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Allerdale GDF Community Partnership – Issue 4

September 7, 2022

Welcome to the Allerdale Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Community Partnership newsletter.

The newsletter contains an update on the projects we have so far supported with Community Investment Funding, a podcast recommendation and a link to book us to speak at your meeting or event.

If you no longer wish to receive Allerdale GDF newsletters please contact us to let us know you wish to unsubscribe.  

Minutes of all Allerdale GDF Community Partnership meetings can be found on the ‘Resources’ page of our website under ‘Meeting Documents’ or on request by getting in touch.

Warm wishes,
Allerdale GDF Community Partnership


£363,000 committed to local causes in Allerdale

In the last six months, ten community projects in Allerdale have received a total of £363,812 in grant funding from the GDF Programme.

Grant funding of up to £1 million a year is available to projects, schemes and initiatives that provide economic development opportunities, enhance the natural and built environment, or improve community wellbeing in the Search Area.
The first causes in the area to benefit from Community Investment Funding are:

  • West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support have been awarded £116,749 to fund the continuation and increase the capacity of the ‘Freedom Project’ which operates a domestic violence helpline and provides 1-1 support and counselling and group sessions for victims.
  • Broughton Academy received £68,000 to install a Multi-use Games Area in the school yard
  • Inspira were awarded £59,861 for a project linking young people with employers
  • Healthy Hopes Cumbria received £43,747.20 to continue their Health and Wellbeing groups based at Workington and Maryport
  • Always Another Way have been awarded £40,103 to support children, young people and vulnerable adults struggling with mental health issues.
  • Broughton Parish Council received £11,250 to supply and install six Assorted pieces of outdoor adult gym equipment on the Welfare Field and £6,000 to install fencing to prevent stray balls landing in the playground from the Welfare Field
  • Friends of Bridekirk Dovenby School were awarded £10,000 to create a Sensory Garden for use by the pupils and the local community
  • West Cumbria Care & Support received a grant of £6,100 towards feasibility work for the development of Curwen Hall Walled Garden
  • Carnegie Singers were awarded £2,000 for a community engagement and outreach project related to the wellbeing benefits of singing


Always Another Way are a local community interest company providing preventative mental health services for children, young people and adults. They have been awarded £40,103 to support people struggling with low level mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety through one-to-one support or group sessions, home visits or mental health awareness courses. They also offer support in the school setting for pupils struggling with their mental health. The type of support they provide enables people to take control and find ways of improving their own emotional and mental wellbeing.

“The team here are thrilled to have received this funding which will enable us to improve the daily lives of many more children, young people, and vulnerable adults in Allerdale who are struggling with their mental health. The application process was straightforward and there was plenty of support available from the Community Investment Team who were always on hand to answer questions.” Andrea Sales, Manager, Always Another Way

Jason Flynn from the Community Investment Funding team said: “It’s brilliant that the Community Partnership has been able to begin awarding grant funding to local causes. We’re receiving applications from a wide range of community projects and organisations, and we encourage anyone with an existing project or an idea for a new project to get in touch for an informal, pre-application chat.”

For more information about Community Investment Funding or to start your application, visit this page or contact the
Community Investment team. Call: 0300 369 0000


Supporting our singers!

The Carnegie Singers are a friendly and welcoming choir in Workington. They recently received £2,000 in Community Investment Funding to help promote the choir and the wellbeing benefits of singing.

On Saturday 24th September they are hosting a relaxed sing-a-long where you can experience singing in a choir, led by Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and Assistant Musical Director of Barnsley Youth Choir, Sam Gilliatt.

Whether you have no musical experience or have been singing for years, this is a morning where everyone can enjoy singing together.

Date & time: 24 Sep 2022, 10am – 3pm
Venue: St Michael’s Church Rooms, Workington
Price: £5, including lunch
Tickets available from the Carnegie Box Office or by calling 07741 463 599


Podcast: How to dispose of nuclear waste

Presenter Theo Leggett speaks to Nuclear Waste Services (the GDF Developer) Chief Scientific Advisor, Neil Hiatt for the BBC Business Daily podcast, to find out how a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) will work in practice.
In the podcast Theo visits Sweden, where progress is already being made with deep geological storage.
Listen here:
Business Daily – How to dispose of nuclear waste – BBC Sounds


Book us to attend your meeting or event

Whether it’s your Parish Council, interest group, membership organisation or community gathering, we would like to come and tell you more about the GDF Programme and what it could mean for Allerdale and listen to your views.
Our presentations by Community Partnership members or Subject Matter Experts are tailored to suit your needs and can include any of the following topics:

  • What is GDF? An introduction
  • How we got here – the GDF Programme
  • The role of the Community Partnership
  • The Search Area and Siting Process
    Community Investment Funding
  • The Science Behind a GDF
  • How nuclear waste is packaged and stored
  • Safety and Regulation
  • Allerdale’s Geology
  • What are other countries doing?
  • International GDF Programmes

Contact Us

We want to hear your views and help you find all the information you need, so please contact us with any comments or questions:


Call: 0300 369 0000

For hearing and speech impaired customers please call via Relay UK on 18001 (all calls are charged at local rate)

Write to us: Allerdale GDF Community Partnership, GDF Enquiries, PO Box 734, Swansea, SA1 9RP

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