Lancaster District Community & Voluntary Solutions (LDCVS) delivers a comprehensive service to the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector within Lancaster City (District) boundaries, continually promoting best practice, and innovation in the provision of locally based voluntary sector support. We work in partnership with statutory authorities, funders and other voluntary sector organisations to achieve excellence in the sector.

The district has in excess of 500 voluntary organisations many of which are umbrella bodies themselves representing a diverse range of organisations that both address issues and provide services to the community. These organisations may be local or national and encompass a wide range of interest including social welfare, education, health, housing, conservation, training and the environment.

CVS Training Programme

  • Safeguarding training for Trustees and Managers,  Wednesday 14th December – an early evening workshop for Trustees
  • Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work, Friday 16th December
  • Mental Health Awareness Friday 13th January
  • New Auto-enrolment Pension Scheme  – what you need to know, Tuesday 17th January
  • Making Social Media Work for your Organisation, Monday January 23rd
  • Drugs Awareness, Friday 3rd March
  • Customer Service Skills, Friday  24th March
  • Introduction to Managing Volunteers including Volunteers and the Law – Tuesday 13th June

See for details  or  cvs-winter-training


Third Sector trends and survey

We need your help. There is still time to take part in a major new survey of the voluntary sector in Lancaster and surrounding areas, the North West more widely and the rest of Northern England. The study is being carried out by Professor Tony Chapman (a Lancaster graduate!) from Durham University.

It’s really important that we get a good picture of what’s happening in Lancaster as this can help us to communicate our strengths to charitable foundations and public sector bodies. So please do take part – and if we get over 150 responses, we will get a statistical bulletin provided for our own area.

So, whether you are thriving, struggling or going along as normal; a large or small organisation or group, you need to complete the survey so that a comprehensive picture can be built on how the voluntary sector is faring in this area.

It only takes 15 minutes to complete, you won’t need to look up any facts and figures and, hopefully, you’ll also find it quite interesting to answer the questions. Your answers are completely confidential, we do not ask for your organisations name or address, nor record IP addresses.

If you click this link, it will take you straight to the survey questionnaire – where you can find more detail on who is doing the work and why:


For any questions or for further help, please contact Yak on 01524 555900 or email

Meet your new Chief Executive for Lancaster City Council

Members from the Voluntary Community Faith and Social enterprise sector are invited to come and meet the new Chief Executive for Lancaster City Council to find out her ambitions for the district. This will be an opportunity to highlight the work you do in the sector; ask questions and discuss wider policy issues affecting the sector. Susan Parsonage was appointed by full council in March and began her new role in July 2016. The event will take place at Lancaster Town hall  on Thursday 17th November 2016, 10am-12pm. If you would like to attend, please confirm your attendance with Yak Patel on or by calling 01524 555900.

CVS Monthly Funding and Information Bulletin

For a copy of our monthly bulletin go to our Publications page or Join as member and we will add you to the mailing list.

Lancaster District Consortium… your input is needed

A very big thank you for those who were able to attend the workshop last month at Lancaster Town Hall and contribute to a very difficult subject. We recognise there was a lot of information to absorb in a short amount of time so thank you for attending our event. 55 organisations attended with a further 25 who were unable to attend on the day.  We were delighted to hear from so many of you. Secondly, I would like thank you for the support we have received around exploring a district consortium. It has been really interesting listening to the views of many of you and your plans for supporting local people, and the challenges you face to meet the needs of local communities.

Following on from last month’s workshop, you will be able to find slides from the workshop below.

-Opening presentation (from Yak) with notes added. Click here: LDCVS Consortium Vision workshop presentation

-Presentation from Locality – who are they, what they do and their involvement with Lancaster District Consortium. Click here: Lancaster CVS consortium workshop 2015 11 03

-Slides on the different structures. Click here: LDCVS Different Strcutures

-Notes gathered from the discussions of each group. Click here: Workshop Notes and flipcharts 03 11 2015

Next steps

 We are currently working on piece of desktop research around Commissioner Engagement and their plans for engaging with the sector. This research will also aim to help us understanding the ‘market’. Furthermore, this work will include obtaining and reviewing procurement strategies, policies and processes;  PQQ, procurement and commissioning strategies. This is a comprehensive piece of research that aims to help us understand a number of key areas relating to commissioning the sector. As part of this, we are anticipating to meet with commissioners and ask questions around their key areas for engaging with the voluntary sector. In due course, we will share the findings.  In the very near future, we will need to determine the support for this consortia and map the potential consortium members.

On this note, in order to gather more information about the sector and compile key data about what the sector delivers in the district, I would be very grateful if you could complete the online questionnaire. There are a few questions which may require a little thought, for instance knowing insurance levels, turnover etc but other than this it really shouldn’t take too long. I am aware that you have other pressing things to do but this questionnaire is a very important part of understanding what we have as a sector in terms of service delivery and the resources we have. These are both very powerful pieces of information that will capture the great work we do in the district and information that can be highlighted to commissioners and funders. The feedback you give will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone else. Please complete and submit the questionnaire no later than Thursday 17th December 2015.

 Please use this link to complete the questionnaire.

We will always remain in contact and keep you up to date with developments and opportunities. Certainly in the New Year, we will be organising another event (with better sound and screen!!) to share findings and discuss the next steps. In the meantime, I am more than happy for you to contact myself if you wish to have a chat or if you have any questions or concerns. Please email or call 01524 555900

 West End Million Community Profile.

The West End of Morecambe has been awarded £1 million from Big Local to invest in achieving major improvements for all residents who live there. The programme is driven by local people who have the final say in where all funds are invested. Funding for Morecambe was announced in December 2012 and since this time a local steering group has formed to access initial ‘Getting Started’ funding and begin the process of consultation with local people. Consultation has been carried out over the past 12 months at many public events and through targeted sessions with many active community groups within the West End. With the help of Lancaster CVS, the community profile has know been complete and the full version can be accessed by clicking the link below. A shorter 4 page summary can accessed by getting in touch with us…simply click on the contact us tab!  For more information about the West End Million, please visit or feel free to contact us at CVS.

West End Million Community Profile v2.4

Our vision

Yak Patel CVS’s new Chief Officer  talked to our AGM about his vision for the future:

“ Lancaster CVS has always been led by a strong vision for the district and we in the charitable sector have especially appreciated the emphasis on inclusive democracy, community development, under-represented communities and the arts as components of that vision. A key part of this vision is ensuring that marginalised communities have the “locally grown” organisations they need to participate fully in the districts’ future. It is hard for us to envision a strong district that does not have strong community-based institutions in low-income communities, in BME communities, faith communities and in rural communities.

I joined CVS for a reason…..” to see a copy of the full presentation go to:

Letter to members, friends, colleagues AGM 2014..