About Us

CCVS is an independent registered charity, set up by local organisations in the 1970's, to provide a central source of expert help and advice for local groups.  Our purpose is to support charitable organisations by providing them with the tools they need to keep going.  We provide training, one-to-one consultancy and advice to help community and voluntary groups set up, develop and grow in Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland. Services are classified under three broad headings.


We act as a voice for voluntary groups in our area, contributing to all the major committees and partnerships that meet to determine public policy and action in Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire, Fenland and the County. For more information please click here.


We bring groups together, provide the communication support for themed and geographical networks. We provide weekly bulletins and access to consultations.

Organisation Development

We provide training and one-to-one development sessions to enable community and voluntary groups to become stronger and more sustainable. For more information please click here.

Our Core Values


Living Wage Employer

We are proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer. 

The Real Living Wage (set annually by the Living Wage Foundation) is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by almost 9,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

We are also able to support Cambridge based small charities to become accredited and also contribute to the first years accreditation costs. We are able to offer this thanks to support from Cambridge City Council.

Contact Sally by email sally@cambridgecvs.org.uk


Climate Change Charter

CCVS have signed the Cambridge Climate Change Charter and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We will be publishing our action plan soon as well as looking at calculating our carbon footprint. In the short term we are replacing bulbs in the office with low voltage equivilents, we are looking to significantly reduce our paper usage and we are encouraging staff not to drive unless it is essential. 

We believe that everyone and every organisation can make little steps that together will make a bigger change. if you want to find out what you group could do check out the Cambridge Carbon Footprint page or contact us on enquiries@cambridgecvs.org.uk


CCVS takes the quality of its services very seriously. We endeavour to ensure that we provide a service that meets the needs of the user. We understand that occasionally disagrements may occur and we like to deal with these informally if possible. However if there is the need users can make a formal approach using the complaints procedure.

The complaints procedure is available here.

All complaints should be addressed to the chief executive in the first instance.

Privacy statement

CCVS makes every effort to ensure your data is stored safely and in line with the latest legislation and guidlines. You can read our privacy statement here.