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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.

The power of participation and knowing your rights

26th September 2022

“Young people want their voices to be heard, they want information and most importantly they want to be involved in decision making processes.” ‘Time, for thought’ encourages young men aged … Continue reading “The power of participation and knowing your rights”

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Escape to Safety

8th August 2022

Many of us will never know the terror of what it’s like to be fleeing war or persecution and having to leave your home country to escape danger. To raise … Continue reading “Escape to Safety”

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Encouraging excellence in the arts

21st July 2022

Cumbria has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, from poets and authors to painters and musicians. Some of the Foundation’s funds aim to contribute to building a healthy and flourishing … Continue reading “Encouraging excellence in the arts”

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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 … Continue reading “Pride month”

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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 … Continue reading “Moving On”

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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, … Continue reading “Youth Health Champions”

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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 … Continue reading “Bullying and the importance of being kind”

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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 … Continue reading “Living a healthy life with HIV”

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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 … Continue reading “Being seen again at a Space to Talk”

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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 … Continue reading “Giving nature a helping hand”

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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 … Continue reading “Bringing Carers Together”

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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 … Continue reading “Tree-mendous Learning”

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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 … Continue reading “Love for gardening brings community together “

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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 … Continue reading “Volunteers support Covid 19 – Vaccination response”

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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, … Continue reading “Learning English brings the community together”

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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 … Continue reading “Providing a good enough start in life”

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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 … Continue reading “Helping care leavers transition into adulthood”

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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. … Continue reading “Woodwork and gardening helping to tackle isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Taking a break from caring duties”

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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%. … Continue reading “Hub at the heart of community life”

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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 … Continue reading “Outdoor adventure for all”

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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 … Continue reading “Creative arts therapy helping young children”

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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 … Continue reading “Building a brighter future”

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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 … Continue reading “Celebrating the cultural heritage of Appleby”

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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. … Continue reading “Challenging times for young people”

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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 … Continue reading “Volunteers bring life back to Mawbray”

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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 … Continue reading “Hug in a bag for homeless youngsters”

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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 … Continue reading “Learning life skills”

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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 … Continue reading “Seeing the world in a different way”

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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 … Continue reading “Cooking well for long term health and wellbeing”

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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 … Continue reading “Talking therapies supports recovery”

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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 … Continue reading “Increasing communities physical wellbeing”

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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 … Continue reading “It’s good to talk”

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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 … Continue reading “Support through the winter months”

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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 … Continue reading “Freedom to fly”

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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). … Continue reading “Recovery supported by counselling sessions”

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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 … Continue reading “Vital work which aims to tackle and end racism in Cumbria”

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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 … Continue reading “Community spirit comparable with that during wartime”

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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. … Continue reading “Dedicated to helping look after local woodlands”

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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 … Continue reading “Counselling available to the most vulnerable    “

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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* … Continue reading “Supporting the sight impaired community and their families”

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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 … Continue reading “A Beacon of Hope”

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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 … Continue reading “One of a kind therapeutic garden”

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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 … Continue reading “A service that changes lives”

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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 … Continue reading “Leading the way when it comes to peer mental health support”

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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 … Continue reading “Keeping connected through lockdown”

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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 … Continue reading “Whole community enjoys activities”

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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 … Continue reading “Investing in communities”

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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 … Continue reading “Supporting young people to fulfil their potential”

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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 … Continue reading “Canoeing for all the community”

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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 … Continue reading “Bringing generations together”

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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 … Continue reading “Helping disabled people live more independent lives”

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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 … Continue reading “New friendships are reducing social isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Healthy body, healthy mind”

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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, … Continue reading “New pavilion is an asset to the community”

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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 … Continue reading “The confidence to get creative”

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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 … Continue reading “The good life”

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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 … Continue reading “A helping hand later in life”

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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 … Continue reading “The sports club lifeline”

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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 … Continue reading “Dementia friendly Longtown   “

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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 … Continue reading “Historic mill set to attract more tourists”

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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 … Continue reading “Sailing is improving the lives of young people”

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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 … Continue reading “Sharing West Cumbrian culture with Tanzanian visitors   “

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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 … Continue reading “New boats are a god send to the club   “

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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 … Continue reading “The joy of cricket”

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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 … Continue reading “A dream of becoming an actor becomes reality”

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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 … Continue reading “A dream to help the Fell Pony”

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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 … Continue reading “The farm that is helping the community”

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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 … Continue reading “Broadband reduces rural isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Going for Gold”

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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 … Continue reading “Love and a life line”

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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 … Continue reading “Positive effects of being social”

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“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 … Continue reading ““Slowly killing myself.””

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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). … Continue reading “WE WILL fight for change”

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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 … Continue reading “Without Growing Well, I wouldn’t be alive.”

