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Calling all Young Aspiring Leaders

The first Aspiring Leaders Programme (ALP) for Cumbria and North Lancashire began in 2011 and is due to conclude this July with 12 ‘pioneers’ due to graduate with a Foundation Degree and 3 years of leadership training and mentoring under their belts.

It is the ambition of Francis C Scott Charitable Trust to continue providing a transformative programme for young adults who would not otherwise access mainstream higher education or development opportunities.  The key objectives of the programme remain as follows:

a) To uncover, nurture and launch talented young adults from within the more deprived communities in Cumbria/North Lancs in order to better serve those communities’ needs.

b) In doing so, to provide role models for others to aspire, attain and contribute.

c) To address the most common deficiency we see in local charity leadership – namely the ability to run charitable organisations in a business-like and enterprising manner.

d) To create a self-supporting network of community leadership across our beneficial area.

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust is the main funder of ALP with Brathay Trust leading a delivery partnership alongside the University of Cumbria and Common Purpose.  After a thorough review and retendering process, the decision was made to begin another cohort in 2014 (known as ALP2) and we are now calling for nominations to enrol on this unique programme.

We are looking for Young Adults:
– Who are aged 20-32 (exceptional candidates outside this age range may be considered)
– Resident in Cumbria or North Lancashire
– Working or volunteering for a local charity or social enterprise
– With a minimum of 4 GCSE passes (including English) and an ability to undertake level 4 study, evidenced by obtaining further qualifications or completing certified training courses
– Who would not otherwise have the opportunity
– With an ambition to become a community leader

What can participants gain over the 3 years (2014-17)?
– Residential leadership training
– A personal mentor
– Diverse work experience
– A unique network within the local voluntary sector
– A chance to make a real difference
All of which will lead to a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Social Enterprise Leadership

Next steps:
– All candidates must be nominated by the charitable organisation they are working/volunteering for
– Fill in the  application form which must be endorsed by a line manager or project leader (deadline 9 May 2014)
– Attend an initial 1:1 interview with the FCSCT Director before June 2014
– Attend an assessment weekend at Brathay on 8-10 August 2014

If successful in being chosen to begin ALP2, the first university module and residential training event will be from 1-5 September 2014 at Brathay.  All education, training and travel costs are covered by FCSCT.

Somerset Flood Relief Fund

Communities in Somerset have reached a crisis point as they cope with extensive and long-term flooding. For many it is the second time in two years they have been affected, and whole communities have been cut off for weeks.

The response within the communities themselves has been magnificent but there is only so much they can do for themselves.

As part of their Surviving Winter campaign Somerset Community Foundation is urgently appealing for donations to relieve the immediate hardship people are facing and support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. With your help, they will help families and communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

You can donate:
By calling: on 01749 344949

By sending a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation and write Flood Relief on the back of the cheque. Please send it to us at Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN.

100 Signed Up for the Big Sleep – including MP Jamie Reed

Over one hundred brave souls have signed up to spend a night sleeping beneath the stars to raise money for cold, older people this winter.

Cumbria Community Foundation has organised “The Big Sleep,” a mass sleep-out challenge in a field beside the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere for Saturday 15 February 2014.

The volunteers are being sponsored to take part and it’s hoped their fund-raising efforts will bring the total raised for the Winter Warmth Fund to £100,000. So far it stands at £62,000.

Copeland MP Jamie Reed is taking part, he said: “I am quite looking forward it, it’s a great initiative and there are few places better to do it than on the shore of Lake Windermere. It’s a great challenge and I’ll be taking my one man tent and enjoying watching The Goonies and getting cold for a good cause.”

Joining him will be Tom Foster, Executive Director Waste and Effluent Disposition, Sellafield, and his 22-year-old son Mick, a serving soldier with the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

Tom said: “I recognise that we, the people working at Sellafield, have the comfort of heat and a roof over our heads. I want to do my small part and help raise awareness and money for people less fortunate during the winter months. The challenge will be a walk in the park for my son as he has been on a training exercise and has had to camp out for the past two weeks. I’m hoping he will use his knowledge and expertise to look after me!”

Several teams have also signed up to sleep out including: Cockermouth Round Table, Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbrian Newspaper Events, Bond Dickinson, Robinson and Co and David Allen.

Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, Andy Beeforth said: “We want to raise a total of £100,000 for older people facing the choice of heating they homes or eating a meal. We’ve already raised £62,000 for our Winter Warmth Appeal. So, this is a final call for anyone who thinks they can raise £100 in sponsorship to join me for The Big Sleep next week. We’ve kindly been lent a field near the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere, we’ve sorted out a screening of The Goonies and we’re going to brave the elements to raise awareness of the problems older people face in the winter and raise the rest of the money.”

The Big Sleep is an outdoor adventure in aid of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal. The challenge is to sling on your pyjamas and snuggle down under the stars in front of a fabulous film.

If you could brace yourself to sleep in a field overlooking Lake Windermere, where temperatures may dip as low as minus 11 degrees celsius, and raise £100 – please visit www.cumbriafoundation.org/bigsleep.

The reason the charity runs this annual appeal is simple – every winter around 300 elderly people in Cumbria die because of the effects of the cold weather. They have to choose between heating their homes and eating a meal. The Winter Warmth Fund keeps older Cumbrians safe and warm.
How to donate

The Winter Warmth Fund is open to voluntary donations of Winter Fuel Payments, plus donations from other individuals and local businesses.
You can donate to the Winter Warmth Fund in many ways:

Donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/winterwarmthfund.

Write a cheque payable to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter Warmth’ on the back. Send it to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.

Use your mobile phone. Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code WINT37. You can donate £2, £5 or £10. e.g. WINT37 £5 to 70070.

For more help or information, Tel: 01900 825 760 Fax: 01900 826527
Email: enquiries@cumbriafoundation.org

What happens to the money

All of the money raised will be used to provide support to elderly people who are suffering because of fuel poverty. It will be directed to those most in need through voluntary and community groups in Cumbria who are supporting vulnerable older people. Please watch this video: http://vimeo.com/85198081

It will help older people afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile. It will ensure they  are getting all the benefits they are entitled to, help them to access grants to improve home insulation or replace old heating systems and show them how to shop around for the best fuel rate. It will also help provide information on how to stay healthy, like getting the flu jab and staying active. And where to get extra support in local communities, such as through lunch clubs and befriending schemes.

Cumbrian Sixth Former wins £1,000 Essay Prize

The winner of the inaugural Hunter Davies Award for Young Writers for Cumbrian sixth formers is seventeen year old Hannah Sowerby, of Appleby Grammar School.

The £1,000 prize, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation is for a piece of personal reportage – nonfiction as opposed to fiction, a true story about something which has happened to them, big or small. The title of the first essay was “What I did in my Hols”

“Yes, a deliberately corny, childlike title,” says Hunter Davies, “but the idea was they could do with it what they liked, write about staying in bed all summer, digging their granddad’s allotment or going abroad. We were looking for good reporters, feature writers of the future, but also people with a literary turn, a sense of humour, able to handle conversation, narrative and most of all able to shape their own 1,500 words of personal experience so that you want to read on to the end.

Hannah will receive £500 personally to spend wildly as she wills, with the other £500 going to her school library.

The three judges were Hunter Davies, Richard Eccles and Stephen Matthews.

Richard Eccles, who is the editor of Cumbria Life, is publishing Hannah’s winning essay in the February edition of Cumbria Life.

Stephen Matthews is an author, publisher and owner of Bookcase in Carlisle. He was formerly head of English at Wigton Nelson Tomlinson School.

“Hannah engages the reader from the off,” says Stephen. “Her essay is peppered with humour, but never forced, just lively, natural and apparently off-the cuff, but actually quite polished.”

On hearing the news that she had won, Hannah’s first reaction was surprise. “If I’m honest, I’d forgotten all about the competition. When my teacher told me that I had won I couldn’t believe it. Of course I was overjoyed and it brightened up my day of endless coursework.

“I’m still unsure what to spend the money on, but I may spend a bit on some driving lessons. Then save the rest until I’m sure what to do with it.”

The prize is now going to be an annual event, open to any comprehensive sixth former in the county. The title for this year’s Essay will be announced at Easter – and all details will appear on the Foundation’s website.

“We got a good response for a first attempt,” says Hunter, “with some excellent entries from a range of schools all over the county, such as Ulverston High, Cockermouth School, Newman School, Carlisle, Nelson Tomlinson, Wigton, and Appleby Grammar. But we hope for even more next year.”

