Young West Cumbrians called to join youth panel

Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for young people living in West Cumbria aged between 16-25 who are passionate about their community and making a difference, to join the 2022 #CanDo Youth Advisory Panel.

#CanDo encourages community organisations to apply for funding for community projects, led by young people. Those applications are then considered by a youth committee, putting the decisions firmly in the hands of the next generation. The committee have their say in which projects they feel will make a difference in their communities and should be supported.

This is the third round of recruitment for the youth advisory committee, which is made up of young people with a wide range of lived experiences and who are from different backgrounds and forms a crucial part of the Foundation’s grant making and helps steer its charitable work in a more youth-led direction.

Amie Todhunter, 22 from Whitehaven, said: The #CanDo youth committee is a great way to socialise and meet new people while also helping to fund important and necessary youth-led social action in West Cumbria. Meeting people with the same attitude and mindset has been really important as we’ve all come together from different areas and backgrounds to discuss significant ways to help groups create their own changes in their area.”

Toni-Anne Wardle, 19 from Whitehaven, said: “I have really enjoyed being on the #CanDo committee. It has strengthened my confidence and communication skills, I have learned the real value of funding and helping young people and organisations with their work.”

Over the past two years, the youth committee has awarded £98,128 in funding to 22 youth-led projects in West Cumbria, including Community Alcohol Partnership’s, Young Health Champions programme. This supported young people to achieve a Level 2 qualification which aims to give them the skills, knowledge, and confidence to act as peer mentors to help young people to improve their health and wellbeing and understand unhealthy behaviours like alcohol misuse.

Funded by Sellafield Ltd as part of their SiX – Social Impact Multiplied programme, with match funding from Thomas Graham & Sons and local donors, #CanDo is part of Transforming West Cumbria, a multi-year social investment programme developed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Stuart McCourt, Education, Community and Development Lead at Sellafield, said: “The #CanDo programme enables young people across West Cumbria to turn their ideas into reality and make a real difference in their communities. It is a programme where young peoples voices are heard and all the decisions are made by their peers.”

Annalee Holliday, Senior Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be offering this opportunity again to young people in West Cumbria. The #CanDo Youth Advisory Committee was launched in 2020 and has been very successful. We believe that young people should be heard and have their views valued and acted upon. Young people have enormous potential to make a positive change – their involvement is crucial to the future of our communities. The young people on the panel bring expertise and a fresh pair of eyes to help us decide which projects are funded.”

Applications to join the #CanDo Youth Advisory Committee are open now and will close on Friday 8th August, 5pm. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 6th September at 5pm.

For more information please download the #CanDo YAC Information Pack.

To applay please complete the CanDo Youth Advisory Committee Application Form.

For more information or to apply visit, or call Annalee Holliday on 01900 820827 or email

Ukrainian refugees latest to receive help from Cumbrian charity

Seven families fleeing terrible circumstances overseas have been helped by the generosity of strangers through Cumbria Community Foundation.

The charity’s Welcome Fund was established in 2017 to support refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Cumbria. It has now paid out more than £4,000 to help those most in need, with Ukraine families among the most recent beneficiaries.

Mum Nadia, Tanya, cousin Galya, nephews Ivan and Volodimyr and aunt Larisa

The Fund brings together donations from individuals and groups in the community, as well as businesses, charitable trusts and other organisations. The money is distributed in several ways, either as hardship grants to those who have moved to the county and have needs which are not covered by the Government, or to local community groups and partnerships who are providing a vast range of services and support, from the provision of essential items, to helping people settle into their new communities.

Tanya with daughter Katerina

According to Cumbria County Council figures, there are currently 244 Syrian and 137 Afghan refugees or asylum seekers in Cumbria, and more than 150 Ukrainians fleeing the war in their country. The Ukrainian figure is higher than this as there are various resettlement schemes taking place, not all of them facilitated by the County Council.

