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Chrysalis (Cumbria) Ltd £25,000
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Chrysalis (Cumbria) Ltd

Chrysalis is a local registered charity in Cumbria and our mission is to provide dynamic opportunities to enrich the lives of adults with learning disabilities in a friendly and...

Chrysalis is a local registered charity in Cumbria and our mission is to provide dynamic opportunities to enrich the lives of adults with learning disabilities in a friendly and supportive environment. This is achieved from a basis of mutual respect, understanding of each person’s needs and a commitment to encourage individual’s to reach their full potential.

We create personalised care plans for every individual to help them develop independent living skills, promote healthy lifestyle choices, raise confidence and where appropriate employment support. Chrysalis currently supports over 70 individuals to access a wide range of leisure and educational activities through one to one support, group activities and holidays.

Some of the activities we offer include creative arts, horticulture, pottery, woodwork, Watchtree Wheelers, sports, health, fell walking, swimming, sailing, developing independence, user involvement and holidays! Chrysalis Wholefoods Shop, a social enterprise located in Wigton town centre, provides our members (the people we support) with further opportunity to be part of the local community and gain valuable work and social skills.

Danica’s Dream Fund £4,000
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Danica’s Dream Fund

Danica’s Dream Fund (DDF) helps young people and their families affected by cancer. We donate cash amounts to help with various things to help with practical issues i.e. accommodation...

Danica’s Dream Fund (DDF) helps young people and their families affected by cancer in the North of England. We provide practical and emotional support, as well as financial assistance to help with practical issues, such as accommodation, petrol expenses, etc.

We aim to promote and protect the physical and mental health of children and young adults who are being treated for a cancer related illness. For young people in hospital, we help provide something for the person and family to look forward to such as a trip away or a day out with friends, and anything else that will make their lives easier.

Eden Mencap Society £15,000
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Eden Mencap Society

Eden Mencap Society (EMS) provides individualised and group support and activities, for children and young people and meaningful work placements and opportunities for adults who...

Eden Mencap Society (EMS) provides individualised and group support and activities, for children and young people and meaningful work placements and opportunities for adults who have learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders. We work in the Eden Valley area of Cumbria, our services are accessible to all ages and we work within our local community, in a person home at and our centre base in Penrith. We work hard at interacting, making real friendships, linking with our local community and offering activities that build on skills and achieving personal targets and goals. We are passionate about enabling every person we support to achieve their potential, learn new skills and have experiences that will enhance their lives.

We offer a variety of activities that encourage people to take part, have a go and support each other. We have day trips and holidays to local, national and international destinations, taking in the cultures and experiences on offer, this promotes inclusion and diversity, acceptance of each other and challenges our differences. In short we provide everyday activities, friendships and positive interactions to keep children motivated, young people active and adults off the sofa and being productive. We fundraise to support our activities, which offer a variety of personal and group efforts/challenges including running our own café, paragliding, a 90 mile swim and brewing our own beer! We are so proud of what we do!

Northside Community Centre Ltd £4,000
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Northside Community Centre Ltd

Northside Community Centre Ltd is on the outskirts of Workington, Cumbria. The centre provides an invaluable service to the local community and acts as a hub on the estate...

Northside Community Centre Ltd is on the outskirts of Workington, Cumbria. The centre provides an invaluable service to the local community and acts as a hub on the estate, providing activities; a local meeting place; gym; rooms for hire and a community shop. The centre also provides advice and signposting services; access to printing and copying facilities and provides assistance to residents wanting to search for jobs; create or update CV’s; or download and complete application forms.

We have three part-time staff, and eight volunteers who help us to prepare and supervise activities, undertake leafleting and information distribution and help collect donations for fundraising activities such as raffles, etc. We also have a youth committee that help the centre by fundraising; developing and helping to deliver activities and coming up with ideas to improve the community in which they live.

We provide fun sessions to teach children and young people new skills; how to stay safe and encourage them to undertake health and well-being activities. The centre also provides a place for groups who experience particular social isolation such as the elderly; people living alone and single parents and we would like to develop additional activities to offer a welcoming place to come and meet new and old friends and potentially learn new skills or share their knowledge with others.

South Lakeland Carers £6,000
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South Lakeland Carers

Imagine you’re 8 years old and you have to get up at 7am to make sure your Mum has taken her tablets...

Imagine you’re 8 years old and you have to get up at 7am to make sure your Mum has taken her tablets…
Imagine you’re 87 years old and you have to be the eyes, ears and voice for your 84 year old wife who has dementia…
Imagine you’re 45 years old and you’re looking after your son who has terminal cancer and you’re trying to hold down a full time job…

These are the people we support at South Lakeland Carers. A Carer is a person of any age who, unpaid, looks after a relative or friend who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot manage at home without their help. Many juggle work, school, or other commitments along with their caring role. Many have given up their income, education or employment prospects or pension rights to care for someone. Taking on a caring role can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, depression and can result in ill health. Anyone could be a Carer – the youngest Carer we support is aged 5 and the oldest is 98. Three in five people will be Carers at some point in their lives.

We support 1,300 Carers in South Lakeland; 220 of these are Young Carers. We provide them with information, emotional support and opportunities to take a break. We offer residentials, trips and support groups for Young Carers. All of our services are shaped by Carers. They tell us what they need.

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary and demand for our services is growing. Please vote for us so that we can continue to support Carers in South Lakeland.

West Cumbria Society for the Blind £4,000
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West Cumbria Society for the Blind

West Cumbria Society for the Blind was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting the welfare of visually impaired people in Copeland and Allerdale. Since we were established we...

West Cumbria Society for the Blind was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting the welfare of visually impaired people in Copeland and Allerdale. Since we were established we have developed our range of services to meet the needs of visually impaired people in our area. We currently support over 1,500 people across all our services, of whom almost a third are housebound or cannot go out without assistance.

Sight loss makes everyday tasks we all take for granted much harder or even impossible. Even going shopping, reading a book or newspaper, cooking and going outside alone are all affected by sight loss. As a result visually impaired people often experience great difficulty living independently and can also become cut-off from the wider community resulting in loneliness, isolation and depression.

To address these issues we have a Resource & Information Centre where people can come for specialist advice, guidance and equipment to help with living more independently. Our home support service and telephone befriending scheme provide vital emotional support to housebound visually impaired people. We also organise regular support groups and outings throughout the area. At the groups people can enjoy a varied range of engaging activities such as bingo, dominoes, cards, crafts, guest speakers, musical entertainment and much more! People also receive practical and emotional support from our staff, volunteers and each other to enable them to feel more socially included.

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