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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 … Continue reading “Bringing together families who have a child with ‘magic ears’”

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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 … Continue reading “Getting creative with music”

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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 … Continue reading “Carlisle’s Key to a better future for young people”

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#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 … Continue reading “#iwill adventures”

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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 … Continue reading “Musical opportunities for young people”

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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, … Continue reading “Culture vultures fighting their challenges”

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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 … Continue reading “Cricket stars”

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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 … Continue reading “The best birthday present ever”

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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 … Continue reading “Young people making a positive impact in their community”

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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 … Continue reading “Disability is not inability”

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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 … Continue reading “Healing minds through green fingers”

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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 … Continue reading “Funding helps charity tackle effects of domestic abuse”

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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 … Continue reading “School students steaming ahead for work”

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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 … Continue reading “Giving back to the community”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbria’s Junior Sports Personality”

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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’ … Continue reading “Knitting a community together”

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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 … Continue reading “Feeling hot, hot, hot!”

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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 … Continue reading “The future is bright”

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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 … Continue reading “Bringing the community together”

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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 … Continue reading “Open House”

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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 … Continue reading “Keeping healthy with exercise”

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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 … Continue reading “Taking a caring break during the summer”

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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 … Continue reading “Singing for success”

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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 … Continue reading “Childcare unit saved from closure”

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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 … Continue reading “Schools at the forefront of the nation’s ‘Food for Life’ scheme”

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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 … Continue reading “Work experience can open doors to a bright future”

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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 … Continue reading “Unlocking women’s potential”

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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 … Continue reading “Changing the future of youngsters in Barrow”

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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 … Continue reading “Youth Zone carries on for flooded Carlisle youngsters”

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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 … Continue reading “New balls please!”

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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, … Continue reading “Disabled young Barrovians learn life skills”

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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 … Continue reading “KEY activities for Kent Estuary youngsters”

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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 … Continue reading “Parkrun for fun!”

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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 … Continue reading “Art project helps disabled youngsters get creative”

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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, … Continue reading “Benefit advice for older people”

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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, … Continue reading “Carlisle youngsters have found their ‘Rock’”

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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 … Continue reading “Robots inspire the next generation of engineers”

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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, … Continue reading “The Barrow project where time and skills are money”

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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 … Continue reading “Maryport teenagers tackle mental health”

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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 … Continue reading “Handyperson scheme helps older people stay independent”

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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 … Continue reading “Fair and simple financial solutions for Eden and South Lakeland”

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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 … Continue reading “Men in Sheds combating social isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbria Pride celebrating diversity”

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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 … Continue reading “Creative grief workshops comfort bereaved parents”

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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 … Continue reading “Charity Founder inspires Barrow youngsters with her own creativity”

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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 … Continue reading “Time to tackle homelessness and unemployment in West Cumbria”

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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. … Continue reading “A Beautiful End – exploring old age, home and identity”

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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 … Continue reading “Northern Fells Rural Community Development Group – tackling rural isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Inspiring North Copeland’s young people in shaping their community”

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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 … Continue reading “Sight Advice South Lakes – A vision for the future”

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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 … Continue reading “A safe space for Wigton’s young people”

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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 … Continue reading “Skills project provides positive activities for youngsters”

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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 … Continue reading “East Cumbria Family Support Association – Keeping families together”

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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 … Continue reading “Independent living for young Cumbrians”

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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 … Continue reading “Community up-cycling project helps locals back to work”

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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 … Continue reading “Engaging Barrow’s youngsters”

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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 … Continue reading “A fitter future”

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“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 … Continue reading ““Stepping Up” to learning”

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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 … Continue reading “Helping West Cumbrians back to work”

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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 … Continue reading “Wigton Youth Station worker over the moon with training support”

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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 … Continue reading “Straight out of the blocks”

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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 … Continue reading “Coaching Cumbria’s young cricketers”

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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 … Continue reading “Supporting Cumbria’s young musicians”

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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 … Continue reading “Practice makes for a perfect audition”

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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 … Continue reading “Youngsters raise the curtain on tackling bullying through drama”

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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 … Continue reading “Always Another Way”

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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. … Continue reading “Inspiring creativity through recycling”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbria: a sanctuary for red squirrels”

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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 … Continue reading “Local swimming pool re-opens after floods”

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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 … Continue reading “All hands on deck”

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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 … Continue reading “Promoting well-being one day at a time”

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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 … Continue reading “Students take a trip of a lifetime”

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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 … Continue reading “For singing, fun and laughter”

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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 … Continue reading “Fighting against food poverty”

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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 … Continue reading “Game, set and match!”

