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Annual Report 2015/16

Providing a sustainable source of funding for the local community


Chair’s Report My two years as Chairman to the Fund, have been hugely interesting and equally inspiring. There have been some outstanding results that have been achieved during my term in the Chair. This achievement has not been without the hard work of an exceptional team.

John Rowlands Independent member


As we come to the end of the year of funding for 2015/16, it has been a very exciting and interesting time to have been Chair of this Fund. This was especially brought home by the Fund’s five year celebration event held in October 2015. It was wonderful to be surrounded by a wide range of stakeholders and most importantly be able to showcase the work and achievements of some of the projects funded by Copeland Community Fund. This report highlights a number of the projects we have funded this year and shows we have continued to fund a wide variety of projects across Copeland. With a large investment into Arts, Culture & Sport, we are seeing improvements to many facilities including Florence Arts Centre and Hensingham Amateur Rugby League Club. Both projects have seen major improvements to the facilities and as a result will continue to benefit the community for years to come. This year has also seen Community Action projects thrive thanks to the funding received from CCF. The Freedom Project continues to work with victims of domestic violence, helping victims/survivors, perpetrators and children recover from their experiences of abuse and help create ambitions and aspirations for the future. Improvements to Copeland’s Built Environment has also been a success this year, with Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team receiving funds to create a modern, fit for purpose base which more effectively meets needs of team members. The base will enable more effective service delivery and enhance the service offered, as well as raising the team's profile in the community and enhancing fundraising ability. The Fund has continued to have a development team offering vital support to community groups. This has been done by working directly with groups as well as holding two volunteer celebration events and a Funding Fair held in Distington Community Centre in conjunction with Cumbria CVS.

The Fund was established to recognise the unique role the Copeland community plays in hosting the national Low Level Waste Repository close to the village of Drigg. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority pay £1.5 million per year into the Fund for every year that the current vault receives waste: in addition to an initial endowment of £10 million. A board of directors representing Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and two independent members manage the fund. A delegated panel comprising CCC, CBC and NDA representatives meet monthly to receive applications and make decisions on grants under £50,000. The Community Development Team offer support to community groups and organisations as well as managing the grants given by the fund. Both Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council support this process.

Board John Rowlands Independent member - Chair

Cllr Tim Knowles

Brian Hough

Cumbria County Council

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Cllr David Southward

Alec Haggart

Cumbria County Council

Independent Member

Our community development workers offer support and advice about planning and managing your project as well as advice about funding. So get in touch and tell us about your project! John Rowlands

Mike Starkie

Cllr David Moore

Mayor of Copeland

Copeland Borough Council

Arts, Culture & Sport Egremont and Area Regeneration Partnership Ltd - Florence Arts Grant Approved: July 2015! !

Grant Award: £60,000.00

Total Project Costs: £158,305.00!

Florence Arts Centre is based at Florence Mine, just south of Egremont town centre. The Mine was (until 2008) the last working deep iron ore mine left in Western Europe. The project aims to deliver sustainable growth in arts participation and interest in heritage whilst making Florence Arts a sustainable centre for visual arts, music and comedy; where all people can develop their creativity. Part of the funding will be used to continue to improve the building, making it more user friendly and energy efficient. The majority of the funding will be used to grow arts audiences in West Cumbria through artist residencies, exhibitions, workshops, music and comedy performances. This will be supported through growing the number of volunteers who regularly volunteer at Florence Arts and by developing a marketing campaign for the venue. Alongside this the Centre plans to apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support people to explore the heritage of the iron ore mining industry and its link to the local community. Other funding for the project is being provided by Arts Council England (£75,000) and the venue’s own earned income (£23,305).!

