Neighbourhood Care Independence Faith Meeting

Neighbourhood Care Independence (NCI) works with local communities to offer support that will keep people living independently at home.

This event is especially for organisations in the faith sector that offer practical support to the wider community through projects such as lunch clubs, befriending, driving etc.

Come along to:
• Find out about the NCI project and funding
• Discuss how faith groups can access funding more easily – and how the CVS can help.
• Talk to other faith groups about their community work.

On Track with Pensions Auto Enrolment?

Cumbria CVS and Right Balance Accounting are helping their clients navigate the Auto Enrolment (AE) minefield. Here’s an update.

At the end of last year more than 5 million people were automatically enrolled into a pension scheme as a direct result of Auto Enrolment.

Here are seven myths about Auto Enrolment:

  1. It is a low priority for organisations
  2. It is merely a compliance exercise
  3. Three to six months is more than sufficient to plan and implement Auto Enrolment
  4. It requires only minor tweaks to systems and processes
  5. Organisations with existing pension provision will not need to make any changes
  6. You need to be a pensions expert to implement it
  7. Most employees will opt out of Auto Enrolment

Time management is the key to AE success.

Volunteering Community Skills for Carlisle

Cumbria CVS has teamed up with Botcherby Community Centre to deliver an exciting free five day course for those interested in opportunities for volunteering in the city.

A new course is due to start soon at the Centre that will give participants the chance to find out about local volunteering opportunities, how they can get involved in volunteering and improve their skills and prospects.

From the new Chair of HealthWatch Cumbria

Helen Horne

I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Chair of HealthWatch Cumbria. I have greatly enjoyed working with the Board and team and I am truly committed to ensuring that HealthWatch Cumbria carries out our role as the consumer champion for those who use health and care services.

I have been a Board Member of HealthWatch Cumbria since 2013 and have experience in a number of other senior positions, including being a Non-executive Director of a Primary Care Trust and an elected County Council Member. I am currently the vice Chair of Cumbria CVS, and President of Soroptimist International in Carlisle – a global voice working to advance human rights and the status of women.