THREE may be a crowd - but not for dedicated charity workers Claire Tindall, Shonagh Ingram and Catherine Ackroyd.
For the trio are working together to launch an ambitious three-year development programme for the Prospects Foundation, an independent charity that supports environmental projects.
The programme has been funded by a £258,000 grant from the charities arm of the National Lottery, and the three, who are based at Scaitcliffe House in Accrington, will support the borough's seven Prospects Panels in carrying out community appraisals and expanding their activities.
Their plans include re-forming the Accrington Prospects Panel, developing Hyndburn as a Fairtrade borough, and working with Prosperity - a company developed between the Prospects Foundation and Trinity Community Partnership in Clitheroe to produce goods made out of recycled materials.
Claire, 35, will oversee the programme in her role as development manager. The mum-of-two, who lives in Clitheroe, is no stranger to community development, having previously worked for the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Council for Voluntary Service.
She said: "We're getting local communities actively involved in improving their environment and not damaging it for future generations, which is unique in Hyndburn.
"Most of the districts have their own active panels of volunteers, which have been carrying out activities like canal clearance and tree planting.
"We have been brought in to support the panels and identify community needs, drawing in more excluded groups. It will be very challenging but hopefully it will be a success."
Shonagh, who is originally from Blackburn, has been appointed as community development officer. The 22-year-old worked for the community development team at Bolton Council and also helped out with the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
She said: "We will be going out later in the year and launching the community appraisals. People will tell us what projects they want - it could be anything that improves their environment or quality of life - and we will support them.
"I'm looking forward to getting lots of people involved in doing different projects. It should be very exciting."
Catherine, 24, will promote the scheme to Hyndburn residents in her role as publicity and administrative officer. She is originally from Bradford and currently lives in Todmorden, and her previous job was working for Manchester City Council's Housing Strategy Department.
She said: "I have been trying to sort out all the public meetings and encourage participation from residents, so I will be liaising with the community.
"We aim to increase awareness of the foundation and maybe put together a newsletter giving updates on what each of the panels are doing."
Anyone who would like to get involved in the Prospects Foundation's activities can contact Claire, Shonagh and Catherine on 380176.