Author Archives: Kimberley Lawson

Fellfoot Forward Event – Footpaths & Bridleways

Fellfoot Forward is an initiative of the North Pennines AONB, and includes all of Ainstable parish.

Staff are holding two workshops on Thursday 1st Nov at Ainstable Church Institute to talk about the Fellfoot Forward project and listen to ideas on how the Scheme could support old and new walking, cycling and riding routes for the local communities and visitors.

See the poster below for more details.

Fellfoot Forward workshop – 1st Nov 2018 – Do you know your local footpaths and bridelways

East Cumbria Family Support

East Cumbria Family Support – Can you Help?  -Eden, Carlisle Area, and now our new Workington project too

East Cumbria Family Support has been providing help to local families for 23 years, and in the current climate the need for family support is greater than ever. Our Home Support service matches volunteers with families who have young children, and who are experiencing difficulties relating to health or disability, emotional wellbeing or parenting.  Volunteers visit usually for a couple of hours each week to give practical and emotional support.  Training and ongoing individual and group support is given to volunteers, and travel expenses paid.

If you are interested in helping to support families with young children and have a few hours to spare each week, we’d love to hear from you.  We already have many fantastic volunteers doing a wonderful job, but the demand for our service is great so we’re keen for more people to join us.  Whether you are retired and looking for a new interest, young and wanting to gain experience, or ‘somewhere in between’, supporting families can help to make a real difference in our community.

If you’d like to know more, please contact:

Family Support Coordinators:

Sarah Craig (Eden) on 01768 593102;

Val McQuillin (Workington) on 01768 593102;

Dan Nicholson (Carlisle) 0n 01228 227348







Suicide Safer Eden

Suicide is everyone’s business – Suicide Safer Eden (SSE)

We are a small but determined group of volunteers in Eden working towards reducing loss of life to suicide within our local area.


  • In Cumbria we lose, on average, one person each week to suicide
  • In Eden alone, on average, we lose one person every two months to suicide.

By any measure this is an alarming and potentially avoidable loss of life and we are very aware of the devastating impact this has on a community.

The CHALLENGE in tackling this problem is that people:

  • May be scared to check out if someone is alright when they have concerns because they are worried about making things worse.
  • May assume that only professionals such as doctors, nurses or social workers can help people who may be at risk.

The AIMS of Suicide Safer Eden are:

  • To reduce the stigma of suicide
  • Raise awareness of help that is available
  • Encourage local people to take an active interest in making sure that information is more widely available in their community.

To achieve these aims SSE is looking for people with a caring approach and commitment to the wellbeing of their local community who would like to volunteer to become local champions.

It is important to be aware

  • That people who are willing to talk to someone about suicide will not make matters worse for that person.
  • That the majority of people who take their own lives do not have contact with support services.
  • That we need to see suicide prevention as everyone’s business
  • That we all have a role to play.

The role of the VOLUNTEER CHAMPION is to provide appropriate information within their locality and to promote suicide prevention and awareness training.

If you would like more information about Suicide Safer Eden or If you would like a free suicide awareness session in your community please contact Juliet from Carlisle Eden Mind on 07510 309527 or .

If someone needs to talk about suicidal thoughts they can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or Cumbria Mindline on 0300 561 0000