Refugees will cook for the homeless, beaches will be cleaned and interfaith and non-faith groups will join together to celebrate Mitzvah Day.

People across Cumbria will join more than 40,000 volunteers worldwide for Mitzvah Day on Sunday.

This Jewish led initiative aims to strengthen relationships between other faith and non-faith groups. People give their time to carry out hands-on social action, side-by-side for the benefit of the local community.

Events will include a Great Cumbrian Playdate which will see up to 100 children of refugee families living in Cumbria, aged 12 and under, attend four soft play centres at Funtastic in Workington, Little Subs in Barrow, Aztec in Carlisle and Jumping Jacks in Penrith

Cumbria’s Mitzvah Day projects were launched at Asda in Kendal where members of Cumbria’s Youth Council packed bags for shoppers in return for Asda making a donation of goods for Manna House in Kendal, which supports the homeless, vulnerably housed and lonely.

Maryport and Walney beaches will be cleaned on Sunday by Cumbria Youth Council members, the local community and organisers Love My Beach.

Boots in Ambleside and the chemist Collins and Butterworth in Hawkshead are donating female hygiene products for the homeless and infant milk for families in need.

Refugees living in Cumbria, supported by AWAZ, have volunteered to cook a dinner for the homeless, vulnerably housed and lonely at Manna House with food donated by the Co-Op in Hawkshead.

The Kendal Mountain Festival is also donating tickets to specific events for users of Manna House and refugees living in Cumbria.