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As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we visited 20 organisations that have received grants from the funds we administer to find out how the money has made a difference to the lives of local people.

Read our 20th anniversary grants stories here.

The Cumbria Fund supports around 50 community projects each year. The money helps a wide number of people, including youngsters, vulnerable adults, the disabled, those recovering from illness, the unemployed and low income families.

Read the Cumbria Fund grant stories here.

Pride month

21st June 2022

June is all about celebrating LGBTQ+ history and lifting up the voices of the community. All this month we will be sharing grant stories from groups that celebrate and spread awareness for the LGBTQ+ community. Drop Zone Youth Projects, supports young people throughout the Furness area. A grant of £3,360 supported the BAFTA project (Barrow … Continue reading “Pride month”


Moving On

9th June 2022

The Centre for Leadership Performance has been working with young people at the Whitehaven Foyer. The Whitehaven Foyer is a charity that provides a safe place for young people to live, learn and make the transition to independent adulthood. Centre for Leadership Performance received £4,675 from the Thomas Milburn Fund for West Cumbria to support … Continue reading “Moving On”


Youth Health Champions

5th June 2022

34 young people from across West Cumbria have successfully gained a Level 2 qualification to become Young Health Champions. Delivered by Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) in partnership with Cumbria Addictions, Advice and Solutions (CADAS), the guided-learning has given young people aged 14-18 the skills, knowledge and confidence to become peer mentors, increase their awareness of … Continue reading “Youth Health Champions”


Bullying and the importance of being kind

Bullying can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. The effects of bullying can last into adulthood, and at its worst, has driven children and young people to self-harm and even suicide. Counsellor, Maryann Liddle, was motivated to set up the charity, Spiral, in 2016 after her brother, who has learning difficulties, was … Continue reading “Bullying and the importance of being kind”


Living a healthy life with HIV

26th May 2022

One in 20 people with HIV are unaware they have it and although cases are low in Cumbria, 60% of people with the disease are diagnosed late. Set up in 2003, Eyes Open is a regional group of health workers who raise awareness of HIV, challenge stigma and pool resources to widen and strengthen the … Continue reading “Living a healthy life with HIV”


Being seen again at a Space to Talk

11th April 2022

Many people have felt the impact of the pandemic and found themselves in situations they have never experienced before. This can be frightening, increase anxiety and escalate practical difficulties. Organisations providing mental health and wellbeing support have also become stretched as a result of the pandemic. Space to Talk was developed in partnership with Carlisle … Continue reading “Being seen again at a Space to Talk”


Giving nature a helping hand

31st March 2022

Lying in the central southern part of the Lake District, the valley of Coniston is overlooked by rugged fells and extensive woodlands and forest plantations. The National Trust’s South Lakes Landscape Project is helping to restore a large area of wood pasture above Coniston Hall for the benefit of wildlife and people who visit it. … Continue reading “Giving nature a helping hand”


Bringing Carers Together

7th February 2022

Across Cumbria, there are at least 56,000 people in caring roles, with approximately 12,000 in South Lakeland. Kendal based charity, Carers Support South Lakes, helps around 1,250 unpaid carers, aged between six and 98-years-old to ensure that no one feels alone with their caring responsibilities. It offers carers assessment, counselling, respite breaks, group and one … Continue reading “Bringing Carers Together”


Tree-mendous Learning

Children are spending less time playing outside in parks, woods, and fields due to lack of green spaces, digital technology and parents’ fears. Tree-mendous Learning, based in Carlisle, facilitates outdoor learning for young people to develop life skills, confidence, and enjoyment of the great outdoors. Established in 2018, the organisation received £4,180 from the Beck … Continue reading “Tree-mendous Learning”


Love for gardening brings community together 

3rd February 2022

A community garden can offer people a place to relax, a way to engage with nature, meet others and get active outdoors. Lovers Lane Community Garden is run by a group of 25 volunteers and encourages the local community to grow their own food, socialise and keep healthy. The garden not only provides a place … Continue reading “Love for gardening brings community together “


Volunteers support Covid 19 – Vaccination response

20th December 2021

Volunteers have been vital in the vaccination rollout across Cumbria, supporting patients, helping manage car parks and directing and supporting patients. Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group received £7,636 from the Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund to assist Keswick and Solway Primary Care Network and Caldbeck Surgery to deliver more than 45,000 vaccinations at Wigton Community … Continue reading “Volunteers support Covid 19 – Vaccination response”


Learning English brings the community together

9th December 2021

The Lake District has become a prime location to not only reside but also visit. The popularity of rural locations has resulted in a surge in demand for staycations. However, the coronavirus pandemic cost Cumbria’s visitor economy a staggering £2 billion and led employment in the sector to shrink by 38,000, according to Cumbria Tourism. … Continue reading “Learning English brings the community together”


Providing a good enough start in life

1st November 2021

The foundation of a baby’s social and emotional wellbeing begins during pregnancy and continues throughout the first 1001 days of life. Sometimes, a parent’s life experience can create a psychological barrier making it harder to connect emotionally with their baby. Good Enough Start supports parents to prevent any difficulty affecting their ability to create a … Continue reading “Providing a good enough start in life”


Helping care leavers transition into adulthood

The Stepladder of Achievement programme gives teenagers the chance to earn up to £1,500 in a savings account by completing an online course in financial and life skills, ready for when they leave care aged 18. It aims to help combat the disadvantage faced by young people in care. 40% of 19-year-olds who have been … Continue reading “Helping care leavers transition into adulthood”


Woodwork and gardening helping to tackle isolation

Men in Shed’s in Carlisle is delivered by Restore Cumbria and started out two years ago as a space for isolated men to get together and talk about mental health. It aims to empower those who have been disadvantaged or faced social exclusion due to crime, alcohol addiction, substance abuse, poor mental or physical health … Continue reading “Woodwork and gardening helping to tackle isolation”


Taking a break from caring duties

13% of Cumbria’s population are unpaid carers – someone who is looking after a relative or friend who, due to a disability, illness, or old age, cannot manage at home without their help. Almost a quarter provide a staggering 50 or more hours of unpaid care each week. Eden Carers is one of five independent, … Continue reading “Taking a break from caring duties”


Hub at the heart of community life

Over a third of residents in North Walney live in the top 20% of the most deprived parts of the country, with half of Walney South in the top 30%. At the heart of this community is the Walney Community Trust, set up in 2003. It’s a thriving hub of activity and supports all ages, … Continue reading “Hub at the heart of community life”


Outdoor adventure for all

The Kepplewray Trust operates an outdoor activities centre in Broughton-in-Furness and focusses on inclusion for all, particularly for young people living with the effects of disability, disadvantage or other barriers holding them back from mainstream outdoor activities. The centre offers tailor-made challenging residential and day courses to groups and individuals including schools, holiday clubs and … Continue reading “Outdoor adventure for all”


Creative arts therapy helping young children

19th October 2021

When Sarah* was five, she was trapped on the second floor of her house as the water level raised not knowing if she would be able to escape. The unprecedented floods in 2015 had a dramatic effect on the youngster, leaving her with high levels of anxiety particularly around family events. Promoting Autonomy & Change … Continue reading “Creative arts therapy helping young children”


Building a brighter future

6th September 2021

“When I made the decision to leave my abusive husband, I was confused and felt terrified, I didn’t know what to do or where to get the right support for myself and my children. A friend mentioned Springfield and said they might be able to help.” Springfield Domestic Abuse Support in Kendal has been welcoming … Continue reading “Building a brighter future”


Celebrating the cultural heritage of Appleby

24th August 2021

Children from Appleby, home to the annual Appleby Horse Fair, had the opportunity to develop their creative talents as part of a project celebrating cultural heritage and the town’s long association with the Gypsy and Traveller community, thanks to £1,000 from the Westmorland Arts Trust. Appleby Horse Fair, which usually takes place in the first … Continue reading “Celebrating the cultural heritage of Appleby”


Challenging times for young people

3rd August 2021

Isolating from school has had a catastrophic impact on many young people and their families. Not only did lockdown disturb their schooling it also effected their social confidence and self-esteem. School children in Barrow received support to prevent the pandemic affecting their life chances, thanks to the Strong Foundations, Successful Futures project. “The aim is … Continue reading “Challenging times for young people”


Volunteers bring life back to Mawbray

6th July 2021

A group of villagers have defied all odds and come together to rescue their local pub. Based in Mawbray village on the Solway coast, The Lowther Arms was the heart of its local community until it closed down in December 2018. The village had already lost its local shop, garage and post office. In May … Continue reading “Volunteers bring life back to Mawbray”


Hug in a bag for homeless youngsters

Imagine you’ve just found out you’re pregnant, are not yet 18 and have been thrown out of the family home with only the clothes you were wearing. This happened to Katie. After being placed in supported accommodation, she was given a ‘Hug in a Bag’, which contained necessities for everyday self-care. For many homeless young … Continue reading “Hug in a bag for homeless youngsters”


Learning life skills

10th June 2021

“What an amazing job you all do at Lifesteps. Our son absolutely loves coming every week and he is always welcomed with a great smile from you all.” LIFESTEPS is a project for young adults aged 18 – 30 with disabilities and learning difficulties. Running from the Kendal Lads and Girls Club on a Monday, … Continue reading “Learning life skills”


Seeing the world in a different way

“Ten years ago, I was told to give up on art which was my only escape. I was told I was rubbish. When I joined Triple A, I could only draw in black and grey because that is how I saw the world. I was really not happy. But now I can draw in colour … Continue reading “Seeing the world in a different way”


Cooking well for long term health and wellbeing

Groundwork North East & Cumbria help communities develop life skills and employability in young people and adults. It oversees the ‘Choices’ programme in West Cumbria, which aims to improve the employability and prospects of disadvantaged people. £6,000 from the Beeby Fund, Cumbria Fund and the Solway Fund contributed to the charity’s Cook Well on a … Continue reading “Cooking well for long term health and wellbeing”


Talking therapies supports recovery

29th April 2021

Together We CIC, based in Workington, received £25,189 from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its Together We Talk project. Together We CIC set up the Together We Talk project following the closure of Mind in West Cumbria in 2019. It provides free one-to-one and small group psychological interventions as well as family support … Continue reading “Talking therapies supports recovery”


Increasing communities physical wellbeing

Botcherby Community Centre received £7,500 from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its Healthy U project. Botcherby Community Centre’s Healthy U project has increased people’s physical wellbeing and has significantly helped to combat feelings of social isolation and mental illnesses. The Healthy U project works in partnership with GP’s and other healthcare professionals to … Continue reading “Increasing communities physical wellbeing”


It’s good to talk

Carlisle Vineyard Church received £4,332 from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its Space to Talk project. Emotional and practical support was offered to people in Carlisle who might be feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through Space to Talk events. The weekly events, organised by Carlisle Vineyard Church in partnership with Carlisle … Continue reading “It’s good to talk”


Support through the winter months

Age UK Carlisle and Eden received £18,000 from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its Winter Resilience project. Through the Winter Resilience project, Age UK Carlisle & Eden was able to help those most affected by COVID-19 and supported them through the winter months. The funding offered 219 older people counselling support, advice and … Continue reading “Support through the winter months”


Freedom to fly

Carlisle Eden Mind Limited received £11,904  from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its Freedom to Fly project. The Freedom to Fly project supported an identified group of five people in frequent contact with emergency services in a more preventative, proactive and consistent way, based on the Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) model. The particular focus … Continue reading “Freedom to fly”


Recovery supported by counselling sessions

Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for people suffering from an addiction. During the run-up, alcohol consumption spirals (during December, it increases by 41% in the UK). Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) received £5,043  from the NHS Winter Resilience Fund to support its counselling sessions. CADAS was able to increase … Continue reading “Recovery supported by counselling sessions”


Vital work which aims to tackle and end racism in Cumbria

11th March 2021

In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement shook the world. All lives matter equally and here in our county, Anti-Racist Cumbria is doing vital work which aims to tackle and end racism in Cumbria. The volunteer-led community group was formed in 2020 to raise awareness and education of issues concerning Black, Asian and minority ethnic … Continue reading “Vital work which aims to tackle and end racism in Cumbria”


Community spirit comparable with that during wartime

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, communities have sprung into action. Neighbours are connecting and looking out for each other, including the community in Kirby Lonsdale. Many people have been struggling to make ends meet, including people who may never have needed help before. In May 2020, volunteers set up The Community Cupboard to provide donated … Continue reading “Community spirit comparable with that during wartime”


Dedicated to helping look after local woodlands

During the pandemic, volunteers from the Silverdale District Woodbank have been doing their bit to support those who have been financially impacted and the more vulnerable members of their community. More than 100 people have been helping to alleviate fuel poverty via voluntary forest management. Bags of logs are then prepared and distributed to households … Continue reading “Dedicated to helping look after local woodlands”


Counselling available to the most vulnerable    

11th February 2021

A counselling service review at Ulverston Mind means it no longer has a waiting list, making it more available to the most vulnerable. Through its counselling service, the charity offers the opportunity to talk about and work through any emotional or psychological problems a client may be experiencing over a ten-week period. The charity, based … Continue reading “Counselling available to the most vulnerable    “


