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 

website: www.phoenixyouthproject.org.uk 

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: judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk 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: judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk 


Judith Smale 

Volunteering Manager

Cumbria CVS 

Telephone:  01768 800350

Email: judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk

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 team.skills4you@gmail.com. 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

Your lockdown learning toolkit: Copeland community care & learning

Your Lockdown Toolkit

With shorter days, and colder weather Winter Lockdown can feel very daunting. Copeland Community Learning and Skills have put together a series of workshops to help you not only survive but embrace the next month.

The week long selection of workshops are all 2 hours long, delivered over Zoom and are FREE to attend. Attend as many as you like and create “Your Lockdown Toolkit”.

Juggling Home Schooling, Work and Life
Monday 1st February 11am-1pm
On this workshop you will cover handy tips, guides and techniques to balance working from home, home schooling and the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Keeping Active from Home 
Tuesday 2nd February 11am-1pm
You will look at why exercise is important and give you cheap, simple, fun and effective ways to get started. You will be joined by a Physiotherapist from the NHS.

Introduction to Mindfulness
Wednesday 3rd February 10am-12pm
This workshop will give an overview of the theory and practice of Mindfulness. You will have the chance to begin to discover how Mindfulness may be relevant in your life.

Staying Connected- Zoom and Internet Security
Thursday 4th February 11am-1pm
This workshop offers an introduction to Zoom for beginners and the key issues around internet security.

Introduction to Art Journaling

Friday 5th February 11am-1pm
An introduction to creative journaling, for those who would like to de-stress their lives and learn new creative techniques.

Details of all workshops can be found online. Click on the course title to view more information and enrol online.

Alternatively to book your place email copelandclas@cumbria.gov.uk or call
01946 506416

Lockdown Learning

Your Lockdown Toolkit Photo

We’re back in lockdown…
Take the opportunity to learn something new.
 We have some great courses starting soon. Why not join us online via Zoom and unlock your potential!

Functional Skills Maths Level 2
Tuesday 26th January 6pm-9pm

Exploring Architectural History and Design
Wednesday 27th January 6pm-8pm
£40.00 / £20.00*

Functional Skills English Level 1
Thursday 28th January 6pm-9pm

Functional Skills English Level 2
Thursday 28th January 6pm-9pm

Getting the Most out of your Apple iPad
Friday 29th February 10am-12pm

*A 50% reduction may apply if you meet certain criteria.

Details of all course can be found online. Click on the course title to view more information and enrol online.

Alternatively to book your place email copelandclas@cumbria.gov.uk or call
01946 506416

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North Cumbria health service: Where are your local vaccine hubs

Covid 19 Vaccines now being delivered at primary care hubs across north Cumbria – thanks to volunteers and staff  

Every Primary Care Network (PCN) across north Cumbria is now delivering the covid vaccine to their over 80s and care home residents and staff.

There are eight PCNs – they are groups of GP Practices working together in local areas – and the vaccine is now being delivered from nine locations. Please don’t call your GP Practice to ask about the covid vaccine.

The teams are also visiting local care homes and the homes of housebound patients and those with mobility issues, to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the vaccine.

Our primary care teams, including GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, healthcare workers, admin staff and a significant number of volunteers from a range of organisations, have all worked incredibly hard to get these new hubs up and running. For our primary care teams, this is happening alongside keeping every day general practice up and running for people needing medical support.

Dr Niall McGreevy, a GP in Workington and lead GP for the General Practice Provider Collaborative, said: “This is a huge effort from teams across north Cumbria. Everyone working in general practice has had a part to play and we simply could not have done it without the support of many, many volunteers.

“We know that people are incredibly grateful when they get the vaccine, many tell us they have barely left their homes since March and they see this as the first step towards getting back to some normality.

“General practice teams are well used to delivering vaccines, but this rollout has involved a significant amount of work to keep our patients and our staff as safe as we can, to make sure we can get as many of our most vulnerable patients through as quickly as we can. My colleagues have put in a super human effort and all of our hubs were up and running by the end of last week, which is just remarkable in a few short weeks since the vaccine was given the go ahead.”

