St Bees Village School Association – ‘Play Area’

A five year fundraising challenge was successfully completed when the project funding of £36,460.57 was met through grant funding and fundraising efforts of the Village School Association, local villagers and the cubs, scouts and rainbow troops.

Helen Sharpe, Project Manager, St Bees Village School Association said “the upgraded play area and installation of an outdoor classroom is a real asset to the heart of the village which will not only be used by the pupils during school hours but also the wider community together with the scouts and guides troops who helped us with the fundraising. It will enable the users to have the opportunity to better creative play, active exercise and games. The outdoor classroom will also be used by the young people of the village, usually past pupils, who use the playground in the evening to meet and socialise”.

Helen added “attending the free Six Steps to Fundraising workshops hosted by the Copeland Community Fund really gave our group much more confidence in approaching funders for this project. The information provided was incredibly valuable in helping us be successful in our grant funding bids”.

Funds for the projects have come from Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, Home Group and own fundraising endeavours.


1 hectare of open space improved
40 square metres of refurbished floorspace
7 new volunteering opportunities
320 local people assisted in their skills development
3,000 local people will access to community sport/health/cultural opportunities/facilities


To purchase and install new playground equipment for the Village School playground area
To install an outdoor classroom area that consists of decking with seats and a canopy