Room Hire and Office Space
Special Offer – 20% Off your next booking at the Shaddongate Resource Centre
The Shaddongate Resource Centre is currently offering 20% off your first or next room booking with us. The offer is redeemable for bookings made by the end of the year (31 December 2018).
Shaddongate is a modern, fully accessible building with a wide range of facilities:
- Training room/meeting space
- Boardroom/small conference room
- Community Hall
- Self contained office space for hire/rent. Rooms available for 1-2 to 6-12 people.
- Commercial kitchen
- Managed wifi across the whole building; CCTV; induction loop systems; secure locking and access systems
- Changing Place Toilet – with shower, toilet, hoist and baby change
* Screen, projector, flipcharts, refreshments and catering are available upon request.
For further information or to arrange a visit, contact us today:
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.“
Sustainability is key
As many of you will be aware Sustainability is one of the four key themes in our new Strategic Plan – along with Our People, Working Together and Local Leadership. Sustainability can mean different things to different people/organisations, and to many in this current climate, it is often understandably financial. Naturally, Cumbria CVS aspires to be financially sustainable and has been working towards this goal over the past few years – but recently our sustainability focus has taken us down a more environmental route.
In response to a requirement of the current Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work project we undertook an environmental assessment, which enabled us to review our approach to sustainability in a number of areas including: energy efficiency in the use of our buildings (heating, lighting, energy); being more mindful in the use and disposal of resources (including water, paper, consumables and furniture) and in our approach to travel. Naturally, any changes will require time, effort and commitment, but we are excited about this and look forward to sharing our successes (and challenges) with you.
We would also like to encourage more organisations across the sector to review their approach to sustainability. If you are interested in this, please do contact us for further information.
Here’s to a greater use of scarce resources and to increasing the longevity of the sector!
Chief Executive Officer
Stay in touch with Cumbria CVS
We don’t want you to miss out
As you are all aware, the new General Data Protection Regulations came into force last week
(25 May 2018) signalling important changes in data protection laws. As part of this organisations now need to let us know if you’d like to receive information from Cumbria CVS.
Many organisations have already renewed their permissions, which is great, but if you have not yet done this, its still not too late – we would be happy to retain you on our database (mailing lists) but you do need to confirm this as soon as possible. Simply clink on the link and follow the instructions: http://eepurl.com/drWESr
If we do not hear from you soon, we will remove your details from our database.
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We look forward to continuing to work with you and to staying in touch.
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As part of our work on the project, Cumbria CVS has produced a video on Business Continuity Planning which is available to view: https://youtu.be/GcntctjWo8A
We have also run a number of Business Continuity Planning sessions around the county which have been very well received:
“I found the course very interesting . Will be very useful as we do not have a Business Continuity Plan in place”.
If you would like any further help or support please contact Mark Costello, Business Development Officer, in the first instance on 01768 800350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CAfS have produced a video which looks back over the main things their organisation has been up to during year one of the Rebuilding Together project. You can access their video via YouTube HERE