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J & E Gunson Almshouse – ‘Almshouse Trust’

Ulpha, one of the more remote and sparsely populated areas of Copeland, was a risk of losing 10% of its community members if the Almshouse Trust was unable comply with the Environment Agency discharge criteria and update the sewage system that was linked to the 10 social housing properties in the valley. Therefore without the grant from the Copeland Community Fund 10 households were likely to have been made homeless.

Anthea Jones, project lead, said “we were truly delighted when we secured the grant, 50% of the total project cost from The Copeland Community Fund – it was such a relief. The help with the application from the Fund’s Development Workers was invaluable and very much appreciated”.

Anthea added “The Almshouse properties provide accommodation for residents who have lived in the village for over 5 years and who wish remain within their community. Many of the residents participate in village activities and are key members of the community. If the properties had been vacated this would have a detrimental effect on the wellbeing of the current residents of the Almhouses, who would be made homeless and would have had a negative effect on the rest of the community. You could even say that it could destroy the existing strong sense of belonging in the community”.


Outputs

£18,350 additional funding drawn into the area

The continued availability of 10 Almshouses that have been in constant use since their completion in 1914 in one of the most deprived 50% of Lower Super Output Areas categorised as rural (village/hamlets/isolated dwellings) LSOA code E01019293

A well-known local landmark will still fulfil it’s designed function and will soon be able to celebrate its centenary and beyond

A minimum of 20 local people will be able to maintain links with their local community

Through the installation of an interpretative board it will increase the number of visitors, who drive through the village, to actually stop and read about the history of the area. This will also have a positive impact on the local economy as they will be made aware of the local shop

A maximum of 20 local people will remain housed in their local community


Outcomes

10 households will not become homeless

A valuable community asset of low cost housing will continue to be available for those in need

Our inclusive lively community will continue to have a wide range of ages and backgrounds who work with and for each other

The impact on the natural environment will be reduced. Biodiversity will be protected.