COVID-19 – Advice, Tips, Resources

In this section we will aim to provide any updated advice, tips, resources, that may be of interest.
Please do bear with us – the information is coming through thick and fast and we are doing our best to coordinate and share this with you all.



Crime Prevention
Althought this may be more appropriate on an individual level, it is important information that we are all aware about current scams:

Coronavirus (Covid 19)

Cumbria CVS is offering a range of services to local organisations during this crisis including funding advice and support, volunteering support and good practice and general support.

Please contact us for further details email:

Please also see our page on Coronavirus for further details regarding current advice and support:

A More Modern Approach

Hello everyone – first and foremost – many thanks to all of you who got in touch with me regarding my son’s illness.  It was lovely to hear from so many of you and to get your well-wishes – and to pass them on to him.  I am pleased to say that he is making good progress and although he has to attend hospital overnight – he is out and about during the day.  We are very grateful to the fantastic support provided by the wonderful staff at the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.

Cumbria CVS Volunteer Twitter Hour

On Wednesday 12 February 2020 from 8-9pm, Cumbria CVS will be lead a twitter hour on volunteering to link with Student Volunteering Week (10-16 February 2020). The topic is: Volunteering Opportunities for Students so please join in and tweet your volunteering opportunities and photographs of students volunteering. Let’s celebrate and promote Student Volunteering Week 2020.
Please tag @Cumbriacvs and use the hashtag #cvsvolunteerhour

Forces Link Carlisle and Eden

The ‘Forces Link’ Carlisle and Eden project has been in operation since June 2019 and was set up to help increase opportunity and support for our local ex-service community and their families.

The project has had a positive first 6 months and has really benefitted from being part of the Cumbria CVS team. The links and level of knowledge within the team has made life much easier and allowed the project to reach places that wouldn’t have been possible had it been based elsewhere. So, I start my update with a massive thank you to the team and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve in the coming months.

New Health and Care Project Funding Officers

Do you have an innovative health and care project that you’d like help developing and that would lend itself to a collaborative approach?

Cumbria CVS have two Health and Care Project Funding Officers for North and South Cumbria newly in post who can help get projects off the ground!  Our role is to support third sector and statutory health and care organisations to develop projects which support integrated working and to identify and secure funding for these projects from national and regional sources.

A window of opportunity

Before starting at Cumbria CVS just four short weeks ago, I took it upon myself to draw up a “transition plan” – a rather grandiose title for a simple one-page note, setting out what I needed to understand, who might be able to help me and what ideas I might be able to assemble in my first 100 days, in order to pick things up as quickly as possible and begin to frame my ideas.  It’s been going well to date – and whilst I wish it was due to my own hard graft, I cannot take the credit.  Everyone I have spoken to over my first month has been welcoming, positive and engaged.

CVS to welcome new CEO

We are delighted to announce that David Allen will join Cumbria CVS as Chief Executive Officer on 29 July 2019.

David has over 20 years experience of working at a senior level in national charities, and has worked across the UK, including 10 years based in the North West of England. Most recently, he has served for five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.

Cumbria Arts and Culture Network elect Chair and Deputy Chair

Cumbria Arts and Culture Network Chair and Deputy have now been appointed: Richard Foster (Brewery Arts) will assume the role of Chair, supported by Catherine Coulthard (Prism Arts) as Deputy – congratulations to both!
The Cumbria Arts and Culture Network will meet on 2 May  – part of this meeting will be devoted to the Chair exploring with network members how they can work together and support each other.
If you are interested in joining the mailing list for this and other networks (including network updates and invitations to meetings), please contact Laura Rutter: or 01768 800350.