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Windermere community sew inspired by creative inter-generational workshops

5th April 2017

Older people in Windermere have been given the chance to inspire the younger generation and share their skills thanks to an inter-generational project. A grant of £1,000 from the Holehird Trust enabled Kendal Windows on Art to run a series of artist supported community workshops providing creative opportunities for older people to meet and work … Continue reading “Windermere community sew inspired by creative inter-generational workshops”

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Girls’ football gets a kick-start in Barrow

14th March 2017

A project that aims to encourage girls in Barrow to get active by playing football has been boosted by a £1,000 grant from the Barrow Community Trust. Barrow AFC Community Sports work closely with schools in the Furness peninsular and run a range of innovative projects that support education, health, social inclusion and sports participation. … Continue reading “Girls’ football gets a kick-start in Barrow”

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Support for seriously ill children and their families

8th March 2017

Families with sick children regularly face long, draining journeys, often by public transport to attend hospital appointments, which can take full days, involve overnight stays and take one parent away from the rest of the family. The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which has a base in Kendal, supports families who have a child with a … Continue reading “Support for seriously ill children and their families”

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Whitehaven’s child miners remembered

6th March 2017

A memorial to children who lost their lives working in Whitehaven’s coal mines has been enhanced by restoration work. Whitehaven Heritage Action Group received £900 towards the project from the Cumbria Endowment Grassroots Grants Fund. The memorial stone, in St Nicholas’ Gardens, Whitehaven, had its lettering regilded by a local stonemason. The monument was installed in … Continue reading “Whitehaven’s child miners remembered”

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Ulverston woman gains MA degree to give back to community

27th February 2017

A passionate Production Designer from Ulverston received funding to complete a Master’s Degree at a specialist London Art School. 31 year old May Davies received £500 from the Cumbria Cultural Fund to support her through an MA in Theatre Design at the Wimbledon College of Art. The grant allowed May to access shows and exhibitions, … Continue reading “Ulverston woman gains MA degree to give back to community”

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Sedbergh community sings to battle dementia

15th February 2017

‘Dignity in Dementia’ works with families, community groups and health and social care providers to help them respond to people with dementia in a manner that maintains and enhances their dignity. The organisation received £1,000 from the 2016 Sport Relief Community Cash Fund to run dementia embracing community singing groups in Sedbergh. The grant was … Continue reading “Sedbergh community sings to battle dementia”

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Workington youngsters drumming up new skills

13th February 2017

‘Beat it up’ is an upbeat street drumming performance group, run by Soundwave, for young people in Workington. The weekly sessions at the Theatre Royal are free to attend and engage hard to reach young people aged 13-19 who wouldn’t normally attend youth activities, giving them a focus and raising their aspirations. As well as … Continue reading “Workington youngsters drumming up new skills”

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Fitness sessions at the heart of a healthy life

9th February 2017

Fit 4 Life specialises in fitness for the over 50s and people with chronic health conditions. Based in Maryport and Whitehaven, the social enterprise aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people by offering structured fitness sessions with expert support. Fit 4 Life received £1,400 from the Kipling Fund for Older People, to expand the … Continue reading “Fitness sessions at the heart of a healthy life”

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Young Whitehaven dancer receives funding to attend top performing arts school

A talented young dancer from Whitehaven received funding to follow his dreams and study at a leading performing arts school in London. Since 2009, Lewis Charlton has received more than £6,000 from four separate funds to help him fulfil his ambitions and embrace his talent. He was most recently awarded £500 from the Edmond Castle … Continue reading “Young Whitehaven dancer receives funding to attend top performing arts school”

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£10,000 boost for Barrow youth service

6th February 2017

A youth service dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in Barrow has been given a £10,000 funding boost from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund. Drop Zone Youth Project on Cornwallis Street, works with young people aged 11 to 21, many of whom do not go to mainstream school, to offer them opportunities to … Continue reading “£10,000 boost for Barrow youth service”

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Lifeline for domestic violence victims in West Cumbria

3rd February 2017

On average, it takes 37 incidents before victims of domestic violence ask for help. West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support provides practical and emotional help to victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Allerdale and Copeland. The charity is the only organisation in West Cumbria that provides long term domestic violence support to address the … Continue reading “Lifeline for domestic violence victims in West Cumbria”

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A safe haven for young people in housing need

1st February 2017

A charity in Whitehaven that supports local young people in housing need received £11,000 from Shepley Group Grants and the NMP Community Fund. The Whitehaven Foyer was created from a partnership between Impact Housing and the Howgill Family Centre. The two organisations joined together to buy the old YMCA building in Whitehaven and re-develop it … Continue reading “A safe haven for young people in housing need”

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Visually impaired youngsters come together to reduce isolation

12th January 2017

A project that supports visually impaired young people in Barrow and the South Lakes area has been awarded £2,000 from the Grassroots Cumbria Young People’s Fund. Barrow and Districts Society for the Blind launched the ‘Younger Generations’ programme after a survey conducted by the charity revealed that more support was needed for blind and partially … Continue reading “Visually impaired youngsters come together to reduce isolation”

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Walney First Responders give life-saving training to community

10th January 2017

Established in 2010, Walney Community First Responders have attended over 2,000 emergency situations to provide life-saving first aid in the vital moments before an ambulance arrives. The group of trained volunteers also provide basic first aid training to local schools and the wider community through their Heartstart programme, which teaches life-saving procedures such as CPR … Continue reading “Walney First Responders give life-saving training to community”

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Botcherby Community Centre fights back from floods

5th December 2016

Botcherby is one of the most disadvantaged wards in Cumbria. The Community Centre suffered extensive damage during the floods and was forced to close. £15,000 was awarded from the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal, to continue supporting the local community from a temporary location at Petteril Bank Community Centre. Many residents in the area were flooded … Continue reading “Botcherby Community Centre fights back from floods”

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Rotarians lead Carlisle’s first Community Health Mela

1st December 2016

Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire were awarded £4,000 from the Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund to hold the first Community Health Mela in Carlisle city centre. The health awareness fair featured a wide range of activities to promote health and wellbeing. Activities included practising first aid skills, learning how to prepare healthy meals and taking … Continue reading “Rotarians lead Carlisle’s first Community Health Mela”