Outputs: • • • • •

1 social enterprise created 1 FTE job safeguarded 1500 volunteer hours 1 new/improved cultural facility 6000 attendances at a tourism attraction/community venue

Outcomes: • To have a thriving arts centre, with increased paying attendances, which is able to support its core running costs through earned income • To plan and fund successful projects building on arts and heritage in the area and at Florence creating opportunities for access and engagement with arts and heritage • Provide opportunities for people to develop creative skills and professional arts practice • To have a more energy efficient arts centre and to improve the facility year on year

Hensingham Amateur Rugby League Club – Clubhouse and Changing Rooms Upgrading Grant Approved: July 2015

Grant Award: £76,400.00

Total Project Costs: £212,826.00!

Hensingham ARLFC was founded in 1900 and has a long and illustrious history of providing many top sportsmen through the delivery of quality coaching for young people in area. Through hard work by a host of dedicated committee members and loyal followers their present site has been developed since 1973 from the humble beginning of a rundown shed ‘locally known at the Chicken Shed’ to what once was the envy of many clubs being one of the best amateur clubs in the country. Sadly through age and usage that was no longer the case. They had always undertaken repairs and appropriate maintenance of their clubhouse and changing rooms. However the main building has a flat roof that had cost them over £15,000 in repairs in the last 10 years, did not have dedicated disabled toilet facilities and access to the building was poor. The committee took the decision to raise the required funds to refurbish the exterior of the building to make it watertight and a ramp provided to improve access. Doors and windows would be replaced to BEFORE increase security, improve access and improve ventilation. Internally welfare facilities would be upgraded and a disabled toilet installed. The lounge and function Outputs: room will be insulated and an air conditioning unit installed in the lounge to improve the heating and ventilation. 1 x new/improved sports facility • 480 sq m of refurbished floorspace • In the changing rooms a new energy efficient • 650 local people accessing a community/sport/ boiler will be installed, new showers installed and cultural opportunity or facility the building insulated and rendered to make watertight. Thus making the facilities much more Outcomes: attractive for the sporting and local community to use. Increased user numbers using club, facilities and • John Pilkington - project lead said “We have additional activities in the building almost 150 male and female rugby participants Improved access so all members of the • using our facilities on a weekly basis from U8 to community can use the facility Open Age level, and together with the social clubs To have a more energy efficient facility • and societies that use our clubhouse for their Increase bar revenue and employ additional staff • meetings and events, the facility is very well used.” “We have had DIY days when players and members have come together to help with the preconstruction preparation that has really made a difference to moving this project along. The upgraded facility will be a great asset to our community and we will have a good long term future ahead of us. We anticipate that the whole project will be complete by the end of 2016 and the whole club will be looking forward to a celebration opening event.” Other funding was secured from: WREN, Sport England, Cumbria County Council Local Members Grant Scheme and own fundraising. AFTER

Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust – Development Phase of Major Funding Application 

Grant Approved: July 2015

Grant Award: £5,000.00

Total Project Costs: £72,000.00

Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust plans a major restoration of its corn mill at Boot, a Grade 2* listed building and the last working watermill in the Lake District National Park. Copeland Community Fund often acts as an “enabler” for projects looking to bring in major funding from other national funders such as Heritage Lottery Fund. From funding awarded of £5,000 in July 2015 additional development funding of £67,000 was secured from Heritage Lottery Fund to help the Trust progress plans to apply for a full grant in 2016. The Mill’s irreplaceable buildings are in urgent need of repair, including partial re-roofing and reinstatement of water-damaged walls. The project will conserve the mill and miller’s cottage, and restore the original machinery to full working order. As well as building work, there will be a programme of activities for visitors and children, a group of volunteers will be recruited, and a new resident custodian will be appointed when building repairs have finished in 2018. Working locally with the National Trust and the Lake District National Park Authority, the Trust will offer guided walks and a wide range of activities for all. Paul Pharaoh, Chair of Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust said, “Eskdale Mill is a fascinating place which could be at the heart of what the Eskdale valley has to offer to visitors. Ten years ago, local people did a great job in securing the mill’s future as an attraction open to the public. Now it is time to move on to the next phase of the water mill’s long life, by conserving the buildings and improving presentation of its story. We are absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and Copeland Community Fund are supporting us to make this possible.”

Outputs: • £67,000 of match funding

Outcomes: • Delivery of a detailed Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund grant application and supporting documents

Millom Recreation Centre – Detailed design stage for new Gym and Soft Play Grant Approved: September 2015

Grant Award: £50,000.00

Total Project Costs: £55,000.00

Millom Recreation Centre has the only indoor sports hall in the whole of south Copeland, small spinning room and a very small gym. The local community has to book in advance to use the gym; a spur-of-themoment turn up and workout is not an option. Marion Giles, BEM and trustee of MRC said: “It has been a long-term dream for the trustees of the Recreation Centre and the community, to extend the current building to house a modern fitness centre and gym alongside a children’s indoor activity soft play centre. The proposal is driven by the need to create more space and facilities to meet growing demand for health and fitness type activities in the town and surrounding area. “The centre has been particularly successful in attracting a high number of young people into its gymnastics programme – over 150 young people attend on a weekly basis - which has meant added pressure on the existing space and resources. This has coincided with an increased uptake in spinning classes and the various dance fitness classes. Now there is an urgent need to free up more space to cater for this increasing demand whilst at the same time continuing to provide the full range of activities currently on offer to the loyal and enthusiastic customer base.” Marion added: “Being able to employ someone specifically to develop detailed costs and drawings for the proposed expansion of Millom Recreation Centre and completing RIBA stages 3 and 4, has been critical to move this project forward. We are fortunate that Copeland Community Fund recognises that project development stages are crucial to organisations like ours and will provide appropriate funding to support.”

Outputs: • £5,000 Match funding • 1 full time equivalent job created

Outcomes: • Recruitment of one project development coordinator • Completion of RIBA Stage 3 and 4 • Planning permissions renewed for new build

Community Action 

West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support The Freedom Project! Grant Approved: March 2016

Grant Award: £87,779.00

Total Project Cost: £219,447.00

West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support was set up by Shirley Williams, Carole Launder and Susan James in 1997. Initially it was established to provide counselling and support to adult victims of domestic abuse in Copeland and Allerdale but now includes work with perpetrators of domestic abuse and children. Clients are offered a flexible, free of charge support package called the Freedom Project, which consists of one-to-one counselling and group programmes offering training and peer support. The aim of this project is to stop domestic abuse in West Cumbria, help survivors to move on and perpetrators to change their behaviour.!Over a three year period the project will provide information, advice and guidance to a total of 519 victims, perpetrators and children who are Copeland residents. WCDVS also provide a helpline, staffed by volunteers, and volunteers will also provide practical support - for example accompanying a victim to court. Carole Launder added: “West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support / Freedom Project is a much needed service in our area. Statistics tell us that domestic abuse is 5% higher in West Cumbria than the national average. It has been hard work for the past 19 years to build up an organisation from 3 people with only a mobile phone to the professional organisation it is today. Our overarching aim is to break the repeat cycle of domestic abuse in all its forms, leading to permanent changes in the wellbeing of the people of West Cumbria. Left unaddressed domestic abuse can become self-perpetuating and can be passed on for one generation to another; therefore, it is vital that we continue to work towards achieving permanent change.”

