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Centre for Leadership Performance Cumbria are hosting transformative workshops around Cumbria that will guide you toward finding your sense of purpose. See below for all the locations and dates.

They are pleased to offer these courses free thanks to funding from Allerdale GDF Community Partnership and Cumbria Community Foundation through Cumberland Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund: a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda.

During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to:

Take time to think about and plan for the adjustment to retirement

Consider the impact of retirement on yourself, family, and friends

Set goals for retirement, considering health, lifestyle, and interests

Discuss any potential challenges, concerns, or drawbacks of retirement

Connect with opportunities that match your interests and aspiration

To secure your place, email, scan the QR Code below or phone 01900 824822

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Become a Showcase Cumbria Contributor

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Opening up the Showcase Cumbria Contributor opportunities, let me know if you would like to write on a Place in Cumbria!

Places already done and taken: Kendal, Ulverston, Keswick, Cockermouth and Hawkshead so rest you can write on.

What does it entail? I will just need 250 words on the place in Cumbria and ideally 3 photos of the place (they need to be your own photos or permission of the owner – please let me know who the photos are by and so I will put that on the website saying Credit: ….).

Also please provide me a bio on you as the Showcase Cumbria contributor along with a photo you and links you want me to add on and anything you wish to promote.

You also get a Showcase Cumbria Contributor digital badge that you can use if you so wish afterwards.

Get in touch to shine the light on all areas of Cumbria – first come, first serve. I can add whichever place in Cumbria (so don’t just go off the list) so as long as not been done before and in Cumbria, you can write on it.

Just send me a DM or email

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Cumbrian Rowing club launches open-to-all bursary scheme

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Adult learn-to-row graduates ready to race at Warrington. Photo: Karen Wagstaff

A Keswick-based sports club has created a scheme to encourage more people to take up rowing, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Lakeland Rowing Club wants to attract new members from across north and west Cumberland by making learning to row as affordable as possible.

Its John Inman Fund, named after one of the club’s founding members, aims to ensure local residents of all ages can get involved without worrying about the cost.

Lakeland chair Julia McCumiskey said: “Rowing has a reputation as an elitist sport, but that isn’t the case at all. Our members are ordinary, local people who enjoy spending time on the water amid some of the country’s loveliest scenery.

“Rowing is great low-impact, full-body exercise, whatever your fitness level. It’s also a fabulous way to de-stress. When people are under financial pressure, they need outlets like rowing more than ever, but paying to learn or for ongoing membership can feel like an unaffordable luxury.

“Our membership fees are already the lowest in the country and, as a charity, it’s important for us that those who can afford to pay full price do so. However, we want to make rowing even more accessible, to ensure it’s open to anyone who fancies giving it a try, no matter what their financial status.”

The Derwentwater club normally charges £110 for an adult weekend learn-to-row course and £40 for a junior course. Both prices include use of club equipment and facilities for the year. Membership for subsequent years is £130 for adults, £70 for students and under-18s.

Julia continued: “Anyone struggling financially can apply to the bursary fund for help to pay. There are no intrusive forms to fill in and all applications are confidential. Just drop us an email, tell us about your circumstances in a sentence or two and what you can afford to pay, and we’ll take it from there.”

Aggie was club’s first bursary recipient. She said: “Rowing was on my mind for a long time and I always wanted to try it, especially on beautiful Derwentwater, but it was a bit tricky for me to pay for the course. With the cost-of-living crisis and other unexpected expenses, I thought I’d have to put it off for another year.

“Then I found out about the bursary. I’ve met like-minded people and felt a part of the team straight away. Being a member of the club gives me a true sense of belonging to the rowing ‘family’ and I look forward to Saturday morning sessions.”

Lakeland has places available on adult learn-to-row courses, open to over-18s, on 18-19 May, 29-30 June, 27-28 July and 24-25 August. Junior courses, for Year 7 upwards, are planned for 4-5 May, 8-9 June and 20-21 July. For details of how to apply, visit

Junior learn-to-row graduates after winning at Hexham Regatta. Photo: Clive Penkett
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Accommodation businesses and cleaners/housekeepers – we’re here to help!

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We are thrilled to introduce you to Top-Up Talent, a matching service and cutting-edge platform designed to connect accommodation businesses in Cumbria to experienced and reliable housekeepers / cleaners with on a shift-by-shift basis.

Businesses can flexibly top up their staff.

Individuals can top up their earnings at times they’re available to work Individual Cleaners and Housekeepers.

Individual Cleaners and Housekeepers

If you an experienced housekeeper or cleaner looking to boost your income, we’re here for you. Top-Up Talent links you with accommodation businesses on a shift-by-shift basis, at times when you’re available.

The platform opens up a multitude of job opportunities, allowing you to:

• Work at times you’re available

• Earn additional income

• Work in the area of Cumbria that’s near to your home/base


If you’re an accommodation business seeking to enhance your team with skilled housekeepers/cleaners? Top-Up Talent is the solution to your staffing challenges, connecting you with experienced individual cleaners on a shift-by-shift basis.

Gain access to additional staff without the hassle of recruitment, simplifying the management of:

• Surges in demand (for example busier seasons)

• Staff holidays

• Staff sickness

Would you like to find out more?

We’re currently running a trial in Cumbria. If you’re an accommodation business or cleaner / housekeeper based in Cumbria and would like to find out more about this please visit our Business page

or our Individual cleaner page for more information.

What next?

If you’re keen to join us, we’d love to hear from you. There’s a simple onboarding process for both accommodation businesses and cleaners / housekeepers, and our friendly team based in Cumbria are here to help.

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