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Unity Festival brings Carlisle communities together to celebrate diversity

22nd November 2016

A community festival celebrating diversity in Carlisle was given a £2,000 cash boost from the Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund. Carlisle Unity Festival, organised by AWAZ Cumbria and their partners, One World, was aimed at building unity among the many diverse groups in the city while tackling prejudice and promoting understanding. Charities that work with … Continue reading “Unity Festival brings Carlisle communities together to celebrate diversity”

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Youth project gets Friday feeling with £37,000 funding

25th October 2016

The Friday Night Project provides a range of attractive, targeted youth work activities to reduce anti-social behaviour and other risk taking behaviours in towns and rural locations across Allerdale. Initially set up by Inspira, it has been successfully running in Allerdale for two years and has had an appreciable impact on anti-social behaviour rates across … Continue reading “Youth project gets Friday feeling with £37,000 funding”

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Funding boost for South Lakeland sight loss charity

13th October 2016

Sight Advice South Lakes offer a range of assistance to visually impaired people, with the aim of enabling them to live as independently as possible. The charity was awarded £2,000 from the Holehird Trust to continue providing one to one support to members through the Community Development Officer. The Community Development Officer carries out home … Continue reading “Funding boost for South Lakeland sight loss charity”

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Breakfast club for the homeless

11th October 2016

Established in 2011, Cumbria Gateway based in Carlisle, provides user-led, person centred health and social care services within the substance and alcohol misuse field. It offers a unique supportive environment in which people can recover from mental health/addiction and develop a new future and their services include housing, training, volunteer opportunities and practical and emotional support to help people. … Continue reading “Breakfast club for the homeless”

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Flood rescuers purchase new equipment after devastation of Storm Desmond

7th October 2016

Maryport Inshore Rescue is an independent Lifeboat and Rescue Service to the Solway Firth and surrounding areas. The service is run 24 hours a day by a group of dedicated volunteers and works closely with the R.N.L.I., H.M. Coastguard and all other emergency services. When Storm Desmond first hit parts of Cumbria in December 2015, Maryport … Continue reading “Flood rescuers purchase new equipment after devastation of Storm Desmond”

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South Lakeland cricket club welcomes new pavilion

20th September 2016

Five years ago, Lindal Moor Cricket Club had a vision to replace their one-hundred-year old pavilion. The club raised £300,000 through grants and fundraising and the new pavilion opened earlier this year. The club has invested extensively in coaching and hosts inter-school games, as well as visiting local schools to encourage female participation. This has … Continue reading “South Lakeland cricket club welcomes new pavilion”

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Young musical maestro receives funding to attend prestigious college

12th September 2016

A talented young musician from Kendal has been awarded funding to attend the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 14 year old Sam Nicholls received £750 from the Johnson fund to study orchestral percussion and piano at the prestigious conservatoire. Sam attends every weekend, where he takes part in individual percussion and piano … Continue reading “Young musical maestro receives funding to attend prestigious college”

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Rural village telephone box gets a refurb

31st August 2016

The rusted red telephone box in Lowick Green created a strikingly sad image to those who passed by the rural South Lakeland Village. However, the disused booth has now been given a new lease of life as villagers have used funding to transform the once iconic British symbol into a useful community asset. The Lowick … Continue reading “Rural village telephone box gets a refurb”

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South Lakeland Carers take a well-earned break

26th August 2016

Carers from South Lakeland are being offered relaxation therapies as a focused way to take a break from their caring role. The South Lakeland Carers Association was awarded £4,470 from Castle Green Grassroots Grants, the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation and Foundation Grants to provide the therapies. Therapists provide treatments that include aromatherapy massages, hot … Continue reading “South Lakeland Carers take a well-earned break”

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Farmers in rural Cumbrian community benefit from local course

24th August 2016

Farmers from the rural parish of Bewcastle are now able to comply with the latest agricultural spraying legislation after attending a course that was supported by the Bewcastle Fund. The Bewcastle Committee, which is run by local people from the Parish Council, school and local church, were awarded £3,000 to subsidise the costs of a … Continue reading “Farmers in rural Cumbrian community benefit from local course”

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Cumbrian choirs join forces to tackle rural isolation

22nd August 2016

Cumbria Rural Choirs were awarded £1,500 from the Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund towards their annual concert. Cumbria Rural Choirs are one of the largest amateur choirs in the country and comprise Wigton Choral Society, Keswick Choral Society and Ullswater Choir, Penrith. Their annual concert brings rural choirs and independent singers from across Cumbria together. … Continue reading “Cumbrian choirs join forces to tackle rural isolation”

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Funding served up to Cumbrian teen tennis sensation

15th August 2016

Junior tennis champion, Grace Eland from Carlisle has received £1,256 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to help towards the costs of training and attending competitions. 15 year old Grace competes in junior tennis championships all over the country. She also completes part of her weekly training programme at the Northumberland High Performance Centre in … Continue reading “Funding served up to Cumbrian teen tennis sensation”

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Lakeland club row to safety with oar-some new boat

11th August 2016

Lakeland Rowing Club received a grant of £3,150 from Foundation Grants, which was used to purchase a new safety boat to aid with coaching at their base on Derwent Water. The lake can be prone to changes in conditions so the club need to keep a close eye on their rowers, particularly if they are … Continue reading “Lakeland club row to safety with oar-some new boat”

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Cumbrian swimming star gains Olympic training partner

9th August 2016

A young swimming champion from Maryport was able to attend a training camp in Australia after receiving a grant of £1,500 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund and £500 from the Edmond Castle Educational Trust. 17 year old Edward Baxter, who has already broken a British record, used the funds from the grant to help … Continue reading “Cumbrian swimming star gains Olympic training partner”

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Maryport residents have appetite to improve cooking skills

5th August 2016

‘Cook Well and Prosper’ is a project designed to engage families in a short, practical course that will tackle food poverty through education and hands-on experience. Local housing association, Your Housing Group received a grant of £934 from the Solway Fund to deliver cookery workshops aimed at improving the health of residents in a disadvantaged … Continue reading “Maryport residents have appetite to improve cooking skills”

