Support & Services

Inspiring Barrow
The Kick Start programme is aimed at working with children who have been identified by the school to be in need of assistance in improving self-confidence, communication skills, improved self-efficacy, self-esteem and teamwork.  Delivery is conducted by Dave Cassidy, who has worked in training & education for over 20 years and is spread across the academic term calendar with Year 6 participating in term 1, Year 8 in term 2 and Year 7 in term 3.

Funded by The Big Lottery Fund, the programme is delivered after-school to years 6,7 and 8 and comprises eleven primary schools  (St James, Victoria Academy, Ormsgill, Cambridge Street, Greengate Street, Sacred Heart, St Pauls, South Walney, North Walney, St George’s and  Barrow Island). Delivery also takes place in terms 2 and 3 with three secondary schools (Walney, St Bernard’s and Furness Academy).

The programme offers a wide range of fun and challenging activities including half-term field trips of educational or self- improvement value and draws on various learning styles. It illustrates that everybody has a different skill set and that transferable skills are essential in life for both school and work.

Mentoring is also available for children in Year 6 to them prepare for the transition to secondary school; adult mentors are professionals in Industry and Education.

Recently, Inspiring Barrow partnered with Furness College Media Department to provide their students with work and project experience that will help their students gain their BTEC qualification.

You can read more about the Inspiring Barrow project on their dedicated website  HERE
You can read the latest external report on the project HERE

Lake District Mobility
This organisation has just launched its first all-terrain mobility scooter, known as a tramper, at Whinlatter forest trail.

Cumbria CVS have had the pleasure of being involved with this organisation for 18 months, helping them to register as a charitable incorporated organisation and continuing to be a sounding board for project developments. You can read all about the fantastic new project here

Barrow Island Community Hub – now officially open
It has been an exciting time for Barrow Island as their long-awaited community hub officially opened its doors on Saturday 5 May 2018.

Barrow Island was one of 150 areas nationally to receive £1m of funding from the Big Lottery Fund managed by Local Trust. To draw down the funding a community steering group was established, made up primarily of residents but also partner agencies. Their role over the last few years has been to consult the community on how the funding should be spent, to develop a plan based on the community needs and to implement the plan.

Following community consultations in 2012, the priorities identified were to create a community hub, upgrade the local play area and to improve sports facilities. The play area was upgraded in 2013 and the feedback has been extremely positive, with many residents commenting that it is the best playground in the town and is attracting families from all over Barrow.

The focus of the work over the last 5 years has been the creation of the community hub and, with hard work and perseverance, Barrow Island Community Sports Trust has seen this project through from inception to completion.

Cumbria CVS acted as one of the Locally Trusted Organisations for this Big Local project and have supported the committee to help make this happen.

The opening event was a real celebration of what has been achieved over the last 6 years and highlighted the high level of commitment and dedication of resident volunteers.

Women’s super league footballer for Manchester City and England, Georgia Stanway and Barrow Island junior football coaching stalwart, Matt Clark officially opened the hub. The committee organised a fun packed day, where local people celebrated this fantastic new community facility, which they can be very proud of.

Ali Greenhalgh
Community Support Worker

Shaddongate Resource Centre

It’s coming up to a year since Cumbria CVS moved to the Shaddongate Resource Centre. During that time, we have welcomed over 30 different organisations and groups from our local community to the building, hosting a range of different events, meetings, training sessions and activities.

Recently we hosted the organisers of Carlisle Fringe Festival in our Community Hall – people from the local area came together to share ideas for this year’s Festival that is due to take place from 24 August to 2 September 2018 all across Carlisle. The organisers gave the following great feedback:

‘The process and booking were really easy. It was a really good service, we will be back.’  

Along with our ad hoc bookings, we continue to share the space with a variety of community groups who regularly use rooms including Carlisle Amateur Boxing Club who use the Community Hall for fitness training; weekly cookery sessions held by Glenmore Trust in our Commercial Kitchen; Creative Horizons who hold weekly sessions for older people to improve memory and record memoir’s and our tenants who access the space for meetings and interviews.

Our building is fully accessible and has a range of great spaces available from rooms for 1:1 meetings, a boardroom (max 20) and training rooms, to regular office space and a fantastic Community Hall that is ideal for larger-scale events (see a full breakdown of facilities below). Whatever your needs, we have the right room for you. All facilities are competitively priced, with discounts available for CVS members. Come and see for yourself.

  • Training room/meeting space
  • Boardroom/small conference room
  • Community Hall
  • Self-contained office space for hire/rent. Rooms available for 1-2 to 6-12 people.
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Managed wifi across the whole building
  • CCTV
  • Induction loop systems
  • Secure locking and access systems

 * Screen, projector, flipcharts, refreshments and catering are available upon request.

For all enquiries about Shaddongate or to arrange to take a look around, please contact me on 01768 800350 or email me directly at

I look forward to welcoming you.

Steve Golding
Venue and Resources Officer