Past Events & Projects

Naked in the lakes 

Jo Haigh has always been one for 'outside of the box' ideas, and when a group of friends joined forces to support Jo Bell in her attempt to raise confidence and self-esteem in the women of Cumbria; The Naked in the Lakes Calendar (2016) was launched to raise money for "Give Us A Break 2010".


The charity's aim is to provide a day centre with activities and play equipment where children with disabilities can play and learn with local children, allowing families to socialise together and enabling safe spaces for friendships, confidence building and much needed rest, along with peer support for families.


Jo Bell launched Naked in the Lakes in order to empower women in the area and to raise money and awareness for a good cause.


The rest of the Always Another Way Team are pleased to say that Jo Haigh was the only one from our staff team taking her clothes off for charity, but it goes to show that with determination, drive and that 'get-up and go' mentality- anything is possible.

Can Zebras Climb Mountains?

During the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, Always Another Way was only in the ideas phase.


So, as usual, Jo Haigh decided to undertake something a little strange... The aim was to raise awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and fundraise for EDS UK so they can continue supporting those struggling with the condition.


Jo was diagnosed with EDS type III (hypermobility type) at the age of 21, and at 13 years old, Jo's daughter, Mya, was also diagnosed.


Ehlers Danlos Syndrome comes in many forms, yet little is known about the condition, especially in Cumbria; symptoms can include fatigue, headaches, hypermobile joints (joints that bend too far), dislocations, poor co-ordination, even bowel, stomach or heart problems, dental issues and flat arched feet. Splints, wheelchairs and devices are used to help manage the condition as there is no cure. Additional forms of Ehlers Danlos can include the vascular type which can cause life limiting and life threatening complications. EDS is often managed through daily adaptations, pacing, management strategies and intensive physiotherapy. 

With the help and support of Jo's medical team and many months prep beforehand, Jo was given the ok to undertake the challenge and together with a group of brave volunteers (including some members of the Always Another Way team) they made plans  to climb Scafell Pike to raise awareness and funds for EDS UK.


In May 2016, for EDS Awareness month.... they actually pulled it off!


The base team, cheer-quad, first aiders, climbers and sandwich makers banded together and took on England's highest peak- Raising over £1,000 for EDS UK in the process!


Each climber has been touched by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in some way and with the help and support of THE SELLAFIELD BRANCH OF UNITE THE UNION, HERTEL, THE PARK HEAD INN and the tremendous amount of donations from all of you, we helped to make an invisible illness, visible. Creating much needed funds, knowledge and awareness throughout the journey.




Time to Change Time to Talk Campaign

Before forming Always Another Way, Cumbria, Jo spent 9 years working within the mental health sector including working for Bipolar UK, as Copeland Mental Health Representative for service users and carers and regularly setting up the Time to change Time to Talk Campaign, allowing a drop in for anyone with question or concerns about mental health, signposting to support organisations, or even just a cuppa and a chat. 


September 16th and 17th, 2016

Face painting  at the Egremont Crab Fair



November 12th 2016- Fundraiser; Serving Food & Drink at Gosforth Craft Fair

October 2nd 2016- Fundraiser

A Ladies Treat.

The Solway Hall Whitehaven

December 10th 2016- Serving Tea, Coffee and Snacks at the Gosforth Craft Fair, Gosforth

Face Painting for the Fire Station Christmas Fundraiser & Santa's Grotto at Egremont Fire Station (Dec 2016)

Sunday November 20th 2016-Face Painting at The Civic Hall, Whitehaven for the Christmas Lights Switch on 

Face Painting for the Hensingham Residents Group Christmas Party- Whitehaven, Dec 2016

The Whitehaven & District Lion's Swimarathon (March 2017)

With Huge Thanks to our team, our amazing volunteers and everyone who sponsored us, we raised over £400 for the Whitehaven & District Lion's Community Fund and Always Another Way, Cumbria.

Our First Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Always Another Way, Cumbria.

The Park Head Inn, Nr Egremont.

Mon 27th Feb 2016

Our Easter Family Fundraiser was open to everyone and great fun!

The Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project was the perfect venue with pool tables, a café area and a brilliant staff team to work with.