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£5,000 boost for Ulverston Inshore Rescue

4th August 2016

Ulverston Inshore Rescue received a grant of £5,000 from the Foundation Grants to purchase equipment for their new rescue vehicle. The rescue organisation used the funds to purchase a winch, roof rack, internal storage boxes and a rear access ladder. They also fitted the vehicle with a new radio and GPS gear.  The crew’s previous … Continue reading “£5,000 boost for Ulverston Inshore Rescue”

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Summer Holiday Family Fun at Abbott Hall

29th July 2016

The Lakeland Arts Trust was awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Westmorland Arts Trust to support a programme of summer activities at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal. The activities included a week long ‘Art Camp’ for 9-15 year olds, three artist-led family workshops and an abstract painting workshop for adults. The activities used … Continue reading “Summer Holiday Family Fun at Abbott Hall”

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Cumbrian cancer charity serves up healthy way to cook

27th July 2016

A Cumbrian cancer charity received a grant of £250 from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation to provide cookery classes to people who have been affected by the disease in our region. The Odyssey Foundation, which was set up by local cancer survivor Sandra Jones, aims to enhance and improve the lives of people in … Continue reading “Cumbrian cancer charity serves up healthy way to cook”

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Creative workshops captivate disadvantaged Barrow community

Funding to run multi-generational creative art sessions has helped to reduce poverty and isolation in Barrow. St Matthew’s Community Hall, on Highfield Road, is located in one of the most disadvantaged wards in the country. £4,851 was awarded from the Comic Relief Fund to run an art club for young people aged between seven and eleven years … Continue reading “Creative workshops captivate disadvantaged Barrow community”

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Furness Autism charity receives funding for community activities

21st July 2016

An award of £1,500 is helping to support young people with autistic spectrum disorders in the Furness peninsular. The Furness branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) received the funding from the Barrow in Furness Endowment Grassroots Grants and the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. The money has contributed towards regular activities, including trips to … Continue reading “Furness Autism charity receives funding for community activities”

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Silver surfers benefit from computer classes in rural Cumbrian village

13th July 2016

A remote village hall was among the first recipients of a grant awarded from the newly managed William Milburn Charitable Trust Community First Fund. Walton Village Hall was recently fitted with four new laptops and a printer, along with broadband connection that was all free for public use. However, many older people within the parish did … Continue reading “Silver surfers benefit from computer classes in rural Cumbrian village”

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Cumbria Youth Alliance deliver democracy workshops with funding

11th July 2016

Cumbria Youth Alliance received a grant of £1,000 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund towards a new project which aims to engage young people in the democratic processes and structures. The ‘Every Young Voice Counts’ project was designed to generate interest in how local decisions are made and how young people can influence these decisions. … Continue reading “Cumbria Youth Alliance deliver democracy workshops with funding”

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Scrapped Windermere bus service revived by volunteers

6th July 2016

A Windermere bus service that was scrapped by Cumbria County Council has continued to operate, thanks to the dedication of local residents. ‘Friends of the 597’ was set up by a group of volunteers from the South Lakeland town, with the aim of raising funds to maintain the 597 bus service which runs a circular … Continue reading “Scrapped Windermere bus service revived by volunteers”

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Homeless young people offered a place to stay as charity expands into Cumbria

An innovative new project to tackle homelessness was established in Cumbria last year with support from Cumbria Community Foundation. Nightstop, run by Depaul UK provides free emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16 to 25, in the homes of approved volunteers, on a temporary basis until a more appropriate longer term solution to their … Continue reading “Homeless young people offered a place to stay as charity expands into Cumbria”

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Barrow residents share time and skills

6th June 2016

Barrow Timebank, run by Inspire Furness CIC, received £5,000 in May 2016 from the Barrow Community Trust and Foundation Grants Fund to help with running costs for another year. Time banks act as a way of harnessing the assets or expertise in the community and involve members of the community registering skills, enthusiasm, talents and time … Continue reading “Barrow residents share time and skills”

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Barrow residents share time and skills

Barrow Timebank, run by Inspire Furness CIC, received £5,000 in May 2016 from the Barrow Community Trust and Foundation Grants Fund to help with running costs for another year. Time banks act as a way of harnessing the assets or expertise in the community and involve members of the community registering skills, enthusiasm, talents and time … Continue reading “Barrow residents share time and skills”

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Girls football picking up the pace thanks to funding

3rd June 2016

Girls are picking up footballing skills at a rapid pace thanks to a successful coaching programme. Barrow AFC’s Only Girls Allowed scheme is now entering its third year and has seen hundreds of youngsters learn all about the game. Sessions run on Monday and Friday evenings at Furness College, with children aged between five and 11 … Continue reading “Girls football picking up the pace thanks to funding”

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Wind Farm Windfall for Local Nature Reserve

10th May 2016

A £15,000 grant is set to improve facilities for visitors with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. Friends of Harrington Nature Reserve received grant aid from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, to repair and resurface footpaths leading to points of natural beauty and interest within the community nature reserve. Maureen … Continue reading “Wind Farm Windfall for Local Nature Reserve”

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Pursuing a future as a horn player made easier

22nd April 2016

The Foundation has supported 19 year old musician Ben Lowe since 2012, awarding him grants from the Edmond Castle Educational Trust and Cumberland Educational Foundation. When Ben was 15, funding gave him the opportunity to attend the Junior Royal Conservatoire in Scotland, aimed at young people who show above average musical ability and potential, together … Continue reading “Pursuing a future as a horn player made easier”

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Funding boost to support peer mentoring in Barrow

13th April 2016

A new project which provides peer mentoring to assist junior school children with a smooth transition to life at senior school was able to go ahead thanks to a £750 grant. Drop Zone Youth Projects in Barrow-in-Furness provides a space where young people can socialise, take part in community activities, raise the positive profile of … Continue reading “Funding boost to support peer mentoring in Barrow”

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Carlisle lunch club reduces social isolation

14th March 2016

Social isolation has become a real problem for older people living within our communities – some can go days or even weeks without a meaningful social interaction. Bishop’s Close in Carlisle is run by Two Castles Housing Association and provides sheltered and supported housing for older people. Bishop’s Close Social Fund is run by volunteers … Continue reading “Carlisle lunch club reduces social isolation”

