Carr’s Milling Industries Fund

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One of our corporate fund holders, Carr’s Milling Industries, set up an endowed fund through the Foundation.

The Carr’s Milling Industries Fund supports charitable groups throughout Cumbria, particularly in rural communities, to invest in the wellbeing and future of our communities.

Founded in Carlisle by Jonathan Dodgson Carr in 1831, the company’s rich history in Cumbria, is evident through its work with local businesses and farmers and its contribution to the local economy.

Neil Austin, Group Finance Director said: “Carr’s has a long heritage in Cumbria and a large proportion of our total workforce are based here. Our passion for the County and local people have meant we have supported many local causes over a number of years. We have been corporate members of the Foundation for a while, and creating our own fund, managed by the Foundation, was the natural extension to this. By doing this we can benefit from the Foundation’s knowledge in assessing worthy projects so we can be sure that the money is being channeled to the places where it can be most effective and to causes we care about.”

Susan’s Farm in Houghton, Carlisle, offers vocational placements and skills training in land based qualifications. The social enterprise received support from the fund to enable vulnerable young adults to undertake an NVQ Level 1 in Agriculture.

Over lunch times, which is a social occasion with staff and participants, there is a regular discussion on managing healthy eating, smoking and alcohol in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Most of the work is physical, outdoor work come rain or shine.

Susan Aglionby, Director and Farmer, said: “Literacy and concentration skills have been a challenge, particularly for those with special needs. We work around this by ensuring written and theory work is done in short bursts alongside physical work. Learning is done, as far as possible, through practical and oral work.”