Need to Save Money? Perhaps we can Help!

IAG_3085 Karen Aug14 sqCumbria CVS wants to offer valuable support to one or more organisations whilst addressing an issue of our own.

For many years we have owned and managed the Community Resource Centre at Selby Terrace, Maryport. Due to the difficult economic circumstances that we are all so familiar with, and to recent staff restructures, we have low occupancy and it has become more challenging for us to manage the building effectively. At the same time, we want to keep Selby Terrace as the valuable community resource it has always been.

For this reason we are offering extensive and flexible space in the building at much reduced charges. Selby Terrace is a well appointed building with generous office, training and catering space. There is good parking and it is accessible by public transport.

In the past we have seen letting our space as an important income generator to support our infrastructure support work, but just now the greater priority for us is to keep Selby Terrace well used and vital until these difficult financial circumstances that are affecting us all have changed – and I believe they will.

If you would like to discuss how we could work together to save you money, support your organisation and help CVS keep our Resource Centre for the benefit of local people, then please give me a call. I’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Join Us – Together we form a powerful voice
At this time of year our energies here at Cumbria CVS are focused on membership renewal.

We’ve attracted over 300 members since we introduced paid-for membership a couple of years ago. We’ll continue to put energy into building up our membership (and strengthening our relationships with members) because when we say we act as the Voice of the third sector in Cumbria, the number of members we have is an indicator that we have the right to do so; the more representative and stronger we are in that role the more useful we can be to members and non-members when we are out there talking to public and private sector colleagues about issues that affect your organisations.

The benefits of Cumbria CVS membership are numerous: reduced fees for training and other events, free job adverts, free funding search tool, access to member-only areas of our website and so on. I believe, though, that the most significant benefit is that of being part of something that is bigger than the sum of its parts.

CVS advocates on behalf of the sector whenever we can, but we make it our business to build special relationships with our members so that we can use our skills and knowledge to help them develop and ensure that their aspirations are heard and supported in what can be a challenging, competitive environment.

We support powerful countywide networks such as Cumbria Third Sector Network and Cumbria Action for Health. You don’t have to be a CVS member to take advantage of them, but membership will bring you closer to the heart of ideas that are being developed on your behalf.

So, please consider renewing your membership, or indeed joining Cumbria CVS for the first time – can you afford not to?

Karen Bowen
Chief Officer