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Cumbria Third Sector Network

The Cumbria Third Sector Network is the mechanism for involving third sector organisations in planning. "Third Sector" is a term that describes all non-profit organisations that are not part of the public sector; these include charities, community groups, sport associations and social enterprises. The network provides a structure for selecting representatives of Cumbria's Third Sector, and for communicating and consulting with the broad sector. Cumbria Third Sector Network, is a "network of networks", and potentially includes every third sector organisation in Cumbria. Its membership comprises members of each specialist network. Membership details are held by each of those networks individually, and there is currently no overall membership list. The purpose of the network is to provide a mechanism for communcation with the broader third sector in Cumbria. For example, to host consultation events of general interest to third sector organisations, for representation of the sector, and for lobbying on its behalf.

The Children's Trust (CT)

At the heart of its priorities the CT aims to improve children's life chances, encourage responsibility, provide support for the most vulnerable, and promote joint delivery across agencies. Through its three District Delivery Groups (DDG), the CT has placed a stronger focus on delivering services as close to the family as possible; by empowering local partners, ensuring that local needs can be recognised and acted upon, and developing strong local accountability frameworks. Key partners will co-operate effectively on the group to improve the well-being of children and young people and promote effective integrated working across agencies in Cumbria. The CT and DDG's will take account of all relevant and agreed single agency strategies.

Safer Cumbria (SC)

Under its remit to address crime and disorder issues Safer Cumbria also addresses community safety, domestic violence and criminal justice issues. Safer Cumbria consists of two groups, a Direction group to review all the evidence and decide on the strategic community safety priorities that should be addressed and an action group to deliver on those priorities. Safer Cumbria continues to provide a Strategic assessment document that outlines priority areas of concern and how these can be best addressed in partnership. The current priorities include substance misuse, reducing reoffending, domestic violence and addressing other crime and disorder issues.

The Local Economic Partnership (LEP)

LEP has private sector leadership and membership and has the ability to make decisions which will seek to remove barriers to business growth and encourage private sector job creation. It will champion programmes and projects to ensure that they are delivering desired outcomes promoted through the Cumbria Economic Strategy. CLB now has appointed 5 representatives to the LEP. Applying partnership principles to the role of these representatives and their engagement with LEP, it follows that there is a responsibility on CLB to ensure that they can represent the views of the whole Board, are well briefed and that they in turn provide feedback to CLB.

The Cumbria Health & Well Being Board (CHW)

Cumbria's new Health and Wellbeing Board (CHW) was launched in April 2012, to help improve the health of the population in the county as the transfer of responsibility for a range of public health services moves from NHS Cumbria to Cumbria County Council.
From April 2013 - following the passing of the Health and Social Care Act - there will be changes in the health and social care system designed to improve the quality and choice of care for patients, and give GPs and other clinicians the primary responsibility for commissioning health care.
The new shadow board will enable the new body to begin working together, pooling expertise and helping to create a strategy for the county ahead of it becoming a formal organisation.
It brings together local commissioners of health and social care, public health, councillors, and HealthWatch to agree an approach to improving local health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. They will build strong and effective partnerships which improve commissioning and delivery of services across the NHS and local government.