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.
So over the next few weeks we will be advertising for my successor, and we will share details of the role as they become available for advertisement. At the same time we will be recruiting new trustees to join our strong and professional board. If you or anyone you know may be interested please keep watch for the adverts to be circulated soon.
I’ve have truly enjoyed working at Cumbria CVS, the wonderful, kind people and opportunity to learn and grow and hope to see many of you over the coming weeks prior to finishing in April.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Kate encouraged the We Will teenagers to get trained up in the skills required to offer their peer group emotional support without feeling scared or overwhelmed, themselves. She has mentored them as they embarked on lobbying their MP, making their own eloquent film, persuading Maryport businesses to display mental health awareness posters, doing media interviews – and finally, plucking up the courage to approach their schools’ senior leadership teams to take action.
The full story has been featured in the Guardian on Tuesday 12 February 2019: Follow this link for full details: https://t.co/VkQZbgPWIJ?amp=1
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.
Cumbria LEP is planning to appoint a third sector (voluntary, community and social enterprise sector) representative to its Board.
The selection for the position will be carried out through Cumbria Third Sector Network (which includes Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership as one of its specialist networks) who will then nominate the successful individual as LEP Board member.
The third sector representative on the Cumbria LEP Board will need to fulfil the requirements of a private sector member of the Board. This means that the individual must hold a strategic position (senior staff or trustee) within an organisation registered with Companies House (for example, a Charitable Company).
They will also be required to undertake the roles required of all members of the Cumbria LEP Board, which are detailed in the role description, and to maintain a strong link to Cumbria Third Sector Network’s Executive group in order that they are able to represent the views of Cumbria’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 9 January 2019.
Date for Interviews: Wednesday 16 January 2019.
For further information visit: www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/vacancies
Third Sector Representative for Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board
Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board exists to provide strategic leadership and promote closer integration of health and care, through partners working together to ensure that everyone in Cumbria is able to benefit from improvements in health and well-being.
Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board has recently revised its terms of reference to include a third sector (voluntary, community and social enterprise sector) representative.
The selection for the position will be carried out through Cumbria Third Sector Network (which includes Cumbria Action for Health Network as one of its specialist networks) who will then nominate the successful individual as Health and Wellbeing Board member. The individual will also become a member of Cumbria Third Sector Network’s Executive group (which meets around four times a year) in order that they are able to represent the views of Cumbria’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
Closing date for applications : Monday 21 January 2019.
For more information visit: www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/vacancies
Cumbria Third Sector Network – Deputy Chair
Cumbria has a large and vibrant third sector, made up of organisations that play a huge role in the life of Cumbrian communities. These organisations range from community groups run entirely by volunteers to large local charities and social enterprises, some of which employ several hundred staff and have a multi-million pound turnover each year. From the volunteers running our village halls and mountain rescue teams, to the specialist staff working in our hospices and children’s centres, life in Cumbria quite simply wouldn’t be the same without them. The people of Cumbria are at the core – people giving and receiving support, and increasing the sustainability of our local economies, environment, culture and heritage.
Cumbria Third Sector Network brings these many diverse organisations together and provides a mechanism for involving them in the planning of local services. The network has mechanisms to select representatives onto Cumbria’s strategic partnerships, and to give the sector a voice to lobby and influence local partners. The network has existed since 2007, and now has a mature and robust relationship with many local statutory sector partners.
Cumbria Third Sector Network appoints its independent Chair from outside the network, and elects its Deputy Chair from within the network. A major part of the Deputy Chair role is to support the Chair with their in depth-knowledge of Cumbria’s Third Sector and the issues organisations face.
We are now recruiting for the Deputy Chair role, if you are interested please download the supporting documents below.
The deadline for applications is: Thursday 31 January 2019.
For more information visit: www.cumbriacv.org.uk/vacancies
Volunteer Twitter Hour
Cumbria CVS is pleased to announce the first Twitter Hour of 2019!!
Join us on Tuesday 5 February 2019 #cvsvolunteerhour 8-9pm
During this hour, we will be looking at Volunteering Opportunities in Cumbria so please follow us @CumbriaCVS and share your volunteering opportunities using the hashtag #cvsvolunteerhour
If your organisation is not on Twitter or is unable to join, please email any volunteering opportunities that you would like to share (posters etc) to email@example.com or text by 28 January 2019.
Good Governance and Trusteeship
Chief Executive Officer
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.
The West Funding Event will take place on Thursday 12 July 2018 at Whitehaven Rugby Club (10am – 3pm) and will boast a range of funders including Cumbria Community Foundation, BBC Children in Need, the Big Lottery Fund and many more. We look forward to welcoming groups from both Copeland and Allerdale and are thankful to support from Copeland Community Fund towards this event. Please see Events section for further details and to book!
Remember, if you need funding support, information or advice, please contact you local Business Development Officer on 01768 800350.
Supporting Vulnerable People during Emergencies
On 28 June, Cumbria CVS organised an event on “Supporting Vulnerable People during Emergencies” – part of our Big Lottery Fund funded Rebuilding Together Programme, and a follow up to last November’s “Communities to COBR” event organised by project partner ACT.
Around 60 people came to the event at Rheged despite the fabulous weather outside – a mix of staff from statutory sector and voluntary organisations, volunteers from the larger community emergency response groups, and community members from across Cumbria.
The day included presentations from Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, staff from Cumbria County Council, Cumbria CVS, the North Cumbria NHS and Communities – and covered practical experiences and information on how Cumbria coordinates the response to a major incident – along with plenty of time for more informal networking around tables and over lunch.