Supporting the sight impaired community and their families

Imagine being severely sight impaired at just 22 with a young family to look after and worries about not being able to continue working. This is what happened to Adam* who found support through Barrow and Districts Society for the Blind. The charity, based on Cavendish Street in Barrow, supports blind and partially sighted people … Continue reading “Supporting the sight impaired community and their families”


A Beacon of Hope

17th December 2020

A safe space and a home from home is how The Lighthouse Community Mental Health Hub has been described by the people who are being supported by its services and activities. Based in Stricklandgate House in Kendal, the peer support charity was set up following the closure of South Lakeland Mind. Without the £6,000 grant … Continue reading “A Beacon of Hope”


One of a kind therapeutic garden

Gardens can be great for the environment and for wildlife, however they’re also good for people too. The Tullie House Secret Garden in Carlisle is an accessible, wildlife friendly, walled garden established in 2018. £3,855 from the Abbeyfield Carlisle Society Over 55 Fund, CN Fund and Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation brought more than 150 … Continue reading “One of a kind therapeutic garden”


A service that changes lives

The service and support provided by Copeland Age and Advice Service (CAAS) is life changing according to one of its beneficiaries who received over £3,000 of backdated allowances he was entitled to: “You have genuinely changed my life; I cannot thank you enough for all your help and support. It’s a fantastic service and I … Continue reading “A service that changes lives”


Leading the way when it comes to peer mental health support

Young people across West Cumbria are leading the way when it comes to peer mental health support. ‘With the future in Mind’ project, delivered by Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA), received £7,500 from the United Utilities Legacy Fund to employ a peer educator and help tackle the issues of poor emotional resilience among young people. The … Continue reading “Leading the way when it comes to peer mental health support”


Keeping connected through lockdown

14th December 2020

The Powsowdie project is one of many community activities, run by Heron Corn Mill, near Kendal, which is helping to bring its rural communities together. Powsowdie is aimed at older people in the community, combining food and music with free lunchtime sessions of fun and reminiscence. Each Powsowdie has its own unique theme, with a … Continue reading “Keeping connected through lockdown”


Whole community enjoys activities

16th November 2020

Residents in a north Cumbrian rural village have been enjoying activities together thanks to £500 from the William Milburn Charitable Trust Community First Fund. Walton, just outside of Brampton, doesn’t have any shops, pubs or school for villagers to meet each other. The only community facility is the village hall, run by a local committee, … Continue reading “Whole community enjoys activities”


Investing in communities

12th November 2020

Cumberland Building Society has worked with Cumbria Community Foundation since 2011, when we first administered its charitable foundation fund. In 2019, the business wanted to give more to the community and created the Cumberland Building Society Community Fund within the Foundation, which awarded just under £100,000 in its first year. Chief Executive, Des Moore, said: … Continue reading “Investing in communities”


Supporting young people to fulfil their potential

“I can barely begin to explain how much this grant has benefitted me. We have been through such hardship and loss, yet I have been able to achieve things that I never believed I could, simply due to the generosity of Cumbria Community Foundation.” Abbie* was incredibly grateful to receive a grant from the Cumbria … Continue reading “Supporting young people to fulfil their potential”


Canoeing for all the community

3rd November 2020

People of all ages and backgrounds can get together and enjoy the benefits of canoeing thanks to funding from the United Utilities Legacy Fund. Copeland Canoe Club runs weekly indoor and outdoor sessions and uses Whitehaven pool, Bassenthwaite, Ennerdale and Whitehaven harbour. The club needed to replace equipment that had come to the end of … Continue reading “Canoeing for all the community”


Bringing generations together

Children and young people from the Woodhouse, Kells and Mirehouse estates in Whitehaven have been helping to reduce loneliness in older people by getting involved in community events thanks to £5,000 from the #iwill Fund. The project, in partnership with Howgill Family Centre and The Centre for Citizenship and Community at University of Central Lancashire, … Continue reading “Bringing generations together”


Helping disabled people live more independent lives

“Thanks for everything that you have done for me, you won’t understand just how important it was.” These are the closing words written to Jack Rae, Chairman of Carlisle and District REMAP from a tetraplegic gentleman who was helped by the charity before his passing. As a result of the gentleman’s personal willpower and the … Continue reading “Helping disabled people live more independent lives”


New friendships are reducing social isolation

Since 1992, staff and volunteers at Carlisle Society for the Blind have been providing help, support and advice to visually impaired people in the Carlisle area. Before the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, staff from the Society had been visiting up to 80 members per month, as part of its home visiting befriending service, ensuring … Continue reading “New friendships are reducing social isolation”


Healthy body, healthy mind

28th September 2020

Empowering women in the Carlisle area has been the focus of a £5,000 grant from the Abbeyfield Carlisle Society Over 55 Fund, Cumbria Grassroots Fund and the Elizabeth Fell Memorial Trust Fund. Social enterprise, iCan Health & Fitness CIC runs a female-only fitness centre on Lorne Street in Carlisle, which specialises in working with women … Continue reading “Healthy body, healthy mind”


New pavilion is an asset to the community

22nd September 2020

Consistently voted one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the country, Patterdale Cricket Club has been at the centre of village life for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1923, the club plays on land owned by the Patterdale King George V Playing Field Foundation. As well as the playing field, there are tennis courts … Continue reading “New pavilion is an asset to the community”


The confidence to get creative

18th September 2020

Hundreds of children explored their creativity and had the chance to showcase their newly-learned skills as part of Kendal Windows on Art’s (KWoA) Moving On Up project. The project, which worked with Heron Hill School in Kendal, received £1,150 from the Castle Green Grassroots Fund to offer a range of creative workshops for youngsters. Children … Continue reading “The confidence to get creative”


The good life

25th February 2020

Based in Carlisle, Garden Life is a community garden and social enterprise providing rehabilitation sessions for young offenders as well as people with learning and other minor disabilities. Opening its doors in June 2014, the qualified gardeners have converted a derelict allotment into a training and production site for vulnerable community groups, particularly disadvantaged young … Continue reading “The good life”


A helping hand later in life

Imagine you have ongoing physical or mental health problems and are elderly. Gaining help from other people begins to seem impossible. Family and friends that people have turned to in times of crisis may no longer be there or do not have the skills to assist with complex benefit problems, especially as information is increasingly … Continue reading “A helping hand later in life”


The sports club lifeline

When Danny Ewin was just 16, he suffered horrific multiple injuries in a road accident. The teenager, from Eden, was returning home after visiting his great-grandmother, when his motorbike was in a collision with a car. Danny spent many weeks in hospital and suffered a complete T6 spinal cord injury and paraplegia -he has no … Continue reading “The sports club lifeline”


Dementia friendly Longtown   

7th January 2020

Longtown Memorial Hall Community Centre has played host to several pilot dementia projects over recent years and identified an overwhelming demand to provide activities and support for older people in the area. ‘Dementia Friendly Longtown’, supported by a grant of £3,420 from The Dulverton Trust and Kipling Fund for Older People, built on the success … Continue reading “Dementia friendly Longtown   “


Historic mill set to attract more tourists

6th January 2020

The wheels have started turning again on a 500-year-old corn mill in west Cumbria after a £1 million revamp. Eskdale Mill in Boot is the Lake District’s last operating water-powered mill with some parts of it dating back to the Tudor period. The Grade-II listed building was bought by the Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust … Continue reading “Historic mill set to attract more tourists”


Sailing is improving the lives of young people

Arnside Sailing Club has a thriving cadet programme to be proud of, offering several sessions over the summer holidays. The cadet programme was launched in 2016 and aimed at children aged 7 to 15 years old. The club began by buying some second-hand dinghies well suited to youngsters in the age group and launching a … Continue reading “Sailing is improving the lives of young people”


Sharing West Cumbrian culture with Tanzanian visitors   

19th December 2019

A cultural exchange group shows how much young people from across the world have in common through learning and playing together. Cumbria Rungwe Community Link has been linking West Cumbria with the Rungwe district in Tanzania for more than 30 years. The two-year exchange programme gives young people experiences of alternative cultures and hundreds have … Continue reading “Sharing West Cumbrian culture with Tanzanian visitors   “


New boats are a god send to the club   

Two new boats joined the team at Lakeland Rowing Club thanks to £10,000 from the United Utilities Legacy Fund. Four years ago, the British Rowing affiliated sports club had just 12 members and two boats, now it boasts almost 100 members, 19 boats and teaches both adults and juniors from the local area to learn … Continue reading “New boats are a god send to the club   “


The joy of cricket

Building self-confidence and improving wellbeing was the name of the game for four primary schools in Allerdale. Cumbria Cricket delivered a full school cricket programme called ‘Chance to Shine’ to Derwent Vale in Great Clifton, Beckstone Primary in Harrington, Broughton Primary School near Cockermouth and St Patricks RC Primary School in Workington. Cumbria Cricket received … Continue reading “The joy of cricket”


A dream of becoming an actor becomes reality

17th December 2019

Dreams do come true! Amy Clark, 19 from Cockermouth will tell you this. Two grants totalling £4,000 from the Beverley Trust and the Live the Dream Fund supported a once-in-a-life time opportunity. Amy has always had a passion for performing arts and becoming an actor. In 2018, she was accepted on to Project A, a … Continue reading “A dream of becoming an actor becomes reality”


A dream to help the Fell Pony

5th December 2019

A childhood passion for the Fell Pony breed led to an inspiring exhibition to raise awareness about the heritage of the Fell Pony. The Fell Pony Heritage Centre received £2,000 from the Dulverton Trust towards the exhibition, which brought together hill farmers and breeders of fell ponies, and artists and photographers who are inspired by … Continue reading “A dream to help the Fell Pony”


The farm that is helping the community

28th November 2019

“I was isolated, living alone, and traumatised from constant symptoms of mental illness,” those are the words of Peter who has been attending Susan’s Farm, a 36-acre working care farm near Carlisle for two years. A key element of Susan’s Farm, named after local farmer, Susan Aglionby, has always been to enable and help young … Continue reading “The farm that is helping the community”


Broadband reduces rural isolation

21st November 2019

A lot of determination and patience has successfully helped residents in a rurally isolated parish access ultra-fast Broadband. Kirkandrews on Esk is the most north western parish in Cumbria, with a population of around 495 people living in 195 households. The parish has no village but consists of a hamlet, a small industrial estate, a … Continue reading “Broadband reduces rural isolation”


Going for Gold

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) scheme teaches young people how to learn new skills, help others in their community, have fun and make new friends. Completing the award gives young people a great sense of achievement and is also really valued by employers, colleges and universities. Queen Katherine School (QKS) in Kendal recognised the … Continue reading “Going for Gold”


Love and a life line

19th November 2019

Love Barrow Families CIC works with families who suffer from physical and mental health issues, relationship difficulties, drug and alcohol abuse, anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, unemployment and homelessness. A grant of £30,000 over three years from the Cumbria Fund has stopped the building on Abbey Road, in Barrow, from closing. Keeping the centre open means these families have … Continue reading “Love and a life line”


Positive effects of being social

11th November 2019

People with learning disabilities in South Lakeland have a social calendar to be envious of. Activities such as a ropes course, zip wire, walks, visits to museums, multi-sports and disco are all on the list. It’s all happening at the Riversiders Trust at Kendal Day Centre on Dowkers Lane. The Trust was formed when members … Continue reading “Positive effects of being social”


“Slowly killing myself.”

3rd September 2019

“Slowly killing myself.” This was the realisation of one client being helped by self-harm awareness charity, SAFA Cumbria. A breakthrough after funded counselling sessions empowered her to take responsibility for the changes she wanted to see. For this client, rape, sexual assault and bullying led to self-harming and anorexia and she was hospitalised due to … Continue reading ““Slowly killing myself.””


WE WILL fight for change

3rd July 2019

Rising numbers of referrals and budget cuts mean some young people in the county are waiting more than a year for treatment by child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Services are now so stretched, a group of young people from West Cumbria set up a campaign to train school pupils in ‘mental health first … Continue reading “WE WILL fight for change”


Without Growing Well, I wouldn’t be alive.

2nd May 2019

Imagine thinking about taking your last breath because you think you can’t carry on anymore. Imagine finding the support to stop those thoughts. Mental health is often not talked about because people find it difficult. There’s around 34,000 Cumbrians living with depression and more than 70,000 people in the county have a mental health illness. … Continue reading “Without Growing Well, I wouldn’t be alive.”


