Remember, if you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home

Changes to testing (31.03.22)

Free widespread symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 has now ended in Cumbria.

Information on who can access free coronavirus (COVID-19) tests from 1 April 2022 and how to get them can be found on the government website.

Updated FAQs about Vaccination guide (18.03.22)

The latest version of Frequently Asked Questions about Vaccination – A guide for Community Leaders in Cumbria is now available.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership videos update (02.02.22)

C-19 Vaccine Booster videos in languages other than English.

The Civil Service Language Network has produced translated videos promoting the booster vaccine in a number of languages – as they refer to the spread of Omicron they are time sensitive and we could do with getting these out through comms and community channels as quickly as possible while Omicron case rates remain high. Unfortunately, the English version has a Christmas tree in the background and isn’t really useable, but the translated versions should be. The original transcript is here and the key thing to note is that we are only using video 2 (Video 1 content is already out of date, such is the fast-moving pace of Covid!).

Each of the videos can be downloaded here

The videos are available in the following languages:

1. Albanian
2. Arabic
3. Bengali
4. Brazilian Portuguese
5. British Sign Language
6. Farsi
7. French
8. Hindi
9. Mandarin
10. Nepali
11. Polish
12. Punjabi
13. Romanian
14. Spanish
15. Turkish
16. Ukrainian
17. Urdu

Cumbria County Council update (27.01.22)

The latest Coronavirus update from Cumbria County Council includes:

  • Cumbrian COVID cases fall for second week running
  • Reminder: Plan A rules
  • What are the latest rules on testing and isolation?
  • Vaccination: get boosted
  • Lateral Flow Testing before meeting others

Cumbria County Council update (20.01.22)

The latest Coronavirus update from Cumbria County Council includes:

  • New cases falling as nation prepares for “Plan A”
  • Plan A rules
  • What are the latest rules on testing and isolation?
  • Vaccination: get boosted
  • Lateral Flow Testing before meeting others

Cumbria County Council update (06.01.22)

The latest Coronavirus update from Cumbria County Council  includes:

  • Cumbria records more than 10,000 new cases in a week
  • Local NHS leaders: “NHS is still here for you”
  • People with a positive LFT now won’t have to take a PCR to confirm their result
  • Self-isolation guidance
  • What you can do to stay safe and protect yourself and your community

Omicron update from Cumbria County Council (17.12.21)

The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is now spreading fast in Cumbria. On current projections, by the end of next week daily COVID-19 infections are likely to be higher than at any point since the pandemic began. It is not yet possible to say when infections will peak.

This update from Cumbria County Council reminds you about the things you can do to reduce the risk to yourself, your family and friends.

  • Vaccination – get boosted now
  • Hands, face, space and fresh air
  • Testing
  • Help the NHS cope
  • Be prepared and look after yourself
  • Ask for help if you need it
  • Support your community and be kind

Vaccination Update (21.05.21)
The vaccination programme got underway in Cumbria on 8 December 2020.
Please find attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in relation to Vaccinations here: Vaccine FAQ October 2021

Information on the vaccination programmes can be found here: North Cumbria: and South Cumbria:

You can find the Public Health England resources on the Coronavirus vaccine here:

Infection rates are now falling across Cumbria, but the rates are still very high compared levels over the summer. You can find information on local infection rates, hospital admissions, etc, on the Cumbria County Council website:

Volunteering and Neighbourliness (18.01.21)
It is still acceptable to leave home to provide support to a vulnerable person, and for volunteering activities that cannot be undertaken from home, during the national lockdown. This means that there should be no significant issues for community groups supporting others during coronavirus – but please take the opportunity to have another think if there are ways you adapt how you work.

It might now be possible to undertake some activities from home, or to reduce the number of volunteers involved in face-to-face support – if you can, this will help to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to further reduce the risks to individuals.

The full guidance on safe volunteering is here:

Community Leaders Pack (08.01.21)
This pack is designed to help community leaders to support people in their communities. It aims to give you information on the key messages and where people can access support, with a little more detail and background information than it is possible to include in short press releases and other public information. Community leaders may be informal (someone who’s set up a local support group) or formal (local councillors); the pack might also be useful to other people, including the staff of local voluntary sector organisations.
Download a copy

For the latest details on what is happening in Cumbria in relation to coronavirus, including advice, support, testing and more, visit the Cumbria County Council website:

Local Infection Rates
You can find information on local infection rates, hospital admissions, etc, on the Cumbria County Council website:

Daily national information is available here:

Unfortunately, there are once again a number of scams in circulation, both in relation to vaccination and Coronavirus more generally.
For more information on scams and how to report them, visit the Action Fraud website:

Please Note: all information is correct at the time of being made available.

 COVID 19 Guidance for Third Sector Organisations

Sections include: General; Volunteering; Funding; Governance; Wellbeing; Organisations/Employers; Training; Other Key Sources; Local/National (Updated 21/05/21)


Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

The government has updated the guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities in England:

Covid-19 Testing Opportunities Around Cumbria
A range of locations are now being used around Cumbria to support people to access testing for Covid-19 in Cumbria.
For full details of Test Centres including walk through facilities, visit:

Face Coverings – what you need to know
Following the easing of restrictions all guidance has been updated:

Public Health England ‘Active at Home’ Booklet
Public Health England has produced an ‘Active at Home’ booklet that provides practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance. It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults will lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and need for care in the future. Download a copy here.

