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.

lancaster Food Trail and Lunch

Working in the area of healthy cooking?  Would you like to find out how you can involved your members in growing food?

Wednesday 9th September 10.00 am- 15.00

If your group is operating in Lancaster and you are supporting people around healthy cooking and eating or you are providing cooked meals at your venue then this event is for you.  The trail will take you to Ambleside Community Allotment, claver Hill  Community Farm and Greaves Forage garden.  You will harvest some crops and have a shared lunch in the poly tunnels at Claver Hill.  This is a fee eventrun in partnership with LESS.  and Transport will be provided – there are limited places and bookings will be taken on a first come first service bases – you are encouraged to bring members/services users with you.  To book contact janeattfield@lancastercvs.org.uk

This event has been organised by LESS in partnership with CVS.

Meet Your MP – with Cat Smith MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Friday 25th September   2.00-4.00pm

Meeting Room, Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

CVS members operating in the constituency of Lancaster, south of the River Lune, or benefiting Lancaster constituents are invited to come and meet Cat Smith MP to find out how she can support your work; ask questions and discuss wider policy issues affecting the sector. Please note that Cat will be unable to deal with individual cases but members of her case team will be attending and will talk about their work.

If you would like to attend please book with janeattfield@lancastercvs.org.uk

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

CVS Training:  

Building on Community Strengths using ABCD Tools, 18th September

 Pension Schemes for your paid staff Free Briefing, 22nd October

see: Training

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.


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..