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Charity partnership aiming to reduce mental distress

4th March 2016

Funding from the Foundation Grants fund has enabled Mind in Furness to continue with a project which allows its members to work side-by-side in partnership with National Trust volunteers on conservation projects. Once a month members of Mind in Furness visit High Wray, near Hawkshead, which is the base for the National Trust’s volunteer conservation … Continue reading “Charity partnership aiming to reduce mental distress”

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Learning centre’s immediate future secured

25th February 2016

The immediate future of a charity in Dalton-in-Furness has been secured by a grant from Cumbria Community Foundation. Dalton Learning Centre provides a range of services to the local community, including a job club, a homework club, a mindful class and a dementia café, as well as a number of skills classes. The group has proved … Continue reading “Learning centre’s immediate future secured”

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Half term holiday fun thanks to funding

St Thomas’ Community Connection Holiday Club in Kendal was established in 2003 to provide primary school age children with fun and safe activities during the October half term. A grant from the Holehird Trust and Russell Armer Fund ensured its continuity, particularly as children’s activities can be in short supply due to typically bad weather at … Continue reading “Half term holiday fun thanks to funding”

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Naval excursion for Barrow Sea Cadets

4th February 2016

Barrow Sea Cadet Corps (BSCC) received £800 from the Wing Cdr H Thompson & Rev Green Grassroots Fund last summer to provide nautical training for young people. The funding covered hire and transport costs towards their annual summer camp. A seven-day educational trip took 30 cadets aged 10-17 years old to Portsmouth. Gaining an insight … Continue reading “Naval excursion for Barrow Sea Cadets”

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Foodbank Fighting Hunger in Kendal

2nd February 2016

An important community project in Kendal can continue to make a difference to people’s lives thanks to a cash donation. King’s Food Bank, based in the Shakespeare Centre has been awarded a total of £11,000 to keep hunger at bay for South Lakeland residents. £10,000 came from the Foundation Grants Fund, £500 from the Dowker … Continue reading “Foodbank Fighting Hunger in Kendal”

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Lifeline for rurally isolated older people

1st February 2016

A vital service providing social inclusion to older people in rural North Cumbria has been given a financial lifeline. Northern Fells Group was successful in securing more than £175,000 last autumn from Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme. This was only made possible thanks to match funding from the Joyce Wilkinson Trust and the Neighbourhood Care Independence … Continue reading “Lifeline for rurally isolated older people”

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Charity choir take music across the county

19th January 2016

A choir in Kendal is able to bring live music to communities throughout Cumbria and Lancashire after receiving funding for new equipment. K Shoes Male Voice Choir, based in Kendal, were awarded £750 in April last year from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. The grant covered the costs of a new stage piano and … Continue reading “Charity choir take music across the county”

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Swampy field turned community asset

18th January 2016

A run-down community space near Carlisle is being transformed into a vibrant hub for sport. Thursby Sport and Recreation Committee received £3,750 in September 2014 from the Joyce Wilkinson Trust Fund to transform Jubilee Playing Field from swamp into sports ground. The field is the only facility in the parish for participation in football and … Continue reading “Swampy field turned community asset”

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World expert leads training course for mountain rescue teams

14th January 2016

Mountain rescue teams from all across Cumbria received vital rope training thanks to help from the John Winder Fund. 32 volunteer members from teams within the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association (LDSAMRA) took part following a grant of £2,000 in March 2015. LDSAMRA is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams in Cumbria. … Continue reading “World expert leads training course for mountain rescue teams”

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Unconventional training to support unemployed young people

4th December 2015

Young people from across Cumbria have been given a unique learning opportunity to improve their career prospects and increase aspirations. North Allerdale Development Trust (NADT) received £10,863 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to run a free 12 week film making course at The Market Hall in Wigton for young people not in education, employment … Continue reading “Unconventional training to support unemployed young people”

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Cockerham kids score new kit

17th November 2015

A group of young footballers can wear their team colours with pride after receiving funding for a replacement kit. Cockerham Junior Football Club (CJFC), near Garstang was awarded £475 from the Westmorland Ltd Grants Fund in June this year towards a new U10’s football strip. The team have been playing in a strip that had … Continue reading “Cockerham kids score new kit”

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Young disabled people showcase creative theatre skills

13th November 2015

An arts organisation in West Cumbria is improving the life skills, independence and confidence of young disabled people through a vibrant person-centred theatre programme. Prism Arts received £3,775 from the Live the Dream Fund towards their Studio Theatre programme – the only arts opportunity for young people and adults aged 13-25 with additional learning needs … Continue reading “Young disabled people showcase creative theatre skills”

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Healthy eating initiative for deaf young people

3rd November 2015

Cumbria-DeafVision is addressing obesity and social exclusion issues affecting deaf and hearing-impaired young people by offering cookery workshops as part of a county wide healthy eating initiative. Already running in Kendal, Cumbria Young People’s Fund awarded £696 to provide six cookery workshops in Whitehaven and the Barrow Community Trust awarded £800 to enable the charity … Continue reading “Healthy eating initiative for deaf young people”

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Nuclear funding boost for Copeland’s unemployed

28th October 2015

A business centre in Cleator Moor is addressing Copeland’s digitally excluded by providing supported access to computers and the internet for the unemployed. Phoenix Enterprise Centre (PEC) received a total of £77,500 from the NMP Community Fund to continue its ‘Access Copeland’ project. The initiative provides free computer drop in sessions for anyone seeking work. … Continue reading “Nuclear funding boost for Copeland’s unemployed”

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Agriculture engages young people outside mainstream education

26th October 2015

A farm in South Lakeland is engaging with hard to reach young adults by providing horticultural training and developing employment related skills. Cowran Training, an educational centre at Pennington near Ulverston works with young people at risk of unemployment, antisocial and offending behaviour to develop their employability skills and support pathways into further education. The … Continue reading “Agriculture engages young people outside mainstream education”

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Support for Copeland’s Bereaved

