Rory Supporting Local CharitiesCumbrians have a genius for voluntary work and community action. I would like to pay tribute to all those volunteers and local organisers that help to run a seemingly endless number of local community initiatives, from credit unions to care at home. Too often it can seem as though society is set in an immovable – if slightly wobbly – jelly of conventions, regulations and procedures that makes change feel almost impossible.

The solution in my view is to rediscover the energies of the local. If Cumbrians do not generally seem powerless, it is because they are often changing or protecting their surroundings. When I visit the village of Bampton, I am struck that nearly everyone seems to be involved in some local volunteer scheme or community initiative, be it a community library or a recycling scheme – and they are not the exception.

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Rory is calling on constituents and Cumbrians to vote for local charity the Watchtree Wheelers, who have made it to the final six of this year’s ITV Peoples Millions Regional Funding competition. The Watchtree Wheelers – who provide cycling opportuinities for all whilst specialising in providing facilities, equipment and training for disabled and disadvantaged people […]



Rory spoke to Radio 4’s ‘Analysis’ about his experiences setting up Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan in a programme looking at the increased relationship between NGOs and governments, both as clients and as donors. While still available on the BBC iplayer it can be heard here.



Rory was invited to practice his woodwork skills at Caldbeck’s Men-in-Sheds initiative, where he had the chance to see firsthand how this local workshop project is helping Caldbeck residents stay active and engaged in the local community. The Men-in-Sheds project has only been running for three months, and was set up by Philippa Groves of […]

Kerry-Anne Hunter, Rory Stewart

rory congratulates extraordinary success of disability information day

Local MP Rory Stewart had praised the extraordinary work of local carers and other non-profit organisations that help those with disabilities, after attending the Disability Information Day held in Rheged. Setup and coordinated by Cumbria Learning to Change, the event was the largest free exhibition in Cumbria, North East and the Borders dedicated to those […]


rory helps raise funds for hospice at home

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland close their special Fifteenth Anniversary Year by organising a wonderful evening at The Playhouse in Penrith.  Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and the Border presents ‘Borderlands’.  This special topic is about the Border country: it’s past history and present identity, based on Rory’s walk through Cumbria and along […]

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rory welcomes report on small local charities

Following his ongoing work on behalf of smaller local charities, and a campaign to simplify lengthy tendering and procurement processes, Rory has welcomed a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which has highlighted the need for a more flexible approach to funding for small local charities. The report echoes the local MP’s […]


rory congratulates penrith and the border charities on lottery grants

Rory has welcomed the news that both Wigton Youth Station and Eden Sight Support are to receive Big Lottery Fund grants to support their on-going work within the local community. Wigton Youth Station is to receive a £10,000 grant which will be used to fund weekly sessions with ‘hard to engage’ young women displaying anti-social […]

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rory takes his case for small cumbrian charities to westminster

Rory raised the need to support contracts for small Cumbrian charities yesterday in a Westminster Hall debate on Local Government Procurement. He was emphasising the difficulties which small local charities face in competing with larger national providers in complex tendering processes at a County Council level. The debate built on Rory’s ongoing work with Carolyn […]


rory highlights dangers of fraudulent charities over christmas period

Rory is warning residents of Penrith and the Border to check they are giving to a registered charity when approached for donations this Winter. According to an independent ICM poll commissioned by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), 2 in 5 adults across the UK do not make any checks when approached […]