Positive Disruptors


The Positive Disruptors programme was launched on 6th September after it initially had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and subsequent school closures.

The aim of Positive Disruptors is to:

  • give young people aged 10-25 years from disadvantaged backgrounds in West Cumbria the opportunity to have their ideas and ambitions heard and the potential to have them realised
  • challenge young people to think creatively and in more enterprising ways
  • empower young people to ‘positively disrupt’ the status quo and to be heard
  • support young people to test out their enterprising ideas
  • break down the barriers for aspiring young entrepreneurs, by developing an enterprising culture based on encouragement and support

We’re delighted to have partnered with the Centre for Leadership Performance, a not-for-profit organisation that has shared ambitions for young people in West Cumbria. Several of its existing programmes align with and complement the aims of Positive Disruptors to support, nurture and empower leaders of the future.

Following the launch on Monday 6th September, any interested young disruptors will have an eight-week period to develop their ideas and enter. An advisory panel will meet to review all entries in November with winners announced the following week.

Successful ‘disruptors’ will receive expert support, funding and learning opportunities to bring their idea to life. This includes a grant of £1,000, a learning programme including coaching, mentoring and workshops to help young people develop their enterprising ideas and themselves as leaders. They’ll also have the opportunity to learn from local entrepreneurs who’ve created successful initiatives, work alongside a peer group of young people committed to creating positive change and will be linked to other organisations to help them to put their plan into action.

We will hold two events, one at the end of November to welcome the successful young people – this will be an opportunity for the young disruptors to find out more about the requirements of their £1,000 grant award, meet their mentors and become aware of the additional support and opportunities available. The second event will be held in June 2022 to celebrate their achievements.

For more information on the Positive Disruptors competition and details on how to enter, click here.

Please read the Positive Disruptors Application Pack before completing an application form, available here: Positive Disruptors Application Form, by 5pm Friday 29th October

We’re recruiting local people to become mentors and to help and encourage these young people to prosper. If you would like to be involved, please complete the application form, and return it via email to annalee@cumbriafoundation.org no later than 1st October 2021.