Cumbrian Fleet mechanic celebrates 10 years volunteering at GNAAS

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Samantha, James and Harry Howarth with the helicopter

A fleet mechanic from Kendal has recently celebrated ten years volunteering at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

James Howarth, 42, has a full-time job working at Mountain Goat Tours, but in his spare time he likes to get involved with helping his local air ambulance.

Mr Howarth first started supporting GNAAS by donating money and clothing, but after hearing about a lack of volunteers in Kendal, he began donating his time in 2014.

It’s now been ten years since he signed up as a volunteer and he’s even recruited his eight-year-old son Harry to help out on occasion.

Harry Howarth with a GNAAS fundraising bucket

Speaking about why he chose to volunteer for GNAAS, he said: “I had some spare weekends so me and my wife Samantha decided we wanted to get involved with a local charity.

“We decided on GNAAS because it was a familiar sight in the Lake District and after hearing more about what was involved in pre-hospital emergency care it was evident how vital this service was in a rural area like Cumbria.

“Since joining, I now see how needed the service is across the whole of Northern England.”

GNAAS currently have over 100 regular volunteers as part of their ‘ground crew’, who dedicate their spare time representing the charity. Whether it’s delivering presentations to the public, manning stalls at summer shows, or emptying collection boxes, they help in numerous ways to support the cause.

Over the last ten years, Mr Howarth has mainly been involved in events, stalls at county shows, car shows, and bucket collections at local supermarkets.

He said: “What I most enjoy about volunteering is being able to inform the public about this fantastic charity. It still amazes me how many people think this is a government funded service.

“Everyone we talk to is always so friendly and grateful for what the crews do, it is an honour to represent them.”

For those who cannot commit to a regular volunteering role, there are several opportunities to volunteer for GNAAS on a one-off basis, especially during the summer months.

Mr Howarth said: “As a volunteer you get to meet fantastic people, attend amazing events and have fun.

“You don’t have to have the passion, that comes afterwards from meeting people who are still here thanks to the charity.”

GNAAS relies on public donations and needs to raise more than £8m every year to survive. Last year, it responded to more than 2,000 call outs. If you would like to find out more about regular or one-off volunteering opportunities, please visit gnaas.com/volunteer or call 01325 487263.

James Howarth with other volunteers at a Summer event

About GNAAS

· The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Isle of Man.

· They operate two helicopters 365 days a year and also operate a night-time service in the North East and Cumbria on rapid response vehicles.

· The aircraft cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient.

· The level of skill and expertise of the on-board team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people, giving them the best chance of survival.

· GNAAS is a progressive organisation which has pioneered pre-hospital care in the region.

· The latest techniques, equipment and drugs are constantly being evaluated to ensure the charity can provide the best care possible for their patients.

· 2022 marked the service providing 20 years of life-saving care. Throughout this time, they have responded to more than 23,500 incidents across the region, with road traffic collisions being the most frequent type of incident responded to by the team.

· They do not receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational. For more information visit: https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/ or follow @gnairambulance on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok

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CALLING ALL (AND SOON-TO-BE) RETIREES! ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE?

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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 info@cforlp.org.uk, scan the QR Code below or phone 01900 824822

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Mary Ballard of Showcase Cumbria Honoured with Five Nominations at the 2024 Enterprise Vision Awards

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Showcase Cumbria Ltd is thrilled to announce that its very own Mary Ballard has been nominated for an impressive five categories at the prestigious 2024 Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAS). This marks Mary’s first nomination for these esteemed awards, recognising her exceptional contributions to the business community.

Mary has been nominated for the following categories: Best BusinessBusiness WomanCreative IndustryInspirational Woman, and Professional Services. These nominations are a testament to her unwavering commitment and innovative spirit in the business sector.

The nomination highlights Mary’s inspirational journey: “Mary is a truly inspirational woman, who always commits 100% to whatever she’s doing. Over the past five years, through Showcase Cumbria, she has used her networking to bring many businesses together and has helped us secure our group of suppliers. She is constantly thinking of opportunities to help other businesses and promotes them at every opportunity through Showcase Cumbria. Mary is a true, breath of fresh air, a real positive and genuine person who is willing to support and help others.”

In addition to her remarkable achievements, Mary Ballard is the proud owner of Ballard PR Agency, serving a diverse portfolio of clients within Cumbria. Her association with CBASS COMPLETE BUSINESS ADVISORY SOLUTIONS further exemplifies her dedication to local enterprise. Currently collaborating with CLEP and Cumbrian councils, CBASS is at the forefront of providing business support, aligning perfectly with Mary’s and Showcase Cumbria’s philosophy of bolstering Cumbrian businesses and delivering comprehensive services.