Bringing together families who have a child with ‘magic ears’

When your world is silent, or sounds are muffled, it’s easy to become isolated and introverted. One Cumbrian charity has worked tirelessly for 125 years to help people who are hearing impaired to live a full life. Cumbria Deaf Association has provided vital services since 1894, and it has received more than £93,000 from Cumbria … Continue reading “Bringing together families who have a child with ‘magic ears’”


Getting creative with music

8th April 2019

Youngsters in and around Kendal are getting more digitally creative with sound and music thanks to an #iwill grant of £4,500 awarded to Heron Corn Mill in Beetham. The Mill Hoppers is a monthly youth group for more than 70 youngsters aged 7-15 and split into two age groups, with many of the boys having … Continue reading “Getting creative with music”


Carlisle’s Key to a better future for young people

Carlisle Key, based on Fisher Street, works with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In 2016, the charity received a three-year grant totalling £26,686 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to continue to help and alleviate the hardship and distress caused by homelessness, housing, financial and other related difficulties. The charity … Continue reading “Carlisle’s Key to a better future for young people”


#iwill adventures

Last year, an intrepid bunch of young people aged 16-24 signed up to Eden Rivers Trust’s very first #iwill activity week. Over the course of five days, 21 youngsters climbed fells, canoed, explored, gained their John Muir Award, showed some serious photography and film-making skills, undertook social action and generally made a social storm for … Continue reading “#iwill adventures”


Musical opportunities for young people

14th March 2019

Budding young musicians in West Cumbria were given the chance to develop musical events in their own communities thanks to £4,287 awarded to SoundWave by the #iwill Fund. Based in Workington’s Theatre Royal, the ‘Cables’ project supported four young leaders to facilitate focus groups for other youngsters to determine what kind of musical events they … Continue reading “Musical opportunities for young people”


Culture vultures fighting their challenges

Since 2009, 84 projects across Cumbria have received a share of more than £200,000 from Comic Relief and Red Nose Day. One charity to benefit is Vulture Club in Whitehaven, which helps people to cope with recovery from issues such as drug or alcohol addiction, social isolation or other difficult obstacles in their lives. It aims … Continue reading “Culture vultures fighting their challenges”


Cricket stars

12th March 2019

Wigton Cricket Club has been offering junior coaching in schools across north and west Cumbria since 2009. As a result of the £1,700 funding from the Thomas Graham & Sons Grassroots Fund and the Liddle Thompson Community First Fund, the club provided 4 hours of professional cricket coaching in each of the junior schools in … Continue reading “Cricket stars”


The best birthday present ever

On their 20th anniversary, thanks to a grant of £19,000 from the Joyce Wilkinson Charitable Trust, 1st Wigton Baden-Powell Scouts were able to purchase a piece of woodland, of 2 acres in size, on the edge of Wigton for use by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. The woodland is just across the road and directly opposite … Continue reading “The best birthday present ever”


Young people making a positive impact in their community

28th February 2019

Youngsters in Kendal are developing skills and attributes to build self-confidence and understanding of the world around them by taking part in social action. Chestnut Events received £5,000 from the #iwill Fund towards the Youth Grows project, encouraging social action with a horticultural and healthy eating theme. Young people aged 15 to 18 have already … Continue reading “Young people making a positive impact in their community”


Disability is not inability

27th February 2019

Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club was set up in 2011 by Chairman Ray McBride because his grandson had to travel to Newcastle if he wanted to take part in sport. Based in Carlisle, the club gives people access to sport regardless of their disadvantages, helping them to improve their health and wellbeing and overcome social exclusion.  … Continue reading “Disability is not inability”


Healing minds through green fingers

Thanks to a grant of £15,000 from the Cumbria Fund and Holehird Trust over three years, Growing Well has been able to replace essential gardening items, provide new volunteer safety equipment and to update their onsite storage facilities. Growing Well is an organic farm based mental health charity near Kendal. Operating on 6 acres of … Continue reading “Healing minds through green fingers”


Funding helps charity tackle effects of domestic abuse

“I don’t feel a failure like I did or as depressed, I am a good kind person, not what I was brainwashed to think.” A quote from a woman who was led to believe she was a failure after suffering domestic abuse for many years, after she received help to restore her shattered self-confidence. Springfield Domestic … Continue reading “Funding helps charity tackle effects of domestic abuse”


School students steaming ahead for work

6th February 2019

Volunteers from the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society are committed to preserving the community railway, linking Alston Moor with South Tynedale and the wider North Pennines. Youngsters at the local secondary school are rurally isolated and find it difficult to access work placements without travelling long distances with limited public transport. An employability programme was … Continue reading “School students steaming ahead for work”


Giving back to the community

31st January 2019

Give a Day to the City encourages people, organisations and business around Carlisle to get together and deliver volunteer-led projects in their community. Organised by Carlisle Vineyard Church, it received two years funding totalling £9,698 from the Abbeyfield Carlisle Society Community First Fund to engage more with the local community. ‘Give a Day to the City’ … Continue reading “Giving back to the community”


Cumbria’s Junior Sports Personality

Elite golfer, Caitlin Whitehead from Kendal, has had an amazing 12 months. She received a grant from the Edmond Castle Educational Trust last year towards competition costs and new golf clubs as she’d outgrown her old set. Caitlin, 16 is a member of the England Under 18 squad. She started the year by winning the … Continue reading “Cumbria’s Junior Sports Personality”


Knitting a community together

22nd January 2019

It’s been described as a ‘lifeline’ for people living in one of the poorest parts of Carlisle. And while it’s unusual for a sewing club to be seen as ‘therapy’ for women who feel socially isolated, this is what’s happening at Botcherby’s Community Centre. Keeping this, and other clubs going in the wake of two … Continue reading “Knitting a community together”


Feeling hot, hot, hot!

17th January 2019

It’s going to be warm and cosy for the members and staff at Chrysalis in Wigton this winter thanks to a £16,272 grant from the Cumbria Fund. The charity, which provides support to adults with learning disabilities, has used the grant to upgrade its central heating system. Now complete, it provides a secure future as … Continue reading “Feeling hot, hot, hot!”


The future is bright

7th January 2019

More than 80 primary school children embarked on a skills-building summer school thanks to £5,000 worth of grants from Shepley Group Fund, Barrow Community Trust, Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation and Edmond Castle Educational Trust. The Furness Future Leaders Academy aims to inspire year five students to plan their own future and help them hone … Continue reading “The future is bright”


Bringing the community together

The recruitment of a Development Worker at Cumbria Deaf Association has increased the confidence of Barrow’s deaf community. Thanks to a £7,500 grant from the Cumbria Fund, 100 people have been able to access a range of community activities and support services. Activities such as weekly information surgeries and one-to-one support have been complemented by … Continue reading “Bringing the community together”


Open House

18th December 2018

With homelessness on the rise in South Lakeland, a three year grant of £14,608 to Kendal-based charity, Manna House, will ensure vulnerable people continue to receive support. Based on Ann Street, Manna House offers advice, advocacy and a drop-in support centre for those who are homeless, vulnerably housed, lonely or needing help. The facilities include … Continue reading “Open House”


Keeping healthy with exercise

17th December 2018

Hundreds of people in Carlisle are improving their physical and mental health thanks to a £5,855 grant from the Cumbria Fund. iCan Health and Fitness CIC is a community gym in Denton Holme, open 5 days a week. The development of what was the former Curves building and new equipment purchased with the grant, means … Continue reading “Keeping healthy with exercise”


Taking a caring break during the summer

West Cumbria Carers supports almost 2,000 carers across Allerdale and Copeland. 300 are aged between 5 and 18, who look after a family member who is unwell or disabled. With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. They can become isolated, with no … Continue reading “Taking a caring break during the summer”


Singing for success

13th December 2018

Older people in and around Aspatria are singing at the top of their voices, thanks to £600 from the Lawrence Fund. The grant enabled professional singing tutors to deliver the Singing for Wellbeing project, a bi-monthly 2-hour workshop held at West Street Surgery in Aspatria. It is supported by Age UK West Cumbria and 2 … Continue reading “Singing for success”


Childcare unit saved from closure

29th November 2018

A north Allerdale childcare provider was at risk of closure until it received more than £20,000 in grants. Bolton Low Houses Childcare Unit, near Wigton, was originally located in the village hall and moved to a temporary structure in 2004. Its lease was coming to an end and it had hoped to build a new … Continue reading “Childcare unit saved from closure”


Schools at the forefront of the nation’s ‘Food for Life’ scheme

27th November 2018

Around 1,000 children have been learning about the importance of local produce thanks to a grant of £11,840 from the Westmorland Family Community Fund. The Soil Association’s Food for Life School Award programme benefited four primary schools, close to Tebay Services in the Eden Valley: Orton Primary School, Kirkby Stephen Primary School, Crosby Ravensworth Primary … Continue reading “Schools at the forefront of the nation’s ‘Food for Life’ scheme”


Work experience can open doors to a bright future

26th November 2018

Young people in Cumbria are now being provided with the opportunity to gain new skills and increase their career opportunities and employability skills through work experience. A grant for £5,000 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to Appleby Heritage and Training Centre allowed young people to explore possible career paths, increase self-esteem and improve self-confidence. … Continue reading “Work experience can open doors to a bright future”


Unlocking women’s potential

12th November 2018

Vulnerable women in Carlisle are now being provided with resources and knowledge to enable them to have the skills and confidence to improve their lives. Gateway 4 Women is a new centre offering a welcoming and women-only space, bringing a range of services together under one roof, based in Denton Holme. Set up by Cumbria … Continue reading “Unlocking women’s potential”


Changing the future of youngsters in Barrow

1st November 2018

Pause is a weekly personal development group for young women aged 14-19 run by Women’s Community Matters in Barrow. It aims to build confidence and self-worth in a safe environment through activities, discussions and one-to-one support. The group wanted to identify what attracts women to the centre and how it and other agencies can improve … Continue reading “Changing the future of youngsters in Barrow”


Youth Zone carries on for flooded Carlisle youngsters

12th October 2018

Carlisle Youth Zone provides a safe meeting place for young people where they can take part in a wide range of positive activities. Based on Victoria Place, it is open 6 nights a week and provides a Holiday Club during school holidays. In 2015, the Youth Zone was seriously damaged during the floods of Storm … Continue reading “Youth Zone carries on for flooded Carlisle youngsters”


New balls please!

11th October 2018

Young tennis players in and around the Workington are proving that they are stiff competition thanks to £2,510 from Workington (Ashfield) Lawn Tennis Club Fund. Tenniswise, set up by tennis coach and referee, David Wise, offers coaching and services to clubs and schools around West Cumbria, giving youngsters the chance to improve their health and … Continue reading “New balls please!”


Disabled young Barrovians learn life skills

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary provider of services for disabled people. It supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability, and has centres in Barrow, Kendal and Windermere. YouthAbility is the charity’s inclusive youth service, working with young people aged 7-25 who often feel excluded … Continue reading “Disabled young Barrovians learn life skills”


KEY activities for Kent Estuary youngsters

Although many areas of South Lakeland are considered affluent, there are still pockets of deprivation and rural isolation, and a lack of affordable leisure activities for young people. The Kent Estuary Youth (KEY) Project works with young people in Arnside, Levens and Milnthorpe, and received £3,500 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund and Holehird Trust … Continue reading “KEY activities for Kent Estuary youngsters”


Parkrun for fun!

10th October 2018

Cumbrians are no strangers to getting fit outside. A Parkrun exists in many towns across the county, including Barrow, Workington, Penrith and Windermere. Cumbria is also well known for its fells, and Forest Enterprise England, which manages Whinlatter Forest wanted to create a Parkrun with a difference. The Whinlatter Forest Parkrun received £2,500 from the … Continue reading “Parkrun for fun!”


Art project helps disabled youngsters get creative

The Bendrigg Trust in Kendal is one of the few specialist outdoor centres in the UK working specifically with disabled and disadvantaged people. It received £1,628 from the Westmorland Arts Trust to run its Arty Pants project and give disabled youngsters the chance to experience the arts, find hidden talents and develop creative skills. Arty … Continue reading “Art project helps disabled youngsters get creative”


Benefit advice for older people

Citizens Advice Copeland has been supporting communities in West Cumbria for almost 20 years, providing a free, universal advice service. Typically, the problems for which people seek advice are debt, welfare and housing as well as employment, consumer and legal issues. Clients tend to be vulnerable, and demand for advice services has increased in times … Continue reading “Benefit advice for older people”


Carlisle youngsters have found their ‘Rock’

5th September 2018

The Rock Youth Project in Carlisle was set up in 2007 by the local vicar in response to youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in the area. Based on Scalegate Road, it now supports over 300 youngsters three nights per week from the more deprived areas of the city: Harraby, Upperby and Currock. Each area has … Continue reading “Carlisle youngsters have found their ‘Rock’”


Robots inspire the next generation of engineers

A team of talented youngsters from Copeland engineered themselves a place in the finals of a prestigious international competition. Ennerdale Engineers, a team of 10 pupils from Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School, were runners-up in the LEGO League regional finals for North and West. They then competed in the national finals where pupils fought off … Continue reading “Robots inspire the next generation of engineers”


The Barrow project where time and skills are money

30th August 2018

A project which sees residents giving up their time to help other people out is building community cohesion in Barrow in Furness. Barrow Timebank, set up by Inspire Furness CIC, received £5,000 from the Cumbria Fund and Barrow Community Trust to help with running costs for another year. The idea of a Timebank revolves around … Continue reading “The Barrow project where time and skills are money”


Maryport teenagers tackle mental health

1 in 10 children and young people experience mental health issues at any one time – that’s three pupils in the average school classroom. Record numbers of children are being referred to mental health services, however, in Cumbria many young people often wait up to 9 months or longer to get this vital help. Teenagers … Continue reading “Maryport teenagers tackle mental health”


Handyperson scheme helps older people stay independent

28th August 2018

Cumbria Gateway, in Carlisle, supports people who have completed a drug and alcohol treatment programme but need help to fully integrate back into society. It offers accommodation, structured programmes, drop-in breakfast clubs, skills training and work experience opportunities. It also provides employment opportunities for recovering substance users through its handyperson scheme. The scheme, which enables … Continue reading “Handyperson scheme helps older people stay independent”