MP Rory Stewart to Sleep Out in the Pennines

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart will spend this Saturday night sleeping in one of the highest and coldest places in England to raise awareness of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal.

He’ll be joined by CCF’s Chief Executive Andy Beeforth and supported by members of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

They’re hoping their freezing night on the fells will encourage people to sign up for a similar challenge ‘The Big Sleep’ in a field beside the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, on Saturday 15 February.

Rory Stewart explained why he is taking on the challenge, he said:

“Cumbria has some of the highest instances of fuel poverty in the country. Our traditionally built homes are difficult to heat and frequently off the mains gas grid, which make heating them very expensive. When your income is fixed, as is the case for many retired, elderly people, rises in energy bills can quickly become unaffordable, and the only choice left in the worst cases is to endure a cold home. It is completely unacceptable that an average of 300 people in Cumbria alone will die from the cold this Winter. The Cumbria Community Foundation plays a hugely important role in helping vulnerable older people meet the costs of heating their home. I was only too happy to do anything I could to help raise awareness of the Winter Warmth Appeal and the Foundation’s fantastic fundraising efforts, and I hope that our sleep out will do just that.”

John Whittle, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, said:

“This weekend, we’ll be ensuring the safety of these brave souls by accompanying them to England’s highest, coldest, stone-built bothy, over 2,700 feet up in the Pennines. It’s no mean feat as the temperature will be well below zero and winds have been recorded at 113mph. The exact location for this Saturday’s sleep out is a closely guarded secret as we don’t want to encourage people to head out onto the fells overnight in winter. Instead we’d say consider joining The Big Sleep – a much more civilised sleepover beside the Low Wood on February 15.”

Whatever discomfort is felt by the adventurers, it is for one night only and will highlight the ongoing struggle many elderly Cumbrians face to keep warm every night.

This year’s Winter Warmth Appeal has already raised £52,000 to help older people in Cumbria stay warm and safe this winter – this is more than last year and half way to the target of £100,000.

But, all of this money has been allocated and given out to elderly people who are facing the stark choice of heating their home or eating a meal.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said:

“I’d like to say thank you to all our donors who have helped raise more than £56,000 to keep older people warm this winter. We’d like people to join us for The Big Sleep in a field beside the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, on Saturday 15 February. If you have your own camping gear and can bear the cold for one night to help raise even more money for older people, please join us. We’ll try to keep our minds off the weather by watching a family friendly film on an outdoor cinema screen. All the information you need and the names of the people who have already signed up are on our website www.cumbriafoundation.org.bigsleep or speak to Dan on 01900 825760.”

People’s Postcode Trust Invites Cumbria Bids for First Round of 2014

The People’s Postcode Trust invites applications from Cumbria to support projects that address one or more of the following:

•Prevention of poverty; reduction of distress and suffering.
•Advancement of health.
•Advancement of citizenship or community development.
•Advancement of public participation in sport.
•Advancement of human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation.
•Advancement of environmental protection or improvement.

Applications will be accepted from today until 21 February 2014 from registered charities, constituted community and voluntary groups, sports clubs, social enterprises, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisation.

Funding is available for projects of up to 12 months in length that positively impact their local community. Projects that are creative, far-reaching and will leave a long-term impact once completed stand the best chance of being successful.

Grants of between £500 and £20,000 (up to £2,000 if not a formally registered charity) are available and the deadline is 21st February 2014.

Full details along with an application form can be found on the People’s Postcode Trust website: http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/small-grants.htm

Winter Warmth Appeal Raises £50,000 – But More is Needed!

Older people across Cumbria have been keeping warm thanks to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund.

The charity has raised £50,000 so far this winter but it needs more donations to help the growing number of pensioners in need.

Its Chief Executive is calling on brave Cumbrians to join him in a chilly outdoor challenge “The Big Sleep” on Saturday 15 February in a field near the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere.

Andy Beeforth said: “We’re halfway through our Winter Warmth Appeal and it’s great to see we’re halfway towards our target of raising £100,000 to keep older people warm this winter. But, we need to raise the rest. So, I’d like anyone who thinks they can raise £100 in sponsorship to join me for The Big Sleep next month. We’ve kindly been lent a field near the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere, we’ve sorted out a screening of The Goonies and we’re going to brave the elements to raise awareness of the problems older people face in the winter and raise the rest of the money.”