The EVAS, now celebrating its 13th anniversary, stands as the premier female business awards in the UK, shining a spotlight on the achievements and innovations of women in business.

For more details about the awards, please visit our website at www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk. Join us in celebrating Mary’s remarkable achievements by connecting with us on social media and using the hashtag #EVAS2024.

Showcase Cumbria Founder Mary Ballard with Showcase Cumbria mascot Bruno on top of Latrigg in Cumbria.

About Showcase Cumbria Ltd Showcase Cumbria Ltd is a dynamic community news and media platform dedicated to fostering growth and collaboration within the business community and the county of Cumbria. Through strategic networking and support services, Showcase Cumbria has become a cornerstone for business development and community news in the region. Started in 2017 initially via Twitter (now X) and is now across 4 social media channels; X, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Founder Mary Ballard said on why she started it “I wanted showcase all that is great about Cumbria; it is such a great place to live, work and visit. I also wanted to provide a much opportunities of all sizes of businesses and charities, event organisers and residents to shout about what they are doing. I also wanted people to know that Cumbria has so many parts to it from beaches to monuments to forests to a independent produce/products and shops. I want to shine the light on all aspects of Cumbria.”

Showcase Cumbria’s founder Mary Ballard provides opportunities for sponsorship, advertising, job postings, event promotions, and features write-ups and video interviews through the website which was set up this February. Charities and press releases are featured free of charge.

Bookmark / Favourite the website https://www.showcasecumbria.co.uk/

Give the socials a follow:

Facebook: www,facebook/showcasecumbria

Instagram: Showcase Cumbria (@showcasecumbria) • Instagram photos and videos

X (Twitter): https://x.com/ShowcaseCumbria

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/showcase-cumbria

Showcase Cumbria Founder Mary Ballard in Whitehaven in Cumbria.
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Free money coaching in Kendal to help people with the cost of living

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As high costs continue to put pressure on households across Kendal and the surrounding areas, a local charity is offering free money coaching to help people manage their finances.

Kendal and District Debt Centre, in partnership with charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and Westmorland and Furness Council are providing expert financial education in the local community.

Money Coach Laura Kirkham, who leads the courses, says, ‘With the soaring cost of living over the last few years, we’ve seen how important it is that people know how to successfully manage their money, whatever their income. It’s vital that we know how to balance what we have, save for emergencies and get out or stay out of debt. Our money coaching course equips people to do that. We’ll look at things like building and balancing a household budget, prioritising spending and keeping our finances stable into the future.

Money coaching isn’t just about getting to grips with money practically – it’s about helping people find the freedom that comes with being in control of their finances. It can impact mental health, physical health, relationships, work life and self-belief. Plus, there’s an amazing sense of achievement when you reach a goal, like finally being able to buy something you’ve been saving up for. Managing money well can be so rewarding!’

Laura adds, ‘The courses are completely free and will run over four weeks. There’s something for everyone to learn – from those who have never used a budget before to those who simply want to reevaluate their financial situation. Everyone’s welcome!’

Upcoming Courses: June 4th – June 25th. Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at South Lakes Foyer

June 26th – July 17th. Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm at Parr Street Church

August 6th – August 27th. Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm. This is an ONLINE course.

Sign up at www.capuk.org/trymoneycoaching

For more upcoming courses or to learn more about our bespoke courses for charities, organisations, schools and churches please contact Laura at www.kendaldebtcentre.org

Money Coach Laura Kirkham who is leading the courses.
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Legacy of more than £80,000 donated to GNAAS

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Bryan Ingall, Sally Ingall and GNAAS paramedic Mike Sproat with the cheque at GNAAS’ base in Langwathby, Penrith in Cumbria

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has received a legacy donation of more than £80,000 from a “modest” joiner and undertaker.

Frank Barker, from Calderbridge, ran his own joinery and undertaker business and had a lifelong passion for motorbikes.

He sadly passed away in February 2022 aged 92 but very generously left a donation in his Will for GNAAS, which was £80,872.32.

Mr Barker’s cousin Sally Ingall, who was the executor of his Will, recently visited GNAAS’ base in Langwathby, Penrith with her son Bryan Ingall to learn more about the operations of the charity and how the donation will help them in the future.

Mr Ingall said: “Frank was a very quiet guy and very modest. He was a countryman, enjoyed fishing, and went to the pub quite regularly for the company.

“He knew everybody around the area, and I didn’t hear anyone say a bad word about him. He was a big part of the village.”

