We are a group of local people and organisations joining forces to improve health and wellbeing and promote independence in Cockermouth and surrounding areas. Our priority for 2017 is to keep the community connected by promoting the fantastic groups, clubs, organisations and activities available to people of all ages in the Cockermouth area. If you would like more information or would like to get involved or if you would like to tell us about your group or activity please contact


GLL Cockermouth Leisure Centre is running FREE Friday Night Junior Gym Sessions 6.30pm - 8.30pm for 11 - 19 years.

John’s STORY

I joined the Cockermouth Age UK low level walking group in order to try and get fitter and also to meet other likeminded people.

The group meet alternate Wednesdays at 93 Main

Street in Cockermouth at 12 noon and courtesy of Age UK West Cumbria volunteer drivers, we are chauffeured to the chosen destinations. In the last two months, the group have walked at Derwentwater, Whinlatter Forrest, Camp Hill - Wigton, Loweswater, St Bees and Ennerdale Water. We walk all year round, usually between 1 – 1 ½ miles, with few hills, no stiles and all weathers.

There are various different levels of ability within our group. Some are speedy and likely to set the pace at the front, others like myself like to ‘walk and talk’ and enjoy the scenery and then some also like to take their time and make the most of conveniently placed benches en route. Some people have sticks, some walk with a rollator and some have those nifty poles that fold out into a chair whenever needed. I come home on a Wednesday afternoon full of fresh air, sometimes a bit damp around the edges and always with a feeling of satisfaction, proud that I have been able to get out and about and be active. I have made lots of new friends and felt very welcomed by the group. As a result, I have now joined in with more activities – I attend the Cockermouth Age UK Sunday Lunch club, am a volunteer driver on their regular ‘Trips and Treats’ days out, organise their Monthly Mystery Tours and sometimes work on the information desk when they need extra help. All this from my first initial enquiry about perhaps going walking. My days


are fuller, I am visiting all kinds of places around Cumbria and I really feel as though I am making a difference when helping.


OR just pick up the phone and call us on 01900 821976, we may be able to arrange to visit you at home.

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Caring for someone can be very challenging as well as rewarding.

Perhaps you might be reading this and thinking: “I am coping” or “I am fine for now.”

Keep checking in on your situation. Every month or so, just ask yourself these questions:

• How does caring affect my life and wellbeing?

• Is it impacting on my physical, mental and emotional health?

• How is it affecting my work, training and leisure time?

• How are my relationships at the moment?

Perhaps the time has come to ask for some help?

We understand that asking for help can be a really big step. Calling a number or telling someone that you are struggling to spin all the plates at the same time can be hard.

There are a lot of people in this country, this county, in Cockermouth that are feeling exactly the same as you right now.

How about making some contact with West Cumbria Carers? Our organisation provides a whole range of support to carers; that is anyone of any age who cares unpaid for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Come along and meet our staff at any of the following venues in Cockermouth:

Castlegate and Derwent Surgery (2nd and 4th Thursday each month) 10.00am – 12 noon

Cockermouth Community Hospital Isel Ward (1st and 3rd Friday) 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Monthly FREE Relaxation Sessions for Carers @ Unit 7F Lakeland 6th September 11.00am - 12 noon

Our outstanding Care Service is recruiting

Care workers needed in all areas

One of the highest hourly rates in Care. Mileage and travel time paid

Walkers & Drivers can apply Call 01900 872030 to

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Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Visit today and choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.


Cockermouth Library Over the summer holidays there will be Summer Reading Challenge running for children aged 4-11. The challenge is to read 6 books over the summer and the rewards are becoming a more fluent reader, not regressing over the holidays, taking part in a national campaign, free goodies, fun activities in the libraries. Assisting with this we have volunteers aged 14-24.

As this year’s theme is animal agents part of this initiative we have booked ‘The Bug Man’ on the 17th August. Bugsnstuff was set up by Guy Tansley, to give both children and adults the opportunity to have close contact with and learn more about the amazing creatures of the insect, amphibian and reptile world.


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