2020 March 25

Living With and Beyond Cancer

We are able to offer a friendly listening ear and help to find local support.
Our support line – 01228 525197 – will now available every Wednesday and Thursday from Wednesday 25 March 2020 between 9:30am and 4:30pm.  If you call outside of these times, please use the answerphone to leave a message and we will get back to you.
This service for people who are affected by cancer living in North Cumbria.

Forces Link

Forces Link will continue to publish information on our social media pages – @ForcesLink Carlisle and Eden – Facebook and Twitter, keeping up to date with how services can be contacted and their offer of service during this period. Richie is still available via email Richard.hinson@cumbriacvs.org.uk and telephone on 01768 800 350 or 07458050141, for any enquiries from any of the ex-service community or their families looking for support or from organisations looking to support someone.


Funding Advice and Support
Cumbria CVS is here to help you through these unprecedented times.  This supports includes helping you apply for funding relating to Covid-19, for example setting up a new group that supports people dealing with issues relating to Covid-19 and recruiting volunteers to support you deliver your services.

We also have a number of resources to support groups which are available on our website including:

Supporting and Responding

Hi Everyone:
I hope you are all keeping well –  and your distance!!  Challenging times indeed – and it is clear they are going to get even more challenging.

A few things to report and offer:

Supporting the third sector
We have provided some input into an organisational survey to assess what voluntary organisations need to both keep going and to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) will be circulating this in the next day or so: please try and give this 10-15 minutes: it will help us make the case for support and also save lives.


In times of need, our greatest resource is often people and the current response to Covid-19 is proving to be no no exception. People (volunteers/neighbours/family) are stepping forward to help and support those less able/more vulnerable for themselves and are providing an amazing range of support.

Since the announcement this week the government that volunteers were needed by the NHS to support the 1.5million people most at risk from the virus to stay safe – over 250,000 people volunteered in a single day (total is now half a million). Amazing! If you too are interested in helping, please visit: https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhsvolunteerresponders