Charities

BECBC aims to support as many local charities as possible through offering a platform for you to introduce you charity to the business community, or promoting local events that support local people and important causes.

This page offers a listing of local charities and their contact information should any member companies wish to offer their support through fundraising or events.

If you're a charity and wish to have your details added to this page, please contact us for information.

  1. Calderwood House
    Rachel Holliday 01946 439312 calderwoodhouse.co.uk rachel.holliday@ttcwestcumbria.org

    Calderwood House is a homeless hostel in Egremont where they offer a hand up, not a hand out. They converted a former police station into 11 en-suite rooms staffed 24/7 with a "Hub" for training, education and living space. Their residents work hard packaging and selling their very own blend of coffee to keep the doors open. Every penny raised gives homeless people in West Cumbria a new start in life. The founder, Rachel Holliday, believes investment in homelessness works, and is living proof.

  2. Carnegie Theatre Trust (Workington)
    Karen Thompson – Theatre Manager 01900 600708 www.carnegietheatre.co.uk karen.thompson@carnegietheatre.co.uk

    The Carnegie Theatre Trust was formed in 2015 as a community charity to operate The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington. We provide a diverse and accessible range of high quality arts and leisure activities in a welcoming and inspiring environment; service provision and programme will promote social inclusion, interaction and engagement for all ages, shared experiences and opportunities to learn.

    Our objective are:

    • To promote and provide a diverse and accessible range of high quality arts and leisure activities for the residents of West Cumbria
    • To develop income streams, maximise efficiency, maintain and invest in the physical infrastructure, operate responsibly and run at a profit to re-invest in the business
    • To develop and work with staff and volunteers to ensure a high quality customer experience and service provision for visitors, hirers and leaseholders alike.
    • To work in partnership with other local groups and businesses creating a natural hub and support network in order to maximise opportunities and embed activities into the core Carnegie offering.

    The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre is a 306 seat theatre with attached arts centre in the centre of Workington. Having been transferred from local authority control to that of the Carnegie Theatre Trust, it has increased its programming and now includes Comedy, Musicals, Classical Music, Blues and Rock Music, Ballet, Opera and Variety performances. The arts centre is home to dance schools, a karate club and special needs group as well as the Carnegie programming workshops and its award winning Music Centre, offering musical opportunities to the area’s children and young people.

    Follow us on Twitter @CarnegieTheatre
    Find us on Facebook @CarnegieTheatre 

    The Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre is operated by the Carnegie Theatre Trust (Workington). Registered Charity 1160963. 

  3. CFM Cash for Kids
    Katie Jones 01228 815506 katie.jones@cfmradio.co.uk

    Cash for Kids is the official charity of CFM working in Cumbria & South West Scotland.

    Each year we hope to raise thousands of pounds, which is available for grants to organisations and individuals throughout the CFM transmission area. We work very closely with the likes of Barnardos, Mencap, Jigsaw, Cumbria County Council & Dumfries & Galloway Children's services and protection teams, local schools and many more to support them with funding for equipment, beds, sensory items and projects which will enhance the life and learning needs of children.

    All the money is raised locally and spent locally and goes to children and young people under 18 throughout the area, with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, with behavioural or psychological disorders, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.

  4. Cumbria Children’s Dyslexia Project
    Lucy Stanford 07708 629019 Cumbriacdp@outlook.com

    Cumbria Children’s Dyslexia Project is aiming to purchase sufficient screening software to enable every child aged 6 to 11 in the county to be screened for dyslexia and for those affected to be  then supported with suggestions as to appropriate strategies/resources.  Dyslexia is estimated to affect around 10% of the population but a great many children are never identified -  reducing their self-esteem and their life chances. Perhaps the most telling evidence for this lies in the studies carried out with prison populations which estimate that at least 30- 40% of prisoners are dyslexic. Early identification means that children can be supported by schools and families and will understand themselves and their difficulties. We should like to make Cumbria the first county in England where all children are screened for dyslexia.

  5. Cumbria Youth Alliance
    Cath Clarke 01900 603131 www.cya.org.uk cath@cya.org.uk

    Working with and for young people across Cumbria to ensure they can reach their full potential Established in 1997 CYA supports over 2,500 young people (aged11-25) per annum, through delivery of a needs led programme. CYA uses sport, community action and one to one support programmes to ensure all young people can make a successful transition into adulthood · Supporting young people at risk of dropping out of school to prevent · Supporting young people who are not in education, employment or training · Supporting young people to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Awards · Supporting young people to undertake Social Action in return for being able to claim rewards · Supporting young people with disabilities to undertake volunteering programmes and gain skills and confidence CYA supports over 200 other agencies working with children and young people through offering: Business Support, Help to Fundraise, Help to gain a quality standard, Help to get their governance in place and ongoing training for trustees, access to short courses for volunteers and youth workers across Cumbria.

