It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through 2018. When did the New Year become June? The last five months have truly flown – and in that time we have witnessed a period of more exciting developments.
For Cumbria CVS, our staff team has grown in response to funding: we are pleased to welcome Clare Edwards as the new Health Partnership Officer for North Cumbria (see next article); we have successfully recruited to the new Community Resilience Co-ordinator post and are also strengthening our Building Better Opportunities team with the appointment of a new Project Manager and Lead Key Worker. We have also been delighted to welcome a new volunteer to our team at Shaddongate who is helping us look after our fabulous building.
Building relationships with the Third Sector as health and care services become more integrated will be a priority for the new health partnerships officer.
Clare Edwards, who has a long history of representing Third Sector organisations, has taken up the new role which is funded by the NHS, but based with Cumbria CVS.
Clare said, “I know from first-hand experience just how tough it can be to get a meaningful dialogue going with staff from the health sector but I also know how exciting it can be when relationships work and great new services are developed.
As many of you will be aware Sustainability is one of the four key themes in our new Strategic Plan – along with Our People, Working Together and Local Leadership. Sustainability can mean different things to different people/organisations, and to many in this current climate, it is often understandably financial. Naturally, Cumbria CVS aspires to be financially sustainable and has been working towards this goal over the past few years – but recently our sustainability focus has taken us down a more environmental route.
We don’t want you to miss out
As you are all aware, the new General Data Protection Regulations came into force last week
(25 May 2018) signalling important changes in data protection laws. As part of this organisations now need to let us know if you’d like to receive information from Cumbria CVS.
Many organisations have already renewed their permissions, which is great, but if you have not yet done this, its still not too late – we would be happy to retain you on our database (mailing lists) but you do need to confirm this as soon as possible. Simply clink on the link and follow the instructions: http://eepurl.com/drWESr
As part of our work on the project, Cumbria CVS has produced a video on Business Continuity Planning which is available to view: https://youtu.be/GcntctjWo8A
We have also run a number of Business Continuity Planning sessions around the county which have been very well received:
“I found the course very interesting . Will be very useful as we do not have a Business Continuity Plan in place”.
Monday 5 June 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm
Brathay Hall, Ambleside LA22 OHP
How do we sustain excellence in the voluntary and community sector in challenging times?
This one day event seeks to bring together practitioners, managers and leaders from across the network to consider the opportunities that change creates; share best practice for sustaining excellence in the sector and create an understanding of what “success” for the sector looks like.
This is a new scheme from Sellafield Ltd. It is aimed at offering not-for-profit organisations the chance to apply for grants for their charity/community group – with the public ultimately deciding who gets the money.
If you are planning a project that could have a real impact in the community then Community Choices may be able to help you.
Training for Volunteers
Last Winter’s floods brought out the very best in people throughout Cumbria, with a huge volunteer response. If you or your team of volunteers were involved in flood recovery or think that you may like to help in the future, then our new training programme is for you. It will help volunteers respond confidently following an emergency situation.
FREE to all volunteers
The Big Lottery Fund has announced a £1 million package to help Cumbrian communities become more resilient. This comes in the wake of December’s devastating floods, and will help local people, communities and organisations to prepare for similar events in the future.
The ‘Rebuilding Together’ programme will take place over the next 3 years, led by Cumbria CVS and delivered in partnership with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) – three local charities with a long history of working together to support Cumbrian communities and organisations. The programme started in October 2016.