Thornhill Village Fun Day was a huge success- Raising funds for both Thornhill Social Football Club and Always Another Way, Cumbria while bringing family fun back to the village

CARLISLE PRIDE, September 2016

What's Halloween without a spooky Party? And where better to have our first Halloween event than on a creepy October evening on the Sneckyeat  industrial estate... It's a good job thing's aren't that scary during the day! 

We joined the Charity Costume Ball with the sweet stall- helping to raise much needed funds for The Children's Charity- check out the photo below!

GCS Medical joined us to provide Nursery Teachers, Day-Care Staff, Community Workers and Chefs; accredited First Aid at Work & Accredited Paediatrics Courses

Tony from The British Red Cross joined us to over 10-19 year olds first aid courses!

The enormous amount of community donations when we had crisis case was amazing... we even had enough clothes to hold two clothes swap events- both with items to trade (or buy) and raising money for our community projects locally.

Huge thanks to Stella The Fella, The Cat (Egremont) and The Workington Legion, who hosted the events; including Eurovision hits and a fantastic evening.


The money raised at both Stella the Fella events helped with our fundraising for our LGBTQ support and Mental Health Provisions.

Stuart has been wanting to become more involved with the organisation, so who knows what we'll have in store next!

We loved helping Blood Bikes, Cumbria to raise some much needed funds- the community came together and volunteers came to help out from Calderwood House, all to raise money for a VERY good Cause.

We love helping out at Gosforth Craft Fair- After a last minute cancellation we served the food and drinks.

Hensingham Fun Day raised money for our community projects while we helped Hensingham Primary school raise money for their awards night 

Thornhill Fun Day- Raising money through old fashioned fun towards Thornhill Primary School, Thornhill TVA, Thornhill pensioners and over 60's club, the refurb at Thornhill Social Club, and of course some money towards our local community projects.

LGBTQ Awareness and Sensitivity Workshop, Hensingham

Young Peoples's Hawes End Trip and Mental Health Consultation (Part of the Emotional Resilience Bid  for Copeland)

Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 3) and Paediatric First Aid at Hensingham


Buddhist Temple trip to Scotland, Thanks to funding from Cumbria County Council

Free Family Sign Day thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation

With thanks to funding from the Adult Learning & Skills Council; We had a brilliant day trip to the outward bound centre at Fellside

Our Basic Introduction to sign language class Started 6th Sept 2018

It was lovely to teach mental awareness to the Community Nurses at Allerdale

North West Charity Awards, Manchester 2018

Our Tina Turner Fundraiser was a great success- with huge thanks to Niqi Brown, Stevie D, Stuart Flemming and all the team!

Our LGBTQ+ Awareness & Sensitivity workshop launched publicly

Huge thanks to CKDCF who visited to award our young peoples services a grant for £1,000

Our Basic Introduction to sign language class... All passed!

We were face painting for the cash for kids appeal Christmas fair at Cleator Moor

We enjoyed joining the Solway Hall team at the Civic Hall for the Whitehaven Christmas Lights Switch on 2018

Huge thanks to Lillian and Harry for offering to do us a fundraiser

GCS Medical joined us again to spend the day on Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work (Lev 3) ...and they all passed!

West Cumbria Community Heroes awards 29th Nov 2018

We spent the day training the Choices staff on mental health awareness, emotional resilience and coping skills

Our AGM was Saturday 6th December 2018 at 24 Wellness Club (Unit 10i) Sneckyeat Industrial Estate, Hensingham

Our Calendar Launch was a huge success and our models were amazing.

Plus HUGE THANKS to Lorna Preston Photography for giving up her time and expertise to help us with the "I AM..." Project.

Our first BSL 1 Course with completion certificate was a huge success!

We're hoping to work with Cumbria Deaf association in the near future for an Accredited BSL 1 Course... contact us if you're interested.

New Years Dip 2019 was an amazing day!

Huge thanks to everyone who ran into the ocean raising money for us… together you raised over £700!

We enjoyed the mental health training day. Certificate's have now been sent to everyone who attended.


