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Resources and Publications

ACT has extensive experience in supporting local people to solve local problems for themselves. As a result, we have developed a range of resources and materials that community members can download to use to help them achieve their goals. Follow the links below to find out more.

ACT Gazette – ACT's quarterly newsletter providing information on Community Led Planning and Development, Community Buildings, ACT project updates and other news.

Case Studies – Stories from around Cumbria that may help inspire your community projects (written & film)

Community Led Plans - Completed Plans from across Cumbria.


Community Buildings Directory
- Search here for facility and contact details for many village halls and community buildings in Cumbria

Guidance Sheets – Short guidance sheets covering a range of topics including Community Led Planning. More generic guidance will also be of use to all types of community projects.

Parish Profiles – Bringing together up to date quantitative data for individual parishes in Cumbria, each report is broken down into the following themes: Social and cultural; Equity and prosperity; Economy; Housing and the built environment; Transport and connectivity; Services; Environmental; and Governance.

Research & Other Publications – ACT uses the evidence collected through its work with communities, research activities, and partnership activity with others to produce a range of publications on issues affecting rural communities.

Rural Briefings Provide a summary of presentations, workshops and discussions at Cumbria Rural Forum events.

Toolkits and Workbooks – More in depth guidance materials covering specific topics including Questionnaire guidance, Emergency Planning and Community Exchanges. A series of Workbooks takes groups through the process of Getting Going, Business Planning, Budgeting, Marketing, and Working with Volunteers.

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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