Report shows success of NHS and third sector referral service

A report into a pioneering service, which sees NHS health staff working with Referral Coordinators to link patients into third sector support across North Cumbria, had been praised in a report.

Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE), at the University of Cumbria, was commissioned by Cumbria Council for Voluntary Services (Cumbria CVS) to evaluate their ICC Third Sector Referral Coordinator Team and its work, including a Health and Welfare Telephone Support Service.

Raising awareness of the Climate Crisis on Earth Day

(By Caroline Turner, Development Manager at Cumbria Action For Sustainability (CafS) and Niall McNulty, District Manager, Cumbria CVS)

This year the Eden Funding Fair coincided with Earth Day, which had the theme to ‘Invest In Our Planet’.

As part of this we worked with environmental charity CAfS to raise awareness about the climate crisis and what we as individuals, both at home and within our own organisations, can do to mitigate its effects.

Face-to-Face Fair brings funders and community organisations together in Eden

We hosted the Eden Funding Fair, supported by Eden District Council, in April, with the event bringing together a range of National and Local funders and invited community organisations to talk about the latest funding opportunities available.

Funders attending included: National Lottery Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Francis C Scott Trust, Hadfield Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and many more.

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Free Workshop: Celebrating Pride

This free Ideas Box workshop on 19 May (online) will be fast-paced with ideas for celebrating Pride month (June) with families. During the session, we will share resources, signpost quality resources, show you quick wins and, you’ll have an opportunity to share your favourite resources with others.

Chief Exec’s update – May 2022

Dear Colleagues,

This month I wanted to update our members and partners on a few areas of development and opportunity open to us all.

May marks the arrival of “Mental Health Awareness Week” (9-15 May) and I am sure many of our members will be giving a focus to this year’s theme of “loneliness”. So many people have had to withdraw from their usual connections and friendships as a result of the pandemic and this has left an enormous gap in their lives and those who know them.

Cost of Living Crisis – working collectively

Through my job I attend numerous partnership meetings.

Two that have stood out recently are the Copeland Food and Finance Hardship Group and Allerdale Resilience Group. At both of these meetings it really struck me how severe the cost of living crisis is, and for a rapidly growing number of people too, many of whom will have never struggled financially before.

Barrow community comes together to welcome asylum seekers

Barrow has once again demonstrated its warmth and community spirit, with local groups coming together to welcome people who have been forced to flee their home country and seek asylum in the UK.

Supported by Cumbria CVS, staff and volunteers from groups including Furness Refugee Support Group, Salvation Army, Furness Multi-Cultural Forum, St Mark’s Church and local sports facilities are working together to support our new residents with welcome events, English classes, finding their way around town – and helping them find clothing suitable for the Cumbrian weather!