Community Choices shortlist is revealed

IT’S been put to the public as the Community Choices shortlist has been revealed. The shortlist of worthy causes from Allerdale and Copeland, who hope to win funding through the […]

IT’S been put to the public as the Community Choices shortlist has been revealed.

The shortlist of worthy causes from Allerdale and Copeland, who hope to win funding through the first Community Choices campaign, has been announced.

The Community Choices scheme was launched to give people the opportunity to improve their community, by voting for the projects they want to see supported by the campaign.

The scheme, launched in January by Sellafield Ltd, offers not-for-profit organisations the chance to apply for grants, with the public then voting for the projects they want to receive funding.

Community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations across West Cumbria were given the chance to win up to £50,000 by putting their names forward for the scheme.

All applications were reviewed by an independent panel and a shortlist has put together.

Members of the community have until March 26 to vote for the organisation og their choice.

People can vote up to 10 times at decidingtogether.org or at a number of special IT centres across Allerdale and Copeland.

The shortlist is as follows:

Improving Cumbria: Cumbria Rungwe, Friends of Kie Park, Nurture Lakeland, Egremont Crab Fair, Creative Wellbeing, Cumbria Rugby Union Football Club, Home to Work, Rosehill Arts Trust, The Farmer Network.

Improving Health and Wellbeing: Watchtree Wheelers, Copeland Stadium Trust, Wigton Baths Trust, Mirehouse Residents’ Group, Mind in West Cumbria, Carlisle United Community Sports Trust, Cockermouth RUFC, CADAS, SASRA Ltd.

Improving Social Inclusion: 1st St Bees Cubs, 1st Hensingham Scouts, 2199 (Workington) Air Squadron ATC, Healthy Hopes Cumbria, Time to Change West Cumbria, Stepping Stone 2to, CROPT, Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Citizens Advice.

Supporting Stronger Communities: Punch Bowl (Broughton) Ltd, Newton Arlosh First Responders, AWAZ Cumbria, Seascale Community Beach Park Project, Aspatria Dreamscheme, Rosehill Youth Theatre & Solway Hall, Phoenix Enterprise Centre.

Supporting the Younger Generation: Millom Stepping Stones, Mayfield School Development Fund, Air Training Corps (RAF Cadets) – 1030 Whitehaven, Whitehaven Theatre of Youth, Egremont RUFC, Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project, West Cumbria Domestic Violence, West Cumbria Carers, Safety Net (UK).

Where to vote:

Visit decidingtogether.org, visit your local library where access to a computer is available for a fixed time or go to one of the IT centres in Allerdale and Copeland, which will be open on the following days until March 24:

Cleator Moor: Phoenix Enterprise Centre, Jacktrees Road, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am-4pm.

Egremont: De Lucy Centre, Market Place, Thursday, 10am-4pm.

Maryport: Ewanrigg Community Centre, Ennerdale Road, Monday, 10am-3pm.

Millom: Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Friday, 11am-3pm.

Whitehaven: Harbour Youth Project building, Swingpump Lane, Monday and Tuesday, 9am-3pm.

Wigton: Market Hall, Church Street, Tuesday, 10am-3pm.

Workington: Bradbury Independent Living Centre, Oxford Street, Wednesday, 10am-3pm.

Workington: Northside Community Centre, Trinity Drive, Thursday, 10am-3pm.