What’s cooking with Community Meals?

Cumbria CVS supports the many wonderful people who have kept, and continue to keep Cumbria’s Community Meals Service on the road.

Cumbria County Council has recently introduced changes to the way meals are provided to customers – bringing in private providers wherever possible. The process has been a difficult and disruptive one for the volunteers, but the vast majority have stayed involved with what they see as a vital service for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

MOT your organisation!

This year Cumbria County Council supported Cumbria CVS with a grant of £2,500 to provide an MOT and repair Centre in Carlisle for smaller voluntary and third sector organisations. They get a policy healthcheck and repairs service that focusses on improving governance and policies to sustain and develop the organisations and enable them to continue to provide local services and benefit.


Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service awarded to local volunteers

More than 200 volunteers from Theatre by the Lake in Keswick were praised for their passion and enthusiasm on Saturday 6 September when they received the highest award that can be given to a volunteer group in the UK. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the group equivalent of an MBE.

Member benefits – spotlight on Markel

Benefits of Cumbria CVS Membership
Cumbria CVS secures discounts for members (through external suppliers) on essential services such as insurance and telecommunications.  This month we’re focusing on Markel Insurance.

Markel Insurance
Offers a wide range of specialist insurance for small charities and community groups starting from just £6 a month, including cover for fundraising events of up to 500 people. Members of Cumbria CVS are eligible for a 10% discount on their policy when purchasing from Markel Direct – to find out more:

Read on for Markel’s tips on how to prevent accidents at fundraising events:

5 steps to prevent accidents at fundraising events
Fundraising is a core part of every charity and community group’s operations, and holding events is a great way to get donations rolling in. However, things don’t always go to plan at fundraising events, and an unforeseen accident could result in an otherwise successful day turning into a disaster.
Luckily, there are a number of easy-to-implement steps to reduce the chances of an accident happening at your event.

Countdown to Do-it – not much time left!

Thank you to all of you who have updated your volunteering opportunities. All live opportunities will be transferred to the new Do-it website in October. Any inactive opportunities or any organisations that have not updated their opportunities will not be transferred over – unless you respond before 17 October 2014.

Please note: on the new website your organisation’s logo will appear along side your volunteering opportunities.
Please email your logo in jpeg format to by 17 October.