Members in Lakes and Dales can use their Community Connect card in store to decide how these shortlisted groups share £9,000.

Lake District Mobility exists to break down the barriers that prevent people with limited mobility enjoying the great outdoors, either independently or with their friends and family. One of the main ways they do this by providing all-terrain ‘Tramper’ scooters in venues around the Lake District and beyond, giving people with restricted mobility the chance to experience the beautiful lakes, fells, and forests. They also assess locations for accessibility and offer advice to make the outdoors accessible to all. Funding will go towards the purchase of a new ‘Tramper’.

123 Help 4 Family’s aim to support families in time of major crisis and need. They are relatively new group, but have already helped 100s of vulnerable people, mainly young families and ex-service personnel, as well as working with the local children’s safeguarding team. They collect donations, free or unwanted goods, which can help in the most desperate of times. They also run an annual Christmas appeal so that children, adults and the elderly can have a Christmas lunch and gifts. Funding will be put toward the purchase of a dedicated vehicle which will allow the group to response quicker to families and collect more donations.

Seaton Delaval Food Hub was set up in November 2020 to alleviate food poverty locally, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The Hub operates a weekly drop-in session every Wednesday from the local community centre, run by a team of volunteers, for anyone in the local area that needs to access food. The produce is free of charge for all, no referral required. They have seen a huge increase in people accessing the Hub. It provides a vital service to people finding it hard to make ends meet as the cost-of-living crisis continues to squeeze household budgets. Funding will be spent on purchasing more fresh produce and also has the potential to help start a free coffee morning as part of the Hub.

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