16th October 2015

A charity which helps families cope with the loss of a loved one can increase its service thanks to a generous donation. Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria was established to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone who has been bereaved to understand their grief, to cope with their loss and to emerge … Continue reading “Support for Copeland’s Bereaved”

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Exhibition shows the world through a different perspective

5th October 2015

A West Cumbrian charity providing day care for people with disabilities is promoting social inclusion through the art of photography. Members from Cleator Moor’s Copeland Occupational and Social Centre and Allerdale COSC based in Maryport, took part in a digital photography course run by the Workers’ Education Association (WEA). Specialist equipment was provided to allow … Continue reading “Exhibition shows the world through a different perspective”

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Fitness course engages hard to reach youths

2nd October 2015

An educational charity is improving employability skills and aspirations of young people in West Cumbria by offering extended fitness courses. The NMP Community Fund awarded West Cumbria Achievement Zone (WCAZ) £5,000 towards theory resources and fitness equipment, enabling students to complete their BTEC Level 2 Sports Course. Sport and Leisure with EDEXCEL is one of … Continue reading “Fitness course engages hard to reach youths”

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Pensioners prestigious performance at Hampton Court

29th September 2015

A group of senior citizens from West Cumbria earned the chance to play at Hampton Court this month thanks to their persuasive group co-ordinator, Bridget Hilton. Bridget, a retired music and French teacher, runs the Cockermouth U3A Early Music Group, Alte Musik. She was struck by the lack of music on a visit to Hampton … Continue reading “Pensioners prestigious performance at Hampton Court”

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Holiday club provides outlet for kids

17th September 2015

Youngsters in Longtown had a fun-packed week during the school summer holiday thanks to a grant from Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. A group of churches joined together to provide a summer club at the local community centre and reduce social isolation in the town. The club which is seen as a valuable asset to the community, has … Continue reading “Holiday club provides outlet for kids”

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Farm work improves anti-social behaviour

14th September 2015

A farm in the Yorkshire dales is providing training and learning opportunities to young people who are at risk of social exclusion with support from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. Strawberry Fields Training CIC is transforming the land at Dovengill Farm to be completely self-sufficient using permaculture techniques – a system to create permanent … Continue reading “Farm work improves anti-social behaviour”

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Social enterprise’s recycling success

8th September 2015

A Cumbrian social enterprise that recycles and reuses electronic goods is thriving due to a recent move to larger premises. Cumbria Recycling Limited was set up six years ago to collect, recycle and trade electrical goods. Due to their growing success and help from the NMP Community Fund, they have relocated to a new larger building at Lillyhall and increased … Continue reading “Social enterprise’s recycling success”

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SoundWave recognised for supporting young musicians

7th September 2015

Earlier this year, SoundWave was recognised by the High Sheriff of Cumbria for helping young people positively engage in their community through music workshops and events, and the charity received £1,000 to put towards youth activities. The money was used to run a music residential weekend at Blaithwaite House in Wigton as part of their Do It Yourself Music Festival, a 12 week programme … Continue reading “SoundWave recognised for supporting young musicians”

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Penrith Cricket Club continue to play

4th September 2015

We’re pleased to have supported Penrith Cricket Club who received £1,500 from the Ullswater Trust Grassroots Grants Fund towards new grounds machinery needed  to maintain their wickets and outfields. Thanks to the new heavy roller, the Club’s fourteen teams are able to continue playing and practising. Before grant-aid, the two grounds of Penrith Cricket Club required many hours of labour intensive work by volunteers … Continue reading “Penrith Cricket Club continue to play”

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West Cumbrian theatres growing popularity with youngsters

2nd September 2015

A local youth theatre in Egremont has been able to purchase much-needed materials for set production props and costumes with support from the Shepley Group Fund. Starstruck Youth Theatre holds rehearsals every Saturday in the Market Hall.  Popularity is growing with local youngsters, as the theatre provides all the kit  e.g. ballet and tap shoes, t-shirts and costumes, which … Continue reading “West Cumbrian theatres growing popularity with youngsters”

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Carlisle community picnic builds new friendships

19th August 2015

The Liddle Thompson Fund supported an event this Summer to promote community cohesion in Carlisle. Working in partnership with The Glenmore Trust and Riverside Housing, St James’s Parish Church received £1,000 from the fund to host The Denton Holme Big Lunch. Around 300 residents gathered for their special picnic and fancy dress lunch on Sunday … Continue reading “Carlisle community picnic builds new friendships”

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When haka came to Kirkby Stephen

12th August 2015

In recognition of the Rugby World Cup being played in England this year, Upper Eden Rugby Club received funding from the Westmorland Limited Fund to invite year one and two children from local primary schools to join in a celebration event. It was well supported with more than 100 six and seven year olds from six … Continue reading “When haka came to Kirkby Stephen”

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Grace serves up tennis success

11th August 2015

Talented tennis player Grace Eland is making huge strides on court while continuing to study hard at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Grace received support from the Cumberland Educational Foundation and Cumbria Young People’s Fund towards tennis training and expenses. Grace is the daughter of Lynsey and Errol Eland, and Lynsey said: “Grace manages school … Continue reading “Grace serves up tennis success”

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Allerdale Credit Union invest in young savers

4th August 2015

Cockermouth School recently teamed up with their local Credit Union to teach pupils how to manage their money. Allerdale Credit Union received £5,000 from the NMP Community Fund towards their ‘Money Management’ project with young people. Working in partnership with MyBnk, a charity who provides financial education to young people,  Allerdale Credit Union recently delivered workshops to 200 … Continue reading “Allerdale Credit Union invest in young savers”

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Training for young rugby coaches

23rd July 2015

Support from the Costain Fund has recently enabled Cockermouth Mini/Midi RUFC to deliver a coach development and mentor programme. Young players from the U18 team have undertaken a UKCC ‘Coaching Children in Rugby’ Level 2 course and 10 new adult volunteers have undertaken the IRB RugbyReady Course. As part of the scheme the young players were matched up with one of the adult volunteers sitting the … Continue reading “Training for young rugby coaches”

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New social enterprise offers a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’

