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.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) celebrated its 70th birthday at an AGM last week (Friday 19 October) and looked forward with a focus on neighbourliness for the future. Over 50 delegates, including ACT team members, Trustees and representatives of a wide range of community organisations, met at Braithwaite Institute near Keswick for the formal AGM, a celebratory cake marking ACT’s support for communities in Cumbria since 1948 and the launch of ACT’s Neighbourliness Works campaign.
Village hall volunteers joined ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) on Saturday to congratulate Thursby Parish Hall on becoming the first hall in Cumbria to receive a Hallmark Two award for good management, health, safety, security and licenses.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is 70 in October and has used the publication of its Annual Review of 2017-2018 as an opportunity to celebrate the success of its approach of working with communities to make change happen across rural Cumbria.
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.”
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