Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A very Fare scheme

A VERY happy new year to you all! Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear - as Mr Lennon once put it. And let's hope 2019 proves to be a bumper fundraising year for Carlisle Mencap despite all the economic uncertainties at the moment.

A lot of this uncertainty is down to Brexit. Whatever your thoughts and views on whether it is better to Remain or Leave, there is no doubt that as the March deadline looms, the fact we are all in a state of limbo about what will actually happen after March is certainly not helping matters. Today, the Financial Times (Oh yes, I always get a copy of this - along with The Beano) claimed that many economists had said forecasting UK economic performance for 2019 was impossible because of the uncertainty created by Brexit.

And unfortunately, when it comes to companies being cautious and starting to save money for a rainy day, a couple of things suffer straight away - advertising budgets and charitable donations. And yet in times of financial worry and strife, it is ironically even more vital that people and firms do give to charities to help those less fortunate than ourselves. So our aim - certainly mine, as it's my job! - here at Carlisle Mencap is to make sure that the vital work and services that we provide to people with learning disabilities across Cumbria remains firmly in the public eye and that companies, organisations and individuals continue to give us valuable support.

Of course charities have to be penny-wise as well. And one of the ways that Carlisle Mencap does that is by using the Fare Share food scheme.

Fare Share is the country's largest charity fighting food waste and hunger. It redistributes items from some of the biggest food producers around - nearly 17,000 tonnes of products a year that would otherwise go to waste.

Carlisle Mencap is signed up to the Lancashire & Cumbria arm of the Fare Share network and every Wednesday we are one of the groups that collects its food from the Harraby Community Campus in Carlisle which we then use in our centre at Huntley Avenue in Penrith, and also at the Grace Little and California House facilities in the north of the city.

So for a relatively small monthly we get excellent quality food - everything from fruit and veg to orange juice and yogurts - to help give nutritional meals to our service users. 

Just a reminder that coming up early in 2019 we have the Carlisle Mencap's Got Talent show at the Harraby Catholic Club on February 1 and also early in the same month on a more serious note we have the launch of the Independence Studio's latest film - Tell Me - which tackles the issue of mate crime.

For more details on these and other events keep an eye on our website at  and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well. You can also email me at or call 07341 865382.

And once again, have a great 2019!


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