Exploring the relationship between Cumbria CVS and local councils

Our CEO, David Allen, is set to deliver a presentation exploring the relationship between Cumbria CVS and local councils, at Transforming Local Government Procurement 2021.

The online event takes place on the 28th September 2021, and brings together senior leaders from across Central and Local Government, academia and the wider public sector to hear the latest policy updates across the sector and address the challenges it faces in these unprecedented times.

Charities Updates


Small Charity Week is an annual event, run by the Foundation for Social Improvement.  Small Charity Week is focused on celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of small charities and the contribution they make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and around the world. This year’s Small Charity Week runs from 15 – 20 June 2020.
Covid-19 means that this year Small Charities week will be celebrated virtually.  You can find out about the events that are taking place on the Small Charity Week website.

New CVS Membership

Further to the announcement last week, I wanted to reiterate the message that as of 1 April 2020, membership of Cumbria CVS is now FREE.

See message from David Allen last week:

“I am pleased to announce that as of 1st April 2020, Cumbria CVS will no longer be charging a membership fee.  This was unanimously agreed by our Board as part of our developing strategy to support the sector whilst becoming financially sustainable.  Instead, we will be developing a range of free services for members along with a range of “paid-for” services.  This is a work in progress, and we will be consulting with you on this as our plans progress.  We welcome your feedback on this move – agreed before COVID-19 hit us, but hopefully still a valuable shift…

Sector secures £750 million

Dear Friends and Colleagues

My message today has changed from the one I wrote yesterday, which was asking for your support to help bring about change – to join Cumbria CVS and other other local, regional and national organisations lobbying hard to get a national commitment to provide financial support to voluntary organisations throughout this crisis – however, it seems that our joint effort has resulted in a success for the sector, although whether this is far reaching enough remains to be seen.


Message from Prof John Howarth local NHS Strategic Incident Commander for Covid 19:

“On behalf of the local NHS I would like to say a huge thank you for the outstanding work undertaken by our third sector colleagues in response to the Covid 19 outbreak. Your actions to support  people in our communities is fantastic. Many of you have also helped us discharge patients back home from our hospitals allowing us to prepare really well in our local hospitals. We are coping well so far but the next few weeks will be challenging. I know this is a worrying time for everyone.”

Living With and Beyond Cancer

New Support Line – 01228 525197
We know that having a cancer diagnosis is a worrying time and even more so now with the current Covid19 pandemic.  Many people are having to isolate at a time when help and support is needed more than ever.

We can help
Our Support Line is open every Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30am and 4:30pm at all other times there is an answering service, which we check regularly.

COVID-19 – Advice, Tips, Resources

In this section we will aim to provide any updated advice, tips, resources, that may be of interest.
Please do bear with us – the information is coming through thick and fast and we are doing our best to coordinate and share this with you all.



Crime Prevention
Althought this may be more appropriate on an individual level, it is important information that we are all aware about current scams:

A More Modern Approach

Hello everyone – first and foremost – many thanks to all of you who got in touch with me regarding my son’s illness.  It was lovely to hear from so many of you and to get your well-wishes – and to pass them on to him.  I am pleased to say that he is making good progress and although he has to attend hospital overnight – he is out and about during the day.  We are very grateful to the fantastic support provided by the wonderful staff at the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.