Success Stories

Volunteers help protect local river

A working party of volunteers helped West Cumbria Rivers Trust to remove an invasive plant threatening native wildlife and plants from the banks of the river Irt. Himalayan Balsam is a non-native invasive plant that grows in wet places. It is quick-growing and has explosive seed pods which means it can easily take over large …

Refurbishment of Café West

A training café which supports people with learning disabilities gets a new look thanks to a local firm’s in-kind support via Cumbria Exchange. Café West at Workington Library is run by charitable organisation West House, providing employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities. The Café, which is highly valued and supported by the local …

Community organisations secure equipment in kind

North Lakes Foodbank and Workington Kids are two organisations based in West Cumbria which have recently secured equipment in kind from the Nuclear Community Network following requests on Cumbria Exchange. The North Lakes Foodbank helps individuals and families in crisis, through the provision of emergency food supplies. All food is given to people who are experiencing …

Isthmus Cottage receives a makeover

Young Cumbria operates a facility called Isthmus Cottage on the shores of Derwentwater near Keswick as a 22 person residential facility, to give disadvantaged young people an experience of the outdoors in the Lake District. Isthmus Cottage is a well loved facility in an amazing location, and has been operated by Young Cumbria for many …

West Cumbria Carers benefits from media support

A Cumbrian care group is among the first organisations to benefit from Cumbria Exchange. West Cumbria Carers used the service to ask for help with a promotional video. For 25 years West Cumbria Carers has been supporting anyone of any age who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, …

Ford Park benefits from professional finish

Ford Park has acres of open space and is a hub of activity for children of all ages. From having fun on the natural playground, surrounded by grassy mounds, to discovering the trails and exploring the kitchen garden, there is lots to see and learn in this inspirational community owned park. In addition to the …