One of the Ukrainian families that has already benefited from the Welcome Fund is living in Newton Reigny, near Penrith. Tanya Mulholland has lived in the UK for 15 years since meeting her husband, David, two decades ago when she was a travel agent in Kyiv and he needed help to change his travel tickets.

Tanya with nephew

Seven members of her family travelled to safety here in April – her mum, aunt, sister and nephew, and cousin and her two sons all moved into their house after escaping Kyiv on a lengthy journey across Europe. Three male members of the family were left behind to fight with the Ukrainian army.

Tanya says: “I am so happy to have them here and safe though there are tears every day for those left behind. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to the Welcome Fund. It was so easy to fill in the forms and everyone was really helpful.”

The family has received £1,000 from the Welcome Fund to pay for food and essentials, and they’ve also had advice from locals about school and college places for the youngsters here in Cumbria. Tanya added: “It has been a major help with just basic things, but also has helped my nephew study online so that he can take part in an emergency programme to complete his exams and finish his studies.”

Andy Beeforth, chief executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “As well as providing grants to families, the Foundation also funds the work of refugee support groups in Cumbria and we are working with them and other partners to assess the needs of people and families as they arrive in the county.”

“We are humbled by the generosity of communities that are supporting this fund and we understand that many Cumbrian families are facing their own challenges as the cost of living increases and that not everyone is in a position to help.”

The Welcome Fund supports all refugees and asylum seekers in Cumbria. For more information, or to donate, visit:

CCF responds to Chancellor’s cost-of-living announcement

Every household in the UK is to get an energy bill discount of £400 this October with the poorest also getting a payment of £650 to help with the cost of living.

The announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been welcomed by Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation.

He said: “The Chancellor’s Statement today is to be welcomed and will make a difference to our poorest families, many having already been severely affected by the increase in the fuel cap and inflation.

“A combination of the one-off payment plus Universal Credit payments will total at least £1,200 and will provide a very welcome boost, although sadly we know the likely increase in the fuel cap in October will increase average household bills to nearly £3,000.

“This is without factoring in the impact of inflation on other household bills.

“So very sadly, this winter we will still see an increase in poverty, among families on low incomes, the vulnerable elderly and disabled people.

“The Government’s provision of universal payments of £400 recognises the impact on all households.

“What we do know is that there are some people whose circumstances mean they can afford the increased cost of living without affecting their quality of life.

“Therefore we will be asking those who can afford to help to donate to the Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund which places money directly in the hands of our most vulnerable older people.”

The Winter Warmth Fund was launched in 2010 to help older people in danger of becoming ill or even dying because of the cold.

Donations are shared with vulnerable people who struggle to heat their homes, so they can stay warm and healthy during winter.

For details visit

£800,000 awarded to good causes in Cumbria

More than £800,000 has been awarded to a range of good causes in Cumbria and the Borders, tackling a range of issues including homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

More than 40 community organisations received a share of £793,000 and 14 people benefited from £11,270 to increase sporting, artistic and career achievement.

The money was awarded at Cumbria Community Foundation’s recent grants committee from funds set up by local people and businesses, including Thomas Graham & Sons and Shepley Group.

Helping to relieve loneliness and connect people in the community, Gateway Church in Kendal received £31,900 over three years.

Rev Jonny Gios MA, Community Connector at Gateway Church, said: “It’s wonderful to not just receive funding for our community development work across Kendal but also have people who believe in what we’re doing. With this support we’ll be able to build on what we’ve already achieved in our community through a very difficult time.

“We know the next chapter is going to be challenging on many other levels, but this support will help us to connect, signpost, refer and support those who desperately need it. The work in our community is vitally important to us so to be able to continue to employ a dedicated community connector is fantastic news – to see our work flourish.”

EdenVentures received £1,600 to offer subsidised places for children from low income and vulnerable families to attend a five-day summer holiday programme. Summer Weeks is for children aged 5 – 13 and provides a full week of outdoor adventure, exploration and creative activities, including a sleep over.

Anna Clapp, Project Leader, said: “EdenVentures took over the much-loved Summer Weeks Project from Eden Community Outdoors when it closed in 2016.

“Our work has always been important for combatting rural isolation in the holidays, and two years into the pandemic, we are seeing that children and young people need time outdoors, in a fun and safe community, more than ever.

“Due to the funding, we can offer places at different rates, including fully funded via our agency support partners, so that we are as accessible as possible. We work with individuals from different economic and family backgrounds, and due to our high staff and volunteer ratios, we provide an inclusive service meeting complex behavioural and emotional needs of our participants and young volunteers.”

iCan Health and Fitness CIC received £5,000 from the Cumbria Fund to develop a peer support group for men based in Carlisle. The group will help build a support network where men feel safe to talk.

Lisa Bridgewater, Managing Director, said: “We are beyond thrilled to have received support for a men’s emotional wellbeing support group. This will be called ‘Men Supporting Men’ and is a peer-led session for all men aged 18+ to discuss and improve their emotional wellbeing without necessarily knowing it.

“Our lived experience mentor, Daniel, will gently lead conversation on how to improve mental and emotional health and how to talk about feelings with a mix of wellbeing activities, fun games and adventures to lighten the load.

“We’re delighted to confirm the first session will take place on Friday 10th June from 10:30am-12:00pm at the WeCan Wellbeing centre in Carlisle. Sessions are free to all. Men who are currently not working or signed off work for mental health reasons are strongly advised to come along and see if the sessions will help.

If you would like to enquire about joining the group, or for more information, contact Daniel on 08000 386018 or visit

Many young carers miss out on the same opportunities as other children as their caring responsibilities mean they have to grow up early. They often miss out on vital school and training, which has a negative impact on the rest of their lives.

In South Lakeland, Carer Support South Lakes received £4,973 to provide an internship for a young person to work alongside its existing team to encourage and support young carers to take part in a range of support groups, activities and trips.

Debi Marsden, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Despite the fact we help well over 1,200 unpaid carers from the age of five to cope with their caring responsibilities, there are still many in the South Lakes area struggling. One of the main aspirations of all the team here is to reach out and help as many unpaid carers as possible. The young carers intern will help identify young carers within our community and be a mentor for our younger carers.”

South Whitehaven Youth Partnership received £62,380 from the Better Tomorrows Fund to employ two new staff members to offer detached youth work over the next three years.

Jacq Cardy, Project Manager said: “Our aim is to engage with young people who are not accessing centre-based youth club provision, offering the same high quality youth work where young people can build positive relationships with their local youth workers, access support, advice and guidance, take part in informal issue based workshops and social action projects.’’

The deadline for the next round of applications is 17th June 2022.

Annalee Holliday, Senior Grants Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We are grateful to the generosity of our fundholders to enable us to support these worthy organisations that are working hard during these difficult times to meet local needs.”

For more information or to apply visit, or call the grants team on 01900 820827 or email

Funding available for individuals and community projects in Borders area

Charitable community groups and individuals in the Borders area are being encouraged to apply for financial support from a wind farm supported community benefit fund.

The Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Fund and Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Fund Educational Bursaries was established by EDF Energy Renewables in 2017. The company donates in excess of £170,00 each year into the funds, which are managed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Projects and individuals in the Cumbrian Parishes of Rockcliffe, Westlinton, Arthuret and Kirkandrews on Esk, along with the Scottish Community Councils of Springfield & Gretna Green, Gretna & Rigg, Kirkpatrick Fleming & District, and Canonbie & District are eligible to apply for funding.

At a recent grants panel, eight individuals over the age of 16 were awarded a share of £7,540 to support education and training to help them develop their skills and employability.

Three community grants were awarded grants to improve a community play area, provide gardening equipment at a primary school and install three community defibrillators.

In recent years, Springfield & Gretna Green Community Asset Trust have embarked on enhancing the facilities available at Springfield Playing Field.

The group received £8,000 to install new play equipment, including trampolines, a carousel/roundabout, a basket swing, and an accessible gate.

Mike Phillips, Chairperson at Springfield & Gretna Green Community Asset Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant which will allow us to continue our work in developing the playing field to benefit all age groups within our community.

“In previous years we have added amenities for other groups, but we are aware that the children’s play area has not received any upgrade since 1970.

“The grant will enable us to purchase three new items of equipment and we are confident children will enjoy these for many years to come.”

Kirkpatrick Fleming, Hollee and Irvington will benefit from three defibrillators thanks to a grant of £14,134. The installation of the defibrillators will mean that in the event of an emergency, people will be able to collect this life saving equipment quicker than having to travel to the existing one located at the Kirkpatrick Fleming Village Hall.

Gretna Primary School PTA received £5,000 and will use it to provide additional opportunities for children and families at Gretna Primary School to have access to a nurturing garden area to promote wellbeing, to experience gardening projects and to have the chance to be involved in growing and cooking fresh produce.

The fund is intended to support a wide range of activities with awards to community and voluntary organisations and projects which are community based or community led. Activities can include supporting biodiversity and habitat conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability, sports and recreation, health and wellbeing, children, young people and older people, culture and heritage.

The deadline for the next round of applications is 17th June 2022.

Lisa Blackwell, Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “This fund provides a valuable, long-term, sustainable and reliable source of income for the local communities. Since the funds were established, £895,000 has been invested into the community. The support from EDF Energy Renewables provides assistance to groups in the area that are helping to meet the priority needs of their community.

“It is flexible funding that can address what is really important to communities and we’re delighted to administer this funding which has been making a difference to the communities.”

For more information or to apply visit, or call Lisa Blackwell, Grants Officer on 01900 820827 or email

Young people making a positive contribution to their communities

Two community projects, led by young people in West Cumbria, have received funding to benefit the communities where they live.

The #CanDo Fund, managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, provides grants of up to £5,000 to inspire youth social action, such as volunteering, fundraising, mentoring and campaigning.

Together We CIC and Wigton Youth Station run activities and workshops that encourage local young people to become more involved in their community and provide opportunities to gain new skills and experience different activities.

Together We received £5,000 to support its trial project called Discovery College. Teenagers from two Copeland secondary schools will be recruited to develop and design course materials to support young people’s mental health. The charity already runs the successful Recovery College, which supports people’s recovery from mental health difficulties through learning and education.

Samantha Joughin, Managing Director, Together We CIC, said: “Over the next year, we intend to develop an array of mental and physical health courses, which will be targeted at young people aged between 11-18. The ‘North Cumbria Discovery College’ will be an extension of the North Cumbria Recovery College, which currently delivers courses to 18+ all over North Cumbria.

“Recovery colleges give people with mental health problems a chance to access education and training designed to help them on the road to recovery. The aim is to learn new and build existing skills with the ultimate intention of teaching those participating how to better manage their physical and mental wellbeing.

“The funding provided by the #Cando Fund supports us to co-create and produce course materials directly with young people who have lived experience of mental health issues.”

Wigton Youth Station (WYS) received £3,545 to deliver a peer mentoring scheme which will provide an opportunity for a small group of young men to become peer mentors. The scheme will provide younger members with positive male role models and mentors as they grow and develop over the next couple of years.

Angela Bicknell, Centre Manager, said: “This grant will enable a small, dedicated group of young men who have been with us for four years or more, support and shape the behaviour of our younger members. They have taken ownership over this project and want to be a role model for others by leading by example. This is a legacy they will leave as they move on to college, work or an apprenticeship.”

Decisions on which projects receive funding are made by a Youth Advisory Panel made up of people aged between 16 and 25 from across West Cumbria, putting young people at the heart of the process.

Lauren Woodham, 17 who is a member of the #CanDo Youth Advisory Panel, said: “Being on the #CanDo Youth Panel is such an empowering position to have. It’s great to know that the decisions we make have a positive effect on young people in our local area!”

Funded by Sellafield Ltd, with match funding from Thomas Graham & Sons and local donors, #CanDo is part of Transforming West Cumbria, a multi-year social investment programme developed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Stuart McCourt, Sellafield Ltd Education, Community and Development Lead, said:” Through our Six – Social Impact Multiplied programme, we want to support our local communities to thrive. The #Cando Fund enables this by empowering young people to lead change within their communities on the issues which are important to them.”

Annalee Holliday, Senior Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Young people have so much energy, enthusiasm and passion for the world they live in and the causes they support, and by taking action on the issues that matter to them, they can leave a legacy for local people and places, while developing valuable personal skills that can really appeal to local businesses and employers, improving their life opportunities and prospects.”

The deadline for applications for the next round of #CanDo grants is Friday 27th May.

For more information or to apply visit, or call Annalee Holliday on 01900 820827 or email

Community Fund launched by Lakeland

Communities across South Cumbria will benefit to the tune of £50,000 this year thanks to the generosity of local family-owned business, Lakeland.

Charitable and not-for-profit organisations that improve the health and wellbeing of local people, and projects that protect the environment, can apply for a share of the funding provided by the kitchen and homeware retailer.

The creation of the myLakeland Fund, in partnership with Cumbria Community Foundation, allows Lakeland to expand its reach into local communities and show its gratitude and ongoing support for the Cumbrian community where the business was founded more than 50 years ago.

The experts in cooking, baking, cleaning and the home, Lakeland created the fund to give grants to charitable organisations that improve the health and wellbeing of local people and projects that protect the environment.

Priority will be given to community-led projects in or around Windermere, Kendal and South Lakeland, those that support young people, and organisations that have minimal opportunity for raising funds or are helping to address new or emerging needs.

A total of £50,000 is available from the fund and grants will normally be in the region of £5,000 to £15,000.

Fran Wilkinson, Head of Loyalty at Lakeland, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be launching the myLakeland fund in partnership with Cumbria Community Foundation. Whilst Lakeland is now a national retailer, we were founded here in the heart of the Lake District, where our Head Office, Flagship Store and Distribution Centre remain to this day, and it’s important to us that we give back to the local community that has supported us. With the help of our myLakeland members, we’ve been able to commit £50,000 of support to local charities and not-for-profit organisations right here in South Lakeland and we’re looking forward to seeing the funds being distributed to those in need.”

Cumbria Community Foundation has been building philanthropic support for communities and grassroots groups for 22 years. In that time, working with individual donors and businesses, it has invested more than £56 million into local communities.

Sarah Thompson, Grants & Programmes Officer at the Foundation, said: “Lakeland have been supporters of our work for many years and we are delighted that they have decided to set up a fund allowing us to help the company distribute their charitable giving to community projects. They share our values and passion for strengthening communities in Cumbria.

“This new partnership and additional funding is a great boost and means we can continue to support local community groups and initiatives that make a big difference to the lives of those in genuine need.”

To apply for funding, visit  contact Sarah Thompson via or on 01900 825760 to check eligibility.

NHS fund to involve the third sector in improving mental health services

Almost £250,000 is being made available for community organisations in north Cumbria to support people with severe mental illness.

Third sector groups are being encouraged to apply for grant funding to help people with severe mental illness gain better access services and support. The money from the NHS has been made available to support people to improve and stay well in the community.

The NHS Community Mental Health Transformation Programme was set up by NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to improve the health needs of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) in north Cumbria.

Almost a quarter of a million pounds is being made available and the funding is managed by Cumbria Community Foundation in three separate funds.

The Healthier Lifestyles Fund will specifically support interventions that target health risks such as smoking, obesity, and frailty, and focused on meeting both the physical and psychological needs of people.

The Positive Changes Fund will help people who often face challenges to access services easily. It will support groups such as LGBTQ+, refugees, veterans, ethnically diverse people and the gypsy, roma, traveller community engage with statutory and community mental health services and to develop community support plans.

A third fund targeting those with eating disorders is in development.

Cumbria Community Foundation will host the fund from the Community Mental Health Transformation Project to provide grants to the third sector, in order to help people with SMI live well in their communities. Organisations applying on their own can apply for up to £25,000 and partnership bids can apply for up to £75,000. The closing date for applications is 6th May 2022.

Peter Rooney, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that the third sector in North Cumbria already provides valuable support for people with serious mental illness and supports them to connect with formal services. These new grants will help organisations to support people to access a range of health services and improvements in their wellbeing.

“We have been working with Cumbria Community Foundation in this way for a while and we know the impact these grants can have on people living here in north Cumbria.”

Dr Jenny Benson, Director of Programmes & Partnerships Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The grant supports our key aim to tackle health inequalities and create healthier communities through place-based partnerships that can make a genuine difference to people across our region.

“As a Community Foundation, we are delighted to ensure this funding reaches where it is most needed. It will help tackle health inequalities, improve people’s mental health and wellbeing, and offer specialist support to people.”

Applicants interested in applying should contact Sarah Thompson, Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation or visit for more information.

Further funds are being planned.

Cumbria Community Foundation awards £42,000 to 8 community and voluntary organisations from the arts council’s let’s create jubilee fund

Cumbria Community Foundation has announced eight grants totalling £42,000 to voluntary and community organisations in Cumbria from the Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. From puppetry and story creation, through to making crowns, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

Made possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund has been administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of Arts Council England. The programme is designed to help voluntary and community organisations develop creative and cultural events to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Cumbria Community Foundation is one of 44 community foundations awarding grants across the country on behalf of the Arts Council.

Young people from the South Whitehaven Youth Partnership will work with community members, the local church and Rosehill Theatre to create a free cultural festival, which will bring the communities of Kells, Woodhouse and Greenbank together on Thursday 2nd June.

Jacqueline Cardy, Development Worker said: “I am really looking forward to the Jubilee celebration event, young people are working hard to ensure it offers a variety of fun activities. Our partnership with Rosehill Theatre will offer cultural experience right on the doorstep for those living in Kells, Woodhouse, Greenbank and we will be asking local groups to come along and showcase their talents.”

Kirkby Lonsdale & Lune Valley CIC is planning a full weekend of events between Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June. There will be music and dance performances in Market Square, including a new dance commission, free dance workshops at St Mary’s Church and a showing of Ludus Dance’s Miss Baines for members of the local charity Community Cupboard.

Jayne Davies, Project Manager and Freelance Creative Practitioner said: “Queen Elizabeth II has witnessed innumerable changes including dramatic shifts in music and dance styles; from 50s rock and roll, through 70s disco all the way to today’s TikTok dance challenges. We want to celebrate every decade of her reign and give our community a chance to come together and create. After two years of lockdown, it’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and celebrate, Dancing Through The Decades has something for everyone.”

In Maryport, Ewanrigg’s Jubilation Celebration is a free family fun day where local residents can come together and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee Year. Ragged Edge Productions are working with local community groups to develop an interactive audio story trail which will be available for local residents to enjoy on the day. Other free activities include giant inflatables, children’s activities, and a cream tea. The event takes place on the field next to Ewanrigg Community Centre on Wednesday 1 June from 1pm – 5pm. The event is delivered by Ewanrigg & Netherton Tenants & Residents’ Association, Ewanrigg Local Trust and Home Group.

Sharon Barnes, Chair of Ewanrigg Local Trust and ENTRA, said: “Our band of willing volunteers are already ‘putting the flags out’ and encouraging everyone to join in and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. We’ll be running activity sessions in the run up to the big day. The funding will enable us to provide activities for free, which means everyone has the chance to participate. We have all really missed being able to meet socially during lockdown and this is a fantastic opportunity for us all to get out of our houses and enjoy an outdoor day of fun – together!”

Stanwix Community Association in Carlisle is running a series of community workshops to create artwork that will be displayed as an outside gallery within Stanwix to celebrate the Queens Platinum jubilee.

Pamela McCall, Booking Manager at Stanwix Community Association, said: ‘We are working with a local artist to create exciting artwork with local children and families in the run up to the Jubilee that will be exhibited within our local community. We are really looking forward to getting started on this exciting project to celebrate this historic occasion.”

CANDOFM community radio station, Barrow BID and Barra Culture, and local business will be hosting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Barrow Town Centre on Saturday 4th June.

Jonny Williams, Manager of the Station, said: “A live stage with tribute and local performers representing popular music from all the decades of the Queen’s reign will provide a musical backdrop alongside choirs, a magician, caricaturist and street entertainers. There will also be lots of opportunities to gets hands on with creative activities such as a pop-up choir, drumming workshops, face painting, tie-dye activity, and much more.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I’m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to get together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organisations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to enjoy marking this milestone moment in our history.”

HM Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in 2015.  Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 cultural organisations, charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations.

For more information about events in your area please visit

Charities in West Cumbria supported via Bedrock Awards

Eight charitable groups in West Cumbria are planning for a sustainable future thanks to £880,000 of grant funding.

The money was awarded from the Bedrock Awards programme, part of Transforming West Cumbria, which was developed by Cumbria Community Foundation and funded by Sellafield Ltd, to build the resilience, capabilities and financial sustainability of charities and community organisations in West Cumbria.

Unlike a traditional grant, which would support “business as usual” or a new project, the Bedrock Awards is a two-stage programme that helps community groups plan for sustainability, development, and growth via a thorough analysis of opportunities for improvement.

The first round of awards has benefited critical organisations: Age UK West Cumbria, Cumbria Youth Alliance, Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service, Copeland Citizens Advice, Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Howgill Family Centre, Phoenix Enterprise Centre and Together We CIC.

Bedrock Awards enables organisations to explore new ways of working, including income generation, use of digital, collaboration, sharing resources and better management of community assets/premises while improving governance, building capacity and future proofing the organisation, through staff development, expert volunteer recruitment and clear succession planning.

One awardee said: “The Stage 1 Bedrock Award grant enabled us to increase staffing levels so we could commit time to the programme. It provided a breathing space that allowed us to fully commit to the process. However, grant or no grant, I would have taken part in the programme as I recognised the benefits of it. The grant just made it easier.”

Another commented: “The Stage 1 Bedrock Award process really helped bring the whole team on the transformational journey we are undertaking. We now have a much better understanding of the need to change, why and how.”

Sellafield Ltd understands the importance of organisational resilience and that often change is required at organisational level before resilience measures can be implemented or even engaged with. That’s why, further investment has been provided from the company’s social impact multiplied programme to run a second round of Bedrock Awards.

Tracey West, Social Impact Manager at Sellafield Ltd said: “The success from the first round of Bedrock has highlighted the need and the difference the project is making. The staged approach should help organisations to plan for the future and be more resilient so they can continue to offer the services that are so well received in our communities.

Bedrock Awards is delivered by Cumbria Community Foundation, in partnership with Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership (CSEP) and its partner Social Enterprise Acumen CIC (SEA).

Jenny Benson, Director of Programmes & Partnerships at the Foundation, said: “SEA has worked with each awardee and bespoke strategies have been created. This has enabled the release of funding to help them plan-ahead and provide opportunities to invest in their business development. The funding is intended to deliver long-term benefit to each organisation, resulting in an increased ability to help a greater number of people more effectively and a more resilient organisation.

The Bedrock Awards programme is now open for a second round of funding. Stage 1 applications should be submitted by 5pm, Thursday 5th May 2022. Click here for more information.