Cumbria CVS (Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service) offers help, advice, training and support to third sector groups throughout Cumbria.
We bring organisations together to form a powerful voice for our sector.
Local Infrastructure organisations, like us, support over 160,000 local charities and voluntary groups across the country, helping them to thrive and deliver essential services within their communities.
Increased Impact, Influence and Investment in and from Cumbria CVS and the Third Sector.
Leading by example – encouraging creativity, innovation and best practice and being passionate about what we do.
Aiming for and promoting excellence in everything we do.
Recognising, valuing and being accessible to the Cumbrian community in all its diversity.
Treating ourselves and others with respect and dignity, being honest, transparent and accountable to all our stakeholders.
Championing the principle of not-for-profit contributions to life in Cumbria.
Our Strategic Priorities
Our Strategic Focus
System improvement and partnership
Cumbria CVS aspires to greater collaborative practice for itself and for our sector. We believe there are savings and efficiencies to be found from de-duplication and that more effective services can be developed with shared knowledge and resources. We champion a partnership approach that welcomes and capitalises on shared skills and experience, joint strategic development and co-production.
Cumbria CVS develops strong, effective leadership and representation amongst the agencies and communities we serve. We will invest to support our members in this shared endeavour and in brokering access to impactful services, resources and projects. We will continue to review and improve our own governance and reporting arrangements as well as those for the networks and constituencies we serve.
We will build sector capacity through two key routes:
Encouraging partnership and collaboration to:
- identify gaps in service capacity
- identify solutions which make the best use of available resources
- add value through a more joined-up approach
- build stronger research and impact evaluation approaches
- share learning about “what works”
- promote and develop quality standards
Delivering services directly when they:
- contribute to shared learning or increased capacity across the sector
- can be delivered without competition or duplication with members
- adopt clear “exit” strategies which benefit the sector
- and where we either have or can obtain the expertise and skills to provide services of sufficient quality
Increase membership and membership engagement
As an infrastructure organisation, our strength lies firmly in our membership. Our strategy is to:
- grow our membership across the rich variety of voluntary organisations
- encourage “member to member” mutual support arrangements: to share ideas, tools and expertise and work towards shared goals
- increase member representation and self-advocacy
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Equality and Diversity Statement
Cumbria CVS is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Organisation. It is our policy to ensure that all employees, associated organisations, service users and job applicants receive the same treatment regardless of their gender, culture, sexual orientation, marital status, age, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, disability or background. Nobody should be disadvantaged by any conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified.
Cumbria CVS is committed to take action to remove any unfair discrimination in all its operations as well as taking positive action to promote equal opportunities.
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