The Big Sleep is an outdoor adventure in aid of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal. The challenge is to sling on your pyjamas and snuggle down under the stars in front of a fabulous film.

If you could brace yourself to sleep in a field overlooking Lake Windermere, where temperatures may dip as low as minus 11 degrees celsius, and raise £100 – please enter now by visiting www.cumbriafoundation.org/bigsleep

The following people have already pledged to sleep out:

1. Paul Fletcher, Operations Manager at AMEC, West Cumbria.
2. Rob Rimmer, Director at Energy Road Campus, West Cumbria.
3. Simon Gall, Director of Lakeland Asbestos Management, Windermere.
4. Chris and Ian Tomlinson, Langdale Walking and Adventure Holidays, Windermere.
5. Peter Martin, Divisional Director of Brewin Dolphin, Penrith.
6. Diana Matthews, Cumbria’s High Sheriff, Windermere.
7. Martyn Nicholson, Managing Director of Russell Armer.

The reason the charity runs this annual appeal is simple – every winter around 300 elderly people in Cumbria die because of the effects of the cold weather. They have to choose between heating their homes and eating a meal. The Winter Warmth Fund keeps older Cumbrians safe and warm.

Andy Beeforth added: “We can’t be complacent and hope the rest of the cash will come in. All the money allocated for South Lakeland has been spent and all other areas of the county will soon be in the same situation. I want us to keep saying yes to older people who ask for help. I don’t want them to be choosing between eating and heating this winter.”

One couple who have already benefited from the Winter Warmth Fund are Jean and Graham in Coniston. They’re both 67. Jean said: “Since Graham had his stroke two years ago, it is very important that he keeps warm because he really feels the cold now. I think the Winter Warmth Fund is wonderful. Our electricity and gas is such an expensive item and this extra money means I can buy extra wood for the woodburner. It’s really great that people donate. It’s very kind.”

How to donate
The Winter Warmth Fund is open to voluntary donations of Winter Fuel Payments, plus donations from other individuals and local businesses. You can donate to the Winter Warmth Fund in many ways:

Donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/winterwarmthfund.
Write a cheque payable to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter Warmth’ on the back. Send it to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.
Use your mobile phone. Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code WINT37. You can donate £2, £5 or £10. e.g. WINT37 £5 to 70070.

All of the money raised will be used to provide support to elderly people who are suffering because of fuel poverty. It will be directed to those most in need through voluntary and community groups in Cumbria who are supporting vulnerable older people. It will help older people afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile. It will ensure they are getting all the benefits they are entitled to, help them to access grants to improve home insulation or replace old heating systems and show them how to shop around for the best fuel rate. It will also help provide information on how to stay healthy, like getting the flu jab and staying active. And where to get extra support in local communities, such as through lunch clubs and befriending schemes.

Winter Warmth Grants Keeping Older People Warm

Older people around the county are a bit warmer thanks to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund.

The charity has received £34,000 in donations towards its ambitious target of raising £100,000 to keep Cumbria warm this winter.

And, due to the early success of the appeal, the money has already been sent to the most vulnerable pensioners to keep their home fires burning as the temperatures fall.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “It’s so nice to be able to distribute the fund this early in the winter. We know that the Winter Warmth Fund has saved lives over the Christmas period in the past and hope this year we keep some of our most vulnerable elderly people safe and warm. But, having given out the first grants, we need to keep the money coming in to hit our target. If you’re considering donating to charity rather than sending cards of giving gifts this Christmas, there are hundreds of people you can help keep warm.”

In Carlisle, a 72 year old woman who has just received her grant, said: “I am really grateful, I wake up each morning at 6am and take my breakfast back to bed so I can keep warm. If I am going out, I am up and about by 7am and if not, I stay in bed until 8.30am. I try not to put the central heating on and save it until night-time, usually about 5pm and then I head off to bed at 9pm. I can’t sit in the cold, so I’d rather be warm in bed with my blankets and a book. The Winter Warmth Fund helps me an awful lot. I don’t worry as much about putting the heating on.”

Meanwhile in West Cumbria, a 73 year old woman who is recovering from a major heart operation, said: “The Winter Warmth Fund is fantastic. It means I can keep the house warm a bit longer, I don’t have to knock the heating off as much. I can’t move about and I’m quite breathless, so I keep all the doors and windows closed. I really need the help because my bills keep going up and up.”

