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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting –Lancaster District Community Voluntary Solutions.

Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TJ.

Thursday 2nd March 2017 from 11.30am-1.30pm including Light lunch & refreshments. 11.00am registration.

Dear member, colleagues and friends,

It gives us great pleasure to provide you notice of our forthcoming AGM and to invite you to nominate individuals to our Trustee Board. The AGM will be held at the Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, on Thursday 2nd March 2017 from 11.00am. This event is free and open to all.

There will be an opportunity to network and light refreshments will be served from 12.30pm.

We are pleased to confirm that we will be launching our Business plan in order to face the challenges facing the sector in these times of austerity and the challenges the sector will face as we approach Brexit. We will highlight the importance of partnership working and developing resilience and financial sustainability.

This year we will be continuing with the system of proxy voting, to help ensure a quorum at the AGM.  After the nominations have been received, I will send out a response form, including a voting card with the full list of nominations, to enable members to vote even if they are unable to attend the meeting.

We hope you can attend our AGM, share our work over the last year and meet the team. I look forward to meeting with you. To book your place at our AGM, please email annettemarsden@lancastercvs.org.uk or call 01524 555900.

We are recruiting Trustees – Come and join our board.

We are seeking new board members in a very exciting time for our organisation. We warmly welcome you to apply and if you are considering in joining our team, we would be more than happy to meet with you and have a further chat. To apply or to nominate someone, please obtain their permission and complete the form below, returning this us by Friday 24th February 2017. We have attached an advert outlining more about the role and commitments below. Your application form can be emailed to yakpatel@lancastercvs.org.uk  or posted using the details at the top of this notice.

Meet us first and find out more

If you’d like to have an opportunity to meet the board of LDCVS, we’re having a casual event (with snacks) on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 7pm – 8pm at our offices at The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster, LA1 1PX. This is an opportunity to find out more about the role and meet the other Trustees. Please contact us if you wish to attend. You can do this by emailing yakpatel@lancastercvs.org.uk or by calling 01524 555900. To find out more about the role and commitments in brief, please here: We are recruiting Trustees advert

We look forward to seeing you.

Proxy Voting form (if you cant attend the AGM): Proxy voting form 2017

Trustee Nomination form:CVS-Trustee-Nomination-form 2017

Trustee application form: Trustee Application form

CVS Training Programme

  • Mental Health Awareness Friday 13th January
  • New Auto-enrolment Pension Scheme  – what you need to know, Tuesday 17th January
  • Developing your Social Media Work for your Organisation, Monday January 23rd
  • Introduction to Social Business Model Canvals tool for Social Enterprise, Friday 17th Feb
  • Food Safety Level 2, Friday 24th Feb
  • Drugs Awareness, Friday 3rd March
  • Customer Service Skills, Friday  24th March

See  http://lancastercvs.org.uk/events/ for details  or  cvs-training-winter-programme-pdf-2016-17

Third Sector trends and survey

This survey is now closed. BIG THANKS to everyone who completed our ‘State of the Voluntary Sector 2016’ survey. Over 100 organisations completed the survey which is amazing. Your anonymised data will help us paint a picture of what’s happening within localities and across the district such as the financial health of our sector, the number of volunteers, etc. Thank you again. The findings will be published soon and we will keep you posted. 

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 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

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..