Cumbria County Council Budget Consultation Event – Disability

Cumbria County Council is consulting on its 2015-16 budget, that will be taken to Council in February 2015. The public are being given the opportunity to provide feedback on 13 proposals. In order to help meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010), the Council has arranged a disability consultation event, supported by Cumbria CVS.

This event will take place on Monday 1 December 2014 at Frenchfields Sports Centre, Carleton, Penrith CA11 8AU from 1.30pm – 3.30pm and is aimed solely at disability organisations and people who use services, with the aim of looking at the proposals from a disability perspective.

Funding for West Cumbrian Groups

Community groups working in Allerdale and/or Copeland could apply for up to £500 thanks to the exciting new initiative ‘Community Support in West Cumbria’, which is being administered by Cumbria CVS.

To apply for a grant from this programme community groups must be providing services for: adults aged over 65 or vulnerable adults aged under 65; and for people that require services or support to help them remain independent at home.

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 got a policy healthcheck and repairs service that focussed on improving governance and policies to sustain and develop the organisations and enable them to continue to provide local services and benefit.

Member benefits – spotlight on Reeds

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 Reeds Printers.

H&H Reeds Printers
Cumbria’s largest supplier of printing, signs and display services. From stationery, leaflets and brochures to banners, exhibition materials and outdoor signage. As a member of Cumbria CVS you will receive a 10% discount off our standard prices and we will match and better any genuine like for like quote by a further 5%.

Exciting New Trustee Vacancies

As Trustees’ Week approaches, we want to highlight just a few of the latest trustee vacancies:

Barrow Citizens Advice needs a diverse team of trustees in their growing bureau. Board meetings are held quarterly, sub committee meetings every 2 months and there are two full strategic planning days per year.

Eden Carers is a local charitable organisation that provides information, support and social opportunities for Carers throughout Eden. They need Trustees to support with their overall governance and strategic direction, to help them in their drive for continuous improvement so that they can best help to enhance the quality of life for Carers and ensure that Carers’ voices are heard.