Refugee Week 2022

Author: Sarah Thompson, Grants & Programmes Officer

The theme of Refugee Week 2022 is Healing. A subject that may be pertinent to many of us. However, how do you begin to comprehend healing when you have had to leave your home, career, family, friends and community for reasons of war, persecution, or disaster? When you may have faced bereavement, untold traumas, or … Continue reading “Refugee Week 2022”


September Update

Author: Kevin Walsh

Little did I know when we held a training session for members of our grants panels in October 2019 and discussed our preparedness for future emergencies that we would be gearing up to support the vulnerable in our communities in the spring of 2020. Six months on we have supported more than 150 organisations with … Continue reading “September Update”


Collaborative funding in Cumbria in response to Covid-19

Author: Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)

A group of Cumbria Funders supporting community-led emergency response work share their deliberations over what a sustained response to Covid-19 might look like. Read the briefing paper here. The group includes independent funders, local authorities, NHS commissioners and infrastructure organisations. Initially, Cumbria Community Foundation drew on learning from grant-making in previous emergencies such as the … Continue reading “Collaborative funding in Cumbria in response to Covid-19”


June update

Author: Andy Beeforth - 01.06.2020

Cumbria has been battered and bruised. We have recorded some of the highest incidences of the virus in the country, our health and care workers continue to be amazing and residential care homes have become a second frontline for the response. Charities providing care services have battled for PPE to keep their staff safe. My … Continue reading “June update”


Cumbria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Author: Glenys Marriott 05.05.20

Not only am I living through the COVID lockdown, but I run a small charity supporting  people with brain injury, so see first hand the challenges people are facing. I’ve been actively involved as the Foundation’s representative on the South Lakeland Community Resilience Group. We meet weekly by telephone, led by the county council, with … Continue reading “Cumbria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”


Cumbria’s response to COVID-19

Author: Andy Beeforth - 22.04.2020

The people of Cumbria have responded amazingly to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We’ve had some of the highest recorded cases in the UK and with our large population of older people it has been a worrying time for everyone. Tens of thousands of older people and people with medical conditions have been locked down in their … Continue reading “Cumbria’s response to COVID-19”


Season of goodwill

Author: David Beeby - 19th December 2019

December is the season of good will and what better month to pay tribute to the many examples of good will across Cumbria. We connect people who care with causes that matter and we couldn’t do this without your support which enables groups across Cumbria to help improve the lives of others. Rotarians in Cumbria … Continue reading “Season of goodwill”


Phoenix Role Models

Author: Rebecca Delin - 24th September 2019

When W.C. Fields said the now very famous quote: “Never work with children or animals” he was referring to child and animal actors as they would steal the scene. Well they certainly did when I recently visited the Phoenix Youth Project! I’ve been working at Cumbria Community Foundation as a Media & Content Officer for … Continue reading “Phoenix Role Models”


The final day. Caldbeck to Carlisle

David Beeby – 19th September 2019 As we set off on our journey, the first person we met was the local post lady. Talking to her reminded me of the important social role they can play in the community. She clearly adds important on the ground intelligence to the work of the local agents of … Continue reading “The final day. Caldbeck to Carlisle”


Walking into isolation while learning of invaluable services

David Beeby – 18th September 2019 We started the day in Keswick at Citizens Advice where we met Mandy Beinder. She is a great advocate for the importance of their work and the key role of volunteers. What they offer is an absolutely vital service to the community, providing quality advice across many topics with … Continue reading “Walking into isolation while learning of invaluable services”

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