Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project – Opportunity and Adventure on your Doorstep

The Copeland Community Safety Hub (The Hub) was formed in 2016 and is based within the Whitehaven Police Station.

The Hub brings together multiple partners from across the community to find innovative and proactive ways to tackle anti-social behaviour and to provide opportunities for people to develop transferable and positive life skills.

As part of the objectives of the Hub a project known as Future Pathways was piloted. The pilot saw local employers, providers of activities and other youth focused organised coming together to deliver an 8-week program of activities to Key Stage 3/Key Stage 4 students in local secondary schools. The University of Central Lancashire supported the evaluation and monitoring of the project.

Due to its resounding success the principles of the Future Pathways are being expanded to include primary schools and other organisations working with young people.

The Hub overall has been such as successful initiative that it is now being regarded as a best practice and rolled out throughout Cumbria.

Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project (WHYP) are responsible for the deliver the activity element of the project:

• All outdoor activity delivery (including Future Pathways and Junior Award Scheme for Schools). Working closely with local primary and secondary schools to engage young people in their local environment in a positive and healthy way and to support them to develop transferable life skills for their future
• Provision of long term exit routes for young people to remain engaged in sport/activity and general positive youth club activity.
• Access to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as part of their ‘Open Award Centre’ status for any interested young people following their participation in Future Pathways
• For all technical expertise, equipment expenses, safety and management of outdoor activities (including outdoor abseiling) in line with their Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority commitment
• For advertising and promotion of new outdoor activities (e.g. abseiling, climbing) to ensure their long term success so that the wider community can enjoy low cost accessible adventure.
• For the delivery and management of the Sea Bins Project.
• Joint coordination of evaluation and monitoring of JASS and Future Pathways in conjunction with University of Central Lancashire

Inspector Mark Wear, Cumbria Police said “The pilot project was so successful and the feedback from the schools and many parents was so positive we had to move this project forward.
Working with Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project is not only positive for the programme participants, helping WHYP to increase its sustainability, but also will have a great impact on opportunities for the community in and around the marina area”.

Gina McCabe, WHYP Manager said “The funding from Copeland Community Fund will support the purchase of new canoes and paddles some outdoor climbing/abseiling area equipment and orienteering course mapping kit and a proportion of the salary cost. This will help to expand and develop the opportunities for WHYP to provide activities to local young people that will develop their potential, to understand themselves and others, to enjoy life and contribute positively to the world.” Gina added “this 2-year project is very exciting not just for young people but the whole community as it will create much better opportunities in the marina than ever before”.

Additional funding was secured from: Morgan Sindall, Police & Crime Commissioner and Sellafield Sites


• 0.6 FTE jobs safeguarded
• 200 local people assisted in their skills development
• 1 hectare of open space improved
• £34,876 match funding
• 150 local people who access a community/sport/cultural opportunity/facility
• 1 new/improved sports facility
• 30 volunteer hours per annum
• 100 young people – The number of individuals attending >10 sessions a year


• 100+ young people aged 14-15 years old will participate in the Future Pathways project and develop essential transferable life skills.
• 100+ young people from local primary schools will gain knowledge of the marina environment and how to protect it.
• 350+ new young people and adults will engage in a new sports/community activity.
• Long term financial sustainability of a local youth project will be improved.

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