South Copeland Development Officer

We have recently appointed a new Development Officer for South Copeland based in Millom and covering the area from Millom to Drigg, and out to Eskdale.

From July 2023, Beresford (Berry) Moyle Rosser will be supporting voluntary groups and local interest groups in South Copeland assisting in grant applications, volunteer recruitment and retention as well helping to identify potential Trustees and ensuring they are supported in their new role. Some local organisations may need advice on governance or guidance in developing future plans or creating special events and Berry will be able to assist with this.

Berry comes with a wealth of experience in hospitality management at an international level but has also had a lot of experience in the social sector managing projects in Sussex and Surrey and working with asylum seekers, young people and adults with mental health issues.

He has access to Grantfinder which contains details of many different potential sources of funding, plus knowledge of other local funders. Berry can help you source funding for different needs – some small local groups struggling to find money for equipment as well as grants for larger scale projects – whether it be installing audio equipment in a village hall or upgrading a kitchen or food preparation area to help improve delivery for meals on wheels, or funding for core organisational costs.

Berry says, ‘I am looking forward to meeting the many voluntary organisations in South Copeland and discovering how I can support them to deliver their service to the community. South Copeland is not only a stunningly beautiful part of the country, but also has amazing people who are self-reliant and passionate about their community, and I want to support them to make a difference.’

The Development Officer post has been made possible following an award of £148,824 from South Copeland GDF Community Partnership’s Community Investment Fund, which will see support made available for three years, helping organisations to develop and deliver quality services, access funding to sustain their activity, and recruit and train volunteers.

Berry can be reached on 07826 284 929 or by email

He is based at the Millom Community Hub in the Dutton Room and works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.