Fair and simple financial solutions for Eden and South Lakeland

23rd August 2018

Many households in Eden and South Lakeland are reliant on jobs in the farming and tourism industry, which are often low paid or on zero-hour contracts, and average household incomes are below the national figure. People who struggle financially often turn to high interest lenders for help and end up in more debt. EdenSave Credit … Continue reading “Fair and simple financial solutions for Eden and South Lakeland”


Men in Sheds combating social isolation

21st August 2018

Mirehouse in Whitehaven struggles with lack of employment, poor educational attainment, health and income deprivation, poor housing and loneliness. However, volunteers at the local community centre are helping to raise the aspirations of residents in the area by providing activities and workshops, which also address social isolation. Mirehouse Community Centre offers activities and trips for … Continue reading “Men in Sheds combating social isolation”


Cumbria Pride celebrating diversity

16th August 2018

Cumbria’s LGBT community can often feel isolated and excluded, with many people hiding their identity. Others experience discrimination and even violence and this can affect their health and wellbeing. Cumbria Pride, founded in 2010 and based in Carlisle, was set up to promote equality and inclusivity and represent people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and … Continue reading “Cumbria Pride celebrating diversity”


Creative grief workshops comfort bereaved parents

15th August 2018

Losing a baby is one of the most devastating experiences for any parent to cope with and they often do not have time to collect memories to remember their child by. Communities come together in times of grief and one bereaved mother, Val Isherwood, vowed to help others after losing her baby girl. “Tigerlily Trust … Continue reading “Creative grief workshops comfort bereaved parents”


Charity Founder inspires Barrow youngsters with her own creativity

The Foundation manages several funds that can help improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals all over the county, enabling them to reach their aspirations. The Cumbria Cultural Fund was established in 2005 by the late Mary Burkett OBE to provide funding for activities, which promote excellence in the artistic and intellectual life of the county. … Continue reading “Charity Founder inspires Barrow youngsters with her own creativity”


Time to tackle homelessness and unemployment in West Cumbria

30th July 2018

Historically in West Cumbria there has been little or no provision for homeless adults who do not fall into the ‘priority’ category in the local authority. This often means a life of sofa surfing, living in unsafe conditions, being subject to exploitation and living rough on the streets. Without a fixed address they cannot get … Continue reading “Time to tackle homelessness and unemployment in West Cumbria”


A Beautiful End – exploring old age, home and identity

11th May 2018

Heron Corn Mill in Beetham is a Grade ll listed building situated on the banks of the River Bela and is one of the few working mills left in Cumbria. In 2009 the site installed a hydropower turbine in the weir to generate electricity which is then sold to the paper mill opposite. The re-developed … Continue reading “A Beautiful End – exploring old age, home and identity”


Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group – tackling rural isolation

24th April 2018

Cumbria is the second most sparsely populated county in England. Two thirds of all the county’s settlements have less than 200 residents and getting access to even some very basic essential services can be extremely difficult. The Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group offers support to local, vulnerable people who may be isolated and excluded … Continue reading “Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group – tackling rural isolation”


Inspiring North Copeland’s young people in shaping their community

Copeland falls within the 10% most deprived districts nationally for health deprivation and disability. Community groups are essential in getting youngsters involved in their local area and encouraging them to keep fit and healthy. North Copeland Youth Partnership (NCYP), based in the village hall at Parton, near Whitehaven, runs activities for 8-18 year olds over … Continue reading “Inspiring North Copeland’s young people in shaping their community”


Sight Advice South Lakes – A vision for the future

10th April 2018

The number of visually impaired people in South Lakeland is expected to rise by over half by 2030 to 3,500 and with Cumbria’s super-ageing population and rurality, it is becoming increasingly important to offer assistance to people in their own homes. Deteriorating eyesight can be very stressful, leaving people isolated, vulnerable and dependent. Sight Advice … Continue reading “Sight Advice South Lakes – A vision for the future”


A safe space for Wigton’s young people

Due to its location, many young people and their families in Wigton find it difficult to access the services they need on a daily basis. This is partly down to transport links, but also due to benefit reforms which have led to an increase in the number of children living in poverty, and higher youth … Continue reading “A safe space for Wigton’s young people”


Skills project provides positive activities for youngsters

A Wigton charity working with some of the most disengaged and hardest to reach young people is giving them structure in their lives by teaching them skills to help towards future employment. North Allerdale Development Trust (NADT), based in the Market Hall, received £12,150 from the Cumberland Educational Foundation, the Solway Fund and the Liddle … Continue reading “Skills project provides positive activities for youngsters”


East Cumbria Family Support Association – Keeping families together

29th March 2018

Eden is the most deprived district in Cumbria in terms of geographical barriers to services and families living in the area have the longest travel times to key services in the county. There are fewer opportunities for children and families living in rural and isolated communities, who are facing challenges as they try to make … Continue reading “East Cumbria Family Support Association – Keeping families together”


Independent living for young Cumbrians

Recent government figures show homelessness is on the rise. Carlisle Key on Fisher Street aims to keep local young Cumbrians off the streets. The charity helps 16-25 years olds live independently by providing advice and guidance through its drop-in service as well as one-to-one support. A dedicated staff member with a team of volunteers offers … Continue reading “Independent living for young Cumbrians”


Community up-cycling project helps locals back to work

26th March 2018

A community project which up-cycles furniture is providing tailored support for people who need more help to undertake active and effective job seeking. The GWK Charity Shop on James Street in Workington was set up by social enterprise, Groundwork North East & Cumbria, to support the long term unemployed and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, through … Continue reading “Community up-cycling project helps locals back to work”


Engaging Barrow’s youngsters

14th March 2018

In central Barrow, half of all children are growing up in poverty, and a quarter across the rest of Furness. Many families have an income of less than £10,000 and struggle to manage the financial cost of day to day life. The Ormsgill Youth Club gives youngsters the chance to escape the grim reality of … Continue reading “Engaging Barrow’s youngsters”


A fitter future

Imagine not being able to work, play sport or socialise. There are many people in our community who feel excluded from enjoying these things which most of us take for granted. More than 7,000 adults in Cumbria have a learning disability and a large majority do not take part in sport or physical activity. Carlisle … Continue reading “A fitter future”


“Stepping Up” to learning

5th March 2018

South Cumbrian youngsters, who have struggled at school, are mucking in on the farm and developing essential skills to commit to more study, work or volunteering. Cowran Training Limited, an educational centre and working farm at Pennington near Ulverston, received £5,000 from the Dulverton Trust towards its “Stepping Up” project supporting 16-19 year olds who … Continue reading ““Stepping Up” to learning”


Helping West Cumbrians back to work

There are high levels of worklessness in West Cumbria, and 1 in 4 adults in Copeland have no qualifications.  One social enterprise in Cleator Moor is trying to address this issue by providing training opportunities to local residents. Since 2014, Home to Work on Ennerdale Road, has received £78,000 from different funds including the Shepley … Continue reading “Helping West Cumbrians back to work”


Wigton Youth Station worker over the moon with training support

20th February 2018

Wigton Youth Station has provided a much needed and valued safe space for the towns’ young people for 20 years. With more than 85 members in total, the charity runs activities and provides a social space for young people between the ages of 11 and 25, encouraging their aspirations and supporting their transition into adulthood … Continue reading “Wigton Youth Station worker over the moon with training support”


Straight out of the blocks

1st February 2018

Swimmers in Workington are improving their abilities thanks to new technology at their local pool. Workington Amateur Swimming Club (WASC) received £1,738 from the Cumbria Grassroots Fund to help buy a set of starting blocks to go at each end of the pool. The new equipment means swimmers can use the latest technology to improve … Continue reading “Straight out of the blocks”


Coaching Cumbria’s young cricketers

Youngsters from Temple Sowerby are being encouraged to don their cricket whites and sign up to play for their local cricket team. Temple Sowerby Cricket Club received £1,500 from the Ullswater Trust Grassroots Grants to help continue to develop their junior teams by upgrading and improving their coaching equipment. The Cricket club has been running … Continue reading “Coaching Cumbria’s young cricketers”


Supporting Cumbria’s young musicians

Talented, young Cumbrians can compete for a musical scholarship thanks to funding from the Johnson Fund. The committee for the The Keldwyth Cumbrian Young Musicians Award received £1,000 to re-establish the annual competition. The Award, which began in 1983, benefits its applicants by giving them the experience to develop their performance skills. The winner and … Continue reading “Supporting Cumbria’s young musicians”


Practice makes for a perfect audition

A young, talented musician from Burton-in-Kendal has gained the confidence to earn a place at the renowned Junior Royal Northern College of Music (Junior RNCM) in Manchester. Charlotte Burrows, aged 12, received £500 from the Johnson Fund to help pay for music lessons and exam fees in preparation for her audition at the Junior RNCM. … Continue reading “Practice makes for a perfect audition”


Youngsters raise the curtain on tackling bullying through drama

Ashton Group Theatre received £7,000 from the Barrow Community Trust and Dulverton Trust to get children aged 4-11 years old involved in a week-long production looking at the causes and effects of bullying, and how it can be avoided and survived. The ‘Christmas Spread’ was made up a series of performances, put on over five … Continue reading “Youngsters raise the curtain on tackling bullying through drama”


Always Another Way

Young people in Copeland, struggling with their gender identity or sexuality, are now getting invaluable support to help them and their families understand their needs. Always Another Way received a total of £2,625 from the Cumbria Fund and Shepley Group Fund to set up their ‘Colour Coded’ support project based in Whitehaven. Colour Coded is … Continue reading “Always Another Way”


Inspiring creativity through recycling

11th December 2017

Kendal’s local community has been having fun gaining new skills and increasing in confidence through recycling, thanks to £5,680 from the Cumbria Fund and the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. Ragtag Arts encourages local people of all ages and abilities to volunteer in their new Community Scrapstore. An ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of materials and creative inspiration, … Continue reading “Inspiring creativity through recycling”


Cumbria: a sanctuary for red squirrels

The Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group are getting up close to the dwindling red squirrel population thanks to £1,700 from the HSBC Fund. Eight new trail monitoring cameras were bought and set up to get more information about the squirrels in their natural environment. The cameras are documenting what goes on at the feeding … Continue reading “Cumbria: a sanctuary for red squirrels”


Local swimming pool re-opens after floods

A local swimming pool and camp site has re-opened its doors after suffering extensive damage in the 2015 floods. The volunteer-led Lazonby and District Swimming Pool received £5,393 from the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund to make essential repairs to the pool, camp site and play area, including replacing the damaged electrics, main fuse box and … Continue reading “Local swimming pool re-opens after floods”


All hands on deck

Deaf children from all across the county have tried something they have never done before by taking to the waters of Lake Windermere. Cumbria Deaf Association received £500 from the Roselands Trust to get 10 youngsters together for two sailing sessions on the lake with Blackwell Sailing. The project gave the opportunity to build relationships … Continue reading “All hands on deck”


Promoting well-being one day at a time

6th December 2017

Barrow has the highest number of drugs-related deaths in the county at 9.9 per 100,000 citizens. People in the area are more likely to die a drugs-related death than those in Manchester, Liverpool or Lancaster. Active Recovery Community (ARC) Barrow is tackling this issue with the aim of reducing the long-standing drug problem locally. The self-help … Continue reading “Promoting well-being one day at a time”


Students take a trip of a lifetime

27th November 2017

Five school students from Eden were able to join their friends for a once in a lifetime trip to play rugby in South Africa. The youngsters, who all attend Ullswater Community College, could take part in the two-week adventure, thanks to £3,500 awarded to their school’s charity fund from the Dora Beeforth Memorial Fund, Edmond … Continue reading “Students take a trip of a lifetime”


For singing, fun and laughter

With Singing in Mind, based in Kendal, uses music and rhythm to encourage communication between people with neurological conditions and their families and carers. The group received £3,500 from the Comic Relief Fund to continue providing the weekly sessions, which are full of warmth, fun, laughter and delight, repetition and variety, hard concentration and socialising. … Continue reading “For singing, fun and laughter”


Fighting against food poverty

King’s Food Bank has been feeding vulnerable people in Kendal thanks to £10,000 from the Cumbria Fund. People in the area go hungry every day for many reasons such as homelessness; redundancy; illness; benefit delay and sanctions; domestic violence; debt or family breakdown. The charity provides food boxes containing 3-4 days of nutritional, non-perishable food … Continue reading “Fighting against food poverty”


Game, set and match!

20th November 2017

Youngsters in and around Workington have been taking to the court over the last three years thanks to more than £7,000 from the Workington (Ashfield) Lawn Tennis Club Fund. The grant, awarded to Tenniswise, gives children the chance to access regular tennis coaching that is low cost and on their doorstep, ensuring people in West … Continue reading “Game, set and match!”