  6. Every Life Matters
    Chris Wood 074434 79860 www.every-life-matters.org.uk chris.wood@every-life-matters.org.uk

    Every Life Matters is a new Cumbrian charity. We aim to reduce the number of people who die by suicide in our County through challenging the stigma around suicide, and by empowering people from all walks of life to recognise and respond too suicidal behaviour and thoughts. We will deliver a broad range of suicide prevention training, run ongoing suicide awareness campaigns through our local online and print media, facilitate grass roots suicide action groups based in our local communities and work to ensure suicide is given the priority it deserves in local health and social care strategy. We will also provide support to people bereaved, or otherwise impacted by suicide, through delivery of individual and group based support. The West Coast of Cumbria is a priority area for our work, with suicide rates way in excess of the national average.

  7. Hospice at Home West Cumbria
    Hayley McKay 01900 873173 www.hospiceathomewestcumbria.org.uk Hayley.McKay@hhwc.org.uk

    Our Mission:
    To be at the heart of our community and provide home nursing, emotional support, complementary therapies, and lymphoedema care when and where needed.Every year Hospice at Home West Cumbria needs to raise over £1 million.

    Hospice at Home West Cumbria, established in 1987, was founded by Cockermouth GP Dr Brian Herd with a group of nurses and nurse managers all working locally in West Cumbria. We now employ more than 60 staff and are supported by over 200 volunteers.   Hospice at Home West Cumbria covers 400 square miles along the western side of Cumbria.  We provide care to a scattered rural population from Maryport, right down to Millom and into the Eskdale and Wasdale valleys.

    Our services include

    • Emotional support
    • Home nursing
    • Complementary therapies
    • Lymphoedema care

    All our services are delivered for free to patients, families and carers who need our care and support. 
    Every year Hospice at Home West Cumbria needs to raise over £1 million to continue to deliver our services.

    All funds raised directly benefit local people and help us continue to give people in West Cumbria with life-limiting illnesses the choice to remain in their own homes, close to loved ones, giving them the care they need.

    If you or your team would like to volunteer, plan an event or become a corporate partner to support our charity, please get in touch.  

  8. I CAAN - Activities for Autism in West Cumbria
    Lynne Thornton – I CAAN Committee Member www.icaan.org.uk lynne.thornton@icaan.org.uk

    Established in October 2010 by parent volunteers, I CAAN is a registered local charity providing much needed social opportunities for children and young people with autism, in Allerdale and Copeland. 

    Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how a person communicates and interacts with other people and the world around them.  As West Cumbria is geographically widespread, with very little provision for people with autism, individuals and their families often suffer from social exclusion and isolation.

    I CAAN creates opportunities for these young people, to feel accepted and understood.  The charity also prevents local autism families from feeling isolated.

     I CAAN addresses social isolation by providing a variety of fulfilling and engaging activities and events for not only the individual with autism, but also their direct family members who are often unable to experience quality family time together in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed environment. There are numerous benefits from I CAAN’s work, as individuals with autism have an opportunity to socialise, whilst their families can confidently attend activities, without fear of being judged or their children being misunderstood.  

    The charity has a significant and positive impact on the lives of many and establishes the foundations for families to grow in confidence, for individuals with autism to have the chance to develop essential social skills, and ultimately find a place where they truly belong.

  9. Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice
    Natalie Bingham 01228 810801 www.jigsawhospice.org

    We provide support to children and young adults with life limiting conditions throughout the county.

    Jigsaw is a place of fun and laughter where children and young adults can stay and create memories which will last a lifetime. Our welcoming and safe atmosphere provides a place for children and young adults to receive the care and attention they require.

    We provide one to one care for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses, with the facility for up to five children and young adults staying overnight. Our home from home environment allows the nurses to match the children and young adults home routines as closely as possible, ensuring a smooth, relaxing and peaceful transition between home and hospice environments.

    Jigsaw rely on the help and support provided by you, the local community we serve, to offer the highest quality care to those living with life-limiting conditions. The local NHS trust provides around 28% of our running costs, while the remaining 72% comes from the generosity and efforts of our supporters in the local area and beyond.

  10. North West Air Ambulance Charity
    Sarah Thompson 07802 324 378 www.nwaa.net sarah.thompson@nwaa.net

    North West Air Ambulance Charity takes advanced healthcare to scene; reaching, treating and transferring patients to definitive care as quickly as possible and working collaboratively with our partners to ensure they are transferred to the best treatment centre thus improving chances of survival and reducing the risk of long term injury.

