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New Project at Cumbria Youth Alliance!

Thanks to funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities Cumbria Youth Alliance will now be able to work with young people in schools who are at risk of disengagement from main stream school. The project is called Building Tomorrow’s Leaders. 

Offering a range of programmes and activities to help the young people stay in education and prepare for the transition to the world of work and adult life. We will be able to work alongside up to 100 young people per annum in West Cumbria offering access to a range of programmes such as Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, Open Awards Qualifications and lots, lots more. Programmes will be designed to equip young people for the workplace giving them many transferable skills.

Our new Project Manager is Peter Clark has joined us after a long spell with training providers Rathbone – their loss is definitely our gain!  Peter has extensive experience of working with young people and with schools to provide additional support for pupils who might be struggling.  He will be assisted on the project by Hein Van Der Westhuizen our new Youth Trainer, who many of you will already know. Hein has been with Cumbria Youth Alliance for many years, starting of as a gap year student part funded by the Rank Foundation, then as a volunteer and latterly running our Sporting Chance programme. He has a lot of experience of working in schools and youth clubs across Cumbria and is an experienced and qualified tutor and assessor.

Currently we work with around 70 young people every year who are NEET in some case long term NEET and it can be difficult to engage them and motivate them after a long spell of unemployment. “So why wait until they are unemployed – why not work with them before they get to that position and try and prevent them from becoming NEET” says Cath Clarke, Cumbria Youth Alliances’ Chief Officer.

For more information you can contact the new Project Manager, Peter Clark on 01900 603131 or email him on

Welcome to the official website of Cumbria Youth Alliance!

We support the young people of Cumbria and support other organisations that work with young people.

If you are a young person and want to find out how CYA can help you, just click the ‘For Young People’ tab to see the different projects you can get involved in and a contact form to get in touch with us!

If you are a professional working with young people, check out the ‘For Professionals’ tab to see what our projects could offer you. It is also worth checking our Training and Events and News (including our latest newsletters and Funding gazettes!)


If you would prefer to chat to one of the team, just call us on 01900 603131! 


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