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Council says more foster carers are needed in Cumbria

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A recruitment drive to find new foster carers has been launched.

Cumbria County Council has enlisted the help of current foster carers to meet members of the public and tell them what fostering is all about.

The council says there is no such thing as a typical foster carer and is calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to consider signing up.

There can be some difficult, traumatic experiences that you can find out that the children have gone through.

"Just to be able to give them normal family life, just three or four meals a day, things that they're not used to, things we take for granted, which can be really beneficial."

– Kathryne Lamb, Foster carer

Learn new skills during Festival of Learning week

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A number of free sessions on activities including digital photography, machine sewing, pottery, languages, mindfulness and IT skills will be held across Cumbria from Monday 19 to Friday 23 June.

The sessions are part of Cumbria County Council's Festival of Learning events, a celebration of lifelong learning in England.

Formerly known as Adult Learners' Week, the festival aims to "highlight the benefits of learning" and "celebrate the achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and to encourage everyone to embrace lifelong learning."

The timetable of events can be found here. More information can be found on the council website.


Locals invited to share views on Cumbria roads and transport

The survey aims to improve transport and highways across Cumbria Credit: Google maps

Local residents in Cumbria are being invited to share their views on the county's highways and transport services.

The survey is the largest collaboration between 112 local authorities across England and Scotland, and will be shared in order to improve nationwide services.

The questionnaire is expected to be sent to a minimum random sample of 3,300 of Cumbrian residents from Monday, 19 June. Local and national results will be published in mid-October 2017.

Providing a well managed highway and transport network is one of the council’s top priorities and we welcome feedback and comments from residents and road users.

There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas of best practice and spot national, regional and local trends.

This is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical area over another, it is about understanding customer views better and working together to deliver the most satisfactory yet efficient outcomes for local residents

– Stephen Hall, Cumbria County Council’s Assistant Director, Highways, Transport and Fleet


Garden party swap shop to be held at Seascale library

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A garden party where people can donate their surplus seeds, plants and tools will be held at Seascale library.

Cumbria County Council will host the party, where people can also pick up second-hand items for free.

All donations will be available for others to swap or take away fro free.

People will also get the chance to find out more about recycling in the county as well as on skills to make a range of garden items such as bird tables and garden ornaments.

The Garden Party Swap Shop till take place at Seascale Library, 10-12pm on Friday, 26 May.

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