    We have 3 helicopters with two based a Barton and one at Blackpool. We can reach anywhere in the Northwest in 15-20 minutes, in some case sooner. Our craft fly with two paramedics and on one of our craft we fly with a doctor. Our service means it’s like having the Accident and Emergency department land at the end of your street.

    We are not centrally funded by the NHS or government and our service can only be provided because of the generosity of our supporters.

  11. Rose Castle Foundation
    Isabel Berry 01228 648048 www.rosecastle.com/rcf/home Isabel.berry@rosecastle.foundation

    Rose Castle Foundation’s mission is, ‘to equip a generation of reconcilers through facilitating encounters across deep divides’.  We bring emerging young leaders who are back-to-back in conflict face-to-face, to learn about themselves and each other and to re-imagine and construct a way forward as citizens who walk shoulder-to-shoulder.

    We use our expertise to focus on conflict reconciliation:

    • within faiths
    • between faiths
    • between faith and secular society
    • between groups and the environment.

    Through workshops and residential programmes, expert facilitators enable participants to delve deeply into their beliefs and values and to explore those of others with curiosity and respect.  Participants explore the nature of conflict, tools for navigating it well, how to ‘disagree well’ and the role of forgiveness.  Key in every programme is the re-imagining of personal and collective futures, as participants return to their communities to apply their learning as young reconcilers and leaders.

    Your investment in Rose Castle Foundation, through donation or volunteered time, enables the direct delivery of transformative programmes to those most in need of the opportunity, skills and support to reconcile and to use their new skills to lead others in reconciliation.  Please get in touch; we’d love to tell you more about what we do!

  12. Samaritans of West Cumbria
    Alastair Sharp 0333 335 0414 samaritans@wcsams.plus.com

    Samaritans of West Cumbria is a suicide prevention organisation, established in 1967, and run by trained volunteers.  It offers a free telephone hotline  (116123), an E mail service (jo@samaritans.org) and face to face contact at our branch on Church Street, Whitehaven. We are also involved in outreach work with National Rail, the police and the NHS.   We are funded entirely by donations and fundraising within the local community. 

  13. Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria
    John or Karan 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan) www.sobs-cumbria.org.uk hello@sobs-cumbria.org.uk

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria is a branch of the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide UK (Charity no. 1098815). SOBS has grown to become the only national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. They provide an opportunity to listen, share, gain and understanding and connect with others. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month in West Cumbria (Whitehaven), North Cumbria (Carlisle) and South Cumbria (Kendal). These meetings are led by volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide themselves, who aim to provide support and guidance to those who are bereaved. SOBS Cumbria also has a 24/7 helpline - see numbers listed above. Any survivor who approaches SOBS Cumbria is always offered a friendly ear and someone who knows exactly how they are feeling. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SOBSCumbria/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sobscumbria

  14. The Cumbrian RNLI Lifeboats
    Tim Chittenden 01946 861089 workington@rnli.org.uk

    The RNLI operate all weather lifeboats at Barrow-in-Furness and Workington; inshore lifeboats at Barrow, St Bees, Workington and Silloth; and the Cumbria Community Flood Rescue Team.  Lifeboats based in Cumbria are critical to achieving the RNLI’s target of providing a search and rescue service out to 100 miles offshore and of reaching any casualty within 10 miles of a lifeboat station within 30 minutes of the alarm being raised.  Around the entire British and Irish coast the RNLI typically saves over 400 lives per year. 

    Donations may be made by cheque (payable to the RNLI) or cash to the Workington Lifeboat Station – North Jetty, Prince of Wales Dock, Workington, CA14 2JH

    (Registered Charity 209603)

  15. The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund
    Confidential Helpline: 0800 587 6040 All Other Enquiries: 01925 633005 www.tnibf.org info@tnibf.org

    The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund (TNIBF) is a registered charity supporting those working or who have worked in the UK Nuclear Industry who are experiencing financial difficulty.  

    The Fund can provide assistance to cover short or long term problems, where help cannot be obtained from any other source.  Assistance is tailored to the individuals needs and circumstances.  All you need to do is provide details of your income and expenditure and the type of assistance you require.  You need not be a contributor to the Fund and assistance can include dependent family members.

    The Fund has helped many people since it was set up in 1957 and we would like to help you if we can. So if you are having financial problems and can’t see a way out why not contact us. 

    You may not need us but you may know someone that does (family member, colleague, friend etc). 

    Please be assured that all enquiries are treated in the strictest of confidence and with empathy and respect. 

     

    Registered Charity No: 208729

    The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund, Unit CU1, Warrington Business Park, Long Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8TX. 

