Responses needed for Third Sector Covid update survey

Our Health and Care Systems; including our sector; across Cumbria are currently experiencing high levels of demand on their services and high levels of staff absence due to the rapid spread of Omicron. As a result, a number of services are becoming very fragile and there is significant concern that service quality and capacity may begin to be impacted.

We are keen to understand how the current issues are impacting on your service provision and ability to continue to deliver your services safely.

Cumbria CVS’s new kids on the block

Cumbria CVS has welcomed five new members to the team over the last few months, each bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organisation.

All will be based at our Carlisle office, although the continuing need for hybrid working during the ongoing pandemic will mean the new starters using a blend of office and home working as they go through their induction process and start working with colleagues. As for so many people currently, online video meetings will play a big part in their day-to-day interactions as they settle in!

Building Better Opportunities; Getting Cumbria to Work – 2022 preview

As the BBO partnership looks ahead and considers the New Year and what it may hold we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring equality of access to our project and to removing barriers faced by those furthest from the labour market; to do this we look forward to working with our range of specialist providers who bring with them unique expertise and skills to compliment those of the partnership.

Storm Arwen Recovery – Community Update

Storm Arwen caused a huge amount of damage across the northern United Kingdom, including to power networks, with more than a million properties losing power at some stage during the event from Scotland to the Midlands. In the Electricity North West area, over 117,000 properties were left without power, with the majority of those in Cumbria. There were also a significant number of roads blocked by snow and fallen trees, along with damage to properties, cars and other infrastructure such as broadband, landlines and mobile phone masts.

Easy options for group finances? Don’t bank on it…

Recently we have been contacted by a number of local groups experiencing difficulties opening bank accounts. Many providers have stopped offering this facility as an unintended consequence of a tightening of banking legislation around money laundering.

This causes a problem as funders often insist on a bank account in the group’s name. This is currently a national issue but we are determined to help local groups in Cumbria resolve this problem. In the meantime, there are a couple of options open to local groups seeking a new account:

Cumbria’s first Anti-Racist Cumbria Summit

Members of the BBO project team had the absolute pleasure last month to attend, and participate in, Cumbria’s first Anti-Racist Cumbria Summit held at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and led by the bold, brave and visionary Anti-Racist Cumbria team.

Our very own Cumbria CVS North District Manager, Niall McNulty, opened the Summit in his role as Anti-Racism Cumbria Trustee, welcoming over 250 attendees and leaders from statutory, voluntary and corporate sectors including the inspiring Cumberland Building Society who are leading the way with their commitment to anti-racist practice in their organisation.

Online AGM and Conference explores Social Impact

With continuing Covid-19 concerns once again forcing our AGM & Conference online, our 2021 event saw more than 60 people in attendance from the comfort of their own homes.

Held on the 24th of November, the AGM kicked off with a welcome from Chair of Trustees, Mike Taylor, and was followed by an introduction from Mrs Claire Hensman, HMS Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria. Mrs Hensman referenced our newly launched Annual Review, and ran through our Mission, Vision and Values, confirming to the audience that we had more than met our aims during a hugely busy year, highlighting that “Cumbria has been held up as an exemplar of community cohesion and collaboration during Covid, and the CVS has played a major part in that reputation”.