Support & Services

Big Advice Day

Join us on our first Big Advice Day on Thursday 16 August 2018, 10am – 3pm, an event that is open to all: CVS members, non-members, local groups and the general public.

We look forward to welcoming you into Shaddongate Resource Centre and showing you how we work with the local community and what we can offer.

Join us for a tour of the building, to access some advice or to attend a workshop. Whatever your needs, we look forward to seeing you there.

Please feel free to drop in at any point during the day. However, if you would like to attend a workshop, booking is essential!

Join one of our FREE taster workshops

Using Social Media to Promote your Organisation
10am – 10.45pm

Back to Basics – Good Practice in Recruiting Volunteers
11am – 12noon

Join the Funding Explorer
1.30pm – 3pm
Find out about online funding search sites and resources to help you identify possible sources of funding. Bring your laptop or tablet to get online and do your own search.

Introduction to Volunteering
2pm – 3pm
This will be a small and informal group session discussing how you can become a volunteer, we will also be sharing local volunteering opportunities.

Other Activities on the day include:

Building Tours
Join a tour of the building and find out more about our excellent facilities including our Community Hall, meeting rooms, office space, commercial kitchen, Changing Place Toilet and more.

Advice Stations
Come and talk to our friendly staff at advice stations and discover more about the wide range of support and services available through Cumbria CVS including Finance and Accounting Services, Training, Disclosure and Barring Service, Volunteering and Third Sector Networks

To reserve your place on one of the workshops please contact or 01768 817658

Shaddongate Resource Centre

Our building is fully accessible and has a range of great spaces available from rooms for 1:1 meetings, a boardroom (max 20) and training rooms, to regular office space and a fantastic Community Hall that is ideal for larger-scale events (see a full breakdown of facilities below). Whatever your needs, we have the right room for you. All facilities are competitively priced, with discounts available for CVS members. Come and see for yourself.

  • Training room/meeting space
  • Boardroom/small conference room
  • Community Hall
  • Self-contained office space for hire/rent. Rooms available for 1-2 to 6-12 people.
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Managed wifi across the whole building
  • CCTV
  • Induction loop systems
  • Secure locking and access systems

 * Screen, projector, flipcharts, refreshments and catering are available upon request.

For all enquiries about Shaddongate or to arrange to take a look around, please contact Steve on 01768 800350 or email him directly at

Special Offer!

20% discount for your first/next Shaddongate Resource Centre booking.

Cumbria CVS is now offering 20% off your first or next booking for room hire at the Shaddongate Resource Centre.

To view the different options available please visit our website HERE

To redeem this offer your booking must be made by 31 December 2018.

Contact Steve Golding for further information and/or to make a booking:

CVS at Work – Case Study

Cumbria CVS Volunteering Fairs bring together organisations looking to recruit (potential) volunteers providing a fantastic opportunity to highlight the wide range of volunteering opportunities available and the type of organisations looking for volunteers. For anyone (potentially) interested in volunteering, they provide a great chance to speak directly with local third sector organisations and groups looking to involve new volunteers. A Fair was recently held at Kendal Town Hall, Wednesday 6 June, (as part of Volunteers’ Week 2018) funded by the Cumberland Building Society and was well attended. Similar events were held in West Cumbria and Eden.

The Volunteering Fair was promoted widely through local press, BBC Radio Cumbria, local poster drop, social media, Kendal Library volunteering display, Kendal College, University of Cumbria, Job Centre, Churches Together, Duke of Edinburgh, supermarkets, existing volunteers, etc.

You can read more about the day and how much it benefitted local people and organisations HERE