BBO project changes its name and rebrands to help reach more potential participants

A project which supports people who face multiple and complex barriers to move towards employment has changed its name as part of a major rebranding exercise to help reach more potential participants.

My Future is the new name of what was formerly the Building Better Opportunities Getting Cumbria to Work (BBO GCtW) project.

A new logo and promotional material have been created and a new website with content which clearly spells out how people can benefit from the project has been launched.

Thank you, volunteers!

Our Volunteering Manager, Judith Smale, shares her enthusiasm for Volunteers’ Week, which takes place between 1-7 June each year:

“It’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of volunteering and to recruit, recognise and reward our amazing volunteers here in Cumbria. I am truly passionate about the amazing work volunteers do and so thankful for all that they do for our local communities.

CEO turns Dragon for a day!

Our Chief Executive, David Allen, took on the role of SuperDragon recently, at a Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge pilot event in Penrith. Judging groups of young adults with significant challenges in their lives, David saw first hand how they had developed during the programme.

Here, David tells us what happened:

“The rain was just setting in as I arrived the Eden Rural Foyer this week – the clouds had gathered to blend with the slate-grey rooftops of Penrith and the mood was ominous… it was time to meet the Dragons! I’ve never been a “Dragon” before (and probably never will again) but I was looking forward to meeting the two teams of young people who had worked on a trial project with Cumbria County Council and our colleagues at Inspira and Broxbourne and East Herts CVS.

Useful Information – June 2022

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Campaign for Learning Conference: Wellbeing for families, communities and you

The importance of supporting health and wellbeing for families is even more apparent with the disruption and isolation caused by the pandemic.

Trustee Focus – June 2022

Welcome to this new section, which will focus on topics aimed at trustees and volunteer directors.

To start, we’re looking at what is a trustee and a volunteer director within the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VSFSE) sector.

About charity trustees

Trustees have overall control of a charity (this includes small community groups that are not registered with the Charity Commission) and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. They may be known by other titles, such as board members, committee members or management committee.

Call for volunteers to become Fundraising Champions

Cumbria CVS is recruiting and training a team of Fundraising Champions to place in charitable and community organisations around the County.

The new initiative aims to increase the fundraising expertise of volunteers and staff to help create a more stable third sector in Cumbria. With many charities needing help to support their vital fundraising efforts, even a small commitment of time can make a huge difference for causes.

Tech Talk – June 2022

Check out our curated roundup of information and advice on all things digital.

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How to Design a Website for Your Brand

Designing your own website is a great way to make your organisation accessible, and get your message out to the world, whatever it may be. This article from Squarespace offers essential website design tips that can help you create an effective online presence without getting overwhelmed.

Project secures funding extension worth more than £700,000

A project which supports people who face multiple and complex barriers to move towards employment has been awarded a major funding extension.

The Building Better Opportunities Getting Cumbria to Work (BBO GCtW) project has received an additional £724,487 of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

The two-year extension of funding will allow the project to continue its vital work supporting people in the Barrow and South Lakes area up to June 2023.

Wood turners craft wig stands for cancer treatment ladies

Our Living With and Beyond Cancer Service was delighted to be handed wig stands made by the members of The Border Wood Turners at their AGM, at Brampton Community Centre recently.

During their meeting Ian Foster, president of the Border Wood Turners, said “It has been a pleasure to be able to make something for the benefit of others. We hope to be able to continue to make more wig stands in the future The Border Woodturners Club, is a welcoming group and are happy to provide expertise and advice to anyone who would like to try woodturning. If you are interested in trying please look at our website.”