Skills development support for hostel staff and residents

Time to Change (West Cumbria) is a project providing a safe place to accommodate the growing homeless population in West Cumbria. Based in Egremont, the former police station was converted into an 11-bed hostel known as Calderwood House. It offers emergency, short-stay accommodation with 24-hour support, prioritising ex-military personnel. Residents can stay for up to …

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Artwork inspiration created with local students

In May 2019, The Colourful North contacted Bell Decorating Group through their Cumbria Exchange “Support Offered” post when they were considering options to whitewash a building for a design with Whitehaven Academy. The importance of whitewashing the building was paramount to the preparation requirements for the walls of the building to accept the design and …

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Cleator Moor Celtic Infrastructure Improvements Collaboration

Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club are a community sports club who provide a platform for over 200 people to participate in team sports each week. Celtic pride on being an inclusive club which has been a pillar of the community for over 100 years. With more than 160 youths aged 5 to 16 currently representing …

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Four Treasures tour supported by family business

Prism Arts Studio Theatre took their production Four Treasures to Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, for the second leg of their tour, with support from Reays Coaches who provided a coach and driver to transport the company. Prism Arts Studio Theatre, based in Carlisle, is an integrated company where adults with learning disabilities and professional …

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Businesses rally to support local Girl Guides HQ

Ten businesses teamed up to get Whitehaven Girlguiding headquarters up to scratch through Cumbria Exchange The base is used by the local Girlguiding Groups together with St Johns Ambulance. The new Girlguide programme offers something for every girl – from mindfulness to digital design The groups and local businesses celebrated the launch of the new …

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Harriston Village Hall’s rainy days’ blues are lifted

Harriston Village Hall in Harriston, near Aspatria, are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in their third year of operating. The CIO was formed in 2016 to apply for the lease and secure the future of the Hall. The CIO is led by a group of trustees there to make sure the Village Hall is there for …

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Superheroes & Girls Gang’s Treasured T Shirts

The University of Central Lancashire works with two groups of children in Whitehaven to do community research and develop projects to strengthen social networks in their community. In Mirehouse they have been working with a group of children at St Begh’s Catholic Primary School, called ‘Mirehouse Community Superheroes’ and in Woodhouse they have been working …

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Heritage Group benefits from specialist support

St John’s Heritage Group was set up as a community group to plan and manage a large project based around St John’s Church, Hall Waberthwaite. Its remit is to raise funds for the major repairs and restoration needed to the ancient church, to conserve the site and to convert an existing building (known as The …

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Town Garden flourishes after collaboration 

A community garden at the heart of Whitehaven town centre has been transformed following support from local businesses. A request for support was posted on Cumbria Exchange calling for labourers and equipment to restore the gardens of St Nicholas Church to its former glory. The church gardens, which are in the heart of Whitehaven Town …

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