2021 October 28

Improving Trustee diversity

During October we celebrated Black History Month and highlighted the work of some of the voluntary and not for profit organisations working with and for people of colour across Cumbria.

However, a recent survey found that only 8% of trustees in England and Wales are from Black and Asian backgrounds – this figure may be even smaller in Cumbria. During Trustee Week we celebrate the role, and the importance it has in growing and developing our organisations, whilst recognising that the lack of diversity on our boards has long been a significant challenge.

Developing Your Organisation’s Fundraising Strategy

Join us for this free two-day course on 17th & 24th November, 10am until 1pm, for groups based in Allerdale or Copeland, or working for the benefit of Allerdale or Copeland communities.

During this course you will get the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on and analyse your current fundraising strengths and weaknesses as an organisation
  • Understand what makes a strong fundraising strategy and why you need one
  • Build your knowledge of different sources of income and different methods of fundraising
  • Learn where to find out about funding opportunities and how to research them

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Cumbria CVS Chief Exec to speak at Festival of North West Thinking

Our Chief Executive, David Allen, will be speaking at the VSNW Festival of North West Thinking on Tuesday 9th November. The festival, which runs from 10am-4pm at the Gujarat Hindu Society and Community Centre in Preston, Lancashire, includes a Workshop discussing Health Systems Changes: where are we up to with health system transformation?

The workshop will consider; As the NHS goes through one of its biggest (or most bureaucratic?) system changes in its many years, where are VCSE groups being included and where are they being excluded? Is there a danger of falling through a gap where health and social care come under one body – with each of the two current bodies thinking that the “other” is developing the succession planning for passing on to the new body? On the eve of a new system beginning 1st April 2022, subject to the passing of the Health Bill, what do we need to know and do?