Volunteers have been vital in the rollout supporting patients, helping manage car parks with large numbers of people arriving for the vaccine and directing and supporting patients.

Ed Tallis, director of primary care for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This rollout has been a massive team effort and I can’t praise the flexibility of our primary care teams enough. They have been supported by volunteers right across the north of the county.

“I know in Cumbria we have a fantastic community that steps up when needed, and we have seen first-hand just how generous with their time our community has been. We are delighted so many people want to help out with the rollout of the covid vaccinations and I know that their input has helped our primary care teams focus on the delivery.

“Volunteers have been absolutely vital to managing the safe delivery of the vaccine. Thank you to each and every one who has played a part in supporting this vaccination programme.”

Volunteers from a range of organisations have been supporting primary care teams. They include (but are not limited to):

·         Blood Banks

·         North West Ambulance Service First Responders

·         Cockermouth Emergency Response Group

·         Northern Fells Group

·         Maryport Hug A Mug team

·         Rotary

·         And many others….

Anne Waggot-Knott was part of the Cockermouth Emergency Response Group and said: “It feels really good to be involved in something that might finally make a difference to this horrid situation”

Mike Bradshaw and Karen Shankland from Cockermouth said: “This is one of the most important periods of time in our lives – we will do whatever you require.  We enjoyed volunteering immensely.  After seeing people into the car park and then watching them in wheelchairs, or with sticks, with all sorts of health problems, etc., going to get their chance of life in 2021…..very humbling.”

Kevin Walsh from Rotary in Carlisle supported Carlisle Network PCN and said: “We’ve had a steady stream of people and it is good to be able to help. Rotary is always looking for community activities to get involved in.”

On Sunday 10 January 2021 the Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed around one third of over 80s had been vaccinated across the UK.

Ed Tallis added: “You can help your GP teams with this massive piece of work. Please do not call your GP, you will not be able to book in, please wait to be contacted by the NHS. It will take some time to do even the first two priority cohorts. By calling you may make it harder for those with medical needs to get the help they need.”

North Cumbria has eight Primary Care Networks with a hub delivering the vaccine for all the member practices. They are:

Brampton and Longtown PCN – Brampton Community Centre

Carlisle Healthcare PCN – North Carlisle Medical Practice

Carlisle Network PCN – Morton Surgery

Cockermouth and Maryport PCN – Castlegate and Derwent Surgery (Cockermouth Community Hospital) and Maryport Rugby Club

Copeland PCN – Flatt Walks Surgery

Eden PCN – Penrith Hospital

Keswick and Solway PCN – Wigton Hospital

Workington PCN – Orchard House Surgery

Copeland GDF working group invite you to their virtual meeting- have your opinion heard on where nuclear wste could be stored

The search has started to find a suitable site and a willing community to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for the UK’s higher level radioactive waste. Community consent is at the heart of the process and a GDF cannot be built unless there’s a suitable site and a willing community.

The Copeland GDF Working Group has started its engagement with local people on the potential for further consideration of a GDF somewhere in the area of Copeland. As part of this engagement, we produce a monthly newsletter which anyone in the community can sign up to, please do so here via our dedicated website. Please feel free to share this link with others.

We can also offer community newsletters/groups/organisations such as yours, the opportunity of receiving regular information from us. If this is something which you would be interested in, please let me know an approximate number of words you would like, a list of deadlines and whether you require photographs.

Also, we can hold ‘virtual’ meetings with you if you would like so that you can talk to us directly. Our email address is gdfinfo-copeland@nda.gov.uk

Copeland GDF Working Group has three main tasks – begin to understand community issues, concerns and questions about GDF; identify a search area or areas within Copeland which could then be further investigated for potential locations for a GDF, and identify initial members for a Community Partnership that could take that work forward. The Working Group will not identify specific sites or decide on locations, it will merely suggest areas for further consideration by a Community Partnership.


If you have any questions, please do get in touch.





Gillian Thorne

Working Group Communications Lead

Radioactive Waste Management

Herdus House
Westlakes Science and Technology Park
Moor Row
CA24 3HU

T: 01925 802440

M: 07513 484807

E: gillian.thorne@nda.gov.uk

W: gov.uk/rwm – Geological Disposal