Case Studies


New pavilion asset to local community

22nd September 2020

For many people, living in Cumbria is not an idyll: it is challenging and difficult. However, there are organisations and projects that can help alleviate some of the problems people face. More than 53,000 volunteers across the county are actively involved in making our communities better for the future, from helping clear up after the … Continue reading “New pavilion asset to local 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 worked with Heron Hill School in Kendal, received £1,150 from the Castle Green Grassroots Fund to offer a range of creative workshops for youngsters. Children … Continue reading “The confidence to get creative”

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Making jumpers for chickens to tackle seclusion

16th June 2016

Older residents in a remote Eden village have taken matters into their own hands to combat rural isolation and lack of services. Six women from Nenthead near Alston came together to form the Nenthead Dabblers, a weekly social craft group. They meet at one of the members’ homes and have recently recruited their first male … Continue reading “Making jumpers for chickens to tackle seclusion”

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Reducing social isolation with art for older people

The Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme (NCIP) is a partnership of 33 delivery organisations providing a range of services to help keep older people independent around the county. Prism Arts worked with NCIP partner The Glenmore Trust to provide weekly creative art sessions to reduce social exclusion and support carers by offering activities in the day. … Continue reading “Reducing social isolation with art for older people”

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Volunteering is not one sided

Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme (NCIP) is reliant on the hard work and commitment of its volunteers. Eddie Farren volunteers for Carlisle and Eden Mind as part of the NCIP befriending service. For almost four months Eddie met with a service user Larry, before Larry’s death earlier this year. Eddie … Continue reading “Volunteering is not one sided”

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Enabling older people to stay independent in their own homes

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

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Preventing the collapse of a popular local group

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

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Establishing groups and classes to promote social and physical well-being

After an initial enquiry from a Health and Social Care Coordinator who was assisting a woman in her 70’s. She faced a number of social and health challenged and lived in a rural are. She was a former dancer and musician and wanted to get involved in these kind of activities again. As an active … Continue reading “Establishing groups and classes to promote social and physical well-being”

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Marion – Eden Rural Foyer

Marion, Eden Rural Foyer volunteer: Five years ago Marrion came to the workshops to learn new skills and she enjoyed the social aspect. Now she is a volunteer, transferring the skills she has learnt. “We get a huge range of people coming for help, older people wanting to get in touch with old friends and … Continue reading “Marion – Eden Rural Foyer”

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