Feedback from the day has been very positive, and groups have asked for a follow up event in the Autumn – watch this space!
“Having been involved with the floods in 2009, I can honestly say how heartening it is to see how far things have come on with regards to community engagement and more importantly, communities being at the forefront of planning and development.” Cllr Claire Driver (Cumbria County Council)
“Many grateful thanks for a well organised, well run and very informative event. Having attended a few events involving Emergency/Flood themes, this one is high on the list for what people actually got out of it and felt comfortable about the subjects.” Joe Murray, Kendal Community Emergency Planning Group.
Changing Places toilet
Cumbria CVS has officially opened their Changing Places toilet at Shaddongate Community Centre.
The facility was officially opened by Laura Cadman, CEO, Cumbria CVS and Glenys Marriot, Cumbria Neurological Alliance today, Thursday 14 June 2018.
The facility is open Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 3pm.
Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2018
Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June is an annual event and celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society while inspiring others to get involved too.
Cumbria CVS is running Volunteering Fairs across Cumbria during Volunteers’ Week to help local organisations recruit new volunteers. Please see the above details for our Volunteer Fairs during this week.
What are your Volunteers’ Week plans?
NCVO have provided information, guidance and resources to help you start planning and make your own Volunteers’ Week a success. They have a resource pack full of ideas and tips for making the most of Volunteers’ Week to either recognise or recruit volunteers. You can sign up for their Volunteers’ Week mailing list by visiting their website HERE
Thank your volunteers!
Happy Volunteers Week to all the fantastic volunteers in Cumbria and a big thank you to all the amazing volunteer managers who manage and support volunteers throughout the year.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Get your nominations in for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
To be nominated they should do work that:
- provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
- is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
- is run locally
Volunteer groups should have been running for three years or more to be nominated.
Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
When you nominate a group you also need letters from two people who support your nomination and are independent of the group you’re nominating – for example:
- someone who benefits from the group’s work
- someone who’s aware of the group’s work
The letters must include:
- how the group helps the local community
- how you know the group
Submit your nomination by 14 September 2018 to make sure your group is considered for the 2019 awards. For more information visit the main website HERE
Three outstanding voluntary groups receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
It has recently been announced, Dalton Community Association Drill Hall, Manna House and the Volunteer Prescription Delivery Service have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK – the MBE for volunteer groups.
You can read more about the nominees on the Your Cumbria News.
Time flies when things are changing
It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through 2018. When did the New Year become June? The last five months have truly flown – and in that time we have witnessed a period of more exciting developments.
For Cumbria CVS, our staff team has grown in response to funding: we are pleased to welcome Clare Edwards as the new Health Partnership Officer for North Cumbria (see next article); we have successfully recruited to the new Community Resilience Co-ordinator post and are also strengthening our Building Better Opportunities team with the appointment of a new Project Manager and Lead Key Worker. We have also been delighted to welcome a new volunteer to our team at Shaddongate who is helping us look after our fabulous building.
We have witnessed other developments too. Like most other organisations, we have devised new systems and processes to comply with new GDPR requirements; we have updated our Quality Policy, which is now available for all on our website (About Us) and we are currently undertaking a review of our Governance structures and processes to achieve our aim of being the exemplar for good governance across the sector and beyond.
We are working towards Disability Confident Status and hope to encourage others to do the same; and have recently developed a new volunteering policy in relation to Employer Supported Volunteering, which we look forward to sharing with you all soon.
So, what does the second half of the year hold? We look forward to taking some time to further deliver our strategic plan and enjoy the exciting opportunities that this brings, whilst reviewing activities, reflecting on experiences and celebrating successes.
As a final note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers across the county, including trustees, for their continued commitment and dedication without which our sector would not be what it is. In particular, a big thanks to Cumbria CVS volunteers and trustees for all their hard work and support this year. We could not do it without you.
Here’s hoping that your year is going well too.
Building links between the NHS and Third Sector
Building relationships with the Third Sector as health and care services become more integrated will be a priority for the new health partnerships officer.
Clare Edwards, who has a long history of representing Third Sector organisations, has taken up the new role which is funded by the NHS, but based with Cumbria CVS.
Clare said, “I know from first-hand experience just how tough it can be to get a meaningful dialogue going with staff from the health sector but I also know how exciting it can be when relationships work and great new services are developed.
“It is an exciting time in the world of health and care in North Cumbria, a lot of this excitement is being generated by the buzz around our new Integrated Care Communities.
“I wanted this job because I feel building integrated care in communities provides a real opportunity to think differently and explore new ways to work across sectors in communities that I love.”
As health and care services are working together more closely than ever before, there are real opportunities to build stronger relationships and ensure the voices of organisations, and the patients and communities they represent, are involved in shaping services.
Prof John Howarth, director of service improvement and deputy chief executive for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust (NCUHT) and Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trusts (CPFT), said, “This is a very exciting moment for our health and care services and there is a real opportunity for us to make sure the Third Sector is part of that change and is sharing its expertise, helping us to co-produce our services for the future together.”
Mike Taylor, chair of the Action for Health Network, part of Cumbria CVS, said, “It is fantastic to have a dedicated member of staff working to strengthen these important relationships, it shows real commitment from the NHS to work with the many groups across Cumbria that are providing amazing support to many in our communities. Integrated Care Communities are a really great opportunity for the third sector to work alongside health and care staff to develop and deliver innovative, effective new ways of working that showcase the best from all sectors and always have the local community at their heart.“