New volunteering opportunities launched in March

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café: Launched 2021

Relaxed and fun virtual meetings for people with dementia and carers who live in the
community. Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café provides an opportunity to meet with other
people in a similar situation and to share experiences, have a laugh, access information.
These are held using Zoom video conferencing over the Internet. You can join us virtually on
any of the following dates and times:-

Tuesday March 16th

Tuesday April 20th

Tuesday May 18th

Tuesday June 15th

For further details and the joining link, give us a call on
01228 819299
Telephone: 01228 819299 Email:

Lockdown update: Government guide to exiting the current lockdown

The current Prime minister Boris Johnson said in the briefing on Monday February 22nd that the lockdown will be eased in four steps with a minimum of five weeks between each step.

Step one is in two parts:

On 8 March

  • all students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
  • Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as communal areas
  • People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
  • Care home residents allowed one regular named visitor
  • Stay at home order remains in place.

29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households allowed, including meeting in private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools allowed to reopen; organised outdoor sports can resume
  • Stay at home order ends but people encouraged to stay local wherever they can
  • Work from home wherever possible
  • No overseas travel.

2 April,

·         under step two, non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons will reopen

·         Gyms will reopen, along with holiday lets but only for individuals or household groups.

·         Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people outdoors.


Local elections will be allowed to go ahead on 6 May.


17 May (at the earliest)

·         Most restrictions lifted on outdoor gatherings subject to rule of 30

·         Indoors rule of 6 will apply

·         Cinemas, hotels. B&B, theatres can open


No earlier than 21 June, all legal limits on social contact including weddings will be removed.

“We will reopen everything up to and including nightclubs”,

He says he hopes to lift restrictions on large events and performances “potentially using testing to reduce the risk of infection”.


Full details:

URGENT notice: Moor row playpark is temporarily closed.

Moor Row play park is currently closed to the public due to surface water issues. Our play park inspector has deemed it not currently safe for children to use. We will open the park once the surface water has subsided and it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding a co-operation.

Friends of the Lake District Dark Skies festival Friday 5th until Sunday 21st February

Friends of the Lake District Dark Skies festival in February. More information is available on the link below.

Or you can contact Jack Ellerby, Cumbria Dark Skies Project Officer Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7SS, Tel: 01539 720788

for more information

Sonia Hutchinson

Cumbria Association of Local Councils

Our contact details:

Sam  Mon – Wednesday                                           07551 678503


Sonia Mon and Tues am, Thusday Friday              07551 678497

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) are recruiting 20 to deliver a new programme of climate science & solutions

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) who are looking to recruit 20 volunteers across Cumbria to help them deliver a brand-new programme to boost knowledge about climate science and solutions and inspire people to take action in their own lives, funded by the Emergence Foundation.

Volunteers will run interactive sessions for their local communities, ranging from short ‘climate crash course’ sessions to conversation cafes.

By raising awareness and understanding about climate change, you’ll empower people to act and play their full part in bringing about a zero-carbon Cumbria.

You’ll receive comprehensive training to deliver these sessions in your community, and you’ll have the full support of their training coordinator. The sessions will be delivered online via Zoom, given the current pandemic restrictions.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to develop new skills, as well as bringing benefits to your community and playing a really important part in tackling climate change.

So if you are looking for a volunteering opportunity that will help you to increase your confidence, empower you to change things for the better, and where you can empower others follow the link for a role description which has full details about the project and the role.

You’ll also find an Expression of interest form which needs to be submitted  to CAfS by 22nd February.

Sonia Hutchinson

Cumbria Association of Local Councils

Our contact details:

Sam  Mon – Wednesday                                           07551 678503  

Sonia Mon and Tues am, Thusday Friday              07551 678497


Phoenix youth project AGM :Friday 19th February at 12pm

We invite you to join us for our first (and hopefully last) virtual Annual General Meeting here at The Phoenix Youth Project. We hope to bring a smile back to people’s faces by celebrating the achievements of the past 12 months from both our project and more importantly our young people. We expect the meeting to last around an hour. 

Topic: The Phoenix Youth Project’s Annual General Meeting 

Time: Feb 19, 2021 12:00 PM London 

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 874 4246 4015 

Passcode: 340222 

We hope that you can join us, find out more about what we do and help us celebrate the achievements of our young people. 

