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ACTion with Communities in Cumbria is the community development organisation and Rural Community Council for Cumbria with over 65 years of experience assisting communities to achieve their aspirations.

ACT champions community and rural issues.

  • We support communities to plan for their future, develop projects, work with others, and influence and change policy.
  • We are active in rural areas among communities affected by disadvantage whether this is economic, social or physical.
  • We provide practical advice and support, deliver training, and offer independent facilitation.

Read our 2016 - 2017 Annual Report or visit the What We Do page to find out more about current and previous ACT projects including our work with Community Buildings and Community Led Planning groups.

Visit our Resources and Publications. page offering support on a range of community activity: guidance sheets, case studies, workbooks, toolkits, and the ACT Gazette newsletter.

You can Join us by becoming an ACT Member or ACT Supporter (it’s free!) and follow us on Twitter @ACTCumbria.

Visit the
Staff and Trustees pages for profiles of our staff, trustees, president and vice president.

ACT uses evidence gathered through its community development activities to influence policy and decision making, locally and nationally.

ACT was established as a community development organisation owned by the people of Cumbria in 1948, find out more in ACT History.

ACT is one of thirty eight members of the national ACRE network (Action with Communities in Rural England). To find out more about ACRE, visit www.acre.org.uk.

ACT is a community development organisation: Good community development is action that helps people to recognise and develop their ability and potential and organise themselves to respond to problems and needs which they share. Good community development supports the establishment of strong communities that control and use assets to help improve the quality of community life. It also enables community and public agencies to work together to improve the quality of government.'

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Latest news

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

13 September 2017

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

Volunteers from six Community Buildings around Cumbria were presented with achievement awards by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) at their recent AGM. Over 50 people attended the event at Sedbergh People’s Hall, celebrating the enormous contribution which Village Hall volunteers make to the communities they serve. 

Medical Services and Transport needed by rural people

8 August 2017

Medical Services and Transport needed by rural people

From the 1,000 responses so far in the Cumbria Rural Panel Survey, the top priorities are: access to medical services, the need for transport services and affordable housing. Good Broadband and access to a village shop are also scoring highly. The survey being promoted by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is asking rural Cumbrian residents which services are important to them.  The results will be used to provide a focus for the discussions of the Cumbria Rural Panel. The survey ask respondents to pick three services, from a list of eight, that are the most important to rural life and then asks people to identify the one thing that would improve life in rural Cumbria.

Cumbria Panel Rural Survey

4 July 2017

Cumbria Panel Rural Survey

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is asking rural Cumbrian residents what services are important to them.  The brief survey being used will provide a focus for the first discussions of the Cumbria Rural Panel.

New Emergency Planning guide for Cumbrian Households

27 June 2017

New Emergency Planning guide for Cumbrian Households

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging households across the county to consider how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency and has produced a simple Household Emergency Plan leaflet to help.

Prince's Countryside Fund supports resilience in Community Buildings

4 April 2017

Prince's Countryside Fund supports resilience in Community Buildings

Volunteers from across the county have met with ACTion with Communities in Cumbria to discuss how village halls and other community buildings can be more resilient.

ACT champions community and rural issues, and sees community buildings as a critical part of vibrant, sustainable rural life. Funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund is supporting ACT to develop a toolkit to help community buildings manage risks and be more resilient.

Chancellor urged to issue Budget VAT refund to village hall charities

30 March 2017

Chancellor urged to issue Budget VAT refund to village hall charities

ACTion with communities in Cumbria is urging the Government to pledge £3 million in the Budget to refund the VAT paid by village halls on improvement work such as modern kitchen and toilet facilities and new meeting rooms. 

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