Outputs: • • • • •

£131,668 match funding 213 local people assisted in their skills development 8,388 number of volunteer hours 2.5 full time equivalent jobs safeguarded 705 number of local people who access a community/sport/cultural opportunity/facility

Outcomes: • Victims/survivors, perpetrators and children will recover from their experiences of abuse and have ambitions and aspirations for the future • Victims will have the skills and confidence and empowerment to keep themselves safe and healthy, take control of their loves, access employment, training, providing improved life chances and healthier communities. • Perpetrators will change their behaviour breaking the cycle of violence, anger and criminally improve life chances for themselves, their partners and children • Children will feel safe and secure, communicate more healthily, express and understand feelings without fear, better life chances/improved health • Our clients will become fully autonomous individuals with raised self-esteem able to take responsibility for themselves and their children

Improvements to Built Environment Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team – New Base Grant Approved: March 2016

Grant Award: £218,146.00

Total Project Cost: £555,096.00

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the Western fells for almost 50 years. The team consists of 40 fell going volunteers and several base operators. Each year responding to between 90 – 120 “999” calls to rescue people who are injured or lost in the local mountains. They also assist other organisations when requested. In December 2015 the team assisted rescuing people affected during the severe flooding caused by Storm Desmond, in Cockermouth, Keswick, Carlisle, Whalley and York.The Rescue Team provides a free 24-hour per day 365 days a year service to the public. The team operates in a geographical area that covers principally the Wasdale and Eskdale valleys but extends over Cold Fell towards the coast in the north and onto Ulpha Fell in the South. England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike is part of the team’s area and is the scene for many rescues.

After over 40 years in the village of Gosforth the team decided a few years ago that they had “outgrown” their current base behind The Kellbank Hotel. The new £555,096 base will be a modern, fit for purpose building with enhanced training and welfare facilities, communications and accessibility to the A595. The new base will be built on land just off the A595 near Gosforth. The land is currently owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and will be leased at a peppercorn rent. John Bamforth, WMRT’s Chair, said “This is a fabulous story of West Cumbrian resources coming together to support our mountain rescue activity in Wasdale, Eskdale and the surrounding areas. “We are very proud of what we do and the funding injection from Copeland Community Fund will enable us to invest in the provision of our service for many years to come. Our sincere thanks go to Copeland Community Fund, the NDA, local residents and all our supporters over many years in making the new base a reality.” Other funding is being provided from the team’s own funds (£324,950) and the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association (£12,000).

Outputs: • 465 sq metres of new or refurbished floorspace • £336,950.00 of match funding

Outcomes: • Provision of a modern, fit for purpose base which more effectively meets needs of team members e.g. welfare and training facilities, and enhances ability of team to recruit new volunteers therefore increasing number of volunteer hours • Base will enable more effective service delivery and therefore enhance the service offered • Raise team's profile in the community and enhance fundraising ability

Quality Open Spaces Ennerdale Community Recreation Area Group (ECRAG) Ennerdale Village Park Development Grant Approved: October 2015

Grant Award: £4,865.00

Total Project Costs: £73,100.00

The community of Ennerdale Bridge celebrated in October 2015 funding to install a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and additional play equipment to upgrade the play area in Village Park. The work was fully completed by the Summer of 2016. ECRAG raised £73,100 in total. £40,000 - WREN, £18,000 - United Utilities, £7,835.00 - Tesco, £2,000 Hadfield Trust, £4,400 - Friends of Ennerdale School and village donations and the final funding from CCF of £4,865 which met their funding target to further develop and upgrade a fantastic community facility. Chris Ayling, project lead said, “This project will see a strengthened provision for all age groups in our rural community, and not least the local children who have very limited facilities in their school play area. It will create opportunities for everyone to play, socialise and interact across the generations, and by so doing have a beneficial effect on the health of all. Chris added “As the name suggests a MUGA (multi use games area) will provide opportunities for a wide range of sporting activities such as tennis, netball, football, kwick-cricket, hockey skills, and for the young a safe area to practice beginners cycling skills. The space is already being well used and our official open event is planned for this summer to celebrate the project completion.”

Outputs: • £68,235 match funding • 1 hectare of open space improved • 200 local people who access a community/sport/cultural facility

Outcomes: • By providing alternative facilities to support those that are ageing and being decommissioned, efficient land use pattern will maximise the potential of Village Park for healthy exercise, thus improving the health of the village and local schoolchildren. • A local amenity will mean less driving and therefore fewer carbon emissions. • The project scope contemplates an improved water drainage system. • All excavated material will be redistributed on site • There is an assurance that the contractors have good environmental credentials • The tarmac area will not require mowing and thus ease maintenance.

