Transforming West Cumbria is a multi-year social investment program developed by Cumbria Community Foundation. It focuses on promoting thriving communities by supporting sustainable activities that create self-reliance and independence.
- Encouraging a whole-family approach, supporting parents and families to engage and actively support their children’s development
- Supporting children to build emotional resilience, particularly at critical transition points in their lives
- Acknowledging the importance of early years (0-5 years) interventions and the need for intensive family-centered support.
- The Foundation recognizes that to really transform children’s life chances, they need sustained interventions that meet the diversity of their needs and that participation and co-production must be a key component of any service.
- The maximum grant is £50,000 per year
- Grants may be a single award or a series of awards paid over up to three years and dependent on progress.
Funded projects should be able to measure against expected outcomes:
- Children are given the best possible start in life and can access future opportunities.
- Increased emotional resilience.
- Improved social and personal development.
- Improved life chances for children and young people.
- Increased attendance and engagement in school, training, and employment.
- Improved family relationships.
- Improved engagement with support networks.
- Improved achievement and outcomes in Early Years and address underperforming groups
- To improve communication skills in Early Years.
Community-based organizations and partnerships that are ambitious, have a clear vision, and are committed to creating transformational change are encouraged to apply.
- Projects must demonstrate that they will address an issue that impacts on the poverty of children and families in Cumbria through:
- Focussing on vulnerable children and families, including those under five years who need early support, as well as non-working households and those with other vulnerabilities that can result in inequalities facing children.
- Identifying gaps in current provision and addressing these with innovative and creative proposals
- Working with children/adults and their families to provide a holistic solution to their issues. By listening to families and understanding their needs, support should tackle the problem rather than just the symptoms.
- Working in partnership with other public and third sector organizations to deliver the project.
- Developing new or extending best practices while considering sustainable models of working.
For more information, visit https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/transforming-west-cumbria-family-wellbeing/