The Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) is a membership organisation run by local councils for the benefit of local councils. It aims to assist councils in their day-to-day work and to represent their interests. It is open to all Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria.
CALC advises, guides and represents local councils - the tier of government closest to the electorate.
CALC's aims are:-
Encouraging and advising on good practice in local council management;
Increasing the contribution of local councils to community life;
Representing local councils interests in Cumbrian affairs;
Training and developing councillors and clerks;
Encouraging greater public awareness of the work of local councils.
CALC has an Executive Committee and a Chief Officer, Samantha Bagshaw, supported by Parish Development Officer, Sonia Hutchinson and three Parish Liaison Officers. All posts are part-time. The main Association office is in Penrith.