1st November 2021
Over a third of residents in North Walney live in the top 20% of the most deprived parts of the country, with half of Walney South in the top 30%.
At the heart of this community is the Walney Community Trust, set up in 2003. It’s a thriving hub of activity and supports all ages, including those struggling with poverty, addictions, loneliness, physical or mental health difficulties, the unemployed, ex-offenders and those with a lack of life skills and education.
Support is provided in many ways including toddler groups and children’s activities attracting around 300 parents and children, free community meals and a food hub. It also provides youth clubs, life skills and educational courses, parenting courses, dependency courses, mental health workshops and other support groups including one for dads.
The Trust has received grants totalling £19,480 over the past year towards its activities including its youth club, updating the computer suite, and providing low-level mental health support.
“The computers have made a massive difference”, said one young man who recently left school. “I’ve been able to use them for online studies and meetings as well as schoolwork. I created my CV and applied for college. I don’t have computer and internet access at home, so coming to the centre has been brilliant.”
Ros Harrison, Community Development Worker and Centre Manager, said: “COVID-19 changed people’s lives. Mine has been forever impacted with the overwhelming support we could pass on to our community through the financial support given, of which the Foundation played a big part. It’s been a hard time but one which has moulded a community closer together, emerging stronger and establishing firm relationships and lifelines for many.”