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'We need to build emotional resilience from childhood'

The pressures faced by young people in South Lakeland have been set out in a major report on Mental Health Services for Children.

The study was commissioned by the MP Tim Farron, and took eight months to complete.

The report found that systems for helping young people were often too confusing, and it makes a number of recommendations.

It was put together by health professionals, with a little help from a teenager who carried out her own research at school.

Fiona Marley-Paterson has the story.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues there are numerous charitable organisations across the UK that you can turn to for help:

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Young Minds - a leading UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

SANE - a charity aiming to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness

Rethink -a charity supporting almost 60,000 people each year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone

Mental Health Foundation - a charity aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems in the UK

Ullswater's young people ask for more outdoor activities

Young people in Ullswater have asked for more outdoor events in their area
Young people in Ullswater have asked for more outdoor events in their area Credit: The Lake District National Park

Young people from Ullswater have asked for more outdoor activities in their area.

The 24 11 to 22-year-olds too part in a series of activities with the Lake District National Park, including camping, climbing and wild swimming.

For many of the young people it was the first time they'd explored their local area in this way, with all of them asking for more events like it to take place.

Park management ranger, Rec Cathey, said the area’s young people often felt marginalised and had little experience of pursuits enjoyed by millions of visitors who flocked to their valley.

“They told us they want more outdoor activities, so we linked with The Outward Bound Trust to make things happen.

“We wanted to make events free and accessible so everyone could be included. The response has been fantastic, particularly for our first weekend expedition.

“The idea is to get young people to look at their surroundings in a new light and see why working together is so important.

“We want to captivate the valley’s next generation and foster long-term commitment to the area. It’s been an amazing success story and we hope the work will be written into local strategies and continued in perpetuity.”

– Rec Cathey, Lake District National Park

Britain's leading female jockey to compete at Carlisle Racecourse

Hayley Turner (centre) with Sophie Doyle and Laura Pike
Hayley Turner (centre) with Sophie Doyle and Laura Pike Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

Britain's leading female jockey Hayley Turner is to compete for the first time at the world's only fixture exclusively for women riders.

Turner is booked for four rides at Carlisle Racecourse's Ultimate Ladies' Night fixture on Monday, 4 August, when every rider in all seven races will be a female jockey.

She will be competing against fellow professional and amateur riders to become the inaugural winner of the Durdar Trophy.

"It is great that I can make it up to Carlisle and Ultimate Ladies' Night this year. It is a unique event. I am looking forward to it - despite the journey up there from Newmarket!

"It is a fantastic meeting that showcases women jockeys’ talent and will encourage more women into racing. There are lots of girls at the moment that have got the ability and potential. It gives them all a chance. It is always nice to see the girls doing well.

– Hayley Turner


Arran Brewery doubles its workforce in three months

Arran Brewery plc has announced they have doubled their work force over the last three months.

The company is currently are currently preparing to enter the international markets, as well as opening a second brewery, The Loch Earn Brewery, and Scotland’s first Sake Brewery in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire.

The expansions come after an influx of money from Crowd Funding, by offering shares to members of the public who want to invest in the company.

Arran Brewery plc raised a total of £260,000 in its first round of funding and has retained its target of achieving £4m in total.

"Taking on so many staff and developing on all fronts is making this a frenetic place to work.

"We have three bars open at the moment and a café, with a restaurant and Bistro to open shortly, this is meaning everyone in the team is working flat out.

"The crowd funding has meant we are able to invest in the staff and infrastructure we need to catch up with others in the Craft Brewing Arena, but more investment is required and a second round of funding is likely to be needed towards the end of the year."

– Gerald Michaluk, Managing Director of Annan Brewery plc

The hunt is on for Lake District volunteers

The Lake District National park is on the hunt for volunteers.

They're looking for 30 people aged 18 and over who want to improve their countryside and environmental skills while gaining qualifications along the way.

Backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund has meant the Lake District National Park is able to recruiting volunteers for their Fell Futures project.

Volunteers will work alongside members of staff in an attempt to revive dwindling traditional skills and train the next generation of countryside workers.

“We want volunteers to work with our level three apprentices so they can learn together and support rangers in their widespread tasks. Alongside practical training, volunteers can go for formal qualifications in a range of widely recognised certificated courses.

“Becoming a Fell Futures’ volunteer is a great way to learn about the Lake District and support our work. It’s a very important role and will bring invaluable experience and new opportunities.”

– Dylan Jackman, Lake District National Park

Experience is not necessary but a reasonable level of strength and fitness will be needed carry out some of the more demanding jobs.

To find out more you can visit the Lake District National Park website.

Financial difficulties close Hadrian's Wall Trust

The Hadrian's Wall Trust has officially closed down today, Thursday 31 July
The Hadrian's Wall Trust has officially closed down today, Thursday 31 July Credit: Roger Clegg

The charity that maintains Hadrian's Wall has been officially wound up due to financial difficulties.

The Hadrian's Wall Trust said the "increased pressure" of finding an extra £170,000 of public funding a year meant it was no longer sustainable.

The trust, which employs 10 people will now be maintained by English Heritage and local authorities.

Each mile of the wall costs £2,800 a year to maintain.

Three people caught drink driving in five hours

Three people have been caught drink driving within the space of five hours in Stranraer.

A 38-year-old man, a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman will all be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to drink driving offences.

Police say they were all stopped between late last night, Wednesday 30 July, and the early hours of this morning, Thursday 31 July.

Police Scotland are using this news as an opportunity to remind drivers of the consequences of drink driving.

“The fact that multiple drivers are being caught each and every week proves that some people are so brazen and either don’t think they will be caught or simply don’t care if they do.

"A driver who doesn’t care about their safety and the safety of others should not be on the road.

“So many lives have been affected negatively by these arrogant attitudes of a minority of drivers. Do not stand for it, help save lives, if you suspect a drink driver, call us at the time so we can act and make the roads safer."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Unit
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