21st July 2015

Time to Change (West Cumbria) is a project providing a safe place to accommodate the growing homeless population in West Cumbria. The former Police Station in Egremont, will be converted into a new social enterprise created to offer a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’.  Due to open in September 2015, Calderwood House is a place of … Continue reading “New social enterprise offers a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’”

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Voyage of a lifetime for Barrow’s young people

20th July 2015

A group of young people from Barrow were able to go on a trip of lifetime, thanks to funding from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund. Project John, a supported housing project for 16-25 year olds, received funding to take 10 young people on a week long trip sailing around the UK on the Ocean Youth … Continue reading “Voyage of a lifetime for Barrow’s young people”

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South Workington Youth Partnership

13th July 2015

South Workington Youth Partnership (SWYP) provide quality youth and community activities; including a learning disability project. The charity is run by people who live in the area and understand the needs of the community. South Workington is traditionally an area of indices of deprivation and poverty and young people have unfair stereotyping because of where they live. SWYP was … Continue reading “South Workington Youth Partnership”

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Eden Rural Foyer – Personalised Job Hunting Service

10th July 2015

Eden Rural Foyer was awarded £750 from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald Fund last summer to develop a personalised job hunting service. The hub at Eden Rural Foyer in Penrith has been recognised as valuable and is the only community training resource in Eden, offering a free Job Club to local people. The club offers specialist, professionally tutored … Continue reading “Eden Rural Foyer – Personalised Job Hunting Service”

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Friends of Workington Hall Parkland

Friends of Workington Hall Parkland was supported by the Nuvia Fund with a grant of £500 to restore becks in the town centre. The original idea was to create a wildflower meadow and an area of the parkland was cleared and seeded. In spite of the area having been chosen on expert advice from the Council’s … Continue reading “Friends of Workington Hall Parkland”

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Volunteer Week – “You are a best friend to me”

3rd June 2015

This week, volunteers across the country will be celebrated as National Volunteers week commences. Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme (NCIP) is reliant on the hard work and commitment of its volunteers. Eddie Farren volunteers for Carlisle and Eden Mind as part of the NCIP befriending service. For almost four months … Continue reading “Volunteer Week – “You are a best friend to me””

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Barrow Foodbank’s new wheels set donations in motion

28th May 2015

Barrow Foodbank’s new van will make it easier and more efficient for volunteers to collect and distribute essentials such as food and household items. Thanks to a £500 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Barrow Community Trust, the Foodbank was able to fit their new van with protective paneling and purchase a dolly to move crates … Continue reading “Barrow Foodbank’s new wheels set donations in motion”

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NCI – Kendal Windows on Art

27th May 2015

Preventing the collapse of a popular local group When Kendal Windows on Art’s (KWoA) Milnthorpe Craft Group lost their regular meeting venue there were fears the group would collapse. Everyone in the group is over 65 and the loss of the group could mean the loss of their only means of socialising and opportunity to … Continue reading “NCI – Kendal Windows on Art”

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NCI – Cumbria Gateway

When 91 year old Richard Brown (right) had a “bit of a funny turn” last November he ended up in hospital for ten days. The former Engineering Services Manager for Carr’s had always been handy around the house, but when he came home he needed help to stay independent. Richard and his wife Laura, 83, … Continue reading “NCI – Cumbria Gateway”

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Professionals join Workington singers to remember war

19th May 2015

Workington community choir, the Carnegie Singers hosted a professional orchestra and soloist last weekend thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation.   The Community Concert held at St John’s Church in Workington involved more than 70 local people and commemorated 70 years since the end of World War Two. Norman Brayton, Chairman of Carnegie Singers … Continue reading “Professionals join Workington singers to remember war”

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Women’s Community Matters

Women’s Community Matters recently received £1,000 from the Barrow Community Trust. Rebecca Rawlings, Centre Manager tells us how the grant has helped the group: “The grant has allowed us to employ staff for additional hours to carry out the ‘Volunteer Co-ordinator’ role. We determined that the most cost effective way to manage the situation was … Continue reading “Women’s Community Matters”

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Ford Park Community Group Ulverston

15th May 2015

Children and older people from across South Cumbria have been able to work together in Ford Park, Ulverston to create a wildflower meadow. The inter-generational project has been supported by a £1,400 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s HSBC Fund. The money enabled Ford Park Community Group to purchase equipment needed to start the wildflower meadow … Continue reading “Ford Park Community Group Ulverston”

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Mind in West Cumbria

6th May 2015

Mind in West Cumbria recieved £7,000 from the NMP Community Fund in 2013 to develop a pilot volunteer mentor scheme. The scheme trains current Mind volunteers working in Allerdale to become mentors to other members of Mind, other volunteers and service users. The new mentor volunteers have supported other members to; lead discussions in drop-ins about … Continue reading “Mind in West Cumbria”

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Our Place Youth Club – Ambleside

29th April 2015

Our Place Youth Club in Ambleside received £2,000 from the Evening Hill Grassroots Fund and Foundation Grants towards running costs. The club offered a group of quiet and unsure girls the opportunity to take part in music and dance film project. Catherine Powloski, Youth Leader said: “Your money ensures young people have somewhere to go … Continue reading “Our Place Youth Club – Ambleside”

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Newbiggin Village Hall – Active Seniors

22nd April 2015

Newbiggin Village Hall were awarded just under £1,000 from one of our 80+ funds. The money was used to host exercise classes for older people in the village and surrounding areas. The participants of the classes, who may not have otherwise taken part in any exercise are benefiting from the programme which is specifically tailored … Continue reading “Newbiggin Village Hall – Active Seniors”

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South Lakeland Carers Association

16th April 2015

In August 2014, South Lakeland Carers Association took a group of young carers on a residential break thanks to a £1,000 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Fryer Grassroots Grants Fund. The group of 12 Junior Young Carers, aged 8-12 years old stayed at Isthmus Cottage in Keswick for three days. The group undertook a full … Continue reading “South Lakeland Carers Association”

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Hunsonby Swimming Club

1st April 2015

Hunsonby Swimming Club received just under £15,000 from the Community Health and Wellbeing Fund for Eden and East Allerdale.  The grant allowed for pool improvements, adding Air Source Heat Pumps to replace the oil powered boiler to heat the outdoor pool; which was both inefficient and expensive to run. The grant also paid for installation of specialist pool liner … Continue reading “Hunsonby Swimming Club”

