Advice Services Available in Rural Communities in Carlisle and Eden

Carlisle and Eden Advice Link is an exciting and innovative way of accessing advice is available for the first time in rural parts of Carlisle and Eden, funded by the Big Lottery.

People living in rural areas will be able to receive advice and assistance from the four key advice providers in Carlisle and Eden: Age UK, Citizens Advice, Benefits Advice Service Carlisle City Council and the Cumbria Law Centre.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment – Older People Topic Summary for Consultation

The following is from Colin Cox
Director of Public Health:

Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is continuing to produce the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). The JSNA is being analysed in topics and reported by topic and executive summaries. The topics and timetable have been agreed by the HWB and can be found at

Eden Community Alarms and Eden Housing Association merger goes ahead

Pictured: Kath Hetherington and Carolyn Greehalgh
Two local organisations looking after the interests of older and vulnerable people in Eden are set to merge. Following the process of due diligence and agreement by both boards of management, Eden Community Alarms (ECA) will merge with Eden Housing Association (EHA) in January 2016.

The two organisations have worked together for many years, supporting the needs of older and vulnerable residents in Eden and surrounding areas. Links between the two were further strengthened from 2012 when Eden Housing Association launched “Eden Independent Living (EIL)” a one-stop-shop service for people looking for extra help to enhance their daily independence at home.

LEADER Programme 2014-2020 Grants

Applications are invited for LEADER funding to support projects, with an initial focus on tourism development, farm diversification and micro and small business development.

Grants are available for:

  • Rural businesses and communities seeking to invest in recreational and small scale rural tourism projects, such as new and existing visitor attractions and accommodation, innovative technology, events and festivals and small scale infrastructure.
  • Micro and small rural enterprises, to support investments that establish and grow rural enterprises, support improvements in productivity and efficiency, including support for community and social enterprises.
  • Farm diversification – new and expansion of existing diversifications into non-standard farming, adding value to the farm produce and into non-farming activity.