Cumbria Third Sector Network

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Cumbria Third Sector Network: New Independent Chair Appointed

John Holland

Following the recent interviews, I’m pleased to announce that John Holland (pictured) has been appointed as the new Independent Chair for Cumbria Third Sector Network.

Some you may already know John, as he’s involved with a range of local third sector organisations, including Rotary, Friends of Brampton Hospital, Brampton Rural Housing Trust, Carlisle and District Talking Newspapers and Highlights (an organisation that brings professional artistic productions to rural audiences). His professional background is in banking and finance – with management roles in HSBC, and experience as a financial advisor to AW Jenkinson Forest Products that included setting up their pension scheme.

John will be chairing the next Executive meeting (12 July), and will introduce himself further then. He’s keen to meet individually with members of the Executive over the next few months – and if anyone wants to contact him directly, the best way to do so is by email:

I look forward to working with him.

Thank you to Will Williams

irenaphotography Cumbria CVS AGM Nov15 0006 Will and CarolynAs well as welcoming John as the new chair, Cumbria Third Sector Network would like to thank Will Williams for the huge contribution he made to developing and promoting Cumbria’s Third Sector during the 5 years he spent as Chair. Will (pictured with Carolyn) committed a huge amount of time to the role, taking on many extra responsibilities including chairing the Cumbria Leaders Board for a year, and this really help raise the profile of local third sector organisations. So, thanks once again Will – and we hope you’re enjoying having more free time!

Carolyn Otley
Cumbria Third Sector Network Coordinator
Cumbria CVS

Cumbria Deal
On 4 September 2015, the leaders of the Cumbrian public sector, supported by the private sector led Local Enterprise Partnership and colleagues from partner organisations, have submitted an expression of interest to Government. It outlines those areas where it may be possible to negotiate a deal with Government to increase economic growth and improve the way public services are delivered in Cumbria.

Over the next few weeks and months negotiations with Government will take place to see if agreement can be reached. Nothing is certain, but these high-level propositions, if agreed as a package, have the potential to deliver real benefit to visitors and to the people, communities, and businesses of Cumbria.

You can download:

Cumbria Third Sector Network

The Cumbria Third Sector Network is the mechanism for involving third sector organisations in planning. “Third Sector” is a term that describes all not for profit organisations that are outside of the public sector. These include charities, community groups, sport associations and social enterprises. The Network provides a structure for selecting representatives of Cumbria’s Third Sector, and for communicating and consulting with the broad sector.

Cumbria Third Sector Network, shown around the outside of the diagram, is a “network of networks”, and potentially includes every third sector organisation in Cumbria. Its membership comprises members of each specialist network referred to below. Membership details are held by each of those networks individually, and there is currently no overall membership list.

The purpose of the Network is to provide a mechanism for communication with the broader third sector in Cumbria. For example, to host consultation events of general interest to third sector organisations, for representation of the sector, and for lobbying on its behalf.

Your contacts are:

Independent Chair John Holland
Deputy Chair Andy Beeforth
01900 820821
Network Coordinator Carolyn Otley
01768 800350

Please contact Carolyn in the first instance.


Specialist Networks

View details of each specialist network.

Cumbria Third Sector Executive

Cumbria Third Sector Executive provides a focus for representation, lobbying and leadership for Cumbria’s third sector.

It is made up of a representative from each of the specialist networks, and has the ability to co-opt additional members who have a significant representation of leadership role in Cumbria’s third sector.

Download the latest minutes:

Report of the Cumbrian Commission on Welfare Reform
The Cumbrian Commission on Welfare Reform, which was led by Cumbria Third Sector Network on behalf of Cumbria Leaders Board, has now published its findings. These can be downloaded from the links below:

Third Sector Trends Study (November 2015)
From Tony Chapman
Policy & Practice, St Chad’s College
Durham University

This report provides a digest of findings from the Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends study. The paper focuses on the situation in Cumbria, but provides some comparative evidence from North East England and Yorkshire and the Humber to strengthen understanding of how the third sector is faring in the county.
Unlike previous working papers, which have been more analytical in content, this report simply provides readers with key statistics to improve sector intelligence.

Download the full report here

Local Health and Wellbeing Fora in Cumbria
There are five Health and Wellbeing Fora in Cumbria – Allerdale, Copeland, Eden, Barrow and South Lakeland (Carlisle has a Health City Steering Group as it has ‘Healthy City’ status).

The Fora are recognised by the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board as a local influencer and to explore effective methods of working with localities. The fora have a specific remit of having an overview of local issues, providing a means of bringing together partners, and connecting with local communities to mobilise resources to impact on health and wellbeing. They have a key role of ensuring that locality issues are represented at the Public Health Alliance and Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board.

Link to the Health and Wellbeing Fora updates (produced for the Public Health Alliance):