Local Government Reform Consultation


February 2021
Yesterday, the government announced an eight-week consultation into local government reorganisation in Cumbria. They will now consulton all four unitary authority proposals put forward by Cumbrian councils in December.

To study the full details, click here

To take part in the consultation click here

Courses offered to help communities deal with emergencies



January 2021

Floods in recent years brought out the very best in people throughout Cumbria, with a huge volunteer response. Cumbria CVS, using funding from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Flood Appeal is running a series of free training for volunteers between now and the autumn to help them respond to possible emergencies in their communities.

The training will cover practical skills and knowledge as well as softer useful skills such as Active Listening and Effective Communication that help individuals to be better prepared to respond positively and effectively in an emergency.

Sessions available include ‘Effective Communication Skills’ - improving communication skills to respond calmly and with confidence ; ‘Manual Handling’ – helping people to reduce the risk of injury when moving and handling objects and ‘Befriending’ helping people feel more confident in the role as a befriender.

“There was an overwhelming swell of volunteer support during and following the floods, and we are looking at how to build on it so that we are better prepared for future possible emergencies,” said Judith Holmshaw, County Volunteer Coordinator, Cumbria CVS.

“Thanks to funding from the Cumbria Community Foundation’s Cumbria Flood Appeal, we are really pleased to be able to offer all of these sessions free.” Judith said. “We would also like to hear from people who may be interested in getting involved as a volunteer in possible future emergencies as we are building up a database of contacts. Please contact me if you directly if you may be interested on 01768 800350 or email judithh@cumbriacvs.org.uk

Full details of all sessions can be found on the Cumbria CVS website: www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/training-and-events/categories/volunteer-training/

Anyone who’d like more details can contact Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350 or email info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

Independent Living Services



January 2020

Do you want to control how your care is provided but need help to do it?

You decide who works for you – We help you recruit staff

You decide what your staff do – We help with contracts

You decide what hours your staff work – We help with the payroll

You hold the purse strings – We do the accounts for you

Get the care you need from the staff you choose, but let DaCE Support Service take the strain for stress free Direct Payments and Personal Budgets.

DaCE Support Services

DaCE is a local organisation and has more than 10 years experience supporting people to arrange their care packages and our staff are the experts in this field in Cumbria. Our aim is to support local disabled people to live independently and fully in control of their lives. We have worked with disabled people, their families, carers and professionals over the years helping them organise their care in the way they want it provided by the people they want to do it.

Our new service offering a comprehensive Personal Assistant Package, which is the first of its kind in Cumbria, is now available to people on a Direct Payment or Personal Budget and also to private paying clients. Using this package we can support you to either recruit your own staff or you can choose from a pool of Personal Assistants. The comprehensive package covers all aspects of employing staff including staff salary, tax and NI, carrying out CRB checks, risk assessment, contracts of employment, job descriptions, providing staff training and helping you manage finances and returns.

The hourly rate covers all of the above mentioned (and much more to meet specific requirements) and also includes your staff salaries. One cost = full inclusive service

We invest profits from this package into improving and widening our services.

Alternatively, if you do not require the full service we can provide a customised service according to your individual needs, such as stand alone payroll service which comes with added value of free unlimited advice about Direct Payments and Personal Budgets provided via a home visit for your privacy and convenience. DaCE have the best value payroll services available in the County.

For more details and free home visits to discuss options, please Click here for contact details