Mr Barker spent most of his life in Calderbridge apart from two years’ national service with the RAF. He was incredibly close to his sister who was 14 years older than him, and his home was filled with several motorbikes.

Mr Ingall said: “His passion was motorbikes and always had been since he was a young man, after he came back from the RAF.

Frank Barker aged 21

“He built a few classic race bikes which were used by a number of people, and he used to go to the Manx Grand Prix and TT races in the Isle of Man.”

Mrs Ingall added: “When I was 16 or 17 he used to take me to the grass tracks and said I was the best pillion he ever had.

“He was a lovely fella, good fun and good for the craic because his age meant he could remember really far back.”

As a motorcyclist, Mr Barker was aware of the work of GNAAS, who regularly respond to motorcycle incidents, and had previously supported the charity by buying tickets for their raffle and playing the lottery.

Mr Ingall said: “He was always keen on GNAAS because it’s quite close to a lot of motorcyclist’s hearts.”

Following the donation in Frank’s Will, Mr and Mrs Ingall were invited to GNAAS’ base and were given a tour of the air ambulance by the charity’s critical care team.

Mr Ingall said: “It was very interesting looking at the helicopter and seeing how it all worked.

“We often see them flying over Wasdale and the Scafell area.”

Mrs Ingall added: “I was astounded by the space inside the helicopter, as it looks so much bigger when I watch them on the tv.

“The amount of equipment they have, including surgical equipment and a tiny ultrasound scanner, is just amazing.

“It’s nice to know Frank’s contribution will help GNAAS continue to operate. If the money saves anybody’s lives that’s wonderful.”

Leaving a gift in your Will can make a real difference in GNAAS’ future and help them continue to treat critically ill or injured people across the region. To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will visit: gna.as/leavealegacy

Frank Barker

About GNAAS

· The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Isle of Man.

· They operate two helicopters 365 days a year and also operate a night-time service in the North East and Cumbria on rapid response vehicles.

· The aircraft cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient.

· The level of skill and expertise of the on-board team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people, giving them the best chance of survival.

· GNAAS is a progressive organisation which has pioneered pre-hospital care in the region.

· The latest techniques, equipment and drugs are constantly being evaluated to ensure the charity can provide the best care possible for their patients.

· 2022 marked the service providing 20 years of life-saving care. Throughout this time, they have responded to more than 23,500 incidents across the region, with road traffic collisions being the most frequent type of incident responded to by the team.

· They do not receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational. For more information visit: https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/ or follow @gnairambulance on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok For press enquiries please email media@gnaas.com or call 07554453494

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The Great North Air Ambulance Service’s (GNAAS) responded to 11 incidents over the weekend in Cumbria and North East

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The Great North Air Ambulance Service’s (GNAAS) critical care teams in the North East and Cumbria responded to 11 incidents on Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April.

In the North East our team was activated to four incidents on their helicopter and one on their rapid response vehicle.

In Cumbria our team was activated to three incidents on their helicopter and three on their rapid response vehicle.

Here are statements for some of the incidents GNAAS’ team attended this weekend:

North East

North Pennines

On Saturday our critical care team was activated at 3.03pm to reports of a road traffic collision on B6277, Forest and Frith in County Durham.

We had a doctor and paramedic on board our aircraft and they arrived on scene at 3.15pm.

Our team worked alongside the North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat a patient, and the patient was airlifted to hospital.

Lanchester

On Saturday our critical care team was activated at 4.04pm to reports of a medical incident in Lanchester. We had a doctor and paramedic on board our aircraft and they arrived on scene at 4.16pm. Our team worked alongside the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to assess and treat a patient. The patient was taken to hospital by a NEAS road crew, accompanied by our team.

Holy Island

On Sunday our critical care team was activated at 5.43pm to reports of a fall in Holy Island. They arrived on scene at 6.21pm and worked alongside the North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat a patient before airlifting the patient to hospital.

Cumbria

Longtown

On Saturday our critical care team was activated at 9.34am to reports of a road traffic collision in Longtown.

We had a doctor and paramedic on board our aircraft and they arrived on scene at 9.46am.

After treatment on scene, our team returned back to their base at 10.16am.

GNAAS needs to raise £8.5m a year to remain operational. To find out more about how you can support the charity visit: gna.as/fund247

About GNAAS

· The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Isle of Man.

· They operate two helicopters 365 days a year and also operate a night-time service in the North East and Cumbria on rapid response vehicles.

· The aircraft cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient.

