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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Nuclear firm’s community funding tops the £2m landmark

An event has been held to celebrate £2 million being paid out to West Cumbrian community groups by Nuclear Management Partners, the consortium which owns Sellafield.

NMP’s Community Fund, which is run via Cumbria Community Foundation, has made 288 grants to groups and individuals since its launch in 2009.

It has also commissioned four large partnership projects.

The funding landmark was reached at a celebration in Whitehaven Civic Hall last Thursday.

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

Dr Ian Hudson, of NMP, said: “As owners of Sellafield Ltd, West Cumbria’s largest employer, we take our role in the community very seriously.

“It has always been our priority to make a difference in West Cumbria and giving £2 million 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.”

Andy Beeforth, chief executive for the Dovenby-based Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “In practice this means hundreds of young lives improved with their aspirations raised and horizons lifted.

“It also means community facilities improved to benefit thousands of people as well as countless people provided with practical help that improve their chances in life.

“Because we’ve spent the money well, the NMP investment has attracted a further £4.7 million in matched funding.”

The event was compered by broadcaster and journalist Kim Inglis, who introduced representatives from some of the beneficiaries to share their stories with the audience.

Workington Town RLFC Community Development Foundation was given £51,088 over three years.

It uses the money to run a project to support reading in local primary schools alongside tailored rugby coaching, multi-skills games and team-building games that develop youngsters’ social interaction skills.

The project works with five schools each half-term, in six-week blocks. It has so far helped 284 children on a one-to-one basis.

Each school gets a half-day of support with two rugby players providing one-to-one reading support for targeted children, plus the after-school provision gives children the chance to learn about teamwork and working to rules.

Maryport’s Fit 4 Life was awarded £22,500 over five years.

It is part of an initiative to improve local people’s health through exercise and healthy lifestyles.

The NMP funding has been used to develop a training programme at its Grasslot base and at an outreach service in Salterbeck, Workington.

The organisation now runs an exercise class for people affected by cancer, and an instructor has become one of the first in the country to gain a qualification in cancer rehabilitation.

Instructors have also gained qualifications to run specialised exercises after stroke classes.

Inspira was awarded £100,000 over two years for its Friday Night Project.

Through its close work with Cumbria police, Inspira recognised that a lack of provision for young people on Friday nights had led to a rise in anti-social behaviour.

The NMP funding provided additional youth sessions in Aspatria, Cockermouth, Maryport, Workington and Wigton.

Mike Priestley, area manager for Inspira, said there had been an emphasis on sport, some music and arts events and traditional youth work.

He added that youth anti-social behaviour had fallen by 29 per cent since the Friday Night Project began.

West Cumbria Achievement Zone’s motor vehicle studies workshop at Distington was equipped with up-to-date gear to help it deliver nationally recognised qualifications to students, thanks to £5,000 from the fund.

Working with schools and work-based learning organisers, the zone has helped students to undertake qualifications and improve their key skills, their sense of self-worth, and give them a vision of a future in which they can play a rewarding role in their communities.

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' So we have accidents and waste is dumped in the wrong place, acid leaks away unnoticed and our beaches see fluctuating amounts of contamination, and many of our middle aged may suffer from the effects of mistakes made by an infant industry.'

You think this is acceptable?
Get radiation sickness and then come back and say it is acceptable.

Most of the country is happy that they do not have radiation leaks, acid leaks and an environment that is being poisoned by the Nuclear industry.

As for it being in its infancy! how old do you think this industry is?

How old is 'infancy'?

Posted by Andy on 16 July 2013 at 12:54

I think it is sad that so many people are cynical about the part played by Sellafield in our local economy. They provide well paid jobs which have regular hefty pay rises. The workers keep the local economy going by buying new cars, which the local population could not afford but who then get good cast offs. They buy houses on the many new estates being built leaving housing free for less fortunate families to live in. Hair Salons, Tattoo Parlours and Nail Bars have taken over our high streets making up for conventional businesses like greengrocers and butchers closing down. Then they are generous in donating to local charities and leisure activities. So we have accidents and waste is dumped in the wrong place, acid leaks away unnoticed and our beaches see fluctuating amounts of contamination, and many of our middle aged may suffer from the effects of mistakes made by an infant industry. For a population which has lost mining and steel produation and now relies on sheep roaming desolate fells to fill the economic gap, Sellafield is a godsend to the man in the street and the thousands of employees making a lucrative living. West Cambrians’ should be proud of their nuclear heritage and realise how thankful the rest of the country is not to have its advantages.

Posted by chuck on 12 July 2013 at 09:16

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