We want to hear from you!

At Cumbria CVS, we are always keen to improve our services. We want to know about your experience of working with us or about how we could improve what we do. If you have used one of our services recently, have contacted for information, or you have an idea about something we could be doing, let us know!
Whether you are a member of Cumbria CVS or not, we would like to hear from you.
Simply drop us an email to (use Feedback in the subject line) or send us your feedback online:
All comments will be dealt with in confidence.

Dulverton Trust Fund

Cumbria Community Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of a new fund aimed at supporting charitable organisations operating across Cumbria, addressing local need through the Dulverton Trust Fund. The Fund will support a wide range of charitable activities and particularly aims to support projects that directly match the Dulverton Trust’s existing priorities of: Youth opportunities, General welfare, and Conservation and preservation.

FREE Support for Copeland Groups

Cumbria CVS is offering FREE governance training for local groups in Copeland, supported by Copeland Community Fund.
Local groups can enjoy a FREE three hour session on the Roles and Responsibilities of their management committee/Trustees focusing on their legal duties.
Look at what it means to be a trustee; the difference between the roles of staff and the management committee; and the importance of referring and adhering to your organisation’s rules (i.e. what you can and can’t do).
Limited sessions available – book today.
Contact – Tony Brown on 01768 800350 or

Virgin London Marathon 2016

Ali Phillips (Support Services Manager, Cumbria CVS) ran the London Marathon last weekend (24 April 2016). The months of training finally paid off as she beat her new marathon personal best time by 12 minutes! stumbling over the line after 4 hours, 10 minutes and 17 seconds.

Ali would like to thank everyone, especially her work colleagues, for all their support in the build-up to, and the running of this event. She says it has been overwhelming.
She has currently raised in the region of £600+ for the Alzheimer’s Society but if anyone would still like to donate – it’s not too late. Contact her for further details.

FareShare in Cumbria

FareShare is a national food charity, tackling poverty and food waste.

Fresh Food for Community Food Members
Community Food Members are not-for-profit organisations with registered food premises who regularly prepare meals for people in need. The food distribution centre supplies high quality, lowcost food to charities, community groups and not-forprofit organisations which provide nutritious meals to vulnerable, marginalised people, for as little as £12 a week membership.
Become a member – contact:
01772 665958 or 07736 617042
Download a leaflet here

Cumbria Third Sector Network – independent Chair

Cumbria Third Sector Network is recruiting an independent Chair – an exciting leadership opportunity for an individual who wants to make a difference to Cumbria.

Cumbria Third Sector Network has existed since 2009, and brings together community groups and voluntary organisations from across Cumbria, providing a structure to engage with local public sector leaders and giving the sector a voice in local planning. The Chair plays a key role in representing Cumbria’s third sector organisations and influencing local policy, including through a seat at the Cumbria Leadership Board.

Northern Rock Foundation closure

The Trustees of Northern Rock Foundation yesterday approved the formal closure of the Foundation and will now proceed to wind up the charitable company. All enquiries should be directed to The Trustees of Northern Rock Foundation c/o Ward Hadaway at Sandgate House, 102 Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3DX.

Between January 1998 and January 2016 the Foundation awarded £235.8 million in 4,417 grants and other awards. Information on the Foundation’s history and grant making and work of the Foundation, its final legacy projects and copies of all its publications, research and resources are available on its website

Flood Recovery News

Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal
In April the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal received £ for £ match funding from the Government and saw the total raised reach £9.7 million. This is a truly remarkable achievement which has only been made possible by the generosity of thousands of people, businesses and charitable trusts.
The Appeal has already supported thousands of people through small and large grants to assist with repairs, loss of income, replacing goods, and rebuilding communities. More than £3.8m has been distributed with 2,300 households receiving financial support.
If you have been affected by the floods, you can still apply for a grant: