A NEW fund managed by Cumbria Community Foundation has awarded its first grants to support the development on young people.

The fund, set up by a generous couple, focusses on supporting young people across the county from challenging backgrounds.

The Outdoor Partnership, a charity that offers equipment and qualifications in activities such as kayaking and climbing, received £19,989 to engage young people in Allerdale and Copeland in outdoor activities.Working with youth organisations and schools, more than a 100 young people will access paddle boarding and cycling while receiving accredited qualifications.

Claire Bryant, outdoor activities development officer said: “This award will enable us to deliver development sessions in partnership with providers. The development sessions will be based on paddle sport and outdoor activities, finishing with a first aid or safety course, ensuring young people can access the outdoors safely.

“The project will support young people’s health and wellbeing, tackling the effects of loneliness and isolation through sport and physical activity. It will also help improve people's mental health through access to green spaces and improve their confidence and self-esteem through outdoor activities."