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Action with Communities in Rural England

National body that supports sustainable rural community development

Allerdale Borough Council

Local Authority for Allerdale

Barrow Borough Council

Local Authority for Barrow

Carlisle City Council

Local Authority for Carlisle

Charity Commission

The independant Government department which registers and regulates charities in England and Wales

Copeland Borough Council

Local Authority for Copeland

Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS)

A local charity and social enterprise set up to promote sustainable development across Cumbria

Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC)

Information about Town and Parish Council and Parish Meetings in Cumbria

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Membership organisation for businesses in Cumbria, also providing business advice and support

Cumbria Community Foundation

Information on applying for grants and donating money in Cumbria

Cumbria County Council

Local Authority for Cumbria

Cumbria CVS

Funding information and advice for community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups and organisations

Cumbria Equality Resource Centre

Information on BME, GBLT&Q, Disability and Interfaith news and events

Cumbria Observatory

Brings together existing research and analysis resources

Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency (CREA)

Independant business and environmental advice, consultancy and training for new and established businesses

Cumbria Rural Housing Trust

Provides housing needs and solutions for rural Cumbria

Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership

Information and support for Social Enterprises in Cumbria

Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust (CWMET)

Provides grant assistance to local community groups and organisations

Cumbria Youth Alliance

A network of voluntary youth organisations working with and for young people in Cumbria

Eden District Council

Local Authority for Eden

Furness Enterprises

Business advice and support for new and established businesses

Gov.uk (replaces Business Link and Directgov)

Information for new and existing businesses

Lake District National Park Authority

Planning Authority for England's largest National Park

Lake District National Park Partnership

Developers of the management Plan for National Park

Millomweb

Information for people in the Millom area whether resident, visiting or planning to visit

RDPE Cumbria (Fells & Dales and Solway, Border & Eden)

Funding and support for farmers, growers, foresters, land owners, rural businesses and rural communities

Rural Women’s Network

A network set up to support Cumbrian Women in Business

South Lakeland District Council

Local Authority for South Lakeland

West Cumbria Development Agency

Business advice and support for new and established businesses

Young Cumbria

Support organisation providing advice, information and development support services to clubs, projets and groups that are mainly volunteer led

Latest News

Help for Village Halls Managing Risks

1 May 2018

Help for Village Halls Managing Risks

ACTion with communities in Cumbria has been working with participants from seven village halls to design a Managing Risks Toolkit for the 300 plus halls across Cumbria.

The project aims to assist village halls to deal with the challenges of extreme weather events and other risks such as loss of income, issues within committees and other situations. It is funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and was awarded after Storm Desmond when a number of halls in Carlisle, South Lakeland and Allerdale were flooded.

Local charity supports community resilience across Cumbria

12 April 2018

Local charity supports community resilience across Cumbria

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting community resilience and emergency planning activities across Cumbria, as part of a 3 year BIG Lottery funded programme. This includes helping people to get together to share their experiences, think about future risks and what they might do to be better prepared.

ACT celebrating 70 years - and appealing for images

5 April 2018

ACT celebrating 70 years - and appealing for images

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and using this milestone as an opportunity to celebrate the organisation’s past and also look to the future.

ACT’s Chief Executive Lorrainne Smyth says “We’ve changed our name several times in those 70 years, settling on ACTion with Communities in Cumbria back in 2008, but it is striking how little our aims, priorities and ways of working have changed since the beginning. We still rely on a core group of committed people as our staff and our Trustees and it’s still about making a difference by championing rural issues and working with communities.”

Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

26 January 2018

Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

Village Halls around the country have been celebrating the first national Village Halls Week between 22nd and 26th January. Here at ACT we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the work you do in your communities and to share a few of the highlights in Cumbria and around the country.

Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

10 January 2018

Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging village halls across the county to get involved in the first ever national #VillageHallsWeek starting Monday 22nd January 2018. This is a week-long celebration to say a collective “thank-you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of their communities.

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

13 September 2017

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.

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