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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 … Continue reading “Well on the road to recovery”

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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 … Continue reading “Young farmers reaping the benefits”

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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, … Continue reading “Connecting Copeland’s unemployed”

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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 … Continue reading “Susan’s Farm”

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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 … Continue reading “Local writers tell their tales of Kendal”

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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 … Continue reading “Healthy hopes for wellbeing in Workington”

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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, … Continue reading “Happy Hooves making happy lives”

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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 … Continue reading “Young Cumbrian receives funding to become a gold medallist”

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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, … Continue reading “Older people get crafty to overcome isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Funding flows into River Eden charity”

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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 … Continue reading “Teen ballerina has the world at her feet”

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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 … Continue reading “Energy saving initiative helps Brampton residents cut fuel bills”

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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 … Continue reading “Nature helps multicultural South Lakes school break down language barrier”

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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 … Continue reading “Young Eden cyclist gears up for success”

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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 … Continue reading “Furness mental health charity holds support sessions in Millom”

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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 … Continue reading “New lease of life for three Barrow men in need”

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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 … Continue reading “Woodland visits for Cumbrian school children”

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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 … Continue reading “Windermere community sew inspired by creative inter-generational workshops”

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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 … Continue reading “Girls’ football gets a kick-start in Barrow”

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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 … Continue reading “Support for seriously ill children and their families”

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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 … Continue reading “Whitehaven’s child miners remembered”

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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 … Continue reading “Ulverston woman gains MA degree to give back to community”

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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 … Continue reading “Sedbergh community sings to battle dementia”

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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 … Continue reading “Workington youngsters drumming up new skills”

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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 … Continue reading “Fitness sessions at the heart of a healthy life”

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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 … Continue reading “Young Whitehaven dancer receives funding to attend top performing arts school”

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£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 … Continue reading “£10,000 boost for Barrow youth service”

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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 … Continue reading “Lifeline for domestic violence victims in West Cumbria”

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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 … Continue reading “A safe haven for young people in housing need”

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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 … Continue reading “Visually impaired youngsters come together to reduce isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Walney First Responders give life-saving training to community”

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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 … Continue reading “Botcherby Community Centre fights back from floods”

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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 … Continue reading “Rotarians lead Carlisle’s first Community Health Mela”

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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, … Continue reading “Unity Festival brings Carlisle communities together to celebrate diversity”

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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 … Continue reading “Youth project gets Friday feeling with £37,000 funding”

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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 … Continue reading “Funding boost for South Lakeland sight loss charity”

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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 … Continue reading “Breakfast club for the homeless”

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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 … Continue reading “Flood rescuers purchase new equipment after devastation of Storm Desmond”

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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 … Continue reading “South Lakeland cricket club welcomes new pavilion”

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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 … Continue reading “Young musical maestro receives funding to attend prestigious college”

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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 … Continue reading “Rural village telephone box gets a refurb”

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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 … Continue reading “South Lakeland Carers take a well-earned break”

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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 … Continue reading “Farmers in rural Cumbrian community benefit from local course”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbrian choirs join forces to tackle rural isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Funding served up to Cumbrian teen tennis sensation”

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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. … Continue reading “Lakeland club row to safety with oar-some new boat”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbrian swimming star gains Olympic training partner”

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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 … Continue reading “Maryport residents have appetite to improve cooking skills”

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£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 … Continue reading “£5,000 boost for Ulverston Inshore Rescue”

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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 … Continue reading “Summer Holiday Family Fun at Abbott Hall”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbrian cancer charity serves up healthy way to cook”

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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 … Continue reading “Creative workshops captivate disadvantaged Barrow community”

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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 … Continue reading “Furness Autism charity receives funding for community activities”

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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 … Continue reading “Silver surfers benefit from computer classes in rural Cumbrian village”

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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. … Continue reading “Cumbria Youth Alliance deliver democracy workshops with funding”

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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 … Continue reading “Scrapped Windermere bus service revived by volunteers”

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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 … Continue reading “Homeless young people offered a place to stay as charity expands into Cumbria”

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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 … Continue reading “Barrow residents share time and skills”

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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 … Continue reading “Girls football picking up the pace thanks to funding”

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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 … Continue reading “Wind Farm Windfall for Local Nature Reserve”

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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 … Continue reading “Pursuing a future as a horn player made easier”

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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 … Continue reading “Funding boost to support peer mentoring in Barrow”

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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 … Continue reading “Carlisle lunch club reduces social isolation”

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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 … Continue reading “Charity partnership aiming to reduce mental distress”

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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 … Continue reading “Learning centre’s immediate future secured”

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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 … Continue reading “Half term holiday fun thanks to funding”

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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 … Continue reading “Naval excursion for Barrow Sea Cadets”

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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 … Continue reading “Foodbank Fighting Hunger in Kendal”

