Trustee & Board Director Recruitment

Westlakes Science Park, Moor Row, CA24 3JZ

These two FREE  events are intended for Cumbrian not for profit organisations who are wanting to recruit new management committee members or individuals who would like to get involved in a community or not for profit organisation, but not sure what’s involved and how you’d go about it.

Wednesday, 15th May @ 10.30am

Are you a charity, social enterprise, community group or CIC? Do you struggle to recruit trustees or board members with the skills your organisation needs? Does your board reflect the community you serve? This event is designed for charities, social enterprises and CIC’s to review their recruitment of trustees and board members to give them the skills needed to lead their organisation. At this event we will cover:

  • Understanding the roles of trustees and what skills are needed
  • A skills audit
  • Reviewing trustee role descriptions
  • Developing trustee role descriptions
  • How to target and recruit new trustees

Please note tickets are limited to 2 per organisation.

To book a place visit Eventbrite.

Thursday, 13 June @ 10.30

Would you like to support a local charity or social enterprise as a Trustee or Board Director, but you’re not sure what that entails? This workshop will cover:

  • What are Trustee and Board Director roles?
  • What responsibilites are you committing to?
  • How to you decide which organisation you are best placed to help?
  • What support is available if you do volunteer?
  • Local volunteer opportunities in West Cumbria for Trustees and Board Members

To book a place visit Eventbrite.

A networking lunch will be provided at both events.

Both these events are sponsored by the BEP Delivery Team

Winners of the 2019 Social Enterprise Awards

The 2019 Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership Awards took place on Tuesday, 5th March at Coronation Hall in Ulverston. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Social Enterprise … The Future of Business’.

There were four categories in this year’s awards:
• New Social Enterprise of the Year
• Community Enterprise of the Year
• Overall Social Enterprise of the Year
• Individual Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Rob Randell, Chair of the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership said

“Every year we are simply blown away by the amazing work that is being done by social enterprises throughout the county and it
makes choosing the winners very difficult. This year was no exception and the awards honoured some truly remarkable and
inspirational organisations and people.”

Emma & Terry from Alpacaly Ever After

The New Social Enterprise of the Year award was presented by Rachel Holliday of Time to Change to Alpacaly Ever After.  Alpacaly Ever After is a new social enterprise setup as a Community Interest Company less than 18 month ago. Since then over 7,000 people have participated in walks with their alpacas at the Lingholm Estate in Portinscale near Keswick and meet the alpacas at the Lakes Distillery. Their llamas have gone viral on social media with their video having over 5 million views on UNILAD and they are currently rated on Tripadvisor as number 1 out of 388 things to do in the Lake District.

Theo accepting the award on behalf of all his four-legged friends!

The New Social Enterprise Highly Commended Award was presented to the Gateway 4 Women centre based in the old Mitchells Dryers building in Denton Holme, Carlisle. The centre provides a safe, welcoming, women-only space for any woman to access a range of support, including domestic abuse, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse and has supported more than 400 individual women since it opened its doors in October 2017. The centre has a Barista Coffee Bar and a fully-functioning Nail Salon, both of which are used for training purposes. In July 2018, 12 women qualified with a Level 2 Certificate in Manicure and Gel application.



Carlisle Mencap’s Chief Executive Sheila Gregory

The Community Enterprise award was presented by Councillor Mark Wilson to Carlisle Mencap for their Independence Studio, based in Mencap’s Grace Little Centre in Kingmoor Park, Carlisle. The studio an art and animation studio is run by talented young adults with a learning disability and is the only one of its kind in the NW. The studio has created short films on a variety of important issues including sexual exploitation, hate crime, voting, healthy eating and most recently, mate crime. Their films have gained national recognition with both the Home & Cabinet Offices buying copies of their videos to distribute nationally. Their service users script-write, produce and appear in these films which are often based on incidents that have happened to them in real life.

The Community Enterprise Highly Commended award was presented to Creative Wellbeing. Creative Wellbeing works with statutory services and third sector organisations throughout Cumbria providing inclusive creative activities as a means to enhance personal and community wellbeing.



Keith Duck from Calderwood House & Rachel Holliday Chief Executive of Time to Change

The Social Enterprise of the Year award was presented by Guy Huxtable of Wingspan Consulting to Time to Change (West Cumbria). Time to Change opened Calderwood House in October 2015 providing 11 ensuite rooms, a laundry, kitchen and a hub area used for training, dining and coffee mornings. Situated in the former Egremont police station, their mission it to tackle poverty and homelessness in West Cumbria and to challenge the negative stereotypes around homelessness. They have recently expanded and now have 5 self-contained affordable move on flats and have just signed a lease on a new property, which they plan to open as a women’s centre in the summer.