Anyone can donate to the Winter Warmth Fund. It began as an appeal four years ago to enable people who received the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment – but didn’t feel they needed it – to give it to someone who did. Now the appeal is open to all.

To donate:

Online: http://www.justgiving.com/winterwarmthfund

By cheque: made payable to ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ (write ‘Winter Warmth Fund’ on the back) and post it to – Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 OPN.

Mobile: send a text message to 70070 including the code WINT37. You can donate £2, £5 or £10. Eg. WINT £5 to 70070.

Anyone who fancies a challenge could sign up to take part in THE BIG SLEEP on Saturday 15 February 2014. It’s a sponsored outdoor adventure where participants will sleep out under the stars in February (when temperatures may get as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius). It’s taking place beside the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere and there’ll be an outdoor cinema showing a film to take your mind off the cold. To find out more visit:
www.cumbriafoundation.org/big sleep or ring Daniel Rhodes on 01900 825760.

All of the money raised from the Winter Warmth Fund will be used to provide support to elderly people who are suffering because of fuel poverty. It will be directed to those most in need through voluntary and community groups in Cumbria who are supporting vulnerable older people.

It will help older people afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile. It will ensure they are getting all the benefits they are entitled to, help them to access grants to improve home insulation or replace old heating systems and show them how to shop around for the best fuel rate. It will also help provide information on how to stay healthy, like getting the flu jab and staying active. And where to get extra support in local communities, such as through lunch clubs and befriending schemes.

Funding available for groups in West Allerdale

Charitable and community organisations in West Allerdale, from Workington to Silloth and inland to Embleton, are eligible to receive up to £15,000 in grant aid from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund. The fund supports activities which contribute to reducing the effects of climate change and benefit the local community.

Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the fund was set up by E.ON for communities located close to the off shore wind farm in the Solway Firth.

The fund prioritises projects that promote sustainable use of energy, energy efficiency measures and, sustainable use of resources. It also supports nature conservation and addresses other community environmental needs identified in the local community.

Tim Morgan, Cumbria Manager for the Robin Rigg Wind Farm said “Since the Robin Rigg Wind Farm was completed in 2009; over £200,000 has been distributed to help the local community. We have funded energy efficiency measures and a wide range of community groups have benefited from the grant aid.”

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “Previous grants made from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund have supported a number of different groups in the area. Maryport Inshore Rescue was recently awarded funding towards a rain water harvesting system. Workington Playgoers’ Group received a grant for the installation of a heating system and solar panels which has cut costs and reduced the building’s carbon footprint.”

Applications can be submitted via the Foundation’s website and must be received by Friday 20th December for a decision on 22nd January 2013.

Cumbria Community Foundation Grant Recipients Receive Prestigious Honours

Two people at the heart of organisations the Community Foundation has supported  with grants  have today been acknowledged as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Jimmy Lettice and Stella Howarth received awards for the remarkable work they have done for the community.

The ceremony was conducted on Thursday 7th November by Lord-Lieutenant Claire Hensman. Stella, Chairman of Allerdale Disability Association was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to the disabled. Stella has been a volunteer for the organisation for more than 20 years.

Cumbria Community Foundation has made over £100,000 in grants to the Association since 2002.  These have been used for building security, expansion of information services and staffing costs among many other projects.

Jimmy, Director of Silloth Rugby Union Club received a BEM for services to Silloth. For almost 40 years he has been a valued volunteer at Silloth Rugby Club and in the community.

The Club has received almost £25,000 in funding from the Foundation over ten years.  Grants have been put towards projects including the refurbishment of changing rooms, improving energy efficiency and new equipment for the Club.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “I am delighted that Jimmy and Stella have been recognised for their important work in the community.  They are truly deserving of the awards and I hope the Foundation can continue to support their organisations in the future.  It is particularly nice that they should be presented with their honours by our President, Claire Hensman, the Lord Lieutenant and at Dovenby Hall where the Foundation is based.”

Cumbria Community Foundation is a charity dedicated to meeting community need by grant aiding community and voluntary organisations in Cumbria.  It does with the support of its donors which include local businesses, families and other organisations.

For more information on grants visit our website or contact 01900 825760.