Well on the road to recovery

31st October 2017

Vulnerable women in Barrow and South Lakeland now have a safe haven to help them on the road to recovery. The Well Communities, based on Dalton Road in Barrow, has set up a women only recovery house in the town thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Cumbria Fund, the High Sheriff’s Crimebeat Fund and … Continue reading “Well on the road to recovery”


Young farmers reaping the benefits

30th October 2017

Young farmers all over the county can now afford to get the training they need to be safe at work, thanks to a £7,230 grant from the Cumbria Fund and Westmorland Ltd Fund. The Farmer Network received the funding to provide vouchers worth £200 each year to people aged between 15 and 40 working on … Continue reading “Young farmers reaping the benefits”


Connecting Copeland’s unemployed

Around 400 unemployed people in Copeland have been developing IT skills and getting connected to employers thanks to four IT drop-in centres run by the Phoenix Enterprise Centre. The centre, based in Cleator Moor, received  £40,000 from the NMP Community Fund to help both those out of work and dependent on benefits to get online … Continue reading “Connecting Copeland’s unemployed”


Susan’s Farm

Six vulnerable adults have been working towards an NVQ Level 1 in agriculture after volunteering at Susan’s Farm in Houghton in Carlisle. Susan’s Farm was awarded £1,861 in grants from the Cumbria Industries Amenities Fund and the Carr’s Group Fund to support and encourage the six men to complete the course at Newton Rigg College. … Continue reading “Susan’s Farm”


Local writers tell their tales of Kendal

A local community is moving forward after the 2015 floods with help from their Community Theatre. Kendal Community Theatre has brought local people together by inviting them to write plays for their collection, Kendal Yarns Festival of New Plays. With £2,000 from the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund, the theatre group had a suitable space to … Continue reading “Local writers tell their tales of Kendal”


Healthy hopes for wellbeing in Workington

Local residents in Workington are learning how to live happier and healthier lives thanks to health and wellbeing sessions at Moorclose Community Centre. £904 was awarded to Healthy Hopes, based in Workington, from the Sport Relief Community Cash Fund to run free weekly workshops for local people, who often don’t feel connected to their community. … Continue reading “Healthy hopes for wellbeing in Workington”


Happy Hooves making happy lives

10th August 2017

Happy Hooves Riding Centre near Penrith specialises in horse riding and interaction activities specifically for people with disabilities, long term health problems or mental health issues, children with behavioural issues, and families in crisis. The British Horse Society (BHS) approved centre receives referrals from charitable organisations such as Carlisle Mencap, children’s hospice, Jigsaw, the Calvert … Continue reading “Happy Hooves making happy lives”


Young Cumbrian receives funding to become a gold medallist

1st August 2017

Cumbrian long jumper, Megan Busby had medal positions firmly in her sights when she recently represented her country for the first time. The 16 year old represented England for the first time in the home international event in Dublin last month. She also won gold in the long jump at the Scottish National Indoor Athletics … Continue reading “Young Cumbrian receives funding to become a gold medallist”


Older people get crafty to overcome isolation

23rd June 2017

A craft workshop and social group for older people has received £3,000 from Evening Hill Grassroots Grants and the Holehird Trust. The ‘crafternoons’ held at Heron Corn Mill, in Beetham, are designed to help people meet up and enjoy crafts such as crochet, felting and patchwork, to exchange ideas or simply to have a chat … Continue reading “Older people get crafty to overcome isolation”


Funding flows into River Eden charity

9th June 2017

A charity that aims to make the River Eden a better place for people and nature received £5,000 from Moorhouse Grassroots Grants. Over the last 20 years, Eden Rivers Trust has delivered more than 360 practical projects underpinned by research, education and community participation, to protect the river and its habitat. Funding was used to … Continue reading “Funding flows into River Eden charity”


Teen ballerina has the world at her feet

7th June 2017

A talented young ballerina from South Lakeland received funding to follow her dreams and attend a prestigious London ballet school. 17 year old Jordan Crewes has received nearly £4,000 from three separate funds to help fulfil her ambition of becoming a professional ballet dancer. She was most recently awarded £2,000 from the Cumbria Young People’s … Continue reading “Teen ballerina has the world at her feet”


Energy saving initiative helps Brampton residents cut fuel bills

30th May 2017

A project to help vulnerable individuals reduce their energy consumption, was awarded £1,222 from the William Milburn Trust. Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) trained ten ‘Energy Champions’ to provide face to face advice and guidance to help reduce bills and save energy in the Brampton area. Many homes in the locality are old and situated … Continue reading “Energy saving initiative helps Brampton residents cut fuel bills”


Nature helps multicultural South Lakes school break down language barrier

24th May 2017

A multicultural primary school in South Lakeland has used the outdoors as a tool to overcome the language barrier. St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary in Windermere has the county’s highest number of children for whom English is their second language. 60% of pupils are from Eastern European countries such as Poland and Romania. The school’s parent-teacher … Continue reading “Nature helps multicultural South Lakes school break down language barrier”


Young Eden cyclist gears up for success

23rd May 2017

A rising cycling star from Penrith received £2,000 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to help towards competing in national and international events over the summer 2016 season. 17 year old Mark Donovan won the UK national cyclocross title in 2016 and came second in the six race national cyclocross series. Mark also achieved great … Continue reading “Young Eden cyclist gears up for success”


Furness mental health charity holds support sessions in Millom

10th May 2017

People experiencing mental health issues in Millom now have access to peer support sessions, thanks to a £5,000 grant from the NMP Community Fund. Mind in Furness run weekly ‘Safe Space’ support sessions from their base in Barrow.  The sessions provide a safe place to meet, discuss issues and access support from trained staff and … Continue reading “Furness mental health charity holds support sessions in Millom”


New lease of life for three Barrow men in need

4th May 2017

Three Barrow men, who previously found themselves homeless, have finally found a place to call home. Furness Homeless Support Group received £2,000 from Cumbria Fund to renovate a three bedroom house in Hindpool to provide supported accommodation. The three men will stay in the property until they are ready to find their own tenancy and move … Continue reading “New lease of life for three Barrow men in need”


Woodland visits for Cumbrian school children

3rd May 2017

Primary school children across Cumbria have been getting out and about in the countryside thanks to funding from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. The Royal Forestry Society received £1,000 towards their Teaching Trees project, which takes groups of primary school children on woodland visits, so they can learn about trees and woodland management, in … Continue reading “Woodland visits for Cumbrian school children”


Windermere community sew inspired by creative inter-generational workshops

5th April 2017

Older people in Windermere have been given the chance to inspire the younger generation and share their skills thanks to an inter-generational project. A grant of £1,000 from the Holehird Trust enabled Kendal Windows on Art to run a series of artist supported community workshops providing creative opportunities for older people to meet and work … Continue reading “Windermere community sew inspired by creative inter-generational workshops”


Girls’ football gets a kick-start in Barrow

14th March 2017

A project that aims to encourage girls in Barrow to get active by playing football has been boosted by a £1,000 grant from the Barrow Community Trust. Barrow AFC Community Sports work closely with schools in the Furness peninsular and run a range of innovative projects that support education, health, social inclusion and sports participation. … Continue reading “Girls’ football gets a kick-start in Barrow”


Support for seriously ill children and their families

8th March 2017

Families with sick children regularly face long, draining journeys, often by public transport to attend hospital appointments, which can take full days, involve overnight stays and take one parent away from the rest of the family. The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which has a base in Kendal, supports families who have a child with a … Continue reading “Support for seriously ill children and their families”


Whitehaven’s child miners remembered

6th March 2017

A memorial to children who lost their lives working in Whitehaven’s coal mines has been enhanced by restoration work. Whitehaven Heritage Action Group received £900 towards the project from the Cumbria Endowment Grassroots Grants Fund. The memorial stone, in St Nicholas’ Gardens, Whitehaven, had its lettering regilded by a local stonemason. The monument was installed in … Continue reading “Whitehaven’s child miners remembered”


Ulverston woman gains MA degree to give back to community

27th February 2017

A passionate Production Designer from Ulverston received funding to complete a Master’s Degree at a specialist London Art School. 31 year old May Davies received £500 from the Cumbria Cultural Fund to support her through an MA in Theatre Design at the Wimbledon College of Art. The grant allowed May to access shows and exhibitions, … Continue reading “Ulverston woman gains MA degree to give back to community”


Sedbergh community sings to battle dementia

15th February 2017

‘Dignity in Dementia’ works with families, community groups and health and social care providers to help them respond to people with dementia in a manner that maintains and enhances their dignity. The organisation received £1,000 from the 2016 Sport Relief Community Cash Fund to run dementia embracing community singing groups in Sedbergh. The grant was … Continue reading “Sedbergh community sings to battle dementia”


Workington youngsters drumming up new skills

13th February 2017

‘Beat it up’ is an upbeat street drumming performance group, run by Soundwave, for young people in Workington. The weekly sessions at the Theatre Royal are free to attend and engage hard to reach young people aged 13-19 who wouldn’t normally attend youth activities, giving them a focus and raising their aspirations. As well as … Continue reading “Workington youngsters drumming up new skills”


Fitness sessions at the heart of a healthy life

9th February 2017

Fit 4 Life specialises in fitness for the over 50s and people with chronic health conditions. Based in Maryport and Whitehaven, the social enterprise aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people by offering structured fitness sessions with expert support. Fit 4 Life received £1,400 from the Kipling Fund for Older People, to expand the … Continue reading “Fitness sessions at the heart of a healthy life”


Young Whitehaven dancer receives funding to attend top performing arts school

A talented young dancer from Whitehaven received funding to follow his dreams and study at a leading performing arts school in London. Since 2009, Lewis Charlton has received more than £6,000 from four separate funds to help him fulfil his ambitions and embrace his talent. He was most recently awarded £500 from the Edmond Castle … Continue reading “Young Whitehaven dancer receives funding to attend top performing arts school”


£10,000 boost for Barrow youth service

6th February 2017

A youth service dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in Barrow has been given a £10,000 funding boost from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund. Drop Zone Youth Project on Cornwallis Street, works with young people aged 11 to 21, many of whom do not go to mainstream school, to offer them opportunities to … Continue reading “£10,000 boost for Barrow youth service”


Lifeline for domestic violence victims in West Cumbria

3rd February 2017

On average, it takes 37 incidents before victims of domestic violence ask for help. West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support provides practical and emotional help to victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Allerdale and Copeland. The charity is the only organisation in West Cumbria that provides long term domestic violence support to address the … Continue reading “Lifeline for domestic violence victims in West Cumbria”


A safe haven for young people in housing need

1st February 2017

A charity in Whitehaven that supports local young people in housing need received £11,000 from Shepley Group Grants and the NMP Community Fund. The Whitehaven Foyer was created from a partnership between Impact Housing and the Howgill Family Centre. The two organisations joined together to buy the old YMCA building in Whitehaven and re-develop it … Continue reading “A safe haven for young people in housing need”


Visually impaired youngsters come together to reduce isolation

12th January 2017

A project that supports visually impaired young people in Barrow and the South Lakes area has been awarded £2,000 from the Grassroots Cumbria Young People’s Fund. Barrow and Districts Society for the Blind launched the ‘Younger Generations’ programme after a survey conducted by the charity revealed that more support was needed for blind and partially … Continue reading “Visually impaired youngsters come together to reduce isolation”


Walney First Responders give life-saving training to community

10th January 2017

Established in 2010, Walney Community First Responders have attended over 2,000 emergency situations to provide life-saving first aid in the vital moments before an ambulance arrives. The group of trained volunteers also provide basic first aid training to local schools and the wider community through their Heartstart programme, which teaches life-saving procedures such as CPR … Continue reading “Walney First Responders give life-saving training to community”


Botcherby Community Centre fights back from floods

5th December 2016

Botcherby is one of the most disadvantaged wards in Cumbria. The Community Centre suffered extensive damage during the floods and was forced to close. £15,000 was awarded from the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal, to continue supporting the local community from a temporary location at Petteril Bank Community Centre. Many residents in the area were flooded … Continue reading “Botcherby Community Centre fights back from floods”


Rotarians lead Carlisle’s first Community Health Mela

1st December 2016

Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire were awarded £4,000 from the Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund to hold the first Community Health Mela in Carlisle city centre. The health awareness fair featured a wide range of activities to promote health and wellbeing. Activities included practising first aid skills, learning how to prepare healthy meals and taking … Continue reading “Rotarians lead Carlisle’s first Community Health Mela”


Unity Festival brings Carlisle communities together to celebrate diversity

22nd November 2016

A community festival celebrating diversity in Carlisle was given a £2,000 cash boost from the Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund. Carlisle Unity Festival, organised by AWAZ Cumbria and their partners, One World, was aimed at building unity among the many diverse groups in the city while tackling prejudice and promoting understanding. Charities that work with … Continue reading “Unity Festival brings Carlisle communities together to celebrate diversity”


Youth project gets Friday feeling with £37,000 funding

25th October 2016

The Friday Night Project provides a range of attractive, targeted youth work activities to reduce anti-social behaviour and other risk taking behaviours in towns and rural locations across Allerdale. Initially set up by Inspira, it has been successfully running in Allerdale for two years and has had an appreciable impact on anti-social behaviour rates across … Continue reading “Youth project gets Friday feeling with £37,000 funding”


Funding boost for South Lakeland sight loss charity

13th October 2016

Sight Advice South Lakes offer a range of assistance to visually impaired people, with the aim of enabling them to live as independently as possible. The charity was awarded £2,000 from the Holehird Trust to continue providing one to one support to members through the Community Development Officer. The Community Development Officer carries out home … Continue reading “Funding boost for South Lakeland sight loss charity”