Matthew Tognarelli & Lisa Blackwell from People First Independent Advocacy

The Social Enterprise Highly Commended award was presented to People First Independent Advocacy. In February 2018, People First moved into an unused University of Cumbria library building on Milbourne Street, Carlisle.

They opened their Conference and Centre for Learning last year, which is unique in that not only does the centre serve as a professional conference and event hub, but also recruits and trains people with learning difficulties to run the centre through its ‘Hospitality Academy’. Working with employment specialists a range of training, skills and development opportunities for young adults with learning difficulties is being delivered in catering, hospitality, centre management and administration skills. Receiving on the job training as part of the in-house ‘Hospitality Academy’, learners will be able to achieve accredited qualifications.

Lisa Dykes Director of iCan Health & Fitness


The Social Entrepreneur award was presented by Sue Gilbertson from Cybermoor to Lisa Dykes, Director of iCan Health & Fitness CIC based in Denton Holme, Carlisle. Accepting the award Lisa said

“It was an honour to be nominated for an award, but to actually win is incredible. Since we setup our Community Interest Company less than two years ago, we have gone from strength to strength. It’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it’s all been worth it and shows what you can achieve if you’re passionate and determined about making a difference and we strive to do this every day at iCan.”


Vanessa de Castro Cumbria Gateway forf Women


The Social Entrepreneur Highly Commended award was presented to Vanessa de Castro, Development Manager from Gateway 4 Women. Vanessa said

“I am so honoured to receive the awards for Gateway 4 Women. Looking back to the start of 2018 I can’t believe where the year has gone and I am amazed at what we have achieved within the centre. This is due to having an incredible team of staff who are all so passionate about the work they do. I would also like to thank all our fabulous clients who have allowed us to be part of their lives”.



To download copies of the presentations from the day:

The audience also heard from some truly inspiration speakers including Julia Clifford and Lisa Dykes from iCan Health & Fitness Community Interest Company; Fraser Dooley from Amy’s Care Community Interest Company based in North Cumbria. Amy’s Care was inspired by and named after Fraser’s grandma Amy. They specialise in providing daycare through their social clubs for older adults and in particular for those living with dementia; Julia Walker from Lake District Mobility which was setup in 2017 as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the aim of breaking down the barriers that prevent people with limited mobility enjoying the great outdoors, either independently or with their friends and family. You can currently access their Tramper all terrain mobility scooters at Whinlatter Forest and soon at the Langdale Estate.

The speakers took part in a lively panel discussion with a Q&A session from the audience.

Cumbria County Council


The event was organised by Alston based Cybermoor Services on behalf of the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership as part of Cumbria County Council’s funded Social Enterprise Support & Network Programme.

2019 Social Enterprise Networking & Awards Ceremony

Cumbria Social Enterprise Annual Networking & Awards Ceremony

“Social Enterprise … The Future of Business”

Tuesday, 5th March 2019
from 9.45am to 2pm
Coronation Hall, Ulverston

The Partnership is delighted to be hosting this year’s Cumbria Social Enterprise Awards Ceremony in the fabulous Coronation Hall in Ulverston.  The awards celebrate and honour all the great work being done by social enterprises across Cumbria and we will hear firsthand from some of the many inspirational social entrepreneurs.

There are four categories for the awards this year:

1. Overall Best Social Enterprise
2. Best New Social Enterprise
3. Best Community Enterprise
4. Social Entrepreneur of the Year

… so whether you’re big or small, well established or have just started out on your journey; there’s an award that could have your name on it!

The application process is straight forward, so what have you got to lose and as well as the prestige, the winners all receive £750 cash for their social enterprise and the runners-up £250.  So come on tell us why your business or community enterprise is ahead of the rest and what makes it special.

DOWNLOAD the application forms and eligibility criteria for the four award categories below:





Entries for the awards must be received by noon on Thursday, 21 February.

The Cumbria Social Enterprise Awards are funded by Cumbria County Council as part of their Social Enterprise Support Programme.



2019 Social Enterprise Awards

Entries are now open for this year’s Social Enterprise Awards.  The awards celebrate and honour all the great work being done by social enterprises across Cumbria.

There are four categories for the awards this year, so whether you’re big or small; well established or have just started out on your journey, there’s an award that could have your name on it!

The application process is straight forward, so what have you got to loose and as well as the prestige, the winners all receive £750 cash for their social enterprise and the runners-up £250.  So come on tell us why your business or community enterprise is ahead of the rest and what makes it special.

