Craven Community & Voluntary Services
Craven Community & Voluntary Services (Craven CVS) are here to support all community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations within the district of Craven in North Yorkshire.
As one of only six North Yorkshire local support and development organisations (LSDOs) it provides information, guidance, advice and training to these organisations so that they grow and develop and therefore they are in a position to provide a better service to the residents of Craven. By having a close relationship with these organisations, Craven CVS is often able to identify potential gaps in service delivery and suggest or develop innovative solutions to resolve these gaps.
Craven CVS also acts as a central voice for the community and voluntary organisations of Craven. This ensures that the concerns, needs and requirements of the community and voluntary organisations in Craven are heard at both a local, regional and national level.
As a National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA) accredited body you can rest assured you will always receive a quality service from us.
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Craven Community & Voluntary Services ‘A potted history…'
In May 1984, North Yorkshire County Council Social Services set aside some money for the development of projects in the voluntary sector in Craven. This led to the creation of The South Craven Volunteer Centre.
The next few years witnessed the development of this organisation but it became apparent that an organisation was required that would cover the entire district of Craven to promote the development of volunteering but also to provide additional support to the community and voluntary organisations in the district.
So in the mid 90’s, Craven CVS was created through the separation from the South Craven Volunteer Centre. This was the beginning of Craven CVS as we know it today but it was originally called South Craven Community Action (SCCA).
In 2014, Craven CVS moved to its new home in Skipton from Cross Hills so that it can provide an even better service to the entire voluntary sector in Craven.
The Volunteer Centre has also moved to new offices in Skipton and both organisations still work closely together. It is now known as Craven Volunteer Centre.
For a more detailed history of Craven CVS, please contact us.