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Groundwork North East & Cumbria

24th March 2015

The Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund awarded Groundwork North East & Cumbria a grant of £3,500 to deliver a 12 month programme for primary school children to connect with nature in their neighbourhood. The indoor and outdoor sessions take place in schools across Workington and surrounding villages and local nature reserves; Harrington and Siddick Pond. “We … Continue reading “Groundwork North East & Cumbria”

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel – 360° Education + Adventure

10th March 2015

Derwentwater Independent Hostel (DIH), in the Borrowdale Valley, Keswick received two grants from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Trust and the Quarry Hill Grassroots Grant Fund in 2014 to provide educational and adventure residential for schools within Allerdale. The combined grant of £1,340 has already allowed Richmond Hill Primary School and Oughterside Foundation School to … Continue reading “Derwentwater Independent Hostel – 360° Education + Adventure”

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Grant brings Energy Clubs to five West Cumbrian schools

9th March 2015

In April 2014, Cumbria Community Foundation’s Quarry Hill Grassroots Fund supported five West Cumbrian schools to join the Energy Club initiative. The Energy Club is a volunteer backed initiative, providing a lasting legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, led by Sports Leaders UK. The grant allowed Broughton Moor primary School, Ewanrigg Junior School, Maryport … Continue reading “Grant brings Energy Clubs to five West Cumbrian schools”

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Four Groves Community Association

5th March 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation and Barrow Community Trust have been supporting Four Groves Community Association since 2006. The charity group, based in the Four Groves Estate, Risedale, Barrow-in-Furness aims to support people experiencing poverty and deprivation.  Four Groves recently received £1,000 from the Barrow Community Trust to support their development of Four Groves Community Corner, a … Continue reading “Four Groves Community Association”

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2nd Maryport Scouts

25th February 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation’s Costain Fund supported the 2nd Maryport Scouts with the purchase of climbing equipment following a previous Coalfields Community Grant of £4,634 to install a climbing wall into their headquarters. Diane Robertson, Beaver Scout Leader said: “The equipment has given the young people we work with more confidence in themselves and each other. … Continue reading “2nd Maryport Scouts”

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Holehird helps Appleby Town Band buy new instruments

23rd February 2015

Appleby Town Band is celebrating 2015 with new instruments purchased with the help of grants generously awarded by The Holehird Trust, The Hadfield Trust and a Cumbria County Council Community Grant. A Trombone, Baritone and Tenor Horn were all purchased with the grants as part of a project to equip each section of the band … Continue reading “Holehird helps Appleby Town Band buy new instruments”

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Renovation success in Threlkeld

20th February 2015

Threlkeld Public Room has stood in the village since 1901, but in March last year it opened its brand new doors as Threlkeld Village Hall and showcased a newly renovated community facility and coffee shop. In the bid to hit the ground running, Threlkeld Village Hall Trust received a grant of £17,350 from Cumbria Community … Continue reading “Renovation success in Threlkeld”

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NMP sows seeds of community growth – Derwent and Solway Housing Association

26th January 2015

Derwent and Solway Housing Association is one of several community groups in West Cumbria to benefit from recent grants from Sellafield owners, Nuclear Management Partners. The fund managed by Cumbria community Foundation, backs local projects aimed at improving the lives of those in greatest need in West Cumbria. Derwent and Solway Housing Association, part of … Continue reading “NMP sows seeds of community growth – Derwent and Solway Housing Association”

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Grant Stories by District

19th December 2014

As a resource for our staff, trustees, connections and applicants we’ve created a booklet of grant stories for each district in the county, showcasing a selection of projects which Cumbria Community Foundation has supported. Barrow and Furness – Coming soon! South Lakeland Copeland Allerdale Eden Carlisle

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Robin Rigg Funding – Silloth Rugby Union Club

15th December 2014

Cumbria Community Foundation is calling for community groups in West Allerdale to apply for grants from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund. Funded by an annual donation from E.ON UK, the Robin Rigg off-shore wind farm developer, the community fund operates from Workington to Silloth and inland to Embleton. Money from the pot supports groups … Continue reading “Robin Rigg Funding – Silloth Rugby Union Club”

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NMP Funding To Provide Support For Young Carers

12th December 2014

Young carers across Allerdale and Copeland have been given extra support thanks to a £33,000 grant from Nuclear Management Partners Ltd (NMP). The NMP Community Fund grant, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation was awarded to West Cumbria Carers. They will use the money to deliver additional 1-1 sessions to young people, who often work up … Continue reading “NMP Funding To Provide Support For Young Carers”

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Lamont Pridmore supports Workington youth project

15th November 2014

A Workington youth project has been given a cash boost from family-run Cumbrian chartered accountancy firm, Lamont Pridmore. Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Lamont Pridmore Fund provides grants to organisations that work with children and young people in West Cumbria. £2,000 was awarded to South Workington Youth Partnership towards the running of the club, … Continue reading “Lamont Pridmore supports Workington youth project”

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NMP funding will keep Copeland’s job seekers online

6th November 2014

Unemployed residents in Copeland will continue to benefit from free computer use thanks to £37,500 of funding from Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), the owners of Sellafield Ltd. The NMP Community Fund grant, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, has enabled the Phoenix Enterprise Centre (PEC) to continue its ‘Access Copeland’ project. The initiative provides free computer … Continue reading “NMP funding will keep Copeland’s job seekers online”

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NMP help for Allerdale advice service

28th October 2014

£5000 of Nuclear Management Partners’ (NMP) funds will be used to ensure that the Allerdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau can continue to offer an important advice service to the local community. The money from the parent body organisation for Sellafield Ltd is being delivered through the NMP Community Fund, managed by Cumbria Community Foundation. Over the … Continue reading “NMP help for Allerdale advice service”

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Commonwealth runner thanks Cumbria Foundation

26th September 2014

Tom Farrell says financial help from Cumbria Community Foundation helped him secure his first British title. The 5000m runner, from Carlisle, was awarded £2,200 from the Cumberland Educational Foundation, a grant making fund managed by the charity. The 23-year-old used the cash to pay for training camps in America and France to get him in … Continue reading “Commonwealth runner thanks Cumbria Foundation”