DOWNLOAD the application forms for the four award categories below:





The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at this year’s

Cumbria Social Enterprise Awards Ceremony

on Tuesday, 5th March

at Coronation Hall, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ

 Completed applications must be received by noon on Thursday, 21st February

Social Enterprise … The Future of Business

New research published by Social Enterprise UK ‘The Hidden Revolution’ presents fresh analysis of the size and scale of the social enterprise sector. According to independent analysis, the social enterprise sector makes a £60bn contribution to UK GDP, compared to £24bn in previous research. The Hidden Revolution also brings together key statistics which show that social enterprises are more competitive than traditional firms, confirming that social enterprises are the Future of Business.

DOWNLOAD a copy of the full report

For the first time, research has considered the impact of 5,000 larger social enterprises, as well as small and medium-sized social enterprises. Taken together with other data, this means that there are around 100,000 social enterprises, contributing £60bn to the UK economy and employing 2,000,000 people.

In total, social enterprises are worth around 3% of UK GDP – three times larger than the agricultural sector – and 5% of all UK employment, employing as many people the entire creative industry sector.

Social Enterprise UK, the Co-op Group and Nationwide Building Society are calling on the government to take greater notice of the growing importance of the sector and back its growth through a comprehensive package of measures. This would build on the Civil Society Strategy published last month and the Industrial Strategy published by government last year. Measures could include:

  • Using public procurement policy to support social enterprise through strengthening the Social Value Act
  • Amending company law so that businesses have to give more regard to their social and environmental responsibilities
  • Consider how the tax system can incentivise businesses which have a social as well as an economic impact on society
  • Embedding social enterprise in the school curriculum so that young people are aware of the option of starting or working for a social enterprise

Without backing social enterprises, the country will struggle to remain competitive leaving communities up and down the country more vulnerable.

Social Enterprise Summit Event

Thursday, 5th July, 9.30am to 2pm

People First Cumbria Conference Centre, Carlisle



To celebrate Cumbria’s accreditation as a  Social Enterprise County, we are holding an event in partnership with Social Enterprise UK to discuss what it means for the county and how we can make the most of gaining this status.  We hope you can join us.



GDPR Implementation Workshop

Tuesday, 5th June from 9.30am to 4.30pm
South Lakes Foyer, Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4RA

The General Data Protective Regulation comes into effect on 25th May 2018, so if your organisation has not already made provision to comply with this new legislation, then this workshop is for you!

This one day intensive workshop is not for the faint hearted, but participants will come away with a good solid knowledge of what the new GDPR legislation is all about and be confident about the steps needed to implement a GDPR strategy for their organisation.  An assessment toolkit is also provided as part of the training.

The workshop is fully funded by Cumbria County Council through the CSEP Social Enterprise Support & Networking Programme.  The training workshop will cover 3 main areas:

Overview of GDPR

  • How GDPR applies to your organisation
  • GDPR terminology and background, including the rights of data subjects, the roles of data controllers and processors
  • Processing data for marketing purposes
  • Dealing with international data transfers, supply chain, third party and cloud services data
  • Procedures and policies
  • Privacy by design
  • An overview of Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA)
  • The differences between the Data Protection Act and the EU GDPR

Managing a GDPR Project

  • Identifying Personal Data with case-studies to help identify what personal data is
  • How to carry out a GDPR GAP Analysis
  • Privacy Impact/Risk Assessments and how to manage and report a breach/incident
  • Developing an Action Plan, including ongoing monitoring and auditing
  • Demonstrating compliance with the GDPR

Data Protection by Design

This will include guidance on techniques for data management and security and encryption tools available.

For more information about the workshop and to book a place email

Let’s talk GOOD finance workshop !

Thursday, 24th May from 12:30 to 3:30

Wigton Market Hall

This event, run in partnership with Key Fund Investments, will discuss social investment, create links between investors and grass roots organisations and give attendees a chance to hear a firsthand view on using debt finance from social enterprises that have done so, which will help inform organisations to discover if social investment might be right for them.

The events are informal, focused on providing case studies and examples of how VCSE organisations have used social investment, what they learnt and also provides the opportunity to meet and chat to social investors.

CLICK HERE for more information about the event and how to book.

Cumbria Social Enterprise Census

It is over 10 years since any statistics have been collected to measure the social enterprise activity within Cumbria.

As well as carrying out a mapping exercise to identify the number of social enterprise businesses operating within Cumbria, including where they are located and what sector they operate in, we also want to collect some more indepth information from social enterprise businesses, including how many people work within the sector and the economic impact it has on the county.

If you could spare the time in your busy day to spend 10 minutes completing the survey, it would really help us to collect the data to enable us to report accurately on the sector.

The survey is online and can be accessed at Survey Monkey