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Revival of centres gives skills boost to jobseekers

A NEW community development centre (CDC) scheme is up and running in Copeland – providing a major boost for those looking to improve their prospects.

The newly-launched CDC differs from the traditional model, and instead of being based on a single site, it is being rolled out into the community to a number of venues across North Copeland.

The first sessions – on Mondays at Phoenix House, Cleator Moor – began last week, with other sessions beginning over the coming weeks and months.

The aims of a CDC are to deliver community learning and education courses to young people and adults, helping to develop skills for employment.

Frizington Library will host its weekly CDC sessions from Thursday, October 10, Distington Community Centre from November 11, and Whitehaven Harbour Project from December 6. A second session in Whitehaven – at either St Peter’s Hall or the Seathwaite Centre – will begin in January. Funding has been secured to run the sessions for 12 months.

At their peak, there were over 70 CDCs in Cumbria, however this number has declined significantly to the current 13. There are none in Copeland – when in 2005 there were 11 – and the last one to close was Frizington’s.

Run by various partnerships, CDCs are predominantly located in communities that have a high level of deprivation or rural isolation.

Among the sessions taking place are workshops and drop-ins covering jobseeking, employability and financial management skills, and healthy lifestyle activities.

Although Copeland has not had a CDC in recent years, staff at centres in Flimby and Ewanrigg (Maryport) have enrolled students from Copeland. Some of the delivery in Copeland will be carried out by the Flimby/Ewanrigg staff.

Cumbria County Council, having recognised the lack of provision in Copeland, has pledged £30,000 to facilitate the new CDC scheme.

For more information telephone 01900 810561.

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The turmoil was caused by poor unacceptable standards of management. In the last ten years. Did any of these latecomers to the crisis ever look over the hospital plans? But more to the point understand them. Too many people say by thinking the proximity of Sellafield would save the services.
The people will march but give them a solution to march for. The new hospital is not built for it to be a district general hospital. Think about it CIC cost £ 85million the new WCH costs less ten years later.it is realistically bound to be smaller. What district hospital does not have a fully functioning mortuary? Pathology and a high percentage of student nurses and junior doctors. Let alone consultants. Jamie and the invisible Tony and the local council are too late. Save our services were they all blind deaf and easily conned?

Posted by Christine on 9 October 2013 at 19:20

How many stages before "Close to collapse" happens along, bit late in the day Mr.Reed? What's your position in the opposition again?

Posted by Observer on 8 October 2013 at 23:38

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