Cumbria Third Sector Network has been asked to provide some initial thoughts on the devolution of power from central government to more local areas in England, and the potential implications for local third sector organisations and communities. I thought it would be useful to share some of those thoughts with you, and I’d be interested to hear your views.
26 November 2014 at Rheged, Penrith
126 people attended the Cumbria Action for Health Network conference which was ably chaired by John Brown. There was a great mix of art and culture providers, health and care specialists and public sector colleagues.
This document highlights the challenge ahead and also indicates that over next three year the Council is likely to lose a further 1,800 jobs as they intensify efforts to save £83 million and balance the books by 2018. Most of the savings affect the way the Council is organised, but some will affect services directly – so the Council is keen to hear everyone’s views.
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News from Jozi Brown, Senior Engagement Officer at Cumbria CVS
The latest news from Jozi Brown, Senior Engagement Officer at Cumbria CVS
Cumbria County Council is consulting on its 2015-16 budget, that will be taken to Council in February 2015. The public are being given the opportunity to provide feedback on 13 proposals. In order to help meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010), the Council has arranged a disability consultation event, supported by Cumbria CVS.
This event will take place on Monday 1 December 2014 at Frenchfields Sports Centre, Carleton, Penrith CA11 8AU from 1.30pm – 3.30pm and is aimed solely at disability organisations and people who use services, with the aim of looking at the proposals from a disability perspective.
Community groups working in Allerdale and/or Copeland could apply for up to £500 thanks to the exciting new initiative ‘Community Support in West Cumbria’, which is being administered by Cumbria CVS.
To apply for a grant from this programme community groups must be providing services for: adults aged over 65 or vulnerable adults aged under 65; and for people that require services or support to help them remain independent at home.
Cumbria CVS supports the many wonderful people who have kept, and continue to keep Cumbria’s Community Meals Service on the road.
Cumbria County Council has recently introduced changes to the way meals are provided to customers – bringing in private providers wherever possible. The process has been a difficult and disruptive one for the volunteers, but the vast majority have stayed involved with what they see as a vital service for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
The latest news, brought to you by Jozi Brown, Senior Engagement Officer at Cumbria CVS