Breakfast club for the homeless

11th October 2016

Established in 2011, Cumbria Gateway based in Carlisle, provides user-led, person centred health and social care services within the substance and alcohol misuse field. It offers a unique supportive environment in which people can recover from mental health/addiction and develop a new future and their services include housing, training, volunteer opportunities and practical and emotional support to help people. … Continue reading “Breakfast club for the homeless”


Flood rescuers purchase new equipment after devastation of Storm Desmond

7th October 2016

Maryport Inshore Rescue is an independent Lifeboat and Rescue Service to the Solway Firth and surrounding areas. The service is run 24 hours a day by a group of dedicated volunteers and works closely with the R.N.L.I., H.M. Coastguard and all other emergency services. When Storm Desmond first hit parts of Cumbria in December 2015, Maryport … Continue reading “Flood rescuers purchase new equipment after devastation of Storm Desmond”


South Lakeland cricket club welcomes new pavilion

20th September 2016

Five years ago, Lindal Moor Cricket Club had a vision to replace their one-hundred-year old pavilion. The club raised £300,000 through grants and fundraising and the new pavilion opened earlier this year. The club has invested extensively in coaching and hosts inter-school games, as well as visiting local schools to encourage female participation. This has … Continue reading “South Lakeland cricket club welcomes new pavilion”


Young musical maestro receives funding to attend prestigious college

12th September 2016

A talented young musician from Kendal has been awarded funding to attend the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 14 year old Sam Nicholls received £750 from the Johnson fund to study orchestral percussion and piano at the prestigious conservatoire. Sam attends every weekend, where he takes part in individual percussion and piano … Continue reading “Young musical maestro receives funding to attend prestigious college”


Rural village telephone box gets a refurb

31st August 2016

The rusted red telephone box in Lowick Green created a strikingly sad image to those who passed by the rural South Lakeland Village. However, the disused booth has now been given a new lease of life as villagers have used funding to transform the once iconic British symbol into a useful community asset. The Lowick … Continue reading “Rural village telephone box gets a refurb”


South Lakeland Carers take a well-earned break

26th August 2016

Carers from South Lakeland are being offered relaxation therapies as a focused way to take a break from their caring role. The South Lakeland Carers Association was awarded £4,470 from Castle Green Grassroots Grants, the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation and Cumbria Fund to provide the therapies. Therapists provide treatments that include aromatherapy massages, hot stone … Continue reading “South Lakeland Carers take a well-earned break”


Farmers in rural Cumbrian community benefit from local course

24th August 2016

Farmers from the rural parish of Bewcastle are now able to comply with the latest agricultural spraying legislation after attending a course that was supported by the Bewcastle Fund. The Bewcastle Committee, which is run by local people from the Parish Council, school and local church, were awarded £3,000 to subsidise the costs of a … Continue reading “Farmers in rural Cumbrian community benefit from local course”


Cumbrian choirs join forces to tackle rural isolation

22nd August 2016

Cumbria Rural Choirs were awarded £1,500 from the Abbeyfield Society Community First Fund towards their annual concert. Cumbria Rural Choirs are one of the largest amateur choirs in the country and comprise Wigton Choral Society, Keswick Choral Society and Ullswater Choir, Penrith. Their annual concert brings rural choirs and independent singers from across Cumbria together. … Continue reading “Cumbrian choirs join forces to tackle rural isolation”


Funding served up to Cumbrian teen tennis sensation

15th August 2016

Junior tennis champion, Grace Eland from Carlisle has received £1,256 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to help towards the costs of training and attending competitions. 15 year old Grace competes in junior tennis championships all over the country. She also completes part of her weekly training programme at the Northumberland High Performance Centre in … Continue reading “Funding served up to Cumbrian teen tennis sensation”


Lakeland club row to safety with oar-some new boat

11th August 2016

Lakeland Rowing Club received a grant of £3,150 from Cumbria Fund, which was used to purchase a new safety boat to aid with coaching at their base on Derwent Water. The lake can be prone to changes in conditions so the club need to keep a close eye on their rowers, particularly if they are … Continue reading “Lakeland club row to safety with oar-some new boat”


Cumbrian swimming star gains Olympic training partner

9th August 2016

A young swimming champion from Maryport was able to attend a training camp in Australia after receiving a grant of £1,500 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund and £500 from the Edmond Castle Educational Trust. 17 year old Edward Baxter, who has already broken a British record, used the funds from the grant to help … Continue reading “Cumbrian swimming star gains Olympic training partner”


Maryport residents have appetite to improve cooking skills

5th August 2016

‘Cook Well and Prosper’ is a project designed to engage families in a short, practical course that will tackle food poverty through education and hands-on experience. Local housing association, Your Housing Group received a grant of £934 from the Solway Fund to deliver cookery workshops aimed at improving the health of residents in a disadvantaged … Continue reading “Maryport residents have appetite to improve cooking skills”


£5,000 boost for Ulverston Inshore Rescue

4th August 2016

Ulverston Inshore Rescue received a grant of £5,000 from the Cumbria Fund to purchase equipment for their new rescue vehicle. The rescue organisation used the funds to purchase a winch, roof rack, internal storage boxes and a rear access ladder. They also fitted the vehicle with a new radio and GPS gear.  The crew’s previous vehicle … Continue reading “£5,000 boost for Ulverston Inshore Rescue”


Summer Holiday Family Fun at Abbott Hall

29th July 2016

The Lakeland Arts Trust was awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Westmorland Arts Trust to support a programme of summer activities at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal. The activities included a week long ‘Art Camp’ for 9-15 year olds, three artist-led family workshops and an abstract painting workshop for adults. The activities used … Continue reading “Summer Holiday Family Fun at Abbott Hall”


Cumbrian cancer charity serves up healthy way to cook

27th July 2016

A Cumbrian cancer charity received a grant of £250 from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation to provide cookery classes to people who have been affected by the disease in our region. The Odyssey Foundation, which was set up by local cancer survivor Sandra Jones, aims to enhance and improve the lives of people in … Continue reading “Cumbrian cancer charity serves up healthy way to cook”


Creative workshops captivate disadvantaged Barrow community

Funding to run multi-generational creative art sessions has helped to reduce poverty and isolation in Barrow. St Matthew’s Community Hall, on Highfield Road, is located in one of the most disadvantaged wards in the country. £4,851 was awarded from the Comic Relief Fund to run an art club for young people aged between seven and eleven years … Continue reading “Creative workshops captivate disadvantaged Barrow community”


Furness Autism charity receives funding for community activities

21st July 2016

An award of £1,500 is helping to support young people with autistic spectrum disorders in the Furness peninsular. The Furness branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) received the funding from the Barrow in Furness Endowment Grassroots Grants and the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. The money has contributed towards regular activities, including trips to … Continue reading “Furness Autism charity receives funding for community activities”


Silver surfers benefit from computer classes in rural Cumbrian village

13th July 2016

A remote village hall was among the first recipients of a grant awarded from the newly managed William Milburn Charitable Trust Community First Fund. Walton Village Hall was recently fitted with four new laptops and a printer, along with broadband connection that was all free for public use. However, many older people within the parish did … Continue reading “Silver surfers benefit from computer classes in rural Cumbrian village”


Cumbria Youth Alliance deliver democracy workshops with funding

11th July 2016

Cumbria Youth Alliance received a grant of £1,000 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund towards a new project which aims to engage young people in the democratic processes and structures. The ‘Every Young Voice Counts’ project was designed to generate interest in how local decisions are made and how young people can influence these decisions. … Continue reading “Cumbria Youth Alliance deliver democracy workshops with funding”


Scrapped Windermere bus service revived by volunteers

6th July 2016

A Windermere bus service that was scrapped by Cumbria County Council has continued to operate, thanks to the dedication of local residents. ‘Friends of the 597’ was set up by a group of volunteers from the South Lakeland town, with the aim of raising funds to maintain the 597 bus service which runs a circular … Continue reading “Scrapped Windermere bus service revived by volunteers”


Homeless young people offered a place to stay as charity expands into Cumbria

An innovative new project to tackle homelessness was established in Cumbria last year with support from Cumbria Community Foundation. Nightstop, run by Depaul UK provides free emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16 to 25, in the homes of approved volunteers, on a temporary basis until a more appropriate longer term solution to their … Continue reading “Homeless young people offered a place to stay as charity expands into Cumbria”


Barrow residents share time and skills

6th June 2016

Barrow Timebank, run by Inspire Furness CIC, received £5,000 in May 2016 from the Barrow Community Trust and Cumbria Fund to help with running costs for another year. Time banks act as a way of harnessing the assets or expertise in the community and involve members of the community registering skills, enthusiasm, talents and time to others. … Continue reading “Barrow residents share time and skills”


Girls football picking up the pace thanks to funding

3rd June 2016

Girls are picking up footballing skills at a rapid pace thanks to a successful coaching programme. Barrow AFC’s Only Girls Allowed scheme is now entering its third year and has seen hundreds of youngsters learn all about the game. Sessions run on Monday and Friday evenings at Furness College, with children aged between five and 11 … Continue reading “Girls football picking up the pace thanks to funding”


Wind Farm Windfall for Local Nature Reserve

10th May 2016

A £15,000 grant is set to improve facilities for visitors with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. Friends of Harrington Nature Reserve received grant aid from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, to repair and resurface footpaths leading to points  of natural beauty and interest within the community nature reserve. Maureen … Continue reading “Wind Farm Windfall for Local Nature Reserve”


Pursuing a future as a horn player made easier

22nd April 2016

The Foundation has supported 19 year old musician Ben Lowe since 2012, awarding him grants from the Edmond Castle Educational Trust and Cumberland Educational Foundation. When Ben was 15, funding gave him the opportunity to attend the Junior Royal Conservatoire in Scotland, aimed at young people who show above average musical ability and potential, together … Continue reading “Pursuing a future as a horn player made easier”


Funding boost to support peer mentoring in Barrow

13th April 2016

A new project which provides peer mentoring to assist junior school children with a smooth transition to life at senior school was able to go ahead thanks to a £750 grant. Drop Zone Youth Projects in Barrow-in-Furness provides a space where young people can socialise, take part in community activities, raise the positive profile of … Continue reading “Funding boost to support peer mentoring in Barrow”


Carlisle lunch club reduces social isolation

14th March 2016

Social isolation has become a real problem for older people living within our communities – some can go days or even weeks without a meaningful social interaction. Bishop’s Close in Carlisle is run by Two Castles Housing Association and provides sheltered and supported housing for older people. Bishop’s Close Social Fund is run by volunteers … Continue reading “Carlisle lunch club reduces social isolation”


Charity partnership aiming to reduce mental distress

4th March 2016

Funding from the Cumbria Fund fund has enabled Mind in Furness to continue with a project which allows its members to work side-by-side in partnership with National Trust volunteers on conservation projects. Once a month members of Mind in Furness visit High Wray, near Hawkshead, which is the base for the National Trust’s volunteer conservation work. … Continue reading “Charity partnership aiming to reduce mental distress”


Learning centre’s immediate future secured

25th February 2016

The immediate future of a charity in Dalton-in-Furness has been secured by a grant from Cumbria Community Foundation. Dalton Learning Centre provides a range of services to the local community, including a job club, a homework club, a mindful class and a dementia café, as well as a number of skills classes. The group has proved … Continue reading “Learning centre’s immediate future secured”


Half term holiday fun thanks to funding

St Thomas’ Community Connection Holiday Club in Kendal was established in 2003 to provide primary school age children with fun and safe activities during the October half term. A grant from the Holehird Trust and Russell Armer Fund ensured its continuity, particularly as children’s activities can be in short supply due to typically bad weather at … Continue reading “Half term holiday fun thanks to funding”


Naval excursion for Barrow Sea Cadets

4th February 2016

Barrow Sea Cadet Corps (BSCC) received £800 from the Wing Cdr H Thompson & Rev Green Grassroots Fund last summer to provide nautical training for young people. The funding covered hire and transport costs towards their annual summer camp. A seven-day educational trip took 30 cadets aged 10-17 years old to Portsmouth. Gaining an insight … Continue reading “Naval excursion for Barrow Sea Cadets”


Foodbank Fighting Hunger in Kendal

2nd February 2016

An important community project in Kendal can continue to make a difference to people’s lives thanks to a cash donation. King’s Food Bank, based in the Shakespeare Centre has been awarded a total of £11,000 to keep hunger at bay for South Lakeland residents. £10,000 came from the Cumbria Fund, £500 from the Dowker Bindloss … Continue reading “Foodbank Fighting Hunger in Kendal”


Lifeline for rurally isolated older people

1st February 2016

A vital service providing social inclusion to older people in rural North Cumbria has been given a financial lifeline. Northern Fells Group was successful in securing more than £175,000 last autumn from Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme. This was only made possible thanks to match funding from the Joyce Wilkinson Trust and the Neighbourhood Care Independence … Continue reading “Lifeline for rurally isolated older people”


Charity choir take music across the county

19th January 2016

A choir in Kendal is able to bring live music to communities throughout Cumbria and Lancashire after receiving funding for new equipment. K Shoes Male Voice Choir, based in Kendal, were awarded £750 in April last year from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. The grant covered the costs of a new stage piano and … Continue reading “Charity choir take music across the county”


