Care and Community – supporting refugees in Cumbria

The end of June marked Refugee Week, although it feels that the conversations around how we support refugees is an all year round one.

The theme of this year’s week was around ‘healing’ with people and organisations coming together to celebrate care, community and new beginnings.

Third Sector organisations have always come together around the themes of care and community and its no surprise that the sector has been responding to the needs of this community, whether they are Syrian, Ukranian, Afghan or one of the many other nationalities who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. This support ranges from providing accessible activities, English language conversation cafes, celebration of culture events or just a person to talk to through a regular drop in.

Useful Information – July 2022

Events, charity news, surveys, feedback, reports, services and much more – in one handy place!

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Inspiring Eden – Jobs Fair 1 July 2022

The Penrith Jobcentre team are seeking attendance from clients they are supporting but the event is open to all, including older workers who may have left the labour market and may like to return to work, college and school leavers, and the refugee community.

A confidence-boosting alpaca experience

My Future participants attended an organised Alpaca and Llama Experience recently as part of a programme of activities.

This was a confidence boosting activity for the participants, who had the opportunity to meet and greet alpacas, feed them, and go on an alpaca and llama trek.

Project participants said that they thoroughly enjoyed learning about the animals, how they socialise with each other, and are cared for in their environment. One participants stated “I enjoyed the activity very much and meeting new people”. Another advised that “Trying new things is okay and the activity has improved my confidence”.

Trustee Focus – July 2022: Recruiting Trustees

We recently hosted a Trustee Network bringing together 25 trustees from across Cumbria.

The aim of the network is to offer peer support between trustees and share best practice, ideas, challenges and to of course network! The topic for the recent meeting was Recruiting Trustees.

Judith Smale highlighted some of the basic principles of using the Trustee Recruitment Cycle, which are:

Volunteering opportunities on BBC Radio Cumbria

Every Thursday lunchtime Judith Smale, our Volunteering Manager, will be on BBC Radio Cumbria promoting volunteering opportunities across the county.

This will be a weekly slot promoting organisations that need volunteers.

If you would like Judith to promote your opportunity please email a short paragraph including details of the name of your organisation, what the volunteering opportunity is, what days and times you need volunteers and the geographical location to

Tech Talk – July 2022

Check out our curated roundup of information and advice on all things digital.

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Video: Why even the smallest charity needs to be cyber secure

This video from Charity Digital explores how all charities can look after their cyber security, whatever their size – and why they should.

National Lottery Community Fund wants your help shape to their strategy

A message from the National Lottery Community Fund:

Let’s talk

Join us for a community conversation to help shape the future of the National Lottery Community Fund on July 5th 1.00pm till 3.00pm via Teams.

Now is the time for a conversation about how The National Lottery Community Fund can best support UK communities to thrive. As part of our commitment to putting communities first we’re renewing our UK-wide strategy – and we want you to get involved.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund: opportunities for third sector organisations in Cumbria

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK. It provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation from the Fund via a funding formula rather than a competition – UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (

Community Connectors to build engagement across sectors following Lottery funding success

An award of nearly £300k of funding will support volunteer “Community Connectors” from local organisations throughout Cumbria to improve engagement between the third sector, public sector, and key stakeholders and funders.

The money, from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities fund, has been awarded to us to run the new project.

Support available for Unpaid Carer families arriving from Ukraine

A Cumbrian partnership is highlighting that families arriving from Ukraine, and refugees from other countries, who provide unpaid care for others can receive support.

Cumbria’s Unpaid Carers Partnership, made up of NHS, Social Care and a wide range of third sector Carers Organisations, is highlighting the availability of support as part of Carers Week, which runs from 7-12 June, 2022.