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.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Come along and find out what Lancaster CVS has achieved in the past year.

When: Thursday 26th November 2015, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Includes light lunch and refreshments

Where: Meeting House, Meeting house Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TJ.


Where will the Voluntary Sector be in 2020?

Guest Speaker

Sheila Battersby, Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Civil Society

Along with presentations from the CVS Team and preview into our new Strategic aims for 2016

Questions and Answers.

Please note, both members and non-members of Lancaster CVS are invited to the AGM. if you are from a member organisation and you are the organisation representative you are eligible to vote at the AGM. If you are the organisation representative but you are unable to attend, you may nominate a proxy from your organisation to vote and speak on your behalf- this nomination must be submitted no later than 48 hours before the AGM takes place.

Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 24th November 2015

To confirm you attendance, please book on via Eventbrite (link below..and takes 2 minutes!).  


Please click to access the following documents.

-Notice of AGM & Agenda – Notice-of-AGM-November-2015

-CVS Trustee nomination form – CVS-Trustee-Nomination-form

-Proxy Voting form – proxy voting form 2015

-Resolution for AGM – Resolution for AGM 2015

For more details, please contact us.

Lancaster District Consortium

Lancaster District CVS has been successful in obtaining a grant to explore the idea of developing a district consortium. For the past few years, Lancaster District Children & Young People VCFS forum has discussed how local organisations can come together to provide a viable offer to funders and commissioners in order to provide services for local people whilst bringing in investment to local organisations. The process has been challenging administration and resources wise and it was felt that specialist help was required. A few years on, I am delighted to report that we have secured a grant to buy in a consultant from Locality, a national organisation supporting neighbourhood development and heading the national Keep It Local campaign.

The potential role of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in delivering public services and supporting public service reform is significant. Current programmes such as Our Place, Delivering Differently, and the work of the Public Service Transformation Network have supported the public sector and third sector to develop new models of delivery. New commissioning arrangements have also prompted new approaches – for example, the wider roll-out of ‘social prescribing’ models in healthcare, which can improve individuals’ health outcomes and save the taxpayer money if implemented effectively.

We are seeing a trend within local government and other agencies to use commissioning and procurement processes to package up services into high value ‘all-in-one’ tenders which means that only large national organisations can bid. Too often the result is one-size-fits-all, standardised services that don’t meet the needs of local communities. When the Social Value Act came into effect in January this year, it had high hopes that it would improve charities’ chances of winning public service contracts. After 10 months what effect is it having? Enhancing transparency within supply chains, ensuring contracts are ‘community’ sized, and that due consideration is given to the social value and quality of proposed services, would help to achieve the vision for a smarter state. It is vital that the role of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations are not overlooked in delivering local services. Local consortia is all about making sure that services are run at a scale that involves communities and that are focused on supporting people’s needs.

Over the past few years, the Voluntary Community Social Enterprise sector has discussed how they can:

– increase the potential for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to deliver public services

– strengthen the local delivery of services through supporting community ownership and management of assets

– ensure voluntary and community organisations are involved in local planning processes.

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to a vision workshop with the opportunity to discuss the idea further. This would be one of several workshops if you decide to remain involved. 

 The outcomes for the morning include the following:

  • Introduce Locality’s overall approach
  • Let prospective partners get a better understanding of the options
  • Explore the appetite and preferences in the room
  • Agreed some next steps

An agenda is attached with more information. This workshop will take place on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 10am – 1pm at Lancaster Town Hall Banqueting Suite. Please report to reception. Refreshments will be provided from 9.45am.

We would grateful if you could confirm your attendance either by email or by calling the office on 01524 555900 by no later than Thursday 29th October. Please pass this on to the appropriate person in your organisation if you are unable to attend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

 Agenda – click here: Developing a Lancaster district wide consortium


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 – see our events calendar

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..