In Cumbria, community and voluntary organisations and charities play a big part in making our county a good place to live.
These organisations, often called the Third Sector, also includes community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives and mutual societies.
They cover a huge range of issues and services including social care, health, the arts, training and skills, the environment, rural life, sports, the economy and many more. Faith organisations and housing associations that are involved in community work are also considered to be part of the sector.
These organisations are invaluable to Cumbria County Council and our residents because they are hugely important in innovation, designing, developing and delivering services, advocacy and campaigning for change on many issues.
Cumbria County Council works with and supports these organisations in five main ways: