Our History

Our History

For more than 30 years, Mansfield Community & Voluntary Service (Mansfield CVS) has supported local voluntary and community organisations, helping to improve the quality of people’s lives in Mansfield and district.

MCVS is an infrastructure organisation that has been supporting the community and voluntary sector in Mansfield for over 30 years. Our mission is ‘To support a thriving and independent community and voluntary sector in Mansfield and District’. We help improve the quality of life of local people by assisting organisations, volunteers and voluntary groups to contribute to the social, economic and community development of Mansfield.

MCVS is an infrastructure organisation that has been supporting the community and voluntary sector in Mansfield for over 30 years. Our mission is ‘To support a thriving and independent community and voluntary sector in Mansfield and District".Mansfield CVS

History of our Organisation

In 1980, the Council for Voluntary Service and the Volunteer Bureau was formed from the original Mansfield Voluntary Workers Bureau.  It was managed by Christine Frost and two staff members.

In 1986, Mansfield CVS and the Volunteer Bureau, with the new general secretary, Andrew Cresswell, moved to premises at 36 Wood Street.

The building was rented from the Co-op and was purchased in 1985.  The then manager, Wynne Garnett, expanded the main functions of the CVS to support and to provide advice to new and developing organisations on funding, constitutions, networking and representation.

In 2001, the building was refurbished under the leadership of former CEO, Sharon Clancy, to meet the growing functions of Mansfield CVS.

The building still fulfils the needs of Mansfield CVS, providing a large training space for courses, events and meetings, as well as a variety of offices and meeting spaces suitable for room hire or rental. 

The team has seen many changes in the last few years, and like others in the voluntary sector, has faced cuts and difficulties.  However, many positive changes have been implemented to weather these issues, including taking on a new Chief Officer, Heather Rabett in January 2016.

History of our Building

The first building - now known as Community House - was a grand late Victorian early Edwardian house standing on a generous corner plot, with a large garden to the side and rear.

Over time extensions were added with hay lofts and what is now the car park was covered with buildings used for boiling fruits and veg for the manufacture of pickles and jams.

The extensive cellars have large Mansfield stone slabs where the veg would be prepared  and stored. One of the products was Robin Hood sauce manufactured by JJ Wharmby ltd a empty bottle was found during the modernisation and is held at Mansfield museum.

By 1952 Mansfield & Sutton Co Operative owned the building it had several uses including carpet warehouse and fruit & veg storage. 

Mansfield CVS took over the building in 1985.

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My name is Deanna (it’s not always been but, explanations later) and I’ve been volunteering at Mansfield CVS roughly six and a half years now.  During that time I have worked with almost every creed and colour, the disabled; the gay and the transgendered; the last two of which count me among their company, told you I wasn’t always Deanna.

Deanna Bell, Volunteer

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