· The level of skill and expertise of the on-board team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people, giving them the best chance of survival.

· GNAAS is a progressive organisation which has pioneered pre-hospital care in the region.

· The latest techniques, equipment and drugs are constantly being evaluated to ensure the charity can provide the best care possible for their patients.

· 2022 marked the service providing 20 years of life-saving care. Throughout this time, they have responded to more than 23,500 incidents across the region, with road traffic collisions being the most frequent type of incident responded to by the team.

· They do not receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational. For more information visit: https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/ or follow @gnairambulance on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok

Great North Air Ambulance responding in Longtown, Cumbria
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BLOOD BIKES OPEN DAY – 16th JUNE 2024

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The Blood Bikes Cumbria Chairman – Jim White said:
“As we are now in our 10th Anniversary Year, I’m delighted to announce that Blood Bikes Cumbria will be holding a significant Open Day at Carlisle Airport on Sunday 16th June 2024 and we would be especially delighted if you could attend and provide vital coverage of this event. The 10th Anniversary Open Day promises to be a magnificent event, building upon the success of last year’s hugely popular gathering. This is a massively significant day for us, providing vital awareness, fundraising and attracting potential new members. The day itself will run from 10am until 4pm and we confirmed the attendance of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), the Police, Fire and Ambulance Service, motorcycle dealerships, IAM and RoSPA Advanced Motorcycists, together with our partner Blood Bikes groups from Northumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lakes/Lancashire. Entertainment will be provided by local blues band the Delta Gecko’s and food and motorcycle clothing retail outlets will also be there.
We are a charity, run by volunteers who freely give up their time and energy to support our North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). All our members are unpaid and it costs our charity money to keep our vehicles on the road, so every penny we raise is vital to continue our lifesaving service. We save the NHS and GNAAS money each year delivering critical blood supplies and urgent specimens 365 days a year. More importantly, we deliver without fail. We are proud to support our community in their time of need, both Cumbrians and visitors alike. So please support us with vital PR if you can, and we hopefully look forward to seeing you on Sunday 16th June at Carlisle Airport”.


What’s going on at our Open Day?


This is a road safety focussed event and is both free to enter and open to the general public.


The event is being held at Carlisle Airport on Sunday 16th June from 10 am until 4 pm.
With the focus of the day continuing to be about road safety and skills awareness we will be running our slow speed courses in a safe and managed motorcycle environment and IAM RoadSmart and RoSPA will be doing observed ride outs, where riders will receive feedback from qualified National Observers to help improve their riding techniques.


KC Superbikes and Lloyd BMW Motorcycles Motorcycle dealerships will all be in attendance showing off the latest 2024 motorcycles. BMW, Triumph, Suzuki and Indian Motorcycles will have their mobile showroom trailers on site, with test rides available on the day.


A rapid response vehicle from the Great North Air Ambulance Service will be there, with attendance from Cumbria Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service who will also be advocating road safety. There will be catering vans, ice cream, donuts and live music from local blues band The Delta Geckos. Further entertainment will be provided by Workington Comets Speedway riders, Cumbria Motopark Electric Motocross bikes, Birchall Brothers Racing; and Andy’s Man Club will all be in attendance to showcase what they do.

Who are We?
Blood Bikes Cumbria is a locally based charity operating throughout north and west Cumbria, registered in England (No.1159026). We are all volunteers and we wholly rely on fundraising to maintain a continual 365 days a year service to the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and GNAAS. We currently have 154 members: all are unpaid and willingly give up their free time and energy for the benefit of our community and for the benefit of others. We are always looking to recruit more members: all our riders & drivers have advanced rider or driver qualifications and receive expert on-the-job training. It is a rewarding and satisfying role; one that gives so much back to others in their time of need.

What Do We Do?
Blood Bikes Cumbria provides free ‘out of hours’ cover for the NHS. Every day, we transport vital lifesaving blood and laboratory samples between hospitals and medical centres in Cumbria and from the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle to specialist laboratories in Newcastle, including the Royal Victoria Infirmary, The Freeman Hospital and the northern region National Blood and Transplant Service facility. Our service saves the NHS £400K annually, but more importantly we ensure that urgent blood and samples are delivered as soon as possible. Additionally, we deliver a daily supply of blood to the GNAAS helicopter ‘The Pride of Cumbria’ based at Langwathby and return unused items to Newcastle with the help of a relay provided by Northumbria Blood Bikes. We save GNAAS over £80K annually. The Pride of Cumbria medical team has achieved over 500 lifesaving blood transfusions throughout Cumbria: we are incredibly proud to play
our part in delivering this vital life-saving capability.

