The Specialist Networks

The specialist networks are shown as the ‘slices’ of the diagram, and comprise groups of third sector organisations with a common interest. The “outer wheel” gives areas of broad interest, whilst the “inner wheel” names infrastructure organisations and networks that already exist. Most, but not all, areas are currently covered.

Each specialist network selects a representative to attend meetings of the Cumbria Third Sector Executive.

Each specialist network must meet minimum standards relating to their membership and selection/support of representatives. However, beyond these minimum standards, there is wide variation between the networks. Some “networks” are in fact the membership of an organisation. Some only exist as email networks with minimal staff support; others may meet regularly.


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Email contact details for each Specialist Network are given below:

Specialist Network

Contact Details

General Third Sector Support  

David Allen, Cumbria CVS, CEO

Children and Young People

Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector Reference Group
Enhancing the lives of families, children and young people in need, through collaboration between 200 networked organisations.

External web link:

Cath Clarke (Young People)

Cumbria Local Nature Partnership
Protecting and enhancing local environment and their wildlife and providing opportunities for local people and visitors to engage, enjoy and benefit, contributing to community cohesion and local economies.External web link:
Paul Evans


Cumbria Rural Forum
Sustaining rural communities through collaboration between rural organisations for addressing rural issues such as energy poverty and rural poverty, and influencing for a better policy and delivery framework.

External web link:

Lorrainne Smyth
Equality and Diversity (BME)
AWAZ Cumbria, OutREACH Cumbria and Cumbria Disability Network Fostering good relations that allow challenges to inequality and discrimination, and promoting understanding among diverse communities across Cumbria.External web links: AWAZ Cumbria

Equality and Diversity (Disability) Currently Vacant
Equality and Diversity (LGBT)

OutREACH Cumbria:

Richard Kavanagh
Churches Together in Cumbria
Enhancing community cohesion and supporting the needs of local people through ecumenical community outreach and support.External web link:
David Pitkeathly
Cumbria Arts and Culture 

Supporting Arts and Culture organisations to help work collaboratively and promote the benefits of  their work around the economy, health and wellbeing, heritage and creativity.

External web link:

Richard Foster

Sport and Physical Activity
Active Cumbria
Increasing participation in community sport for the benefit of individuals and communities.External web link:
Bruce Lawson

Economy and Enterprise
Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership
Promoting and supporting the development of social enterprises for local services and increasing community sustainability. External web link:
Lorrainne Smyth

Cumbria Community Transport Forum
Reducing physical and social isolation through promoting and supporting the provision of community transport.

Liz Clegg
Health and Wellbeing Cumbria
Action for Health Network inc. the Mental Health Provider Forum Improving the physical and spiritual health and providing support services including ageing, mental health, learning difficulties and substance use.External web link:
Mike Taylor (Chair of Cumbria Action for Health Network)
MTaylorHP@aol.comDenise Jarman (Mental Health Provider Forum)
Advice and Information

Cumbria Advice Network
Advice and Information – Enabling individuals and communities to secure the necessary advice and information for the support that is available with particular attention to reducing poverty, improving health, housing and employment.External web link:

Martin Telford
Training and Learning Currently Vacant
Increasing the capacity to provide invaluable services for the local community and increased community cohesion, together with enhancing the quality of life, health and well-being and skills of volunteers.
Judith Smale

Cumbria Housing Partners
Support for priority gaps in housing and regeneration in communities.

External web link:

John Clasper