  16. The Tony Ward Memorial Trust
    Gwenda Ward 01900 829260 5star5steps.co.uk/ gwendaward00@gmail.com

    Strong, ethically run sport opportunities and development pathways make an essential contribution to the physical, psychological, cultural and economic health of individuals and their communities.   The trust was set up in 2011 to strengthen opportunities for Cumbrian children and young people to engage in track and field athletics, via their schools and the wider community, in ways that encourage a commitment to personal challenge and improvement.  As a result they have developed the 5Star5Steps project for primary schools and aim to launch the version for secondary schools in 2020.

    Rural communities can be disadvantaged in sports that depend on voluntary coaching and administration, therefore the trust, which is run by ex Olympian Gwenda Ward, also works in a multi-agency way in order to maximize the contributions  of county associations, including Cumbria Schools Athletics Association, clubs, schools, funders and potential funders, the National Governing Body, coaches and parents so that young people in Cumbria can access the best possible opportunity to grow through athletics.

  17. The Workington Shannon Lifeboat Appeal
    Tim Chittenden 01946861089 campaign.justgiving.com/charity/rnli/workingtonshannonlifeboatappeal tcchittenden@aol.com

    We are appealing to raise the final few thousand pounds necessary to acquire a modern 26 knot Shannon Class all weather lifeboat to replace our obsolete and slow Tyne Class boat which has been in service for 25 years during which time it has saved 73 lives and safely brought another 345 people ashore.  The new boat will be delivered in April 2017 and we still have some £60,000 to raise to complete the £2million payment required.  Donations may be made by cheque or cash to the lifeboat station or using Just Giving."  

    Tim can also be contacted at: workington@rnli.org.uk

  18. West Coast Down’s Syndrome Support Group
    Sharon Watson / Helen Finlay 07771967239/ 07789777522 https://www.wcdssg.com Wcdssg321@outlook.com

    We are a small group of parents of children/ young adults with Down’s Syndrome living in West Cumbria. 

    We found that we needed to have other parents to turn to for advice, support and guidance as our children take new steps in their lives. 

    The group was started to help raise awareness of our children’s needs and abilities and to offer a safe environment for our children to enjoy activities, discover their talents and to make lifelong friendships.

    We also know that sometimes we need the support of other families who are in the same situation as us. We can share our experiences, our knowledge. We can listen and advise, guide and support as well as celebrating our own children’s achievements and successes. 

    We aim

    • To offer support and advice to families through regular family sessions.
    • To liaise with professionals and organisations to promote inclusion and diversity and direct members to these services.
    • To promote activities to enhance  inclusion, equality and well-being.
    • To share knowledge, experiences, successes and strategies to enable fulfilment of individuals potential.
    • To provide opportunities to experience sports, activities and events within a supportive and  inclusive manner.
  19. Whitehaven Community Trust
    Kerry Maxwell 01946 590590 www.wct-whitehaven.co.uk wct@shineadsl.co.uk

    Whitehaven Community Trust have been working  in the community to for the past 29 years with those that may be vulnerable, homeless, have mental health issues etc throughout our various projects. Our main focus has been helping young people into training and work experience. 

    Currently we have 2 hostels in  Whitehaven. Our first is for homeless young people aged between 16-25 years.  WCT offer them their own room, safety and support, with the help of our support workers we encourage them to learn life skills, engage in further education or seek employment, to date we have helped over 800 young people. The second supported accommodation facility is for Mother and baby and young women  who are victims of domestic violence and need help. We offer a safe and homely environment and with the help of our Support Workers guide these young women to become independent, confident young mothers.

    All money raised gives our vulnerable young people the chance to make positive changes and plan for their future. 

  20. Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project
    Gina McCabe 01946 690404 www.whyp.org.uk gina@whyp.org.uk

    For over 20 years we have been giving young people opportunities to develop their potential, to understand themselves and others, to enjoy life, and to contribute positively to the world.  Based in Whitehaven Town Centre we provide youth clubs, sports, and outdoor activity opportunities for over 1000 young people aged 7-25 each year.  We offer doorstep based adventures aimed at raising confidence, levels of physical activity, and aspirations.  We provide countless opportunities for transferable life skills, and accreditations such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, to support young people into adult life.  As well as locally based activities we use the Lake District National Park and surrounding coastline plus whole host of out of County venues including a Skiing Residential in Scotland and an annual Sailing Voyage!

    We are an entirely not for profit organisation committed to engaging with as many young people as possible in this area of high deprivationWe are a part grant funded part self funded organisation.  Income ge. neration is by way of sale of sports and outdoor activity services to schools and other groups and through rental of our premises.  We currently employ 7 permanent staff, 1 apprentice, and rely on over 800 hours of volunteer time each year.