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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 … Continue reading “Lifeline for rurally isolated older people”

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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, … Continue reading “Charity choir take music across the county”

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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 … Continue reading “Swampy field turned community asset”

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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 … Continue reading “World expert leads training course for mountain rescue teams”

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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 … Continue reading “Unconventional training to support unemployed young people”

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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 … Continue reading “Cockerham kids score new kit”

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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 … Continue reading “Young disabled people showcase creative theatre skills”

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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 … Continue reading “Healthy eating initiative for deaf young people”

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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 … Continue reading “Nuclear funding boost for Copeland’s unemployed”

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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 … Continue reading “Agriculture engages young people outside mainstream education”

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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 … Continue reading “Support for Copeland’s Bereaved”

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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 … Continue reading “Exhibition shows the world through a different perspective”

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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) … Continue reading “Fitness course engages hard to reach youths”

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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 … Continue reading “Pensioners prestigious performance at Hampton Court”

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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 … Continue reading “Holiday club provides outlet for kids”

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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 … Continue reading “Farm work improves anti-social behaviour”

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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 … Continue reading “Social enterprise’s recycling success”

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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. … Continue reading “SoundWave recognised for supporting young musicians”

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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 … Continue reading “Penrith Cricket Club continue to play”

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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 … Continue reading “West Cumbrian theatres growing popularity with youngsters”

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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 … Continue reading “Carlisle community picnic builds new friendships”

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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 … Continue reading “When haka came to Kirkby Stephen”

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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 … Continue reading “Grace serves up tennis success”

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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’ … Continue reading “Allerdale Credit Union invest in young savers”

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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 … Continue reading “Training for young rugby coaches”

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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 … Continue reading “New social enterprise offers a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’”

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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 … Continue reading “Voyage of a lifetime for Barrow’s young people”

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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 … Continue reading “South Workington Youth Partnership”

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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 … Continue reading “Eden Rural Foyer – Personalised Job Hunting Service”

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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 … Continue reading “Friends of Workington Hall Parkland”

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

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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 … Continue reading “Barrow Foodbank’s new wheels set donations in motion”

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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 … Continue reading “Preventing the collapse of a popular local group”

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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 … Continue reading “NCI – Cumbria Gateway”

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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 … Continue reading “Professionals join Workington singers to remember war”

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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 … Continue reading “Women’s Community Matters”

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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 … Continue reading “Ford Park Community Group Ulverston”

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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 … Continue reading “Mind in West Cumbria”

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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 … Continue reading “Our Place Youth Club – Ambleside”

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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 … Continue reading “Newbiggin Village Hall – Active Seniors”

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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. … Continue reading “South Lakeland Carers Association”

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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 … Continue reading “Hunsonby Swimming Club”

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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 … Continue reading “Groundwork North East & Cumbria”

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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 … Continue reading “Derwentwater Independent Hostel – 360° Education + Adventure”

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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 … Continue reading “Grant brings Energy Clubs to five West Cumbrian schools”

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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 … Continue reading “Four Groves Community Association”

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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 … Continue reading “2nd Maryport Scouts”

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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 … Continue reading “Holehird helps Appleby Town Band buy new instruments”

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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 … Continue reading “Renovation success in Threlkeld”

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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 … Continue reading “NMP sows seeds of community growth – Derwent and Solway Housing Association”

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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, … Continue reading “Robin Rigg Funding – Silloth Rugby Union Club”

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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 … Continue reading “NMP Funding To Provide Support For Young Carers”

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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 … Continue reading “Lamont Pridmore supports Workington youth project”

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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 … Continue reading “NMP funding will keep Copeland’s job seekers online”

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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. … Continue reading “NMP help for Allerdale advice service”

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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 … Continue reading “Commonwealth runner thanks Cumbria Foundation”

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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 … Continue reading “Fit 4 Life West Cumbria”

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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, … Continue reading “Russell Armer funding creates a buzz at Kendal RUFC”

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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 … Continue reading “Alston Aspire”

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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 … Continue reading “Home to Work”

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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. … Continue reading “Sight Advice South Lakes”

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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 … Continue reading “Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre”

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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 … Continue reading “Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club”

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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 … Continue reading “Watchtree Wheelers”

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PAC Ltd

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 … Continue reading “PAC Ltd”

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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 … Continue reading “South Lakeland Action on Climate Change”

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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 … Continue reading “Wigton Youth Station”

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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 … Continue reading “North Copeland Youth Partnership”

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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 … Continue reading “Impact Housing Association”

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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 … Continue reading “Centre for Complementary Care”

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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 … Continue reading “Marsh St. Arches and Garden Community Interest Company (Green Heart Den)”

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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 … Continue reading “Workington Town Rugby League Community Development Foundation”

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