Change of Service Directory
Cumbria CVS has developed a directory to capture changes in service delivery across local organsiations including closures and new services developed in response to COVID19. To acess this, please click here:

Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Directory of Mental Health, Mental Wellbeing and Bereavement Support details both local and national mental wellbeing resources. To access the directory, please see visit our Action for Health page.

Frequently Asked Questions (21.05.21)

COVID-19 Easy Read Guides
People First have collected easy read information and valuable resources from a range of respected sources to support adults with a learning disability to stay connected and informed of Covid-19.   You can access these resources here:

COVID-19: updated guidance for managing a funerals etc:

Vegetarian for Life have produced a couple of useful information sheets as follows: Vegetarian Grocery Box Guide



Volunteering and Recruiting volunteers

To access our full list of volunteering support, advice and downloadable resources here:

Support Cumbria: A central website for anyone interested in volunteering during Covid-19. Click here to register as a volunteer:
Please note: we are anticipating high numbers of volunteers; you will only be contacted when an organisation needs your help but Thank You in advance for offering your time and skills to volunteer!

Need Volunteers?
If your organisation is looking for volunteers for extra help during Covid 19, please contact Cumbria CVS to register these. Please complete and submit the attached Registration Form and return it to Cumbria CVS:



Cumbria CVS Funding Support:
Cumbria CVS can offer support in relation to funding applications, please  Please see our main FUNDING page:

Please see our latest Focus on Funding Updates and our Case Studies (Funding Support) 

Eden Sight Support Funding Case Study

Border Kirk Carlisle Case Study

Cumbria Community Foundation
The Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund has now closed to applications:

COVID19 Funders database and online toolkit
The Charity Excellence Framework has developed a free online toolkit to increase impact and funding and a Covid19 Funders database.


For a full list of GOVERNANCE Advice, Guidance and Support links and resources, please click here: Governance Advice and Resources 18052020

Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing and mental health during covid-19: a guide to looking after yourself and others
The new the new Covid19 Wellbeing & Mental Health booklet pulled together by Every Life Matters

For a full list of WELLBEING Advice, Guidance and Support links and resources, please click here: Wellbeing Advice and Resources V5 09.11.2020


For a full list of ORGANISATIONAL Advice, Guidance and Support links and resources, please click here: Staff -Employees Advice and Resources V6 20.11.2020

Coaching For Recovery
Cumbria Coaching Network offers Free Coaching Support to Leaders and Employees in Cumbria affected by Covid19
Cumbria Coaching Network is a professional group of coaches who operate in and around Cumbria. Founded in 2004, we promote the benefits of coaching for individuals and organisations and provide peer group support for coaches, with opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), coaching supervision and maintenance of professional and ethical standards.
Our members are offering their services free of change, to leaders of businesses, charities and public sector organisations and their employees in Cumbria and adjoining areas, who have been affected by the impact of the Covid 19 epidemic. We recognise from our experience that having an independent person with the skills of listening and helping people find their own solutions can be very beneficial in reducing stress, anxiety and tension. The service in confidential.
For full details visit the website:


Recovery College Online – Coping during the Pandemic Course
This course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic.
There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
The course is free to access for everyone. You can find the link on our homepage:

British Red Cross online training course for coronavirus volunteers
Whether you’re volunteering with a charity or lending a hand to a neighbour, this step by step guide tells you how to look after yourself and others.

We also have a Coronavirus page on the website:

Other Key Information Sources

Please note that these websites are constantly being updated to reflect new information, advice and guidance and so please do check them frequently for the most up to date information:

For the latest health advice:

For all other advice:

People who are concerned they are suffering symptoms that may be due to Coronavirus can use the tool on the NHS 111 website in the first instance

It may be necessary to self isolate: What is self-isolation and why is it important?

Remember NHS trusted social media accounts have a blue tick.


Cumbria CVS: Support and advice for local third sector organisations/community groups and volunteers:

Cumbria County Council: Support for all local organisations/individuals:

Local Support Directories
Cumbria County Council’s area teams have produced local support directories for each district. They are now listed on on the Local Communities page here under ‘Local Area Updates’. They can also be downloaded from here:

Support Cumbria: A multi-agency supported website supporting volunteers and organisations across Cumbria: Support Cumbria

Active Cumbria: The Sports and Physical Activity partnership for Cumbria. Lots of useful advice on how to keep active:

Specific resources for the sport and physical activity sector:

A comprehensive list of activities people can do at this time #StayInWorkOut

Action for Communities in Cumbria (ACT): Advice for rural community groups and village halls:

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce: Advice for businesses and large third sector organisations including a toolkit and information on grants, loans etc.


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has some guidance to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus including updates on sick leave; managing finances and planning for staff/volunteers to work from home:

NESTA: An innovation Foundation. They are looking at how they can support the voluntary and community sector as they respond to COVID-19.

Cumbria Action Fraud: Keep abreast of current (COVID-19) scams:

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA): A national perspective:



Eden Project – Community Action Response: 5 things to do: Poster

Pets: Guidance leaflet on Pet Support when self-isolating


 If you have any questions, or ideas on other information that it would be useful to add to this webpage, then please contact:

Alison Phillips –

Or contact our main office on 01768 800350 /