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About Us

Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions (LDCVS) provides guidance, co-ordination, representation and development support to the voluntary community faith and social enterprise sector across the Lancaster District and has been the main umbrella organisation for the last 40 years.  Our core work supports collaboration through partnership meetings; shared learning through events; training and funding advice; volunteer support and resources, particularly to organisations that work within our most deprived communities. We help organisations that support people and their communities in these target areas that are likely to experience other barriers, directly or indirectly.

We have a long history of developing the skills of our members in order to build individual and group capacity and create participation. We work collaboratively across the public, private, charity and higher education sector, with the aim of creating and developing opportunities for the benefit of our members and individuals looking to volunteer. We campaign for small and large charitable organisations alike; working with commissioners and funders,  so that positive outcomes can be achieved in our communities.

Our purpose is enshrined in our mission statement and our charitable objectives, which we adopted in 2008.

“To promote, develop and support, through partnership, a dynamic and diverse voluntary and community sector”

Our Aims:

  • To ensure the sector is well supported to deliver the best outcomes and the expertise of the sector is valued and maximised.
  • To work with our partners to shape local services which best meets the needs of local people.
  • To bring organisations together to build relationships, share, support and learn from each other.
  • Help the sector to access the resources, funding and support it needs.

Our Values:

As a responsive charity LDCVS believes that the voluntary community, faith and social enterprise sector plays a critical role in tackling poverty and disadvantage by working with key stakeholders to address local inequalities. As a sector champion we aim to deliver to the highest standards in all we do. We strive to challenge oppression and prejudice, to promote diversity and to work towards a society where full equality of opportunities for all is a reality. Underpinning our work is our values and principles:

Values Commitments
Making a difference through


Passionate about the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector
Champion Sustainable, well-run, responsive and accessible organisation committed to our mission and values.
Equality Recognising the diversity of the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector that are responsive to the varying needs on the spectrum of small to large organisations
Independence Championing the needs and values of the sector, particularly small front-line organisations working with communities with multiple disadvantages


Excellence Quality at the heart of all our activities
Empowerment Committed to operating transparently-our goal is to empower the sector and to support organisations and networks to become strong and independent in their own right
Collaboration Believe in sharing knowledge and resources and building and maintaining robust relationships across organisational and sectorial boundaries


Learning Believe all people are capable of growing, learning and developing throughout their lives
Voluntarism Championing the principle of voluntary contributions to life in North Lancashire

Commitment to Quality

Lancaster District Community Voluntary Solutions is a member of the following national and regional organisations:

NAVCANAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action)

NCVONCVO (National Council For Voluntary Organisations)


LACVSLancashire Association of Councils for Voluntary Service (LACVS)

ONE LancsONE Lancashire

For further information please click links above

LDCVS is a reference and information point for other agencies including local government bodies. It is involved in various inter-agency partnerships, and aims to act as a voice for the voluntary and community sector in the district. Please visit our section on Forums and local initiatives – representing the sector. 

Volunteer centreOur Volunteer Centre operates within the requirements of Volunteer England’s good practice framework and the specifications of the Volunteer Centre Quality Award in recognition of our good practice in the management of our own volunteers.

PQASSO                In March 2013 LDCVS secured the PQASSO level 1 quality mark, in recognition of the quality of LDCVS internal organisational practices and commitment to continuous improvement.

Comments and Complaints

We aim to provide the highest standards of service and are committed to the continuous improvement of our services. We welcome feedback, good or bad, to help us in this process. You can contact us using the contact tab or by calling us 0n 01524 555900.