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One of three directors, Veronica Swift, took voluntary redundancy from her job as company finance manager with the English Speaking Board, based in Ormskirk, in order to pursue her dream of setting up a community interest company to tackle isolation and loneliness in our local communities.

UCAN Trust (United Community Action Network) was set up in 2015 and is based at Burscough Football Club.  While it has taken three years to get the initiative to where it is now she has been working on the project since 2008.

Veronica said: “I have been working on UCAN Trust CIC, since completing my master’s in business management, in 2008.  Along the way I have had funding applications rejected, community work rejected, applications to join research groups rejected – but all those rejections have only served to reinforce my passion and enthusiasm for tackling loneliness and social isolation felt by children, young adults and families in our communities.”

And she had a message for anyone in the community who does feel isolated or lonely: “Never  give up.  UCAN be the change you want to see, UCAN be the answer…”