Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Nuclear Management Partners celebrates £2m worth of community donations

A major milestone was reached last night when the amount of money handed out by Nuclear Management Partners to West Cumbrian communities reached £2 million.

Since 2009, the NMP Community Fund has made 288 grants via Cumbria Community Foundation to groups and individuals while also commissioning four large partnership projects.

The £2million funding landmark was reached at a celebration in Whitehaven Civic Hall last night when a cheque for £7,000 from NMP’s new general manager, Dr Ian Hudson, was presented to Gill Hewitson from Thornhill Community Centre and Social Club in Egremont.

The event brought together community and business leaders and many of the groups who have received funding.

Dr Hudson said: “As owners of Sellafield Ltd we take our role in the community very seriously. It has always been our priority to make a difference in West Cumbria and giving £2million to the Cumbria Community Foundation is just one of the ways in which we are doing this. 

“We are delighted that our donations to the Foundation have helped over 50,000 people. In total our socio-economic programme has given £20million of funding locally and as the new general manager for NMP I will be continuing to focus and strengthen our commitment to West Cumbria, its people and its economy.”

He thanked the Foundation for making sure its £2million has found its way to those who need it most. “It’s fantastic to see the difference it is making,” he added.

Andy Beeforth, chief executive for Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “£2million from NMP is a major investment in the work of West Cumbria’s leading charities. In practice this means hundreds of young lives improved with their aspirations raised and horizons lifted.
“Because we’ve spent the money well, the NMP investment has attracted a further £4.7million in matched funding.”

The evening’s compere, Cumbrian broadcaster and journalist Kim Inglis, introduced representatives from ten of the beneficiaries to share their stories…

Age UK West Cumbria Reach Out Programme (Copeland) – awarded £68,642 over four years
The funding was used to employ a project worker to develop the “Active for Life” programme, to develop the charity’s volunteer base and to provide support to community groups working with older people.

Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project (Copeland) – awarded £75,000 over three years
The Project was allocated £75,000 of NMP funding to develop three areas: outdoor activity, the youth club and the Adventure Group which works with young people who need sensitive, practical and emotional support.

Inspira (Allerdale) – £100,000 over two years for the Friday Night Project
Through its close work with Cumbria Police Community Safety in the West team, Inspira recognised that a lack of provision for young people on Friday nights had led to a rise in anti-social behaviour.
So the NMP funding was allocated to provide additional youth sessions across Allerdale in Aspatria, Cockermouth, Maryport, Wigton and Workington.

Workington Town RLFC Community Development Foundation – £51,088 over three years
The rugby club is using its NMP funding to run a three-year project to support reading in local primary schools alongside tailored rugby coaching, multi-skills games and team-building games to help develop youngsters’ social interaction skills.

Whitehaven & Egremont Credit Union – £22,500 for merger and volunteer training costs
In 2010 Whitehaven and Egremont’s two Credit Unions merged so they could pool resources and expand into rural areas. The Credit Union also runs “Thrifty Workshops” in schools and has more than 800 junior savers.

Centre for Complementary Care, Muncaster – awarded £58,740 over three years
Since 1992, the Centre has provided valuable help in support of people with a range of physical and mental ailments or who have been traumatised and whom the NHS does not have the time or resources to support. The funding from NMP meant it could employ a volunteer coordinator/

Fit 4 Life – awarded £22,500 over five years
The Maryport-based organisation (which has outreach services in Salterbeck, Workington, in Kells, Whitehaven, and in Seascale) is part of an initiative to improve locals’ health through exercise and healthy lifestyles. The NMP’s funding has been used to develop the training programme. The organisation now runs an exercise class for people affected by cancer.

West Cumbria Achievement Zone – awarded £5,000
The NMP grant has meant that the organisation could equip its Motor Vehicle Studies workshop at Distington with up-to-date equipment and to deliver nationally-recognised qualifications to their students.

Whitehaven Rugby League Football Club – £5,000
The club has long enjoyed food relations with local schools but the extra NMP funding has meant it could take its project of RL coaching alongside a programme on healthy living to a wider catchment area.

Hive Carers Action Group – awarded £2,000
The NMP funding meant that a group of 19 young people aged between 16 and 25, and with severe and complex learning difficulties, could be taken on a residential break to Alnwick in Northumberland.


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