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

Planning for a brighter future

Stepping back to look at the bigger picture can ensure we are achieving the right things in the right ways.

As a relatively new Trustee at Cumbria CVS, and being someone who naturally thinks of the bigger picture (don’t ask me to plan the detail!!) I was interested in exploring all the great things CVS was doing – what our over-arching purpose is. An annual cycle of business planning meant that there was clarity about what needed to be done. However, with a more shared understanding of our collective efforts, I was convinced we could achieve more and better for our members.

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.