Hug a Mug receives a much needed laptop to support delivery of services

Hug a Mug is a free and friendly guidance café, located upstairs in Maryport Health Services on Ewanrigg Road. Manned by fully trained volunteers, it is open to all the surgery’s patients to pop in for a cuppa and a confidential chat, with signposting available to other support services.

Set up in partnership with Ewanrigg Local Trust, Ewanrigg & Netherton Tenants & Residents Association and Maryport Health Services, drop-in sessions are held every weekday from 9.30am – 11.30am and provide a safe and welcoming space where people can have a cup of tea or coffee, a slice of cake and most importantly, an attentive ear. There’s also free phone and internet access and plenty of resources to signpost people to the right support.

Hug a Mug wanted a laptop to help provide information to clients who can then take it away and share with family members.

The request was matched by Cumbria Community Foundation who recently received a generous donation of IT equipment to distribute to community and voluntary organisations.

Ann-Marie Steele, Project Manager from Hug a Mug, said: “It was fabulous to be able to receive the laptop from Cumbria Community Foundation. We have 6 tablets that can get clients online but sometimes we need to be able to print information off for them and we are unable to from the tablets. Having the laptop will allow us to do this now. Many thanks to everyone.”

Joanne Spencer from Cumbria Community Foundation also commented: “It was great to be able to support Hug a Mug in this way and pass on the equipment in the knowledge that it will be put to good use and help to deliver support to members of the community in Maryport.”