Past Projects

Inspira – ‘Friday Night Project’

The original Friday Night Projects were set up specifically to address issues of youth anti- social behaviour in some key hotspot areas of West Cumbria. In Copeland almost 2000 young people have participated in Friday Night Project provision since it began in 2012 and it’s believed that around a quarter of these individuals could be …

Greenbank Pensioners and Residents Club – ‘Facility Upgrade’

Greenbank Pensioners and Residents Club (GPRC) had their initial contact with the Fund in 2012 as they had realised that the facility was in need of upgrading.  Some members of the local community were struggling to access the club, and if they could manage to attend events, the welfare facilities did not meet modern standards or …

Millom Baptist Church – ‘MBC a safe place to be’

Millom Baptist Church (MBC) contacted the Fund in early January 2016. The Church has a wider community use, including Millom Foodbank, South Copeland Fairtrade Group, a playgroup and busy coffee mornings. The Church was looking for sources of funding for refurbishment of specific areas within the building also including the roof of the building. MBC …

Time to Change (West Cumbria) – ‘Calderwood House staff’

Calderwood House in Egremont opened the doors to the homeless in October 2015 to provide a safe place to accommodate the growing homeless population, primarily in Copeland, prioritising ex-military personnel.  This is strictly emergency accommodation with the view that the resident will move on to independent accommodation within 6 months.  To date they have had …

STEM Cumbria Ltd – ‘FIRST LEGO League: A vision for Copeland’

Cumbria based businesses, particularly those involved in decommissioning at Sellafield, identified the need for more young people to have training in control technology and remote handling skills.  The FIRST LEGO League introduces pupils aged 9 to 16 years to the concepts of control technology through a live challenge programme. Through a link with a STEM …

Outreach Cumbria – ‘Elements (Writer in Residence)’

Held in Autumn 2016, Elements was a brand-new inclusive pilot arts festival for a mature population. The festival commissioned and supported high-quality arts productions and programmes across Cumbria, involving local artists, organisations and communities as well as attracting visitors from around the UK. The centre piece of the festival, working with partners in Copeland – …

Age UK West Cumbria – ‘Community Connections’

Tackling loneliness and isolation, particularly in older and vulnerable people, is recognised by all agencies, both locally and nationally, as a high priority because of its negative impacts on mental and physical health. Copeland is facing a greater challenge than other areas, with its larger population of over 60s (27.3% in Copeland – compared with …

West Cumbria Domestic Violence – ‘The Freedom Project’

West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support was set up by Shirley Williams, Carole Launder and Susan James in 1997. Initially it was established to provide counselling and support to adult victims of domestic abuse in Copeland and Allerdale but now includes work with perpetrators of domestic abuse and children. Clients are offered a flexible, free of …

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team – ‘New Base’

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the Western fells for almost 50 years. The team consists of 40 fell going volunteers and several base operators. Each year responding to between 90 – 120 “999” calls to rescue people who are injured or lost in the local mountains. They also assist other organisations …

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