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Youth Futures across Cumbria -inc NEW 14-19 Targeted Short Breaks 2023

Lowther Castle Youth Futures (YF)

Right2Work, in partnership with the Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust and Ernest Cook Trust and Cumbria Community Foundation offer a supported learning environment, aiming to build resilience and character and give young people the confidence and life skills they need to live, learn, work and achieve. 

The aim of this programme is to support young people and equip them with the skills essential for independent living by learning through the land. Learners will have the opportunity to rotate work in various departments; including castle shop, café, gardens, farm and administration, until skills and areas of interest are identified and developed.

Learners, with the support of a job coach, will work towards an Employability Award; designed to recognise good work ethics, time management and ability to work with others. Right2Work Job Coaches will support young people to access education and employment opportunities.

The Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust are a charitable organisation that have been the driving force behind the restoration of the castle and gardens, developing the community links and programmes that have been an important part of the restoration project. In 2019, they began a partnership with the Ernest Cook Trust to create an educational and training element to the project.

YF Shortbreaks offer for South Lakes (New -coming early 2023) - Targeted Short Breaks Activities for Young People with Disabilities aged 14-19 - Preparation for Adulthood:

Update 30 September

We will be offering support through an exciting, innovative and enterprising taster programme being delivered during January in Kendal.

Families of Young people aged 14-19 who meet the criteria for Short Breaks activities. Open to those already registered or those who want to know more (Please note; Families must be registered for Short Breaks to access the opportunities. If not already registered CCC registration opens again October 2022).

What happens next:

Following the successful 'open afternoon/evening' we held on 22 September at Oaklea HQ - we can now expand on the offer following input from those who attended.

What are we offering from January 2023

As long as you are currently registered for CCC Targeted Short Breaks Activities, the new learning programme will involve 7.5 hours of enterprise activities and will run throughout January 2023.

The new offer is based in Kendal – we have 6 places available. To book your place, please use your current CCC TSBA booking link. (If you are unable to find your link please drop an email to 

A further programme will be available from February (20 hours) – we will update when we know more – but to avoid missing out, make sure you REGISTER for the Targeted Short Breaks Activities service through CCC – just click here Register with CCC here

(Note – Register BEFORE 31 October 2022)

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Cumbria County Council Targeted Short Breaks Activities delivered by the Right2Work/Oaklea Trust your child or young person must:

  • Be a resident in Cumbria
  • Have a disability (as defined by the Equalities Act 2010)
  • Have a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Be in academic year groups 1 to 13 (or equivalent).

To access the January 2023 offer, you must already be registered through CCC Targeted Short Breaks Activities services.

If your child or young person meets the eligibility criteria and would like to access the offer from February 2023, register for the 2023 Targeted Short Breaks Activities service.

If you have any questions contact YF lead Mandy Morland, Team Manager-Community Learning on, 07971 693915

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mandy Morland
Contact Position
Community Learning Manager
07971 693915
01539 735025
Right2Work website

We have launched an initiative covering most of Cumbria called Youth Futures

We appreciate that for some young people school years can be challenging and emotionally difficult and we understand that no two young people are the same in terms of their learning and development.

Our Work and Learn Team will provide schools with pastoral support, extra-curricular activities and alternative provisions to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. Helping them to build resilience and character and giving them the confidence and life skills they need to live, learn, work and achieve.

Day Opportunities for North Cumbria - R2W and Susan's Farm in partnership

Find out more....... 

Right2Work, as part of the Oaklea Group, and in partnership with Susan’s Farm are now offering day opportunities to adults with learning and other disabilities in North Cumbria.

Together we will offer a supported learning environment, aiming to build resilience and character and give people the confidence and life skills they need to live, learn, work and achieve.

Learners will have the opportunity to rotate work and learning opportunities around the Farm using a nature-based curriculum delivered by qualified teachers and farming specialists; with 160 acres of grazed and farmed land, woodland, fruit and vegetable gardens and nature to inspire and engage. (see above weblink for more details and contacts)

Where to go

Unit 1, Mintsfeet Industrial Estate
Mintsfeet Road

Venue is Lowther Castle and Gardens and various venues across Cumbria

Other Details

Last updated: 30/09/2022
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