‘Supporting the little things that make a difference’
Grants made in 2021
The Cumbria Community Foundation has supported 9 Cumbrian charities through our fund held in the Trust’s name. In particular support of the Foundations Winter Warmth Campaign has always been important to the Trustees who have donated to it since its inception in 2010. In 2021 extra funds were made available to take advantage of its Match Funding Challenge enabling many more people experiencing fuel poverty to receive financial assistance.
The Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust requested funds to enable their Windermeals project to continue to help the elderly and vulnerable of the area who were required to shield due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant awarded enabled a team of volunteers to deliver around 100 hot meals each week for 10 weeks. The meals were prepared at cost by The Lamplighter Dining Rooms.
A donation was made to Epilepsy Action to support their Freephone Helpline service in Cumbria and North Lancashire.
Autistica applied for a grant to continue with the support and advice they provide to families from our area “at this especially difficult time”. The challenges presented by the pandemic effects both organisations and their users and Autistica responded quickly and effectively to continue with the service they provide.
The Family Support Project in Cumbria of Little Hearts Matter found positive ways to continue supporting families of children with single ventricle heart conditions through the extremely worrying time of keeping vulnerable children safe in the pandemic. Online and telephone support and a virtual Open Day replaced face to face meetings. A grant was awarded to help assist this valuable work.
When Lower House Sensory Farm who offer farm-based activities for people with dementia, could no longer offer sessions on site due to Covid restrictions, they applied for a grant to purchase a tailer so the animals could be taken out to visit day care centres and residential homes both during and after the pandemic. This added service will benefit those most at risk of isolation and the Trust was happy to support this application.
Sense a charity which supports children with Deafblindness and their families, applied for a grant to fund work undertaken in Cumbria and North Lancashire. Virtual group sessions and 1-to-1 sessions have been provided with funds donated by the Trust.
A grant towards provision of elevators was awarded to Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association.
The residents of first floor accommodation were facing having to move home as the accessibility of some units were becoming problematical for residents with advancing years.
A donation was sent to Sunny Days Children Fund which provide grants, emotional support and holidays for children with adverse medical conditions.
Growing Well based at Low Sizergh near Kendal is a mental health charity, an organic farm and a training centre. Its volunteer’s testimonials are evidence of the positive effects of the way the charity benefits its users state of mind and feelings of self-worth. The Roselands Trust are committed supporters of Growing Well and provided funds for site costs.
A donation to Revitalise has enabled them to provide emergency hardship funding for five disabled people and carers from Cumbria to access respite breaks at their Sandpipers facility in Southport.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of our countryside to so many people. The restrictions imposed by lockdown and the difficulties in accessing open spaces for many, has brought to the fore how important nature and natural habitat is. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust have a webcam which records the life of visiting Osprey. The feedback from viewers showed how the work of the Wildlife Trust reached and helped so many people through such a difficult time. By becoming a Gold Corporate Member we have committed to support the organisation with its far-reaching work.
The Living Well Centre in Barrow-in-Furness is run by St Mary’s Hospice. A Raizer Emergency Chair was required for the benefit of users and employees of the centre. On receipt of a grant application from the Hospice funds were provided for the purchase of the chair.
Donations have also been given to four Foodbanks in South Lakeland in recognition of increased demand on their services through 2021.
Grants made in 2020
During 2020 an unprecedented year, the Trustees felt that charities in Cumbria would look to The Cumbria Community Foundation as their first port of call for assistance during the hard challenges presented by lockdown and its financial implications, and that The Foundations expertise would enable it to act quickly and effectively to help them. The Roselands Trust donated a major payment to their COVID-19 Response Fund.
The Trust has also continued with its fund held by The Foundation to support causes within the county supporting six projects in addition to The Winter Warmth Campaign which the Trust has supported since its inception in 2011.
The Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust is an organisation with which The Roselands Trust has an active association. Exercise classes within local care homes were funded before lockdown, thereafter our normal funding routes through the Care Trust were curtailed because of the pandemic. When a proposal was received to provide and deliver a VE Day Afternoon Tea for a community wide socially distanced tea party, our Trustees were delighted to provide the funds. With a team of volunteers and the hard work of The Lamplighter Restaurant in Windermere, afternoon teas were provided to 220 vulnerable and shielding residents along with a union jack to celebrate the special day.
Create a creative arts group applied for funding to run another week-long inclusive workshop for students from Sandgate and The Queen Katherine Schools in Kendal which they have done since 2015. Having supported a successful project for them in 2019 a further grant was awarded.
A Freephone Helpline service provided by Epilepsy Action to users in Cumbria and North Lancashire has been awarded a grant in support of its work.
Funds were awarded to Autistica a charity which works with the families of autistic children from our area. The grant was awarded to help them continue with the much-needed support and assistance they are able to provide.
The Calvert Trust provides activity holidays for a wide range of people with disabilities to allow them and their families achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure. Funding was provided to help with bursary funding.
Our Trustees awarded a grant to Little Hearts Matter a charitable organisation which delivers a Family Support Project to anyone affected by the diagnosis of a child with a single ventricle heart condition. The charity supports families throughout every step of their ‘half a heart’ journey and the Trusts donation will be used for such families in Cumbria.
The Roselands Trust has a continuing relationship with Growing Well who provide training and therapy for people with mental health issues. The charity works from a farm at Low Sizergh Barn near Kendal where its offices were in need of a total upgrade – a grant was given to help purchase new portacabin offices for the benefit of staff and service users. Due to the pressure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic an additional donation was given to assist with ongoing running costs.
The charity Sense applied for a grant to provide support to children and young people from Cumbria and North Lancashire allowing access to their specialist services. Sense has been creative in providing alternative services resulting from the challenges of the Covid pandemic and our Trustees were happy to be able to award a grant to them again this year.
Again this year Revitalise Respite Holidays were awarded a grant to provide support for six disabled people and their carers to enjoy a much-needed break at their Sandpipers facility in Southport.
A long-time project came to fruition in September. After much consultation, planning, organisation and the delays caused by pandemic challenges, St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston now have a safe and accessible footpath from the car park to the entrance of the building. Costs for the project were covered by our grant.
Ambleside Parish Centre have undertaken a wide range of support for residents of the area to help with the numerous challenges the pandemic has brought. The centres photocopier was unable to cope with all the circulars, newsletters and menus provided for users through lockdown. Funds were provided to purchase a new fit for purpose photocopier.
An application was received from the Cumbria Deaf Association requesting funding to provide the extra interpreting services required through the current restrictions brought about by the pandemic.A grant was awarded to help with this essential work.
In response to the financial hardships brought about by COVID-19, additional donations were made to Autistica, The Gateway Church, and to four local Foodbanks, as the demand for their services were greatly increased in the wake of the pandemic.
Grants made in 2019
The Roselands Trust has continued working with the Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust throughout the year. Supporting projects within local care homes to provide exercise classes, arranging visits from local schoolchildren to the homes, holding an armed forces afternoon tea celebration, and providing funds for an afternoon tea hosted by Windermere W. I.
Goodly Dale Cottage Homes requested a grant to refurbish their community room used by residents and visitors. This was awarded with the work being completed in autumn.
A week long project by Create was part funded by the Trust. Create is a creative arts group who run creative:connection an inclusive arts project which brings young people with disabilities together with non-disabled young people. They have run the project in Cumbria at Sandgate and The Queen Katherine Schools in Kendal since 2015.
The charity Sense approached the Trust to request funding to support children and young people from Cumbria and North Lancashire access their specialist services. The grant awarded has enabled eight children with deafblindness and their families from the county to receive Senses core package of specialist support.
We were contacted by Revitalise Respite Holidays to provide funds to allow disabled people and their carers to take a much needed respite break at their Sandpipers Centre in Southport. Funds provided have allowed six people to take advantage of Revitalises wonderful facility.
