Helping good causes in Furness survive and thrive

23rd February 2021

Good causes across the Furness area have received a share of £12,317 to help keep their services going during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Cumbria Community Foundation awarded the money at its recent Furness grants committee. The money came from funds set up by local people and businesses including the Roselands Trust Fund, Kirkby Moor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and the Brian and Ann Clark Fund.

The funding will make a world of difference to six community groups by supporting running and project activity costs. One woman, who has experienced domestic violence, also received a grant from the Cumbria Victims Charitable Trust Fund.

Based in Barrow, Drop Zone Youth Project provides a safe and supportive environment for young people to access services, gain new skills and have fun. It received £3,780 from the Barrow Community Trust Fund to continue offering detached youth work across Dalton.

Sue Johnson, Project Manager, Drop Zone Youth Projects said: “We are extremely grateful to the Foundation and funders for their ongoing support for our youth work. We will continue to reduce anti-social behaviour, and keep young people safe in the community.”

Wellness at Greenacres is a newly formed mental health community group. It received £500 from the Barrow-in-Furness Grassroots Fund to support children and young people with anxiety. The funding will benefit 20 youngsters who will receive one to one support through an outdoor wellbeing programme.

Barrow and Districts Society for the Blind, based on Cavendish Street in Barrow, received £3,850 from the Roselands Trust Fund to continue offering group activities once lockdown restrictions ease. Carl Hodge, Chief Executive, said: “A lot of our clients like to take part in more daring sporting activities, and we have previously offered walking with alpacas, indoor skydiving, skydiving, curling, horse riding, bowling, cricket, sailing, kayaking, basketball and riding tandems. We have seen a change in some of our client’s mental wellbeing and this would have a detrimental effect if these types of activities were to stop.”

Ellen Clements, Senior Grants & Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We have a long-established and close relationship with the voluntary sector in Cumbria and there are many worthy organisations in the Furness area that are supporting communities during this unprecedented time. We are grateful to the generosity of our fundholders to enable us to support these vital services, especially during times when local services are under pressure and struggling to meet local needs.”

For more information about Cumbria Community Foundation, how to support local charities through them or to apply for a grant, visit or call a member of the team on 01900 825760.