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BASIS

The BASIS 'Developing Youth and Rural Organisations in Cumbria' project ran from 2009 through to 2013. Funded by the BASIS Big Lottery Fund, it brought together three partners: ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, Cumbria Youth Alliance, and Young Cumbria. The purpose was to strengthen the specialist infrastructure services that they provide to voluntary and community sector organisations supporting children and young people and rural communities throughout Cumbria.


Over the four years the partners have made a step-change in the quality and sustainability of their infrastructure services. This has enabled them to help improve the performance and sustainability of the organisations that they have supported during the project, and continue to support now and into the future.

The partners have supported over 570 organisations through bespoke support including training sessions, seminars, workshops and group visits, based on the following:

  • Business and Project Planning
  • Funding and Fundraising
  • Setting up and Running an Efficient Organisation
  • Governance and Trustee Responsibilities
  • Achieving Quality Standards
  • Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

Over the course of the project almost 50 organisations were supported to achieve a quality standard. Many fed back that as a result of the support, they had seen improvements in their operation, service delivery and / or sustainability:

BASIS "helped and supported us to gain a quality mark for our organisation. This helps us to show that the work that we deliver is up to standard and that shows external bodies that our organisation has appropriate management, quality assurance and operation practices. Thank you, you are all STARS for supporting our organisation over the years"

Resources Produced

A wide range of resources were developed as part of the project including ACT's Workbooks for setting up and running and effective organisation. Other resources for youth organisations are available direct from Cumbria Youth Alliance and Young Cumbria

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Latest News

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

13 September 2017

Celebrating Award Winning Village Halls

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.

Cumbria Panel Rural Survey

4 July 2017

Cumbria Panel Rural Survey

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is asking rural Cumbrian residents what services are important to them.  The brief survey being used will provide a focus for the first discussions of the Cumbria Rural Panel.

New Emergency Planning guide for Cumbrian Households

27 June 2017

New Emergency Planning guide for Cumbrian Households

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging households across the county to consider how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency and has produced a simple Household Emergency Plan leaflet to help.

Prince's Countryside Fund supports resilience in Community Buildings

4 April 2017

Prince's Countryside Fund supports resilience in Community Buildings

Volunteers from across the county have met with ACTion with Communities in Cumbria to discuss how village halls and other community buildings can be more resilient.

ACT champions community and rural issues, and sees community buildings as a critical part of vibrant, sustainable rural life. Funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund is supporting ACT to develop a toolkit to help community buildings manage risks and be more resilient.

Chancellor urged to issue Budget VAT refund to village hall charities

30 March 2017

Chancellor urged to issue Budget VAT refund to village hall charities

ACTion with communities in Cumbria is urging the Government to pledge £3 million in the Budget to refund the VAT paid by village halls on improvement work such as modern kitchen and toilet facilities and new meeting rooms. 

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