West Copeland Partnership – West Copeland Lengthsmen Grant Approved: April 2015

Grant Award: £29,744.00 over 2 years

Total Project Costs: £70,818.00

The project was to continue to deliver a community service in participating parishes (Egremont; St Bees; Haile and Wilton and Beckermet/Thornhill) by employing local people (parish environmental worker and one apprentice) to deliver a wide range of environmental activities within the areas of benefit. The project supports local environmental schemes and encourages community participation in improving the local environment whilst creating volunteering and upskilling opportunities. The project is supported through volunteer involvement and the value of this is significant. Groups who have engaged with the lengthsmen who deliver the scheme have included: • Egremont Youth Project • West Lakes Academy • St Bees Community Service Group • St Bees in Bloom Group • Primary Schools located in each Parish • Age UK • De Lucy Centre • Friends of Egremont Castle • Calderwood House

Chris Pickles, one of the Community Regeneration Officers at Copeland Borough Council who coordinates the project said: “Parish surveys and locality plans showed that one of the main aspirations within local communities is to improve their local environment and the visible appearance of their area. “It has also been shown this kind of work has a powerful effect in enabling people to take pride in their area and taking responsibility for its upkeep. In addition, the project supported employment in rural areas and ensure that the participating parishes become better places to live and work. “This in turn is helping to train a new generation of community organisers and support the creation of neighbourhood groups, especially in the most deprived areas, to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live.” Chris added: “The use of a Parish Environmental worker has shown to make a real difference to the Parishes in which they operate. The Parish Environmental Worker has been noted for taking pride in the work he undertakes and the flexibility in service.” Some of the upskilling and volunteering activities recently undertaken through the scheme include: • • • • •

Cookery demonstrations using locally sourced ingredients Willow Weaving Workshop using natural materials sourced locally Christmas Wreath Workshop using locally sourced materials Community Litter Picks in partnership with local groups including Woodend & District WI Daffodil Planting at St Bees with local school children and community volunteers

Comments from local residents include: "Please mention to the lengthsmen our appreciation of the work done in the castle grounds over the last year. It always looks immaculate." "Please thank the lengthsmen for a job well done on Stonehouse Garden & Bridge Garden in St Bees." "I would like to congratulate the lengthsmen on how good the Castle Grounds are looking."

Outputs: • • • •

2 full time jobs created/safeguarded 5 hectares of open space improved 75 new volunteering opportunities 60 local people assisted in their skills development

Outcomes: • • • •

Improved local environment in West Copeland through community involvement Increase in the number of volunteers actively involved in practical environmental projects Increase in the number of volunteers being up-skilled on environmental related issues Strong partnerships between parishes and external organisations

This was a continuation project that was initially supported with £37,500 from Copeland Community Fund from April 2012 – July 2015. Funds for the project came from West Copeland Partnership, Leconfield Estates and West Copeland Parishes.

Training, Employment & Social Enterprise Home to Work Ltd – Craft/Upcycling Project Grant Approved: February 2016

Grant Award: £25,000.00

Total Project Costs: £60,000.00

The craft/upcycling project is led by Home to Work Ltd and beneficiaries are referred from partner agencies such as Department for Work and Pensions, Inspira, Cumbria Advice/Health & Wellbeing Support Team, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Trades Hall, Age UK and other training providers and referral agencies that the project has built links with.! The project aims to provide a non-threatening and safe environment that actively engages those furthest from the labour market into engaging with the first or returning tentative steps into employment.! Nicola Greenough, Project Manager said, “We are pleased to have secured funding which has enabled us to continue the project until March 2017”. Nicola added “We have worked hard to develop programmes that deliver relevant and realistic opportunities to local people with a view to building confidence and motivation, breaking down barriers and exploring solutions. The ultimate destination is employment but we ensure we support and endeavour each individual throughout their learning journey to achieve the best they possibly can. We purposely focus on small groups, no more than 8 learners to ensure that everyone can have the level of support they need as an individual to move forward.”!

