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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 2015-2016 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

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. 

New ACT Trustees

21 February 2017

New ACT Trustees

ACTion with communities in Cumbria champions community and rural issues and are welcoming two energetic, committed people to join our board of trustees. As a registered charity that has been functioning for almost 70 years, we need trustee board members who can use their local knowledge and understanding to think strategically about how best to support rural communities to thrive.

Our two new ACT Board members come from very different backgrounds and bring a diverse range of skill sets and expertise to the table.

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10/08/2017 09:00 - 17:00 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Appleby Show - 10 August 2017

Appleby Show, Appleby Show Field (The Barley Field),Coupland Beck, Appleby, CA16 6LN.

ACT will be attending Appleby Show,  this is a popular agricultural show with something for all the family. Come along and talk to us about Emergency Planning, or how we may be able to assist your village hall or community building. We are also supporting communities around the county with their Community Plans - maybe we could help you?

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12/08/2017 09:30 - 17:00 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Dalston Show - 12 August 2017

Dalston Show, The Showfield, Dalston Village, Carlisle CA5 7QB

ACT will be attending Dalston Show,  this is a popular show with something for all the family. Come along and talk to us about how we may be able to assist your village hall or community building. We are also supporting communities around the county with their Community Plans - maybe we could help you?

Dalston Show has been a popular event since the 19th Century. The enthusiastic Committees work tirelessly to put on a good event each year which not only reflects local agriculture and rural skills, but gives visitors the opportunity to have an enjoyable day as they wander amongst the trade stands, visit the Craft & Industrial Marquee, and sit beside the two rings taking in the livestock judging, horse events or the afternoon entertainment.

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28/08/2017 10:00 - 16:00 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Keswick Show - 28th August 2017

ACT will be attending Keswick Show, being held on 28 August Bank Holiday Monday at Keswick Showground, Nr Braithwaite. This is a popular agricultural show with something for all the family. Come along and talk to us about Emergency Planning, or how we may be able to assist your village hall or community building. We are also supporting communities around the county with their Community Plans - maybe we could help you?

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08/09/2017 09:30 - 14:00 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Celebrating Village Halls and Community Led Housing Event and Annual General Meeting - 8 September 2017

Celebrating Village Halls and Community Led Housing Event and Annual General Meeting - 8 September 2017

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