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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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