Outputs: • • • • •

£35,000 match funding 2.1 full time equivalent jobs safeguarded ! 50 local people assisted in their skills development 20 local people helped to secure employment, education or training! 250 volunteer hours

Outcomes: • Increased number of clients assisted in their skills development (including long-term unemployed individuals) • Increased number of clients helped to secure employment/training/ volunteering • Increased number of clients with additional needs supported (specifically people who experience mental health issues and/or learning disabilities) Funds for the projects have come from Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and Home to Work Ltd.!

Whitehaven, Egremont and District Credit Union – Your Money Workshops! Grant Approved: August 2015

Grant Award: £45,000.00

Total Project Costs: £90,000.00

The ‘Your Money Workshops’ project follows a successful pilot scheme. The project aims to increase prosperity by assisting with financial choices via workshops within Copeland's communities. The project will address issues as a result of the economic pressures on everyday living and assist customers to be wiser about their financial choices.! Whitehaven, Egremont and District Credit Union has excellent working relationship with organisations within the Copeland community and have a referral service with Home Group, Copeland Citizens Advice Bureau, Howgill Family Centre, Age UK and Copeland Borough Council. The Credit Union also works closely with local schools and community groups, regularly giving assemblies and presentations.! Andrea Dockeray, Project Manager “With the introduction of Universal Credit there has never been a better time to look at your financial situation and budget accordingly”.! Andrea added “The Workshops have encouraged people to become thrifty and are now saving for the first time, the majority of the Workshop attendees become good Credit Union members, and sometimes volunteers”. Funds for the projects have come from Copeland Community Fund, Phyllis Harney Trust Trust, NMP and Whitehaven, Egremont and District Credit Union.

Outputs: £45,000 Match Funding 1 Full Time Job Safeguarded 600 Local People Assisted in their Skills Development 6 Local People Helped to Secure Employment, Education or Training • 200 Number of Volunteer hours • • • •

Outcomes: • Raising the financial self-confidence of the community • Providing a safe environment for volunteers to develop skills necessary to look for paid employments. • Growth of credit union – increase in membership, savings and loan book.

Youth Activity Cumbrian SPAA Foundation – Copeland Schools Activate Project! Grant Approved: September 2015

Grant Award: £12,000.00

Total Project Costs: £24,000.00

Cumbrian Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Foundation (SPAA) and Copeland School Sports Partnership were thrilled when the funding was confirmed for their Copeland Schools Activate Project, that would provide specific training to teaching staff in every Primary, Junior, Infant and Special Schools in Copeland (40 in total) in order that they can deliver the Activate programme within their school. The project will also supply each school with 30 resource packs each so that they can immediately begin to deliver the programme once trained. The Activate programme will have a direct link to the Change for Life programme that aims to reduce obesity and promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. Once trained teaching/school staff will be able to: • • • • •

Deliver Activate once a week in a school at time(s) that work for within a typical school week 30 mins will be in the classroom learning about healthy lifestyles Interactive sessions using the Activate workbook 45 – 60 minutes each week playing fun activities and games Each week handouts will be given to take home and work through with the family

Sonia Dryden, Copeland School Games Organiser added: “The take up has been excellent with 25 schools participating and 750 young people actively engaging in the project, which in turn influences parents, carers and wider community to make healthier choices and promote healthy active lifestyles and wellbeing. The young people are engaging with the School Games programme so already there is an increase in the number of in active pupils taking part in Intra School events.”

