Shackles Off – ‘Youthwork Staffing Costs’

Shackles Off is a Seascale based social project with a youth work emphasis, working with children, young people and vulnerable adults aged 7-25 years old.

Young people are primarily from Seascale, however they also currently work with young people from Bootle, Gosforth, Wasdale/Eskdale Valleys and Drigg. The project works with an average of 70 young people per month and aim to deliver 10 or more sessions to a minimum of 60 young people a year.

Shackles Off is well connected to the local community it delivers to and responsive to local needs e.g. the development this year of Seascale gym “buddying” system to ensure young people could continue to attend the gym.

Their level of community involvement was recognised in 2017 by Cumbria Police & Crime Commissioner as well deserved winners of the “Outstanding Community project” category.

This project will support youthwork staffing costs and support the delivery of 15 sessions per week.

Mandy Taylor, Project Manager said, “We are extremely grateful to the Copeland Community Fund for recognising the importance of the work we do with young people. The grant enables us to continue to provide quality youth provision in a rural area, where otherwise opportunities would be limited.”

Other funding was provided by Dulverton Trust, DONG Walney Extension Fund, FCSCT, the Methodist Church and a range of other funders.


  • £41,532 of Match funding
  • 2 FTE Jobs safeguarded
  • 70 Local people assisted in their skills development
  • 10 Local people helped to secure employment, education or training
  • 100 Number of local people who access a community/sport/cultural opportunity/facility
  • 2120 Number of volunteer hours
  • 60 Young people – number of individuals attending more than 10 sessions in a year


  • 40 young people to achieve a recorded outcome – Plan and develop the links programme to ensure that there is a variety of issue based workshops for young people to take part in
  • 10 young people to achieve an accredited outcome per year – for example certificated programmes such as Heart-start/Duke of Edinburgh/ASDAN
  • To increase the number of young people currently on the ‘Health & Well-being” programme from 12 young people to 32
  • To provide youth led activities for the young people of Drigg

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