Many thanks 

Paul Rowe 

Project Manager 

The Phoenix Youth Project 

‘Winner of The Peter Scott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Charity’ 

Charity Number 1160177 


Registered Address: Cleator Moor Youth and Community Centre  

Birks Road, Cleator Moor, Cumbria, CA25 5HP  

Office Phone: 01946 814555 

Celebrating Student Volunteering Week in Cumbria with Cumbria CVS!! 

Student Volunteering Week 2021 runs from 8th – 14th February. This is the 20th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place.  Student Volunteering Week celebrates student volunteering in the following ways: 

  1. Improves student wellbeing 
  2. Develops students’ employability 
  3. Contributes positively to the wider and local community life                                                    

This is a unique week-long opportunity where the whole of the country will be getting involved. We hope to use this time to promote student volunteering and share your volunteering opportunities and celebrate and say Thank You to your existing student volunteers. We encourage you also to think how you could celebrate Student Volunteering Week in 2021, despite our current lockdown. 

With your help, Cumbria CVS would like to raise the profile of Student Volunteers’ Week 2021 online in Cumbria. 

Please email any volunteering posters which we will share on social media during the week to encourage students to volunteer. Perhaps you have some virtual roles that students may be able to help with? For example Volunteering roles could include social media, video editing, creating posters or graphics, online support, admin, telephone support, etc!

 You can also help by emailing any pictures of your student volunteers so we can say thank you to your students on social! Please remember to ask their permission and include their name and which organisation they represent so we can then share throughout Student Volunteering Week. 

  Cumbria CVS would also like to showcase a range of Student Volunteer Case Studies throughout the week on social media. We would really appreciate your help in sharing the attached Volunteer Case Study template with any of your existing volunteers that are students. We would love to share their case study and explain more about their volunteering role and the benefits of being a Volunteer to encourage more students to volunteer. Cumbria CVS is also interested in showcasing digital student volunteer case studies on social media, if they are willing to be filmed for 2-3 minutes. 

 Please email: with case studies, volunteering posters or if students are happy to be recorded in a short video please let me know by 4 February 2021.

This allows sufficient time for all publicity to be ready in time for Student Volunteering Week. #studentvolunteeringweek 

Cumbria CVS is hosting an online event with the University of Cumbria Students Union on 10 February to encourage more students to volunteer and to celebrate Student Volunteering Week. With your help we can share Student Volunteer case studies and details of local volunteering opportunities.  We are also hoping to create some digital videos with students about informal volunteering and how they can make a difference in their community and inspire other students to volunteer! 

Here are some ideas of what your organisation could do to celebrate Student Volunteering Week: 

  • Running an online volunteering event to recruit new volunteers 
  • Host a pledge campaign through the week getting students to submit pledges/photos answering the question ‘I pledge/promise to love my community by…’ 
  • Hold training or information sessions for students on skills development or volunteering that they may be able to get involved in after the pandemic.  
  • Say thank you to your existing student volunteers on social media, newsletter, website, emails, sending thank you cards, etc. 
  • Share Student Volunteer Case studies in local media and your social media to encourage more students to volunteer. 

We hope together we can celebrate Student Volunteering Week in Cumbria! 

If you have any questions or if I can help further, as always please do contact me on 01768 800350 or email: 


Judith Smale 

Volunteering Manager

Cumbria CVS 

Telephone:  01768 800350


Spread the word – Skills4you are OPEN

Skills4You in Cleator Moor realise it is difficult at the moment to know how to move people forward. We specialise in social isolation and people who are living day to day.
We are able to offer 8 week programmes around personal social development, employment, woodworking skills, crafts and upcycling, Courses are person-centred around their needs. Currently a large amount of our work is 1:1 due to covid restrictions. We are also sending out resources for mindfulness and crafting at home. 
Our therapeutic practitioner offers a wide range of services concentrating on mental health and wellbeing, coping strategies, stress and anger management, yoga, learn to relax and a host of person-centred holistic therapies.
We are happy to take referrals over the phone 01946 814576. Or by email The only criteria is the person is aged 18+ and not working. Self referrals welcome.
Kind Regards
Tracey Newbold
Outreach Development
Skills 4 You 
Ennerdale Road
Cleator Moor
CA25 5LL
TEL: Office: 01946 814576 Mob: 0787 1180005