Outputs: • 80 local people assisted in their skills development

Outcomes: • • • •

Recruit and train 80 staff from schools Deliver 1 programme in each school (40) to 30 children Promote healthy active lifestyles Reduce obesity

St Joseph’s School, Frizington – Years 3 and 4

Other funding came from: CFM Cash for Kids and Copeland School Sports Partnership.

North Copeland Youth Partnership – Staffing Costs! Grant Approved: March 2016!

Grant Award: £16,043.00

Total Project Costs: £61,043.00!

North Copeland Youth Partnership is a successful youth club operating from Parton Village Hall. NCYP provides youth activities for young people aged 8-19 years in the villages of Parton, Lowca and Moresby. The Youth Club is open 3 nights a week and 25-35 young people access this on a regular basis. The young people are actively involved in community activities and this helps to keep the area better for all ages e.g. youth club members regularly do a beach clean. Other activities which the Club delivers or supports include: 
 Cinema Night; Tumble Track; Issue based workshops e.g. Heart Start; First Aid and Drug and Alcohol; Craft sessions e.g. Halloween and Messel Makers; Trips in school holidays e.g. Outdoor Activities, Lightwater Valley, Edinburgh, Theatre Trips and Residentials. The funding from Copeland Community Fund will support the posts of the Youth Development Officer and part-time Youth Worker for 2 years. Additional funding was received from Francis C Scott (£25,000), Home Group (£15,000) and Cumbria Community Foundation (£5,000). Valda Young, NCYP Youth Development Officer, said: “This funding allows our youth club a significant level of security for the next 2 years. As with all youth organisations in Copeland we have lost some traditional sources of funding both last year and for the coming years. Copeland Community Fund continues to be an invaluable Outputs: source of funding and support”.

• 1.5 full time equivalent jobs safeguarded • 400 volunteer hours • 50 young people attending more than 10 sessions in a year • £45,000.00 of match funding 

Outcomes: • A wide range of informal educational sessions will be delivered to 80 young people annually. These will raise confidence and promote skills development e.g. practical skills (Heartstart), creative skills (Arts awards) • Continue to identify and deliver opportunities for partnership working with Parton Parish Council, community members and other organisations such as Rosehill Arts and Inspira. By doing so we will be able to offer a wider range of activities and support the sustainability of the Village Hall • We will encourage young people to take part as “active citizens”, supporting their inclusion within their own communities e.g. active involvement in planning, decision making and delivery of community events

Community Development Support Volunteers Celebrations 2015! Volunteers’ Week is an annual event and takes place during the first weeks in June (1-12) to celebrate volunteering across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too. 2015 marked the 31st year since National Volunteers Week was established in 1984. As part of Volunteers’ Week 2015, Cumbria CVS organised and ran two volunteer celebration events on behalf of Copeland Community Fund to celebrate and recognise volunteers across Copeland. Over the two events 139 volunteers from 37 organisations were celebrated and thanked by representatives of the Copeland Community Fund. The events took place: • Millom: Monday 1 June 2015 at the Haverigg Lighthouse Centre with 52 attendees • Whitehaven; Thursday 4 June 2015 at the Whitehaven Golf Club with 87 attendees Volunteers enjoyed a real fun filled evening. They were treated to a buffet and drinks on arrival; a quiz and the opportunity to make volunteer models using play clay - creative juices flowed! The evening also included a free raffle, with a range of prizes.The celebrations concluded with a very personal thanks from the Copeland Community Fund: every organisation was presented with a group Volunteer Award, and a Thank You certificate to recognise and thank volunteers for their contribution. Volunteers’ Week Events 2015 Thursday 4 June 2015 - Whitehaven Golf Club “I thought the celebration event was a lovely evening; it makes you feel special - being a volunteer is about giving something to the community and people who need help.” Carol Davies West Cumbria Carers “Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club, were very grateful for the invite to attend the volunteers’ week celebration event. We have only been in Copeland for a few months, but have had great support, throughout the Copeland Community Fund - they have helped us to get a foothold in the area to develop disability sport. We were over whelmed by the enthusiasm, shown by the Copeland Community Fund, to try and make our west coast club work. Finally, a big thank you to CVS for an excellent night at the awards.” Ray McBride Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club

