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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

Local charity supports community resilience across Cumbria

12 April 2018

Local charity supports community resilience across Cumbria

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.

ACT celebrating 70 years - and appealing for images

5 April 2018

ACT celebrating 70 years - and appealing for images

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.”

Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

26 January 2018

Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

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.

Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

10 January 2018

Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

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.

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

13 September 2017

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.

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