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Project information

Empowering Children and Families in Cumbria

Empowering Children and Their Families to be the best they can be. Provide essential family centered, home based support across rural communities. Reduce health inequalities and isolation, break cycles of disadvantage and encourage positive life choices. Achieve sustainable outcomes for families.

12 months

Charity information: East Cumbria Family Support Association

East Cumbria Family Support Association logo
  • Need


    A need for bespoke family support that is child and parent centered and focuses on the needs of each individual family and provides a long term sustainable outcome. In addition, our home based delivery of support overcomes the challenges faced by many families and communities in Cumbria where access to services in rural locations has reduced considerably due to government cuts, where transport links are poor or non-existent making access to services even more challenging.


    By providing home-based support through our staff team and volunteer network, across the rural communities of Cumbria, we are able to take the support to families, overcoming any barriers or challenges they are experiencing in accessing the essential support they need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To relieve and offer support to children and families experiencing stress or difficulty


    » Provide homebased support to children and families. Delivered through our unique portfolio of services, by our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers

    What success will look like

    Children will experience increased emotional resilience and wellbeing resulting in improved relationships, self esteem and confidence.

    Aim 2

    Reduce isolation and health inequalities


    » Providing non-judgmental child and familiy centered support, breaking cycles of disadvantage and issues entrenched in famililes through generation.

    What success will look like

    Children and their families will have improved involvement in the community, reducing isolation and social deprivation.

    Aim 3

    Empower children and their families, helping them to be the best they can be.


    » Providing ongoing and sometimes longer term support to help create a sustainable outcome, ensuring positive changes are embedded into family life.

    What success will look like

    Children will feel more confident in the way they are parented and feel safe in their homes and community giving them a greater sense of personal security and overall well being.

  • Impact


    Family relationships are stronger
    Families are able to identify and use their strengths to form their own support networks
    Children and Families have greater confidence and children are able enabled to achieve their potential
    Families maintain economic stability
    Children are consulted on their wishes and feeling and understanding their identity and place in the family unit
    Children and families feel confident and safe and therefore more active in their environment and local community


    Lack of funding to support essential core costs and ensure the ongoing delivery of projects. This risk is managed through the organisations Funding Strategy which was developing in 2017, is reviewed monthly and revised annually.
    Reduction in volunteers numbers to manage delivery of support for the projects. This is managed through our ongoing recruitment strategy of volunteers which receives input from staff and trustees.


    Annual review, quarterly update on activities, ongoing communication through emails and updates on social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £218,459

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      Amount Heading Description
      £179,723 Salaries Family support for approximately 250 families
      £7,956 Volunteer Expenses Family support for approximately 250 families
      £30,780 Core costs Family support for approximately 250 families

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Statutory Funds £72,000 Guaranteed
    Grants £67,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    East Cumbria is made up of two main districts, Carlisle and Eden and takes in 71 small rural parishes covering an area of approximately 3,196 km2. Our service delivery addresses critical family support needs to all corners of the community including the most remote, rural and hard to reach.


    Children aged 0 – 18 years old and their families, living in Carlisle or Eden, who are experiencing stress or difficulty and need additional support to help them to avoid crisis point and problems escalating to intensive support needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    East Cumbria Family Support has 23 years experience of delivering targeted family support services to help children and families experiencing stress or difficulty, with success along the way. All staff and volunteers are trained to deliver essential family support and identify specific needs of families. The organisation plays a key role in the strategic development of child safeguarding in Cumbria and has been recognised for voluntary services through a nomination for the queens award 2017.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pam Hutton

    Chief Officer