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.

Do-it deadline extended

The new Do-it volunteering website changes to the cloud based service on 25 November 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.

We have extended the deadline to allow more time for organisations to get in contact to update their volunteering opportunities, however you must reply by 30 September 2014

New Funding for West Cumbrian Groups

Community groups working in Allerdale and/or Copeland could be able to 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.

Don’t just take our word for it….

We believe we offer a great service. Here’s what one of our clients say about Cumbria CVS Financial Services:

“Cumbria CVS provided a quick, efficient and helpful system for having our Club’s Annual Accounts independently examined. From first contact to producing the Report, the service was very welcoming and provided at a very reasonable cost to our small club.”
Jill Eastham
Treasurer, Blencowe Badminton Club