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Fit 4 Life West Cumbria

11th September 2014

Fit 4 Life West Cumbria aims to reduce the health inequalities in West Cumbria through healthy lifestyle interventions and earlier this year they were awarded £6,265.50 from the Aspatria Community Asset Fund, to run a new Healthy Living Group in Aspatria. The primary aim of the project is exercise where individuals are referred into Fit 4 Life … Continue reading “Fit 4 Life West Cumbria”

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Russell Armer funding creates a buzz at Kendal RUFC

8th September 2014

Kendal RUFC received £600 from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Russell Armer Fund to help renovate their club facilities in order to accommodate the expanding female team, Kendal Wasps and youth teams, Kendal Hornets. Stephen Green, Chairman of Kendal RUFC said: “We recognised that with the development of Mini and Youth rugby and a successful women’s team … Continue reading “Russell Armer funding creates a buzz at Kendal RUFC”

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Alston Aspire

2nd September 2014

Alston has long been known for their community of artists, and Alston Aspire was established to make better use of St Augustine’s Church – which is right at the centre of Alston. A gallery was created in the church to offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work not usually seen in local shops … Continue reading “Alston Aspire”

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Home to Work

4th August 2014

Works 4 You is a social enterprise based in Cleator Moor providing training and employment opportunities in home and landscape improvements. Any income generated from Works 4 You is gift aided to registered charity Home to Work Ltd. Home to Work received funding from the NMP Community Fund last year to contribute towards the Skills … Continue reading “Home to Work”

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Sight Advice South Lakes

1st April 2014

Awarded £648 from Castle Green Grassroots Grants. Sight Advice South Lakes supports people of all ages with visual impairment to improve the quality of their lives and to maintain their independence. It promotes greater awareness of sight issues to the wider public. They achieve this through their rural outreach service; seven support groups; assistive technology support, … Continue reading “Sight Advice South Lakes”

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Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre

30th January 2014

Awarded a total of £12,900 since 2006. The centre offers school children, young people, the general public and disadvantaged and special interest groups the opportunity to understand and experience sustainability in farming, food, wildlife conservation and renewable energy. The farm’s 220 acres features a range of environmental habitats including: Woodland Margin; Aquatic – River & … Continue reading “Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre”

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Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club

Awarded a total of £4,900 in grants since 2010. The club offers disability sports of all kinds to people of all ages and abilities across Cumbria. They work within youth and community groups raising the awareness of disability through sport. Their aim is to not only provide sporting activities that are fully inclusive but to … Continue reading “Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club”

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Watchtree Wheelers

Awarded a total of £6,747 since 2009. Based on the Watchtree Nature Reserve at Great Orton, Watchtree Wheelers provides opportunities for disabled people to use a range of specially adapted cycles and a purpose built track. It also specialises in providing leadership and support for groups of cyclists with learning and physical difficulties. Funding was … Continue reading “Watchtree Wheelers”

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PAC Ltd

Awarded a total of £18,858 since 2003. PAC is an independent charity based in Carlisle. It provides one-to-one counselling and art therapy sessions to young people who display emotional, inter-personal and mental health problems. These young people and their families’ circumstances are so complex that they often fail to access support. They lack the ability … Continue reading “PAC Ltd”

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South Lakeland Action on Climate Change

14th November 2013

Biked Up, Pedal Powered was first delivered at Mintfest 2012 and is a bike-dance performance by local young street/stunt-bikers choreographed professionally with the Brewery.  The music for the show is powered by the audience itself, pedalling adapted cycles which act as bike-generators. South Lakeland Action on Climate Change was awarded £500 towards the project aimed … Continue reading “South Lakeland Action on Climate Change”

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Ireby Festival

The festival allows for live music to be performed in intimate settings around the village. Venues include St James Church, a 12th century chancel, the Globe Hall, the Lion pub and a 600 seat main marquee.  Only 600 tickets are available and the 2013 festival sold out long before the actual event. The festival is … Continue reading “Ireby Festival”

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Wigton Youth Station

The grant received allowed the youth club to run a range of activities to take place at the Something for the Summer 2012 event. Young people took the role of contacting workshop providers to determine costing’s and availability.  It was their responsibility to ensure that a range of quality activities were available for different age … Continue reading “Wigton Youth Station”

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North Copeland Youth Partnership

The youth organisation was awarded the funding as part of a three year scheme of grants. The money will be put towards running activities that improve the health and wellbeing of young people in the villages of Lowca, Parton and Moresby. Valda Young, Youth Development Coordinator said: “The first grant of £9,420 has enabled our … Continue reading “North Copeland Youth Partnership”

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Impact Housing Association

Funding was awarded to give elderly residents from Eden the opportunity to gain confidence and overcome any difficulties they have associated with IT through entry level sessions. The lessons were specially catered for over 50s and covered modules on keyboard skills, email, internet security, web searches and digital photography amongst others. The eldest student so … Continue reading “Impact Housing Association”

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Centre for Complementary Care

The Centre for Complementary Care exists to make a difference to people with serious health conditions. “We don’t deal in huge numbers, working instead with people as they seek us out at the worst moments of their lives or during chronic illness or disability.  We can offer realistic hope and direction for people beginning to … Continue reading “Centre for Complementary Care”

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Marsh St. Arches and Garden Community Interest Company (Green Heart Den)

Marsh St. Arches was awarded £300 from Barrow Community Trust. The grant went towards tools, equipment and supplies for their Garden Volunteer workforce, particularly in relation to garden maintenance tasks. The Garden Volunteers work on a regular basis carrying out everything from general maintenance (lawn cutting, litter picking, hedge trimming) to some of the more interesting … Continue reading “Marsh St. Arches and Garden Community Interest Company (Green Heart Den)”

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Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation

29th October 2013

Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation received a grant of £51,000 over three years. Their goal was to get rugby players to read with school children who needed extra support. The Northside School head teacher told us “The children were classed as “reluctant readers” – i.e. they are not motivated to read and are … Continue reading “Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation”

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