Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives 

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

For full details click here:

Emergency support line for vulnerable people* needing urgent help

The Emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966
Alternatively, you can email your request to
The ‘call’ centre will operate Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service will also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.
Further details about this support service can be found online at

Please note: all information is correct at the time of being made available.

@Together Cumbria

A new countywide twitter account @TogetherCumbria aims to share positive stories and information from Cumbria, lifting morale and showcasing the efforts of people responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please follow them and share your positive stories using the hashtags #TogetherWeCan and #TogetherCumbria

 COVID 19 Guidance for Third Sector Organisations

Sections include: General; Volunteering; Funding; Governance; Wellbeing; Organisations/Employers; Training; Other Key Sources; Local/National (Updated 01/06/20)


Change of Service Directory
Cumbria CVS has developed a directory to capture changes in service delivery across local organsiations including closures and new services developed in response to COVID19. To acess this, please click here:

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Please see the attached resource which details both local and national mental wellbeing resources. It has been developed by the Mental Wellbeing.
To download, click here:Mental Health and Wellbeing Directory 280420

Updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing.

Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown (01.06.20)

Groups of up to six from different households can exercise outside under new rules (01.06.20)

New guidance on the management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings
This guidance was published by PHE 01.06.2020:

Frequently Asked Questions (01.06.20)

COVID-19 Easy Read Guides
People First have collected easy read information and valuable resources from a range of respected sources to support adults with a learning disability to stay connected and informed of Covid-19.   You can access these resources here:

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Vegetarian for Life have produced a couple of useful information sheets as follows:Vegetarian Grocery Box Guide

Free hand sanitiser for the third sector on offer from Shed 1 Distillery in Ulverston
Shed 1 Distillery are a micro distillery in Ulverston, Cumbria. Due to COVID-19 we have had to close our doors to the public. However, we have switched production to hand sanitiser. It is being funded by the public who have donated over £5,000 for materials. We are then gifting bottles of sanitiser to organisations, charities and groups in Cumbria. We are using the WHO formula, which means it is a liquid, rather than a gel and is 80% alcohol.

We are waiting for more bottles to be delivered so as of next week we will be able to start delivering again. If you are a group in need of sanitiser, please email with your details and amount you are requesting to We are doing our best to provide as many groups as possible within Cumbria. Also, if you are able to help sourcing appropriate bottles, or know a company that may want to help, please get in touch.


For a full list of VOLUNTEER Guidance, Support and Resources that are available on this website, click here: Volunteer Resources, Advice and Information 01062020 

Volunteering and Recruiting volunteers
Support Cumbria: A central website for anyone interested in volunteering during Covid-19. Click here to register as a volunteer:
Please note: we are anticipating high numbers of volunteers; you will only be contacted when an organisation needs your help but Thank You in advance for offering your time and skills to volunteer!

Need Volunteers?
If your organisation is looking for volunteers for extra help during Covid 19, please contact Cumbria CVS to register these. Please complete and submit the attached Registration Form and return it to Cumbria CVS:

To access our full list of volunteering support, advice and downloadable resources here:



Cumbria CVS Funding Support:
Cumbria CVS can offer support in relation to funding applications, please  Please see our main FUNDING page:

For a full list of  FUNDING Advice, Guidance, Support and List of Funders, please click here: Funding Advice and Resources 18052020

Cumbria Community Foundation
The Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritise funding to charitable projects across the county that are supporting people affected by the virus, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS. For further details and to apply, visit:
Cumbria Community Foundation Response Fund

COVID19 Funders database and online toolkit
The Charity Excellence Framework has developed a free online toolkit to increase impact and funding and a Covid19 Funders database.


For a full list of GOVERNANCE Advice, Guidance and Support links and resources, please click here: Governance Advice and Resources 18052020

Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing and mental health during covid-19: a guide to looking after yourself and others
The new the new Covid19 Wellbeing & Mental Health booklet pulled together by Every Life Matters

For a full list of WELLBEING Advice, Guidance and Support links and resources, please click here:Wellbeing Advice and Resources 01062020


For a full list of ORGANISATIONAL Advice, Guidance and Support links and resources, please click here: Organisational Advice and Resources V3 01.06.2020

Coaching For Recovery
Cumbria Coaching Network offers Free Coaching Support to Leaders and Employees in Cumbria affected by Covid19
Cumbria Coaching Network is a professional group of coaches who operate in and around Cumbria. Founded in 2004, we promote the benefits of coaching for individuals and organisations and provide peer group support for coaches, with opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), coaching supervision and maintenance of professional and ethical standards.
Our members are offering their services free of change, to leaders of businesses, charities and public sector organisations and their employees in Cumbria and adjoining areas, who have been affected by the impact of the Covid 19 epidemic. We recognise from our experience that having an independent person with the skills of listening and helping people find their own solutions can be very beneficial in reducing stress, anxiety and tension. The service in confidential.
For full details visit the website:


Recovery College Online – Coping during the Pandemic Course
This course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic.
There is information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.
The course is free to access for everyone. You can find the link on our homepage:

British Red Cross online training course for coronavirus volunteers
Whether you’re volunteering with a charity or lending a hand to a neighbour, this step by step guide tells you how to look after yourself and others.

We also have a Coronavirus page on the website:

Other Key Information Sources

Please note that these websites are constantly being updated to reflect new information, advice and guidance and so please do check them frequently for the most up to date information:

For the latest health advice:

For all other advice:

People who are concerned they are suffering symptoms that may be due to Coronavirus can use the tool on the NHS 111 website in the first instance

It may be necessary to self isolate: What is self-isolation and why is it important?

Remember NHS trusted social media accounts have a blue tick.


Cumbria CVS: Support and advice for local third sector organisations/community groups and volunteers:

Cumbria County Council: Support for all local organisations/individuals:

Local Support Directories
Cumbria County Council’s area teams have produced local support directories for each district. They are now listed on on the Local Communities page here under ‘Local Area Updates’. They can also be downloaded from here:

Support Cumbria: A multi-agency supported website supporting volunteers and organisations across Cumbria: Support Cumbria

Active Cumbria: The Sports and Physical Activity partnership for Cumbria. Lots of useful advice on how to keep active:

Specific resources for the sport and physical activity sector:

A comprehensive list of activities people can do at this time #StayInWorkOut

Action for Communities in Cumbria (ACT): Advice for rural community groups and village halls:

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce: Advice for businesses and large third sector organisations including a toolkit and information on grants, loans etc.


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has some guidance to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus including updates on sick leave; managing finances and planning for staff/volunteers to work from home:

NESTA: An innovation Foundation. They are looking at how they can support the voluntary and community sector as they respond to COVID-19.

Cumbria Action Fraud: Keep abreast of current (COVID-19) scams:

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have removed the paywall to their knowhow resources:

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA): A national perspective:



Workplace Handwashing and Hygiene Poster
Workplace Handwashing and Hygiene A4 Poster (PDF)

Hand Washing Advice: follow the advice around good hand washing practice and put up reminder posters around your building

Eden Project – Community Action Response: 5 things to do: Poster

Pets: Guidance leaflet on Pet Support when self-isolating


 If you have any questions, or ideas on other information that it would be useful to add to this webpage, then please contact:

Alison Phillips –

Or contact our main office on 01768 800350 /