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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The children have been involved in a poster campaign centred on health and wellbeing. They have sought advice from professionals at SAFA and also design expertise from Oxley Development Company marketing department to assist them in their campaign. The resulting posters cover topics such as cyber-bullying, stress, anxiety, and peer pressure and these posters will be distributed around the participating schools who will offer advice as to how to deal with these issues.
One of the highlights of the programme has been the half term trip to Kepplewray Outdoor Education Centre in Broughton–in–Furness, where the children had the opportunity to expand on the goals of the programme by participating in bush-craft, archery, crate stacking, and the giant tree climb.
The programme will culminate with an award ceremony at the Forum in Barrow on Friday 22 March 2019. The children and their families will be invited to attend this ceremony and watch a video of the half term trip.
Inspector Jim Bailey from Cumbria Constabulary will be the guest speaker and will present special awards.
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
Cumbria Third Sector Network Deputy Chair
Deadline Thursday 31 January
Cumbria Third Sector Network is looked to recruit a Deputy Chair with indepth knowledge of the Third Sector to support the Networks Chair. For the application form and more information please go here.
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.