Faith, Hope and Charity – Film Premiere

An ambitious film by a Carlisle charity and local filmmaker will be premiered at 7pm at The Stanwix Arts Theatre, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road, Carlisle on Friday August 1st 2014.

The film, a drama documentary, is a social history charting the role of one of the country’s oldest charitable organisations and has been funded by a National Heritage Lottery grant.

South Lakeland Health and Wellbeing Forum – third sector representative wanted

In the six districts of Cumbria, locality Health and Wellbeing Forums are being developed to provide a ‘local influence’ to the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board. The forums will 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 well-being. It will have a key role of ensuring that locality issues are represented at the Cumbria Health and Well-being Board. Although they each share this remit, the locality Health and Wellbeing Forums are developing their membership to reflect the local communities in which they operate.

Cash boost for small groups

Carlisle Voluntary and Community groups are being supported to find cash at a special Small Groups Funding Surgery in Carlisle Civic Centre this Friday 25 July 10 am until 1pm.

Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service in Carlisle has joined forces with Carlisle City Council to organise the event. Representatives from the city and county councils, Cumbria Waste Management Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation, The Hadfield Trust , Police and Crime Commissioner Fund and Neighbourhood Care Independence Fund will be on hand to explain how people can apply for grants.

Welfare Commission Report

Welfare Commission Report

The Cumbrian Commission on Welfare Reform has published its report, with twelve recommendations on how the welfare system could be improved at both a local and a national level.

This is a particularly exciting piece of work for our sector, as Cumbria Leaders Board asked the Third Sector Network (TSN) to lead it. Andy Beeforth, the Deputy Chair of the Network, recruited Commissioners and coordinated the work, supported by the Policy team at Cumbria County Council. Commissioners interviewed staff and service users from organisations within the Third Sector Network – Foodbanks, Housing Associations, Children’s Centres, mental health support groups, Citizens Advice Bureaux and many, many others.

Cumbria CVS AGM call for new trustees

Our AGM will take place on Thursday 16 October at Rheged, Penrith.

Four of our current Trustees have served their maximum term of office (6 years) and will be standing down.

We would be pleased to hear from people who are interested in becoming Trustees of Cumbria CVS – especially those who have an understanding of local issues and needs in the Eden and West areas of the county.

Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Survey 2014

Please complete the Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends survey:

The Northern Rock Foundation/Charity Bank Third Sector Trends study has been running since 2010 and this is the third round of the study, providing vital information to help individual organisations and the sector as a whole in Cumbria.

Funding Portal


Developed exclusively for local voluntary and community organisations, this new funding portal aims to help source funding to support an array of activities and projects. With access to thousands of funding opportunities, CumbriaCVS4Community will provide a range of relevant information to help support organisations, whenever and wherever they want.

Plan for taking Volunteering forward into the future

Updating your volunteering opportunities for the do-it changes
Changes to the new Do-it site for the cloud based service are due to take place in Autumn 2014. If your organisation currently has opportunities on the Do-it website uploaded via Cumbria CVS you need to inform us of any changes to your volunteering opportunities and to make sure the information and contact details we have on our database are up to date.

Small Grants Fund to Help People Remain Independent at Home

Cumbria CVS has a grant fund for small, volunteer led, community groups, voluntary organisations or associations that work with adults over 65 years, vulnerable adults under 65 years, or people that require services or support to help them remain independent at home. The funding is provided as part of the Neighbourhood Care Independence (NCI) Programme.

Cumbria CVS are able to fund new or established volunteer-led groups such as luncheon clubs, healthy activities groups, good neighbours schemes, indeed pretty much any group that supports older and vulnerable people to remain independent.