Voluntary Sector


Cumbria Children and Young Peoples Voluntary Sector Reference Group

Originally established in 2005 to ensure the third sector had representation in the newly formed Children’s Trust Board. Now the CCYPVSRG elects and provides third sector representation into all the strategy boards and working groups across Cumbria to ensure the voice of the sector and the needs of the children, young people and families are included in service planning and commissioning.

To ensure the best outcomes for all, especially children and young people, the third sector in Cumbria recognises that it needs to be proactively engaged with the public authorities. The CYPVSRG was set up to drive this engagement and its remit has been:

  • To involve the children’s voluntary and community sector in the development and implementation of children’s services in Cumbria at a strategic level
  • To facilitate information sharing • To equip the voluntary and community to deliver services that children, young people and families need
  • To provide a balanced voluntary and community services perspective
  • To demonstrate and articulate the diversity of the sector
  • Ensure prevention is embedded in all planning, commissioning and delivery
  • To contribute to positive change for children in Cumbria
  • Ensure all children, young people, and families, are included

We bring together key speakers from the statutory and third sector to share information on new services and potential opportunities for joint working and to provide information for the wider third sector so as to inform planning and provision here in Cumbria. The group is ably supported by Christine White who provides us with administrative support. We meet approximately six times a year, usually at the Penrith Methodist Church and dates of forthcoming meetings can be found at CYPVRSG Meetings page.  All are welcome to attend.  Our joint-Chairs are Cath Clarke and Pam Hutton.



The group is funded and overseen by Cumbria Youth Alliance and is jointly chaired by Pam Hutton of the Cumbria Family Support Centre and Cath Clarke from Cumbria Youth Alliance. Pam and Cath represent the group at the Children’s Trust Board and the Third Sector Executive for Cumbria. To discuss the group and how it could work for your organisation contract cath@cya.org.uk  or Pam@eastcumbriafamilysupport.org