Dear Reference Group Members and wider third sector organisations supporting children, young people and families here in Cumbria.

I am delighted to announce that Noelle Kirk from Barnardo’s has been appointed as the Co-Chair of the Cumbria Children & Young People Voluntary Sector Reference Group.  This group is hosted and supported by Cumbria Youth Alliance with a funding contribution from the Cumbria Third Sector Network.  Noelle replaces Pam Hutton who has recently retired and will be working alongside Cath Clarke from Cumbria Youth Alliance to manage the group and take the third sector in Cumbria forward during these difficult days and beyond.   Noelle will be representing your interests along with Cath Clarke at the Childrens Trust Board and the Cumbria Third Sector Executive from the 1st of August 2020.

We are very grateful to Noelle for volunteering for the role and look forward to working with her.

May I take this opportunity to remind you that membership of the Reference Group is free and open to all organisations and individuals who work within the third sector supporting children, young people and families in Cumbria. Whilst we all have a unique contribution to make in the county, we are also stronger and even more effective by working together in what may well be a challenging time ahead for us all. The Reference Group shares information and resources as well as creates an opportunity through our meetings for members to discuss and share experiences.  

Our next meeting will be virtual on Tuesday 4 August at 1pm and we look forward to welcoming Noelle in her new role.

A zoom invitation will follow and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting

Kind regards

Cath Clarke


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