Swampy field turned community asset

18th January 2016

A run-down community space near Carlisle is being transformed into a vibrant hub for sport. Thursby Sport and Recreation Committee received £3,750 in September 2014 from the Joyce Wilkinson Trust Fund to transform Jubilee Playing Field from swamp into sports ground. The field is the only facility in the parish for participation in football and … Continue reading “Swampy field turned community asset”


World expert leads training course for mountain rescue teams

14th January 2016

Mountain rescue teams from all across Cumbria received vital rope training thanks to help from the John Winder Fund. 32 volunteer members from teams within the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association (LDSAMRA) took part following a grant of £2,000 in March 2015. LDSAMRA is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams in Cumbria. … Continue reading “World expert leads training course for mountain rescue teams”


Unconventional training to support unemployed young people

4th December 2015

Young people from across Cumbria have been given a unique learning opportunity to improve their career prospects and increase aspirations. North Allerdale Development Trust (NADT) received £10,863 from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund to run a free 12 week film making course at The Market Hall in Wigton for young people not in education, employment … Continue reading “Unconventional training to support unemployed young people”


Cockerham kids score new kit

17th November 2015

A group of young footballers can wear their team colours with pride after receiving funding for a replacement kit. Cockerham Junior Football Club (CJFC), near Garstang was awarded £475 from the Westmorland Ltd Grants Fund in June this year towards a new U10’s football strip. The team have been playing in a strip that had … Continue reading “Cockerham kids score new kit”


Young disabled people showcase creative theatre skills

13th November 2015

An arts organisation in West Cumbria is improving the life skills, independence and confidence of young disabled people through a vibrant person-centred theatre programme. Prism Arts received £3,775 from the Live the Dream Fund towards their Studio Theatre programme – the only arts opportunity for young people and adults aged 13-25 with additional learning needs … Continue reading “Young disabled people showcase creative theatre skills”


Healthy eating initiative for deaf young people

3rd November 2015

Cumbria-DeafVision is addressing obesity and social exclusion issues affecting deaf and hearing-impaired young people by offering cookery workshops as part of a county wide healthy eating initiative. Already running in Kendal, Cumbria Young People’s Fund awarded £696 to provide six cookery workshops in Whitehaven and the Barrow Community Trust awarded £800 to enable the charity … Continue reading “Healthy eating initiative for deaf young people”


Nuclear funding boost for Copeland’s unemployed

28th October 2015

A business centre in Cleator Moor is addressing Copeland’s digitally excluded by providing supported access to computers and the internet for the unemployed. Phoenix Enterprise Centre (PEC) received a total of £77,500 from the NMP Community Fund to continue its ‘Access Copeland’ project. The initiative provides free computer drop in sessions for anyone seeking work. … Continue reading “Nuclear funding boost for Copeland’s unemployed”


Agriculture engages young people outside mainstream education

26th October 2015

A farm in South Lakeland is engaging with hard to reach young adults by providing horticultural training and developing employment related skills. Cowran Training, an educational centre at Pennington near Ulverston works with young people at risk of unemployment, antisocial and offending behaviour to develop their employability skills and support pathways into further education. The … Continue reading “Agriculture engages young people outside mainstream education”


Support for Copeland’s Bereaved

16th October 2015

A charity which helps families cope with the loss of a loved one can increase its service thanks to a generous donation. Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria was established to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone who has been bereaved to understand their grief, to cope with their loss and to emerge … Continue reading “Support for Copeland’s Bereaved”


Exhibition shows the world through a different perspective

5th October 2015

A West Cumbrian charity providing day care for people with disabilities is promoting social inclusion through the art of photography. Members from Cleator Moor’s Copeland Occupational and Social Centre and Allerdale COSC based in Maryport, took part in a digital photography course run by the Workers’ Education Association (WEA). Specialist equipment was provided to allow … Continue reading “Exhibition shows the world through a different perspective”


Fitness course engages hard to reach youths

2nd October 2015

An educational charity is improving employability skills and aspirations of young people in West Cumbria by offering extended fitness courses. The NMP Community Fund awarded West Cumbria Achievement Zone (WCAZ) £5,000 towards theory resources and fitness equipment, enabling students to complete their BTEC Level 2 Sports Course. Sport and Leisure with EDEXCEL is one of … Continue reading “Fitness course engages hard to reach youths”


Pensioners prestigious performance at Hampton Court

29th September 2015

A group of senior citizens from West Cumbria earned the chance to play at Hampton Court this month thanks to their persuasive group co-ordinator, Bridget Hilton. Bridget, a retired music and French teacher, runs the Cockermouth U3A Early Music Group, Alte Musik. She was struck by the lack of music on a visit to Hampton … Continue reading “Pensioners prestigious performance at Hampton Court”


Holiday club provides outlet for kids

17th September 2015

Youngsters in Longtown had a fun-packed week during the school summer holiday thanks to a grant from Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. A group of churches joined together to provide a summer club at the local community centre and reduce social isolation in the town. The club which is seen as a valuable asset to the community, has … Continue reading “Holiday club provides outlet for kids”


Farm work improves anti-social behaviour

14th September 2015

A farm in the Yorkshire dales is providing training and learning opportunities to young people who are at risk of social exclusion with support from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. Strawberry Fields Training CIC is transforming the land at Dovengill Farm to be completely self-sufficient using permaculture techniques – a system to create permanent … Continue reading “Farm work improves anti-social behaviour”


Social enterprise’s recycling success

8th September 2015

A Cumbrian social enterprise that recycles and reuses electronic goods is thriving due to a recent move to larger premises. Cumbria Recycling Limited was set up six years ago to collect, recycle and trade electrical goods. Due to their growing success and help from the NMP Community Fund, they have relocated to a new larger building at Lillyhall and increased … Continue reading “Social enterprise’s recycling success”


SoundWave recognised for supporting young musicians

7th September 2015

Earlier this year, SoundWave was recognised by the High Sheriff of Cumbria for helping young people positively engage in their community through music workshops and events, and the charity received £1,000 to put towards youth activities. The money was used to run a music residential weekend at Blaithwaite House in Wigton as part of their Do It Yourself Music Festival, a 12 week programme … Continue reading “SoundWave recognised for supporting young musicians”


Penrith Cricket Club continue to play

4th September 2015

We’re pleased to have supported Penrith Cricket Club who received £1,500 from the Ullswater Trust Grassroots Grants Fund towards new grounds machinery needed  to maintain their wickets and outfields. Thanks to the new heavy roller, the Club’s fourteen teams are able to continue playing and practising. Before grant-aid, the two grounds of Penrith Cricket Club required many hours of labour intensive work by volunteers … Continue reading “Penrith Cricket Club continue to play”


West Cumbrian theatres growing popularity with youngsters

2nd September 2015

A local youth theatre in Egremont has been able to purchase much-needed materials for set production props and costumes with support from the Shepley Group Fund. Starstruck Youth Theatre holds rehearsals every Saturday in the Market Hall.  Popularity is growing with local youngsters, as the theatre provides all the kit  e.g. ballet and tap shoes, t-shirts and costumes, which … Continue reading “West Cumbrian theatres growing popularity with youngsters”


Carlisle community picnic builds new friendships

19th August 2015

The Liddle Thompson Fund supported an event this Summer to promote community cohesion in Carlisle. Working in partnership with The Glenmore Trust and Riverside Housing, St James’s Parish Church received £1,000 from the fund to host The Denton Holme Big Lunch. Around 300 residents gathered for their special picnic and fancy dress lunch on Sunday … Continue reading “Carlisle community picnic builds new friendships”


When haka came to Kirkby Stephen

12th August 2015

In recognition of the Rugby World Cup being played in England this year, Upper Eden Rugby Club received funding from the Westmorland Limited Fund to invite year one and two children from local primary schools to join in a celebration event. It was well supported with more than 100 six and seven year olds from six … Continue reading “When haka came to Kirkby Stephen”


Grace serves up tennis success

11th August 2015

Talented tennis player Grace Eland is making huge strides on court while continuing to study hard at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Grace received support from the Cumberland Educational Foundation and Cumbria Young People’s Fund towards tennis training and expenses. Grace is the daughter of Lynsey and Errol Eland, and Lynsey said: “Grace manages school … Continue reading “Grace serves up tennis success”


Allerdale Credit Union invest in young savers

4th August 2015

Cockermouth School recently teamed up with their local Credit Union to teach pupils how to manage their money. Allerdale Credit Union received £5,000 from the NMP Community Fund towards their ‘Money Management’ project with young people. Working in partnership with MyBnk, a charity who provides financial education to young people,  Allerdale Credit Union recently delivered workshops to 200 … Continue reading “Allerdale Credit Union invest in young savers”


Training for young rugby coaches

23rd July 2015

Support from the Costain Fund has recently enabled Cockermouth Mini/Midi RUFC to deliver a coach development and mentor programme. Young players from the U18 team have undertaken a UKCC ‘Coaching Children in Rugby’ Level 2 course and 10 new adult volunteers have undertaken the IRB RugbyReady Course. As part of the scheme the young players were matched up with one of the adult volunteers sitting the … Continue reading “Training for young rugby coaches”


New social enterprise offers a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’

21st July 2015

Time to Change (West Cumbria) is a project providing a safe place to accommodate the growing homeless population in West Cumbria. The former Police Station in Egremont, will be converted into a new social enterprise created to offer a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’.  Due to open in September 2015, Calderwood House is a place of … Continue reading “New social enterprise offers a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’”


Voyage of a lifetime for Barrow’s young people

20th July 2015

A group of young people from Barrow were able to go on a trip of lifetime, thanks to funding from the Cumbria Young People’s Fund. Project John, a supported housing project for 16-25 year olds, received funding to take 10 young people on a week long trip sailing around the UK on the Ocean Youth … Continue reading “Voyage of a lifetime for Barrow’s young people”


South Workington Youth Partnership

13th July 2015

South Workington Youth Partnership (SWYP) provide quality youth and community activities; including a learning disability project. The charity is run by people who live in the area and understand the needs of the community. South Workington is traditionally an area of indices of deprivation and poverty and young people have unfair stereotyping because of where they live. SWYP was … Continue reading “South Workington Youth Partnership”


Eden Rural Foyer – Personalised Job Hunting Service

10th July 2015

Eden Rural Foyer was awarded £750 from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald Fund last summer to develop a personalised job hunting service. The hub at Eden Rural Foyer in Penrith has been recognised as valuable and is the only community training resource in Eden, offering a free Job Club to local people. The club offers specialist, professionally tutored … Continue reading “Eden Rural Foyer – Personalised Job Hunting Service”


Friends of Workington Hall Parkland

Friends of Workington Hall Parkland was supported by the Nuvia Fund with a grant of £500 to restore becks in the town centre. The original idea was to create a wildflower meadow and an area of the parkland was cleared and seeded. In spite of the area having been chosen on expert advice from the Council’s … Continue reading “Friends of Workington Hall Parkland”


Volunteer Week – “You are a best friend to me”

3rd June 2015

This week, volunteers across the country will be celebrated as National Volunteers week commences. Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme (NCIP) is reliant on the hard work and commitment of its volunteers. Eddie Farren volunteers for Carlisle and Eden Mind as part of the NCIP befriending service. For almost four months … Continue reading “Volunteer Week – “You are a best friend to me””


Barrow Foodbank’s new wheels set donations in motion

28th May 2015

Barrow Foodbank’s new van will make it easier and more efficient for volunteers to collect and distribute essentials such as food and household items. Thanks to a £500 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Barrow Community Trust, the Foodbank was able to fit their new van with protective paneling and purchase a dolly to move crates … Continue reading “Barrow Foodbank’s new wheels set donations in motion”


Preventing the collapse of a popular local group

27th May 2015

When Kendal Windows on Art’s (KWoA) Milnthorpe Craft Group lost their regular meeting venue there were fears the group would collapse. Everyone in the group is over 65 and the loss of the group could mean the loss of their only means of socialising and opportunity to be independent. Through raised awareness and support from … Continue reading “Preventing the collapse of a popular local group”


NCI – Cumbria Gateway

When 91 year old Richard Brown (right) had a “bit of a funny turn” last November he ended up in hospital for ten days. The former Engineering Services Manager for Carr’s had always been handy around the house, but when he came home he needed help to stay independent. Richard and his wife Laura, 83, … Continue reading “NCI – Cumbria Gateway”


Professionals join Workington singers to remember war

19th May 2015

Workington community choir, the Carnegie Singers hosted a professional orchestra and soloist last weekend thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation.   The Community Concert held at St John’s Church in Workington involved more than 70 local people and commemorated 70 years since the end of World War Two. Norman Brayton, Chairman of Carnegie Singers … Continue reading “Professionals join Workington singers to remember war”


Women’s Community Matters

Women’s Community Matters recently received £1,000 from the Barrow Community Trust. Rebecca Rawlings, Centre Manager tells us how the grant has helped the group: “The grant has allowed us to employ staff for additional hours to carry out the ‘Volunteer Co-ordinator’ role. We determined that the most cost effective way to manage the situation was … Continue reading “Women’s Community Matters”


Ford Park Community Group Ulverston

15th May 2015

Children and older people from across South Cumbria have been able to work together in Ford Park, Ulverston to create a wildflower meadow. The inter-generational project has been supported by a £1,400 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s HSBC Fund. The money enabled Ford Park Community Group to purchase equipment needed to start the wildflower meadow … Continue reading “Ford Park Community Group Ulverston”


