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ACT Annual Review - An Annual Review is produced each year for ACT's Annual General Meeting, giving details of the charity's activities and finances for the preceding year. Read our latest Annual Review to learn more about ACT.
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.
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.
This article contains information on: general guidance; social distancing and stay at home guidance; advice for village halls; advice for community groups; community response and volunteering; protecting the isolated & vulnerable; Cumbria Response Fund; and survey for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
Information surrounding coronavirus and COVID-19 may change; ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) recommends that everyone should follow the guidance issued by Public Health England and the NHS and keep abreast of the ever-changing situation.
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The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) appointed a new Board member as its Voluntary and Community Sector representative at its January meeting.
Lorrainne Smyth, Chief Executive at ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, has been appointed to replace Professor Patricia Allen, Chief Executive of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice, who has stepped down.
Following on from a highly successful Village Halls Week that involved over 700 village halls, actively engaged 18 MPs and attracted coverage from BBC’s Countryfile, national newspapers and resulted in #villagehallsweek trending on Twitter, ACRE has launched a national survey for England’s Village and Community Halls.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT), the ACRE Network member and community development charity for Cumbria, is encouraging all of the county’s 300+ village halls and community buildings to take part.
Communities across Cumbria are preparing for Village Halls Week – a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers, and the services they offer their communities. This year Village Halls Week runs from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th January, and begins with a launch event at the House of Commons, hosted by Defra Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) are delighted to welcome Gareth Douglas-Brown and Katie Milburn to their growing team as two new Development Officers, this takes the small - but perfectly formed - team size to seven members of staff. Gareth has taken on his home patch of West Cumbria and will continue the fantastic work delivered by his predecessor Rose Lord.
The Lakeland Canoe Club are based in Kendal and has been in existence for sixty-seven years they have fifty-two members from around the South Lakes who regularly paddle with them. Over the past five years they have become much more active in river and sea kayaking, having held club events on 153 days during 2018. Membership is being built slowly through an inclusive calendar of events.
In response to demand from prospective members they were successful in a grant bid to us (ACT) for Cumbria’s pilot Sport England’s Lace Up Project. This funding will provide a facility for those in rural communities to become more active in sport. Lakeland Canoe Club has purchased four new river kayak, paddles, spray decks, helmets and buoyancy aids as part of their 'Be Inspired, Kayaking For All’ project.
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