The Copeland Age and Advice Service CIC, based at Cleator Moor, has received a grant which will enable them to continue to make their popular anti-boredom packs.

Cumbria Community Foundation has given the organisation a grant of £5,000 to help them produce more packs which help elderly people to feel less isolated while they are shielding during lockdown.

The anti-boredom packs, which are dementia friendly, are distributed throughout Copeland and are free.

The organisation has given out hundreds of the packs over the last few weeks. They contain a range of items to keep the elderly occupied.

CAAS volunteers make up the packs, which include adult colouring books, colouring pencils, jigsaws, puzzle books, word searches/crosswords/Soduko, games such as bingo and dominoes, DVD’s and playing cards.

The organisation said on their facebook page: “This vital funding enables the CAAS team to continue making and distributing our very popular anti-boredom packs, throughout Copeland.”

Their volunteers have also been busy knitting more Twiddlemuffs to be given out to people in Copeland living with Dementia.

These have items such as beads, feathers and buttons on the inside and outside of the muffs.

Cumbria Community Foundation has invested more than £44m into projects locally since 1999. The organisation supports families, organisations and individuals.

For either an anti-boredom pack, or a twiddlemuff, call the team on 01946 552166 or email