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; Governance. Click on the links below to view profiles for parishes in your area:
Each of the sections shows parish-level data compared with local authority and national averages, and trends over time, where data is available. The data is intended to help you discuss questions like:
These profiles have been commissioned by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and produced by Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI). OCSI have developed datasets for all rural communities in England, including parishes, towns and villages, using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) definitions of parishes and urban areas. Each profile includes a map showing the ONS definition.
Please note, due to the data available, it is not possible to produce separate reports for some smaller parishes. The data for these parishes has been incorporated with that of a neighbouring parish. Where this has occurred, we have indicated which parishes are affected in the list of reports by district and each individual file name.
Please also note there is an error on page 16 of all reports: The estimated number of households in Fuel Poverty has been updated on pages 16 and 33. The up to date Fuel Poverty definition and source reference are correct on page 33 but have not been updated on page 16.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria has chosen to make these parish-level profile reports available free of charge, to support communities planning for their future. For more information about how your community can plan for its future, visit our Community Led Planning page.
For local authorities and agencies working across a number of parishes please contact ACT for rates to produce a specific report.
The Cumbria Intelligence Observatory also has Parish Profiles using the same data and you may also find their analysis useful: www.cumbriaobservatory.org.uk
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.
Hellen Aitken from Cumbrian community development charity ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) will be attending the launch in London, together with David Anderson, Chairman of Kirkby in Furness Community Centre, one of three Cumbrian halls to recently benefit from funding from the Defra funded Village Hall Improvement Grant.
Members of the Cumbria Village Halls Network got together last week for a free workshop on using websites and social media. The group met in the cosy community room at Dufton Village Hall, using their recently installed broadband. With help from web-designer Phil Guest, the workshop was a whistle-stop tour of what makes a good website and how to make best use of social media for promotion.
The Village Halls Network is a way for committee members and trustees of community buildings across Cumbria to share practical ideas, relevant experience and to ask for help and advice. Members get together periodically, as well as supporting each other remotely.
Not only have the dedicated volunteers at Hunsonby Community Centre raised £300,000 to refurbish their community building, they’ve also been awarded a nationally recognised Hallmark quality standard for good governance.
Ofgem is carrying out a call for evidence for households who are not connected to the electricity distribution network, which we know at ACT is an issue for a significant number of Cumbrian residents
On the 13th November it is World Kindness Day, so as part of the #KindCumbria campaign we’ll be encouraging people to think about random acts of kindness and celebrating this on 13th November with our own very special 'Kind Cumbria Day'. Read more to find out how you can get involved.
The census rehearsal is in full swing and residents are being urged to complete their questionnaires online or at a community hub in Carlisle. The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.
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