CVS to welcome new CEO

We are delighted to announce that David Allen will join Cumbria CVS as Chief Executive Officer on 29 July 2019.

David has over 20 years experience of working at a senior level in national charities, and has worked across the UK, including 10 years based in the North West of England. Most recently, he has served for five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.

Cumbria Arts and Culture Network elect Chair and Deputy Chair

Cumbria Arts and Culture Network Chair and Deputy have now been appointed: Richard Foster (Brewery Arts) will assume the role of Chair, supported by Catherine Coulthard (Prism Arts) as Deputy – congratulations to both!
The Cumbria Arts and Culture Network will meet on 2 May  – part of this meeting will be devoted to the Chair exploring with network members how they can work together and support each other.
If you are interested in joining the mailing list for this and other networks (including network updates and invitations to meetings), please contact Laura Rutter: or 01768 800350.

Inspiring Barrow – Kickstart

The Kickstart programme began working with Year 8 children in January 2019 across five secondary schools in the Barrow and Furness area. This is an expansion of two schools from last year with the addition of Dowdales School (Dalton in Furness) and Ulverston Victoria High School.

The programme designed to improve communication, confidence, leadership, resilience and teamwork, has been engaging with the schools through after-school provision.

New Beginnings

I would like to start this month’s EBulletin by letting you know that after very careful consideration I have decided to leave Cumbria CVS. Since I joined it has been a wonderful two years of progress and challenge, and I am very proud of all that Cumbria CVS has achieved, and the strategic direction of this great organisation.

But as some of you may know at a personal level it has been a challenging time for me away from work, which over the last year has taken its toll on both my health and well-being. Over the last few months I have been well supported by the trustees who have been invaluable in their care and consideration in working with me through my decision-making process.  I will certainly miss everyone involved in delivery at Cumbria CVS, the amazing staff and volunteers, our supportive funders, resourceful and innovative partners, fabulous member organisations and all those who make the work of Cumbria CVS possible.

Ewanrigg goes national

With conventional services overstretched, teenagers in the Cumbria coastal town of Maryport teamed up to assist their peers. Frustrated by the waiting times for mental health services,  they formed a group, We Will, to campaign for more understanding and skilled support for young people suffering mental ill health.
The group of teens knew they would need help to plan and organise their campaign, so a year ago they approached Kate Whitmarsh, development worker at the community group Ewanrigg Big Local, which has a mandate to grow grassroots initiatives proposed by anyone resident in the area.

Third Sector Representatives sought

Third Sector Representative for Cumbria LEP
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (Cumbria LEP) is the strategic body through which Cumbria-wide economic activities, priorities and objectives are supported and coordinated. It is a business-led partnership between the public and private sectors, with responsibility for steering growth strategically in local communities.

Good Governance and Trusteeship

Governance is defined as being: ‘The systems and processes concerned with the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation’ (Good Governance: A code for the Voluntary and Community Sector).

Ensuring we have the best stewardship for our charities is no new aspiration. It is a good balance of strong and capable management and effective and supportive governance, together providing a winning formula that creates opportunity and enhances the success of an organisation. Achieving this has to be the goal of every trustee, every chair and every senior manager of a managed charity.

Supporting you

Funding Support
Over the last 12 months, funding (advice) has been one of the main areas of support delivered by the CVS development team, accounting for 62% of enquiries dealt with and they already account for 67% of the enquiries for the first quarter of 2018. This may help to explain the continued popularity of our Funding Events, which we hold across the county throughout the year and which provide a great opportunity for local groups and organisations to liaise with local and national funders and access much needed funding advice and information. We were very pleased to see so many of you at the funding event at Kendal Rugby Club in late June and look forward to welcoming many more of you to Whitehaven next week.