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ACTion with Communities in Cumbria is the operating name for Voluntary Action Cumbria (VAC), help us to continue to support communities across Cumbria by becoming a Supporter or Member.

Become a Supporter

To make use of our services we ask that you sign up as a Supporter of the organisation, allowing us to inform and involve you in relevant campaigns and projects. Supporters pay no fee and do not have voting rights. As an ACT / VAC Supporter you will receive:

  • ACT Gazette and Case Study alerts emailed direct to you
  • Invitations to events including a Supporters Gathering once a year
  • Opportunities to be involved in campaigns and issues of importance to community and rural issues
  • A free 'I'm Supporting ACT' window sticker

ACT / VAC Supporter sign up form

Become a Member

We welcome members from across Cumbria; you can become a member as an: Individual; Third Sector / Voluntary Sector Organisation; or Business / Statutory Body. As an ACT / VAC Member you will receive:

  • All the benefits of being an ACT / VAC Supporter
  • Voting rights at the AGM and members' meetings to directly affect our work
  • Invitations to members' meetings twice a year
  • 20% discount on any chargeable services and events

ACT Membership Rates 2017 - 2018 (Membership runs from 1 April to 31 March):

  • Individual: £30.00
  • Third Sector / Voluntary Organisation: £50.00
  • Business / Statutory Body: £75.00

ACT / VAC Membership sign up form
ACT / VAC Membership Information



Latest News

Help for Village Halls Managing Risks

1 May 2018

Help for Village Halls Managing Risks

ACTion with communities in Cumbria has been working with participants from seven village halls to design a Managing Risks Toolkit for the 300 plus halls across Cumbria.

The project aims to assist village halls to deal with the challenges of extreme weather events and other risks such as loss of income, issues within committees and other situations. It is funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and was awarded after Storm Desmond when a number of halls in Carlisle, South Lakeland and Allerdale were flooded.

Local charity supports community resilience across Cumbria

12 April 2018

Local charity supports community resilience across Cumbria

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting community resilience and emergency planning activities across Cumbria, as part of a 3 year BIG Lottery funded programme. This includes helping people to get together to share their experiences, think about future risks and what they might do to be better prepared.

ACT celebrating 70 years - and appealing for images

5 April 2018

ACT celebrating 70 years - and appealing for images

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and using this milestone as an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s past and also look to the future.

ACT’s Chief Executive Lorrainne Smyth says “We’ve changed our name several times in those 70 years, settling on ACTion with Communities in Cumbria back in 2008, but it is striking how little our aims, priorities and ways of working have changed since the beginning. We still rely on a core group of committed people as our staff and our Trustees and it’s still about making a difference by championing rural issues and working with communities.”

Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

26 January 2018

Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

Village Halls around the country have been celebrating the first national Village Halls Week between 22nd and 26th January. Here at ACT we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the work you do in your communities and to share a few of the highlights in Cumbria and around the country.

Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

10 January 2018

Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging village halls across the county to get involved in the first ever national #VillageHallsWeek starting Monday 22nd January 2018. This is a week-long celebration to say a collective “thank-you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of their communities.

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

13 September 2017

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

Volunteers from six Community Buildings around Cumbria were presented with achievement awards by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) at their recent AGM. Over 50 people attended the event at Sedbergh People’s Hall, celebrating the enormous contribution which Village Hall volunteers make to the communities they serve.

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