The Handicapped Childrens ‘Action’ Group which provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities requested funds towards the cost of a bespoke buggy for a child from Barrow. A donation was given and the buggy was provided.
People First a charity which offers a range of services and facilities for people across the north. These are split in to three specific departments; advocacy, research and education, and representation. They listen to those who need to be heard, empower people to have their say, and engage with services to increase awareness and improve support for their service users. The award was used to run a conference and support training for the charities self advocacy project.
A community allotment group in Morecambe have opened an accessible area with raised beds for use by disabled members and a local nursing home. Once opened the need for a larger accessible hub to be built was realised. Having raised the money for the building extra funds were needed to install a dedicated disabled lavatory for site users. The Trust was approached and were happy to provide the funds.
The Trust has continued with its fund held by The Cumbria Community Foundation to support causes within the county. During the year we have supported seven projects and funds have again been made available to The Winter Warmth Campaign which the Trust has supported since its inception in 2011.
Grants made in 2018
The Roselands Trust has continued working with The Cumbria Community Foundation as it has since 2006, providing a fund which supports many causes within the county. It has been a supporter of the Foundations ‘Winter Warmth Campaign’ since its inception in 2011.
Right2Work based in Kendal has been awarded a grant allowing it to run a programme of training in woodworking and furniture restoration for people with learning difficulties from across south Cumbria. The project will enable clients to develop skills and provide them with work experience with a range of local businesses as well as allowing for the recycling of donated furniture for the organisations shop.
Donations to The Brathay Trust in Ambleside and to Cancer Research UK have been made to help fund their valuable work.
We have been happy to support the provision of respite holidays for disabled people and their carers from Cumbria through Revitalise. Revitalise is a charity which provides much needed breaks. They have a purpose built seaside centre at Southport which welcomed our sponsored guests.
Dalton Creatives have run a popular singing and social afternoon ‘Headstrong in Song’, which has been attended by people with neurological conditions and their carer’s. The sessions provide singing and use of stimulating equipment, which can help with co-ordination and speech. The social activity also provides a positive feel good factor for everyone attending.
Donations have been given to Sense and the Cumbria Deaf Association enabling these organisations to assist people within Cumbria and North Lancashire who can benefit from the specialist services they provide.
Locally we have worked with the Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust supporting projects as varied as singing groups, tea parties, seated exercise classes and dance performances by school children in local residential homes.
We look forward to 2019 knowing that we already have many ongoing projects which we are happy to support.
Grants made in 2017
An afternoon tea with entertainment was funded by the Trust and hosted by the ladies of Windermere W.I.. Held at the Marchesi Centre, older residents from the area enjoyed a delicious tea and good company.
Growing Well a mental health charity based at Low Sizergh Barn near Kendal urgently needed a new tractor engine and quickly. The weather was against them and crops needed gathering in. A fully booked programme of tractor driving instruction was all threatened with cancellation. Happily we were able to fund the purchase. The crops were safely gathered in and the students were able to gain their tractor driving qualifications.
We are supporting a project which enables a group of visually impaired people to meet weekly for crafting sessions in Kendal. Our grant will allow it to continue it's work through 2018.
AGE UK South Lakes recently opened a new office in Barrow-in-Furness. They required funding to upgrade and furnish a meeting room for their clients. The Trust has supported this.
The Roselands Trust has worked with The Cumbria Community Foundation since 2006 providing a fund which continues to support many causes within the county. It has been a supporter of the Foundations ‘Winter Warmth Campaign’ since its inception in 2011.
The trust has been a supporter of Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakeland providing grants to assist with fundraising events.
A grant from the trust has enabled the provision of an accessible footpath for residents and visitors to the garden at Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association in Windermere.
The trust is supporting The Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust with a singing project aimed at bringing together elderly residents and children from local schools. We are also working with B.W.C.C.T. on further projects.