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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 www.lakelandrowingclub.com.

Junior learn-to-row graduates after winning at Hexham Regatta. Photo: Clive Penkett
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Wild Soul Empowers Women Through Yoga Massage and Conscious CV Writing

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Wild Soul, a Cumbrian based holistic and soul-led wellness practice, is now offering Yoga Massage and Conscious CV Writing as well. These groundbreaking additions aims to empower women, ignite creativity, and drive positive change in the professional world and remaining conscious in doing so.

Why does Yoga Massage and Conscious CV Writing Matter?

Empowering Women: Wild Soul recognizes that empowerment begins within. By combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with the practicality of CV writing, women can reclaim their narratives and amplify their voices. It’s time to break free from societal constraints and embrace authenticity.

Creativity Unleashed: Yoga Massage taps into the body’s innate wisdom, releasing tension and fostering creativity. When creativity flows, so does innovation. Wild Soul invites women to explore their unique paths, infusing their CVs with originality and flair.

Breaking Patriarchal Barriers: CVs often downplay women’s achievements. Wild Soul challenges this norm. Wild Soul believe that every skill, every experience, and every passion deserves recognition. Your CV should reflect the brilliance that has been hidden away for far too long.

Holistic Approach: Founder and qualified yoga guide, Allie, brings a soulful touch to the CV-writing process. Drawing from her background as a freelance CV writer and HR professional, she holds space for women to explore their career aspirations. The result? A CV that resonates with authenticity and purpose.

Confidential Ethos: Wild Soul operates with utmost confidentiality. Your journey is sacred, and we honor that. Together, we’ll tailor cost-effective solutions to your unique circumstances, ensuring your CV reflects your true potential.

Beyond the CV: Wild Soul isn’t just about paper qualifications. Wild Soul invite you to explore confidence, inclusivity, spirituality, healing, kindness, and love. As your guide, Alex infuses playfulness and freedom into the process. There are no rigid rules—only possibilities.

You can find out more information by heading to their website My Wild Soul | Nature based yoga and creativity in The Lake District or emailing hello@mywildsoul.co.uk

Also give their pages on Facebook Facebook and Instagram (need your Instagram handle and I will add it in) and LinkedIn page once set up a follow for all their latest events, retreats and other wellness offering and opportunities.

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Brathay Trust Announces The Brathay Bursary to help 5000 Young People

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Teresa Jennings (middle) with Simon Fell MP (left) and Tim Farron MP (right)

Brathay has been at the forefront of youth development for decades. One of the ways they engage with young people is through outdoor residentials. Outdoor residentials are not mere escapades into nature; they are transformative journeys. “Research shows they support development in confidence, teamwork, wellbeing, and life skills”, explains Andy Watson, Chair of Trustees. 

However, more and more schools and families are struggling to cover the cost of residential experiences due to the continued shrinking of the public purse and cost of living hikes. 

But now, thanks to a new initiative from Brathay Trust, they aim to turn this on its head and support 5,000 more young people for the next 5 years to experience a life-changing residential at Brathay. 

The Brathay Bursary was launched last night (April 16th) at the Palace of Westminster by Brathay and Cumbrian MPs Simon Fell and Tim Farron.  

The Bursary will ensure these experiences are accessible to all. “No young person should miss out due to financial constraints” explains Teresa Jennings Chief Executive of Brathay.  

“Whether it`s scrambling up a hillside or canoeing on the lake, there are so many activities which can really help build confidence, resilience, and self-awareness in young people who might otherwise be struggling with their social and emotional development all supported by our expert facilitation. The outdoors is exhilarating, but it comes with challenges – mental and physical – that require, say, problem solving or teamwork. Learning these skills away from home in a new environment and spending time outside can help with young people who are struggling for one reason or another.” 

“But when money is tight, not least during a cost-of-living crisis, families or schools may not have the funds to be able to help children who are struggling with their mental health. And these children may not be able to enjoy the uplifting opportunities of the great outdoors. The Brathay Bursary hopes to address that.” 

The charity aims to source donations for the bursary through businesses and donations from those who can help. 

“Imagine the impact of 5,000 more young people experiencing outdoor residentials. It’s not just about them, it’s about their families, schools, and neighbourhoods. We all become part of that transformative journey. When you invest in the Bursary you invest in the future”, Andy Watson, Chair of the Trustees concludes. 

Teresa Jennings (left) with Aspiring Leaders Programme Graduates of this year, Jade Kieft (middle) and Garryck Spurgeon-Price (right) 
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