Building Better Opportunities: Getting Cumbria to Work

Over the last couple of months, we have been developing a schedule of activities and workshops for our participants to help support the development of self-esteem, confidence and health and well-being, as well as employment skills.

Some of the exciting activities on offer are:

  • Christmas Wreath Making with local florist Absolute Beginners with Sally Benson at Project John’s The Hub. Channel your festive creative side and learn how to make your own wreath to take home.
  • Yoga Nidra Gong Bath to allow the melodic sound of the gongs to wash over you as you experience deep relaxation and prioritise your self-care.
  • Creative writing workshop with local writer and poet in January 2020 –  to develop creative writing and story-telling skills- unlock your inner-author!
  • Bullet journaling  workshop in January 2020 –using the journal provided learn how to use bullet points to tap into your potential by setting goals, mapping your dreams and tracking progress.

We were also pleased to attend the celebrations of two of our partners: Cadas, celebrating 40 years of service and The Well, who opened their “well fed” social supermarket. Well done to you both.

As always, for further information about this project and/or upcoming events, please contact the team on 07462 055134 or visit the BBO GCtW website:

Getting Cumbria to Work: Barrow and South Lakeland (GCtW) is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project that serves the local authority areas of South Lakeland and Barrow. This programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. It is one of three projects in Cumbria being funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund and is led by Cumbria CVS.

BBO GCtW aims to support and work with individuals who are facing multiple and complex barriers to employment and who are furthest removed from the labour market. It will help them to move towards and into employment by supporting them to play a greater, more productive role in their communities, demonstrate increased skills and confidence and be much more likely to consider employment or volunteering as a viable prospect.