Mind in West Cumbria

6th May 2015

Mind in West Cumbria recieved £7,000 from the NMP Community Fund in 2013 to develop a pilot volunteer mentor scheme. The scheme trains current Mind volunteers working in Allerdale to become mentors to other members of Mind, other volunteers and service users. The new mentor volunteers have supported other members to; lead discussions in drop-ins about … Continue reading “Mind in West Cumbria”


Our Place Youth Club – Ambleside

29th April 2015

Our Place Youth Club in Ambleside received £2,000 from the Evening Hill Grassroots Fund and Foundation Grants towards running costs. The club offered a group of quiet and unsure girls the opportunity to take part in music and dance film project. Catherine Powloski, Youth Leader said: “Your money ensures young people have somewhere to go … Continue reading “Our Place Youth Club – Ambleside”


Newbiggin Village Hall – Active Seniors

22nd April 2015

Newbiggin Village Hall were awarded just under £1,000 from one of our 90+ funds. The money was used to host exercise classes for older people in the village and surrounding areas. The participants of the classes, who may not have otherwise taken part in any exercise are benefiting from the programme which is specifically tailored … Continue reading “Newbiggin Village Hall – Active Seniors”


South Lakeland Carers Association

16th April 2015

In August 2014, South Lakeland Carers Association took a group of young carers on a residential break thanks to a £1,000 grant from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Fryer Grassroots Grants Fund. The group of 12 Junior Young Carers, aged 8-12 years old stayed at Isthmus Cottage in Keswick for three days. The group undertook a full … Continue reading “South Lakeland Carers Association”


Hunsonby Swimming Club

1st April 2015

Hunsonby Swimming Club received just under £15,000 from the Community Health and Wellbeing Fund for Eden and East Allerdale.  The grant allowed for pool improvements, adding Air Source Heat Pumps to replace the oil powered boiler to heat the outdoor pool; which was both inefficient and expensive to run. The grant also paid for installation of specialist pool liner … Continue reading “Hunsonby Swimming Club”


Groundwork North East & Cumbria

24th March 2015

The Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund awarded Groundwork North East & Cumbria a grant of £3,500 to deliver a 12 month programme for primary school children to connect with nature in their neighbourhood. The indoor and outdoor sessions take place in schools across Workington and surrounding villages and local nature reserves; Harrington and Siddick Pond. “We … Continue reading “Groundwork North East & Cumbria”


Derwentwater Independent Hostel – 360° Education + Adventure

10th March 2015

Derwentwater Independent Hostel (DIH), in the Borrowdale Valley, Keswick received two grants from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Trust and the Quarry Hill Grassroots Grant Fund in 2014 to provide educational and adventure residential for schools within Allerdale. The combined grant of £1,340 has already allowed Richmond Hill Primary School and Oughterside Foundation School to … Continue reading “Derwentwater Independent Hostel – 360° Education + Adventure”


Grant brings Energy Clubs to five West Cumbrian schools

9th March 2015

In April 2014, Cumbria Community Foundation’s Quarry Hill Grassroots Fund supported five West Cumbrian schools to join the Energy Club initiative. The Energy Club is a volunteer backed initiative, providing a lasting legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, led by Sports Leaders UK. The grant allowed Broughton Moor primary School, Ewanrigg Junior School, Maryport … Continue reading “Grant brings Energy Clubs to five West Cumbrian schools”


Four Groves Community Association

5th March 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation and Barrow Community Trust have been supporting Four Groves Community Association since 2006. The charity group, based in the Four Groves Estate, Risedale, Barrow-in-Furness aims to support people experiencing poverty and deprivation.  Four Groves recently received £1,000 from the Barrow Community Trust to support their development of Four Groves Community Corner, a … Continue reading “Four Groves Community Association”


2nd Maryport Scouts

25th February 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation’s Costain Fund supported the 2nd Maryport Scouts with the purchase of climbing equipment following a previous Coalfields Community Grant of £4,634 to install a climbing wall into their headquarters. Diane Robertson, Beaver Scout Leader said: “The equipment has given the young people we work with more confidence in themselves and each other. … Continue reading “2nd Maryport Scouts”


Holehird helps Appleby Town Band buy new instruments

23rd February 2015

Appleby Town Band is celebrating 2015 with new instruments purchased with the help of grants generously awarded by the Holehird Trust, the Hadfield Trust and a Cumbria County Council Community Grant. A Trombone, Baritone and Tenor Horn were all purchased with the grants as part of a project to equip each section of the band … Continue reading “Holehird helps Appleby Town Band buy new instruments”


Renovation success in Threlkeld

20th February 2015

Threlkeld Public Room has stood in the village since 1901, but in March last year it opened its brand new doors as Threlkeld Village Hall and showcased a newly renovated community facility and coffee shop. In the bid to hit the ground running, Threlkeld Village Hall Trust received a grant of £17,350 from Cumbria Community … Continue reading “Renovation success in Threlkeld”


NMP sows seeds of community growth – Derwent and Solway Housing Association

26th January 2015

Derwent and Solway Housing Association is one of several community groups in West Cumbria to benefit from recent grants from Sellafield owners, Nuclear Management Partners. The fund managed by Cumbria community Foundation, backs local projects aimed at improving the lives of those in greatest need in West Cumbria. Derwent and Solway Housing Association, part of … Continue reading “NMP sows seeds of community growth – Derwent and Solway Housing Association”


Robin Rigg Funding – Silloth Rugby Union Club

15th December 2014

Cumbria Community Foundation is calling for community groups in West Allerdale to apply for grants from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund. Funded by an annual donation from E.ON UK, the Robin Rigg off-shore wind farm developer, the community fund operates from Workington to Silloth and inland to Embleton. Money from the pot supports groups … Continue reading “Robin Rigg Funding – Silloth Rugby Union Club”


NMP Funding To Provide Support For Young Carers

12th December 2014

Young carers across Allerdale and Copeland have been given extra support thanks to a £33,000 grant from Nuclear Management Partners Ltd (NMP). The NMP Community Fund grant, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation was awarded to West Cumbria Carers. They will use the money to deliver additional 1-1 sessions to young people, who often work up … Continue reading “NMP Funding To Provide Support For Young Carers”


Lamont Pridmore supports Workington youth project

15th November 2014

A Workington youth project has been given a cash boost from family-run Cumbrian chartered accountancy firm, Lamont Pridmore. Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Lamont Pridmore Fund provides grants to organisations that work with children and young people in West Cumbria. £2,000 was awarded to South Workington Youth Partnership towards the running of the club, … Continue reading “Lamont Pridmore supports Workington youth project”


NMP funding will keep Copeland’s job seekers online

6th November 2014

Unemployed residents in Copeland will continue to benefit from free computer use thanks to £37,500 of funding from Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), the owners of Sellafield Ltd. The NMP Community Fund grant, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, has enabled the Phoenix Enterprise Centre (PEC) to continue its ‘Access Copeland’ project. The initiative provides free computer … Continue reading “NMP funding will keep Copeland’s job seekers online”


NMP help for Allerdale advice service

28th October 2014

£5000 of Nuclear Management Partners’ (NMP) funds will be used to ensure that the Allerdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau can continue to offer an important advice service to the local community. The money from the parent body organisation for Sellafield Ltd is being delivered through the NMP Community Fund, managed by Cumbria Community Foundation. Over the … Continue reading “NMP help for Allerdale advice service”


Commonwealth runner thanks Cumbria Foundation

26th September 2014

Tom Farrell says financial help from Cumbria Community Foundation helped him secure his first British title. The 5000m runner, from Carlisle, was awarded £2,200 from the Cumberland Educational Foundation, a grant making fund managed by the charity. The 23-year-old used the cash to pay for training camps in America and France to get him in … Continue reading “Commonwealth runner thanks Cumbria Foundation”


Fit 4 Life West Cumbria

11th September 2014

Fit 4 Life West Cumbria aims to reduce the health inequalities in West Cumbria through healthy lifestyle interventions and earlier this year they were awarded £6,265.50 from the Aspatria Community Asset Fund, to run a new Healthy Living Group in Aspatria. The primary aim of the project is exercise where individuals are referred into Fit 4 Life … Continue reading “Fit 4 Life West Cumbria”


Russell Armer funding creates a buzz at Kendal RUFC

8th September 2014

Kendal RUFC received £600 from Cumbria Community Foundation’s Russell Armer Fund to help renovate their club facilities in order to accommodate the expanding female team, Kendal Wasps and youth teams, Kendal Hornets. Stephen Green, Chairman of Kendal RUFC said: “We recognised that with the development of Mini and Youth rugby and a successful women’s team … Continue reading “Russell Armer funding creates a buzz at Kendal RUFC”


Alston Aspire

2nd September 2014

Alston has long been known for their community of artists, and Alston Aspire was established to make better use of St Augustine’s Church – which is right at the centre of Alston. A gallery was created in the church to offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work not usually seen in local shops … Continue reading “Alston Aspire”


Home to Work

4th August 2014

Works 4 You is a social enterprise based in Cleator Moor providing training and employment opportunities in home and landscape improvements. Any income generated from Works 4 You is gift aided to registered charity Home to Work Ltd. Home to Work received funding from the NMP Community Fund last year to contribute towards the Skills … Continue reading “Home to Work”


Sight Advice South Lakes

1st April 2014

Awarded £648 from Castle Green Grassroots Grants. Sight Advice South Lakes supports people of all ages with visual impairment to improve the quality of their lives and to maintain their independence. It promotes greater awareness of sight issues to the wider public. They achieve this through their rural outreach service; seven support groups; assistive technology support, … Continue reading “Sight Advice South Lakes”


Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre

30th January 2014

Awarded a total of £12,900 since 2006. The centre offers school children, young people, the general public and disadvantaged and special interest groups the opportunity to understand and experience sustainability in farming, food, wildlife conservation and renewable energy. The farm’s 220 acres features a range of environmental habitats including: Woodland Margin; Aquatic – River & … Continue reading “Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre”


Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club

Awarded a total of £4,900 in grants since 2010. The club offers disability sports of all kinds to people of all ages and abilities across Cumbria. They work within youth and community groups raising the awareness of disability through sport. Their aim is to not only provide sporting activities that are fully inclusive but to … Continue reading “Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club”


Watchtree Wheelers

Awarded a total of £6,747 since 2009. Based on the Watchtree Nature Reserve at Great Orton, Watchtree Wheelers provides opportunities for disabled people to use a range of specially adapted cycles and a purpose built track. It also specialises in providing leadership and support for groups of cyclists with learning and physical difficulties. Funding was … Continue reading “Watchtree Wheelers”



Awarded a total of £18,858 since 2003. PAC is an independent charity based in Carlisle. It provides one-to-one counselling and art therapy sessions to young people who display emotional, inter-personal and mental health problems. These young people and their families’ circumstances are so complex that they often fail to access support. They lack the ability … Continue reading “PAC Ltd”


South Lakeland Action on Climate Change

14th November 2013

Biked Up, Pedal Powered was first delivered at Mintfest 2012 and is a bike-dance performance by local young street/stunt-bikers choreographed professionally with the Brewery.  The music for the show is powered by the audience itself, pedalling adapted cycles which act as bike-generators. South Lakeland Action on Climate Change was awarded £500 towards the project aimed … Continue reading “South Lakeland Action on Climate Change”


Wigton Youth Station

The grant received allowed the youth club to run a range of activities to take place at the Something for the Summer 2012 event. Young people took the role of contacting workshop providers to determine costing’s and availability.  It was their responsibility to ensure that a range of quality activities were available for different age … Continue reading “Wigton Youth Station”


North Copeland Youth Partnership

The youth organisation was awarded the funding as part of a three year scheme of grants. The money will be put towards running activities that improve the health and wellbeing of young people in the villages of Lowca, Parton and Moresby. Valda Young, Youth Development Coordinator said: “The first grant of £9,420 has enabled our … Continue reading “North Copeland Youth Partnership”


Impact Housing Association

Funding was awarded to give elderly residents from Eden the opportunity to gain confidence and overcome any difficulties they have associated with IT through entry level sessions. The lessons were specially catered for over 50s and covered modules on keyboard skills, email, internet security, web searches and digital photography amongst others. The eldest student so … Continue reading “Impact Housing Association”


Centre for Complementary Care

The Centre for Complementary Care exists to make a difference to people with serious health conditions. “We don’t deal in huge numbers, working instead with people as they seek us out at the worst moments of their lives or during chronic illness or disability.  We can offer realistic hope and direction for people beginning to … Continue reading “Centre for Complementary Care”


Marsh St. Arches and Garden Community Interest Company (Green Heart Den)

Marsh St. Arches was awarded £300 from Barrow Community Trust. The grant went towards tools, equipment and supplies for their Garden Volunteer workforce, particularly in relation to garden maintenance tasks. The Garden Volunteers work on a regular basis carrying out everything from general maintenance (lawn cutting, litter picking, hedge trimming) to some of the more interesting … Continue reading “Marsh St. Arches and Garden Community Interest Company (Green Heart Den)”


Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation

29th October 2013

Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation received a grant of £51,000 over three years. Their goal was to get rugby players to read with school children who needed extra support. The Northside School head teacher told us “The children were classed as “reluctant readers” – i.e. they are not motivated to read and are … Continue reading “Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation”

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