Cumbria Housing Partners Fund

Cumbria Housing Partners is the only local procurement group for social housing landlords in the county. Their combined buying power ensures landlords can make great savings which are then reinvested to improve the lives of social housing tenants across Cumbria.

The Cumbria Housing Partners Fund was established in 2017 with a donation of £100,000. It provides grants of up to £10,000 to community projects aimed at improving people’s employability or education. Grants of up to £500 are also available to individuals aged 16 or over who wish to undertake work-based education or training to improve their employability.

South Lakeland women’s refuge, Springfield, received £8,820 through the fund to support women affected by domestic abuse and restore their self-confidence to help them move on into education, training and employment.

Angela Speak, Springfield Community Services Manager, said: “Clients often have an overwhelming loss of self-confidence and trust in other people, which can be a huge issue when applying for jobs. The grant is being used to fund our recovery programmes, which includes support with CV writing and interview techniques as well as money management and life skills. By working in small groups, in a safe environment, we can help clients start to rebuild their lives and return to a healthy, active life as part of their community whether through volunteering, employment or study.”

John Clasper, Chairman of Cumbria Housing Partners, said: “Cumbria Housing Partners has been successful in supporting apprenticeships and community projects in our neighbourhoods over the last 10 years.  Working with a recognised Cumbria based grant making body, such as Cumbria Community Foundation, will mean that our funds can go further and we can do more of this.”