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.

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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 yakpatel@lancastercvs.org.uk 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 www.westendmillion.co.uk or feel free to contact us at CVS.

West End Million Community Profile v2.4


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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, freinds, collegaues AGM 2014..