£45,000 awarded to local groups in Barrow

23rd October 2017

Charitable causes in and around the Barrow area have received a share of £45,000 thanks to the Barrow Community Trust.

Barrow Community Trust, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation approved eight applications supporting projects around health, wellbeing and serious illness, music and dance, and counselling, advice and mentoring.

Love Barrow Families received £30,000 over three years to stop the building at the heart of their project from closing. The centre works with families who suffer from physical and mental health issues, relationship difficulties, drug and alcohol abuse, anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, unemployment, and homelessness. Keeping the centre open means these families have a safe haven with an open door to support them in their time of need. Rebecca Morris, Children and Families Worker, said: “This is a project that has been truly designed by the families, for the families. Through our philosophy of co-production, with our families and partner agencies we have identified that the Love Barrow Families project is a life-line for families in the area.”

Age UK South Lakeland received £7,897 towards the Barrow Gateway Centre, providing a drop-in facility for local people, over the age of 18 to access information, advice and services. The centre also means there is a place for Age UK South Lakeland and their partners to meet with clients, hold training sessions and run community activities.

ARC (Active Recovery Community) Barrow received £1,169 to help with running their new minibus. The group organises activities and meetings for local people dealing with substance misuse and domestic violence issues. The minibus gives them the means of getting to and from the sessions easily so they can get back on the road to recovery.

Ellen Clements, Senior Grants & Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “In Barrow there is a high proportion of families finding it difficult to manage. Local organisations like Love Barrow Families, Age UK South Lakeland and ARC are vital in supporting them, and with the generosity of our fundholders can continue to do so.”

For more information or to apply visit our grants page or contact the grants team on 01900 825760.