Funding awarded to local groups in Barrow

14th August 2018

Charitable causes in and around the Barrow area have received a share of more than £6,000 to provide support to some of the most disadvantaged people across the peninsular.

5 community groups and 1 young person received a share of the funds at Cumbria Community Foundation’s recent Barrow grants panel. The funding supported activities including training mentors for autistic adults, a summer sailing trip and updating kitchen equipment in a nursery.

Furness Young Carers after school club

Furness Carers received £1,000 from Barrow Community Trust Fund to provide transport for Young Carers to access activities at Hindpool Community Centre to give them a break from their caring roles. The charity’s Young Carers project offers respite, one-to-one support, youth club, advocacy and holiday activities to over 200 youngsters aged from 5 – 18 and many are unable to afford the cost of travelling to the centre, where the activities take place.

Furness Young Carers after school club

Craig Backhouse, Chief Executive Officer, Furness Carers, said: “We are very successful in supporting Young Carers through our activities programmes which are funded from various grant giving trusts and donations. However we are getting more and more requests from families to provide additional transport getting Young Carers safely to and from these activities. This grant will allow us to support those Young Carers who are most in need to give them some much needed respite from their caring role.”

The Triple A Project (All About Autism) provides specialist support for people with autism and their families as well as training and support for organisations and professionals in understanding the condition. It received £2,377 from the Fryer Grassroots Grants Fund and Barrow Community Trust Fund to enable Triple A Navigators to work alongside autistic adults in a mentoring capacity to help them develop the skills and emotional resilience to become an active in their communities.

Helen Storey, Chief Executive Officer, said: “There is an increasing number of autistic adults approaching Triple A who have difficulty navigating a variety of life situations – often made worse by misunderstandings.  This grant will have a significant impact and increase the number of individuals we will be able to engage with in the area, alongside raising general awareness of the specific issues and challenges faced.”

Ellen Clements, Grants and Donor Services at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Organisations like Furness Carers and the Triple A Project are essential in tackling issues in the local community and with help from the funds managed by the Foundation they can make a real difference.”