Youth group find a new Trustee

Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project (WHYP)  was originally  established so that young people had a voice, and a space to meet as part of the transformation of Whitehaven Harbour and marina back in 1996, but has grown and diversified by working in partnership with other local agencies to deliver personal development training with an adventure / outdoor activity theme.

The Trust offers youth club, sporting opportunity and outdoor adventure to young people in the Whitehaven area. They are located in the Centre of Whitehaven making it an ideal place for young people to drop-in and for the youth club nights they organise five days a week and some weekends too.

WHYP are a charity, with a Board of Trustees and  were looking to identify potential new members with an interest and experience in youth work and young people in Whitehaven and the surrounding area. They approached Cumbria Exchange to help find people interested in supporting WHYP by becoming a  Trustee.

Deborah Naylor, Area Operations Manager for Inspira,  responded to the  request having become aware of the opportunity through the work of Cumbria Exchange.  Inspira is a charity operating throughout Cumbria and Lancashire providing young people and adults with careers information, advice and guidance and personal development support. Indicating  she was interested, Deborah provided details of her experience and then attended a board meeting following which she was invited to join the Trustee group.

Deborah said “I was keen to get involved with WHYP because I feel it is making a genuine difference to the lives of young people living in Copeland; the mission statement which sets out the desire to help young people to achieve their potential, enjoy life and make a positive contribution, is one that one that resonates with me and something I personally try to champion in my professional and personal life.”

She added, “I am now a Trustee at WHYP and am thoroughly enjoying the experience. We meet every 6 to 8 weeks for a couple of hours. The other Trustees are a really friendly bunch and I have been made to feel really welcome. I would like to thank Cumbria Exchange  for making me aware of the opportunity to volunteer; it’s good to feel that you are able to help another local group working with young people and I am learning new things along the way”.

Stuart Dunnett, WHYP Project Manager said ” Deborah Naylor is the Area Manager for Inspira and has a great knowledge of young people and their needs in West Cumbria. She also brings a new and different perspective to our trustee profile”.

Where can I find out about the parties involved?

Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project:


Anne Broome
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