at two dementia day centres in Preston and South Ribble.

Our new project is due to launch in the new year - watch this space!

2018 AGM

I am delighted to invite you to ICANN’s Annual General Meeting on  

THURSDAY 18th October, 3.00 pm at

Fulwood Methodist Crossroads Centre Watling Street Road Preston PR2 8EA

This year the theme is volunteering and we are pleased to have a guest speaker from Lancashire Association of Councils for Voluntary Service as well as an opportunity to showcase our own Volunteer films.

Please contact as soon as possible, but in any event by Thursday 27th September 2018, if you would like to attend - please use the submission form below. Papers for the event will be sent out the week commencing 1st October 2018.

Please contact us to renew your membership or join now, as well. We appreciate your continued support for ICANN and as a member you will be kept up to date and consulted on all our activities and plans. There is no membership fee and joining couldn’t be simpler. Once your membership has been approved, you will be entitled to vote at the AGM and stand for election as a trustee.

If you would like to become a trustee, please let us know. Existing and new members are eligible for nomination to the Board of Trustees and we would encourage you to consider this for yourself. As a small charity, we rely solely on volunteer support to govern the valuable work we do in the community. I can promise a very rewarding experience as a trustee of ICANN and you will get the support and guidance you need to get the most out of the role. Please call 01772 900253 if you would like more information. Nominations must be received before the 1st October 2018 so don’t delay!

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Tea for more than two. ICANN says thank you.

IT’S VOLUNTEER’S WEEK ONCE AGAIN and to celebrate ICANN is treating its loyal team of volunteers to Afternoon Tea at Samlesbury Hall near Preston.

ICANN supports vulnerable people across Lancashire at PIP and ESA/UC Health Assessments.  This would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers who give up some of their time to help and support people.  To say thank you, ICANN have invited them to an afternoon tea, to celebrate their hard work, for them on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Volunteer Co-ordinator Julie Hutton explained “Being a volunteer is a fun way to gain confidence and develop new skills.  It is about making a positive difference to someone’s life. A volunteer will possibly face new challenges as well as making new friends. All this whilst giving back to the community”.

The health benefits of being a volunteer are improved health and well-being, such as, reducing blood pressure, increased satisfaction and improved mental health. It can be a stepping stone to secure future employment.

Julie added “Many people who have to attend PIP or ESA/UC heath assessments do not have anyone to go with them and may be unprepared when they attend.  ICANN volunteers help to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with these assessments. Our volunteers work all across Lancashire to help people prepare for and attend their assessment.  With a volunteer by their side, people find their voice to speak up and explain themselves.”

Anyone interested in making a difference can call ICANN on 01772 900253 or check out its website www.i-cann.org.uk

Health Conditions Survey

ICANN are using the learning from the COPA Project to consider whether there are unmet needs for other long term health conditions, and would like people's help with this research.

Please click the link below to access the survey; the deadline is 13th November 2017.


The survey can received in alternative formats if required. Please contact us on 01772 900253 to request this or to complete it over the phone. Hard copies should be returned by 9th November 2017.