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Welcome to Cumbria CVS

Cumbria CVS is a registered charity and membership organisation. We help community/voluntary/not-for-profit groups and organisations to develop and improve by providing training and services that can be 1:1 support, funding advice, bespoke training, or through our regular training courses.

We help place volunteers throughout Cumbria, and work with groups that involve volunteers to follow best practice.

Trustee Focus – June 2022

Welcome to this new section, which will focus on topics aimed at trustees and volunteer directors.

To start, we’re looking at what is a trustee and a volunteer director within the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VSFSE) sector.

About charity trustees

Trustees have overall control of a charity (this includes small community groups that are not registered with the Charity Commission) and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. They may be known by other titles, such as board members, committee members or management committee.

CEO turns Dragon for a day!

Our Chief Executive, David Allen, took on the role of SuperDragon recently, at a Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge pilot event in Penrith. Judging groups of young adults with significant challenges in their lives, David saw first hand how they had developed during the programme.

Here, David tells us what happened:

“The rain was just setting in as I arrived the Eden Rural Foyer this week – the clouds had gathered to blend with the slate-grey rooftops of Penrith and the mood was ominous… it was time to meet the Dragons! I’ve never been a “Dragon” before (and probably never will again) but I was looking forward to meeting the two teams of young people who had worked on a trial project with Cumbria County Council and our colleagues at Inspira and Broxbourne and East Herts CVS.

Useful Information – June 2022

Events, charity news, surveys, feedback, reports, services and much more – in one handy place!

If you’ve seen something you think we should be sharing, let us know! Email us:



Campaign for Learning Conference: Wellbeing for families, communities and you

The importance of supporting health and wellbeing for families is even more apparent with the disruption and isolation caused by the pandemic.

Sarah Bowman, from The National Lottery Community Fund, presenting a cheque for the Community Connectors project to Lee Martin-White, Cumbria CVS Trustee, alongside members of local community organisations and Cumbria CVS staff, at an event at the Carnegie Theatre, Workington.

Community Connectors funding

Community Connectors to build engagement across sectors following Lottery funding success

An award of nearly £300k of funding will support volunteer “Community Connectors” from local organisations throughout Cumbria to improve engagement between the third sector, public sector, and key stakeholders and funders.

Read the full article here

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