Health and Wellbeing News, Events and Opportunities – July 2024

Welcome to Cumbria CVS’s Health and Wellbeing News, Events and Opportunities for April 24. This page will be updated regularly, so we are delighted you have landed here today and hope that you will keep coming back for updates during the month.

To catch up on our News, Events & Opportunities from June 2024, click here

Lots of the News, Events and Opportunities information will also be appearing in our regular Health and Wellbeing Bulletin. This Bulletin is sent out to all current members of our two Networks: Action for Health and the Mental Health Provider Forum. If you have fo this page useful why not join either or both Networks by following these links:

Action for Health

Mental Health Provider Forum

News – we will be using this as an opportunity to pick out particularly important/interesting articles from our most recent Bulletin and/or highlighting information that might be time sensitive.

Events – we will be using this as an opportunity to highlight events of interest to organisations interested in health and care issues including Network events. Most of these will be local Cumbria events but some maybe regional.

Opportunities – we will be using this to highlight health and care focused funding and project opportunities, representative roles and working groups you might want to get involved in and much more. These will focus on Cumbria but may also include regional opportunities.

If you’ve seen something you think we should be sharing, let us know! Email us:

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SOUTH CUMBRIA – Newly appointed South Cumbria Mental Health Partnerships Officer

Hello!  I am Steph Mallinson and I am the newly appointed South Cumbria Mental Health Partnerships Officer.

I have lived in West Cumbria for most of my life and have worked for Cumbrian third sector organisations. As a Commissioning Support Officer for the NHS in North Cumbria I  particularly enjoyed building collaboration across health, care and VCSE services.  I developed the British Red Cross Virtual Ward service and the North Cumbria Green Social Prescribing project.  I am looking forward to continuing this work in my new role.

My role is a one year project funded by the Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB Mental Health Transformation Fund.  It has been developed to build partnerships and cross sector collaboration to better support the health and wellbeing of people who experience severe mental illness.

I will be working with a range of VCSE organisations, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Westmorland and Furness Council and Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB  to support good practice models to involve the third sector in health and care delivery.

To contact Steph, please email –


NORTH CUMBRIA NHS area – iCan New groups

iCan are running two new groups in the Carlisle area.

  • Writing for Wellbeing – Click here for more information
  • Women’s Support Group – Click here for more information



ADHD North West are a new service supporting South Cumbria only.

The service aims to empower, improve well-being, increase knowledge, reduce isolation and encourage aspirations for families.

They are based in Great Harwood and would love to hear from you about any spaces/rooms that could be used by our service to offer appointments to families in person.

Being a CIC funds are limited and therefore spaces with little or no cost would be amazing.
Do you hold drop ins or use a one stop shop/hub style model?
They could arrange to attend as a service for families to access.
For more details please contact – Sheena Cunningham

For more information please click here


COUNTYWIDE – Useful & clear information about NEW Cumbria Police Right Care Right Person operating model

The new model relates to police contacts from service providers or members of the general public about concerns for the welfare of a person including:
• people who have walked out of a healthcare setting
• people who are absent without authorised leave from mental health services or any other medical incident.

PLEASE NOTE – POLICE will still respond as usual to concerns about MISSING PEOPLE
What will not change is our response to a call for service where there is a risk to life or of serious harm to a person or a crime is involved or it involves a child, whether that’s to the person in crisis themselves or other people.

Follow the links below for more information for the people you support and/or your staff members.

Healthwatch Community Forum

The next Healthwatch Community Forum takes place at West Cumberland Hospital (in the boardroom) on Friday, July 12th, from 10am to 12pm. In a change to the usual format, the second half will be a tour of the new building at WCH for those attending in-person. Presentations in the first hour are: Dr Helen Skinner, Medical Director of NCIC, will speak about the community engagement on the Trust’s clinical strategy; Updates from the ICB and Trusts; Healthwatch Enter and View showcase. The forum is hybrid and can be joined online or in-person. Everyone is able to attend the forum but spaces on the tour are very limited and need to be booked here: Healthwatch Community Forum tour of new building at WCH, Whitehaven Tickets, Fri 12 Jul 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

If you would like to join the forum online the link is here:

Join the meeting now

Meeting ID: 361 397 280 846

Passcode: qWmmkc


SOUTH CUMBRIA NHS area – Women’s Health Event

Thursday 12th September, 8:30am – 4:20pm
Barton Manor Hotel, Preston

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board
invites you to the Women’s Health Hub network event.

This event is for health care professionals and service providers: local authority, ICB, acute trusts, place partnerships, community and voluntary service providers – not for service users/ patients.

NORTH CUMBRIA NHS AREA – Introduction to our Integrated Care System and VCSE Partnership Programme

Do you want to learn about the VCSE Partnership Programme and unsure how to get involved?

Want to know what an Integrated Care System (ICS) is and what health and care changes are happening in our region?

The partnership delivers a  bi-monthly introductory session, that answers these questions and explores the structures which enable the VCSE sector to feed into healthcare changes that are happening in North East & North Cumbria region.

This session provides a basic understanding of the ICS and the VCSE Partnership Programme. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss how to get involved – whether that be through regular bulletin updates, attending the VCSE Partnership Forum or being involved with our regular VCSE sub-group meetings.

Our next session is Monday, 19th August at 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Book here.

COUNTYWIDE – Opportunity to secure support to develop health partnerships  

Opportunities include:

Are you working in partnership to deliver a project or develop a service. Would you like help to improve your partnership work and to design and implement improved health outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Why not apply for an IVAR  2.5 year facilitation support package, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Express your interest by 17:00 on Friday 19 July to access support for your cross-sector partnership

You can download this document to find out the full details, including our offer and examples of Connecting. Health Communities work in previous phases.

If you’re interested in applying, please complete this short expression of interest by 17:00 on Friday 19 July 2024.


CUMBERLAND COUNCIL area – Cumberland Council Social Prescribing Survey

The council’s Social Prescribing/Joy App team (previously Copeland Council) are asking for feedback about their service. Emma Baughan, Katie Rae and Sarah Harrison would really appreciate it if you could complete this survey, to help shape the service in the future, no later than Thursday 18th July.

Click here to view the survey.