Inspiring Barrow’s First Year

Inspiring Barrow is celebrating its first year which has seen a stimulating array of activities and events.

Olympic gymnast Craig Heath kicked things off at the project launch when he gave an inspirational presentation to children and adults, encouraging them to aim high and develop their aspirations, which really set the tone for what Inspiring Barrow is about.

Budget 2014 – Impact on the third/voluntary sector

The following comes from NCVO’s policy expert, Andrew O’Brien:

The Chancellor announced that his March budget would be for makers, doers and savers. Given the voluntary sector contains all three you would presume that there would be something for everyone. Is this how it turned out?

The budget story continued to be dominated by the Chancellor’s efforts to cut public spending in order to reduce the deficit. The Chancellor is only 46% of the way through his planned public spending cuts. So it is important not to get distracted by the tweaks and give-aways that were announced in the Budget.

There were few surprises for the voluntary sector, with many of the biggest changes that will affect the sector being recycled from the last budget such as a £2,000 Employment Allowance for charities that employ staff and the abolition of employer’s National Insurance contributions for under 21s.

The Forestry Commission seeks volunteers at Grizedale and Whinlatter through its new programme: Love Your Forest

Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests are looking for volunteers to make a difference through various roles including: assisting in the delivery of arts programming at Grizedale Forest; or taking visitors on guided walks; or becoming a visitor experience volunteer at Grizedale and Whinlatter.

Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities from local and national funders, including Heritage Lottery Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation and BIG – Heros Return 2. Read more to find out further details.

Our Development Team can help you search for appropriate funding, refine your funding strategy and advise you on how to improve your funding applications. Call us now on 01768 800350

Hundreds attend NHS Careers Fair

More than 200 people attended a careers event hosted by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust recently.

The event, at the Lake College in Workington was a chance for people to come and learn more about the different career choices in the NHS and how to start on or return to those paths.

Professionals from a range of services both from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a number of their partner organisations were on hand to offer professional advice. Community nursing, mental health, physiotherapy, Cumbria CVS, Inspira, the job centre, Cumbria County Council and Age UK are just some of the organisations that were represented.