Monday 1 June 2015 - Haverigg Lighthouse Centre, Millom “A really interesting evening and a chance to recognise all the wonderful work that the groups in our area undertake, especially in these times of cut backs. Usually when we see these people (volunteers) they are busy helping; it is nice to meet in a social setting, exchange ideas and have a friendly competition.” Maureen Gleaves Millom Pensioners Association “I enjoyed the event and meeting people from the Copeland Community Fund and Cumbria CVS. It was a good chance for me to have some initial discussions with professionals associated with funding routes.” David Billing Friends of Millom Park Training with CVS In 2015/16 the Fund continued to provide funding to Cumbria CVS to provide training and information to community groups in Copeland. This year the focus was on offering community groups the opportunity for free support with governance related issues e.g. with advice and guidance on appropriate legal structures and training on roles and responsibilities of management committee members. All of which ensures groups are “fit for funding”. In addition to this the Fund also continued to support the Cumbria CVS Funding Fair which was held at Distington Community Centre in July. This was an exceptionally popular event, giving organisations the opportunity to speak directly with a number of funders. 31 delegates from 20 Copeland organisations attended on the day. The Copeland Community Fund Team The Copeland Community Fund has a small team of dedicated workers, during the year there were a number of changes within the team. Team Leader, Heather Askew, left in June 2015 and was replaced by Fund Manager, Emma Moynihan in early October. Copeland Community Fund also employed an additional Grants Officer, Claire Willis. The team have continued to provide a range of specialist support and advice to a large number of community groups with advice on the Copeland Community Fund, other local and national funding. They have helped organisations to improve their governance, increase their capacity in developing the ability to plan and successfully deliver their project, identify and apply to national and local sources of funding. The Copeland Community Fund is not a 100% funder, the team has to help organisations source match funding. 2015-2016 funding allocated - £1,808,963 2015-2016 funding levered in from other sources - £9,413,168 Total of projects in Copeland 2015-2016 - £11,222,131 The development team has also continued to work with a wide range of support agencies and partners and have regular meetings with other development workers across Copeland and the wider west Cumbria area. For more information contact (01946) 598352 or email

5 Year Celebration On Friday 16 October 2015, community volunteers and guests from the sectors throughout the borough joined representatives from Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, to celebrate the achievements of Copeland Community Fund’s £11.5m investment in local projects over the previous 5 years. The two hour drinks reception celebration, hosted by the CCF Board, was held at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven and featured short films showcasing the impact CCF has had on local communities across Copeland. Each film explored local projects making a positive difference to the community, including Phoenix Youth Project in Cleator Moor, Egremont Amateur Rugby League Club and Millom Stepping Stones Nursery. The films also highlight some key facts and figures, and emphasises the importance of the Fund’s support and backing of local projects. Since CCF first opened the grant scheme in October 2010, over 195 projects in Copeland have been funded and a further 166 community groups supported. John Rowlands, Chairman of the Fund Board, said: “I firmly believe Copeland Community Fund has been a fantastic success, and this event showcased all the Fund’s fantastic achievements over the past 5 years. He added, “As a board member, I got to see first-hand the fantastic impact the fund is having across Copeland. The Fund’s team work closely with community groups to help them identify and secure a range of funding sources. This means more money is attracted to the area, and enables the Fund’s money to go so much further.”

Grants Allocated

Financial information   50,000

Grants from Copeland Community Fund are paid in stages depending on the length of the project.


Copeland Community Fund Whitehaven Commercial Park Moresby Parks Whitehaven CA28 8YD Tel: 01946 598352

CCF Annual Revew 2015-16  
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