Back by popular demand... GCSMedcal brought us Level 3 Accredited Emergency Aid at Work Training January and, February and March 2019


Huge congratulations to Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven and Elise for their amazing performance of She's a Good Boy"- A great evening out for LGBT History Month!


For our part in LGBT History Month we successfully joined forces with the Beacon, Whitehaven to create a "Celebrating Difference" Event over a weekend... stalls, movies, freebies and information.


Our first QNUK level 2 Award in Safeguarding Children and Young People Course in March was brilliant... and everyone passed!


Day trip out to visit the Alpaca's... Huge thanks to Emma and Terri at Alpacary Ever After!


When Pet Encounters came to visit... (April 2019)


April must have been our animal month; our final guest was Ani-Mel...


It was lovely to have another class for the QNUK Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work , ran by GCS Medical on April 28th!

It was lovely to work with the CHOICES programme to take 2 mini-buses to the Samye Ling Buddhist Temple in Scotland... what a brilliant day out.

(Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund)

Due to popular demand; Cumbria Youth Alliance arranged additional  Mental Health First Aid 'lite' courses for parents/ carers and foster parents. 

24th May - Always Another Way in Whitehaven.

A charity evening to... TAKE WHAT YOU NEED (Arranged by The Welbeing Forum)

With special guest speakers Danny Sculthorpe & Phil Veivers- Danny and Phil are both ex-rugby players who will be sharing their own stories and raising awareness on the issues surrounding mental health. They promote positive mental health and powerful insights through their own personal experiences.

PLUS, Music from amazing local talent

This event has been kindly sponsored by the BEP project and all monies raised will go to Mind West Cumbria and Always Another Way, Cumbria.

Our Managing Director (Jo) was shortlisted for Positive Role Model of the Year in the Diverse Cumbria Awards 2019... She didn't win on May 17th but what an amazing night!

-Huge congratulations to all the winners, from us!

A special thanks to The Wellbeing Forum for raising the funds for a table for us to attend!

We turned 3 years old on June 16th 2019!

A special thanks to Tall those who joined us for our Mediumship night fundraiser!

Our FREE family sign days (with thanks to funding from Santander) in July and August were a great success!

We had lots of fun face painting and selling sweet treats at the West Coast Family Fun Day and Festival in August 2019

For the first time; We provided part of this years NCS programme (National Citizenship Service) - We had an amazing time with Animal and Music therapy over the 6 week provisions

We must have made an impact...Our first NCS Volunteer group came to help with admin, adertising, gardening and odd jobs... they even showed us how to post on Instagram and Twitter!

Gardening Club is now finished but we have a lovely flower bed to potter with over the coming years, with thanks to the CHOICES participants and all thhe volunteers for all their hard work!

It was lovely to be part of the Youth Worker training at The Pheonix Youth Project- Our task for the day was to provide information and education on LGBTQ+

Volunteers, staff members and community groups all visited the venue for the first time when the Nationl Lottery Heritage funders came to visit- it was great to meet everyone... and good luck in your funding bids!

Carlisle PRIDE Sept 2019!

With thanks to BEP; Staff members from Sellafield, Balfour Beattie, OneFM, Calderwood House, Always Another Way and the CAB spent 2 days training for their Mental Health First Aider Certificates- and everyone passed!

Our "Understanding Mental Health" Sessions went really well at the Groundwork offices, Workington. We recieved amazing feedback through the music therapy, aromatherapy and energy healing sessions

A Huge Well Done to everyone undertaking the 3 Peaks challenge with Together We Can Fundraising- It's definitely not for the faint hearted! Local organisations and good causes, like our own, would never stay afloat, if not for the amazing fundraising from those in the community- From the bottom of our hearts- THANK YOU!

Suicide Alertness Training (Oct 8th) was a great success- The Every Life Matters Team did a fantastic job facilitating and feedback has been great! - The team are back again in Dec (FULLY BOOKED) and theyre already looking at dates for 2020!

Our first public PET THERAPY DAY was a huge success- Thanks to everyone for joining us for the day- it was lovely to meet you all!

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training has been fantastic- every participant feels more able to support those struggling and each have new skills, techniques and a better understanding of suicide. Many are alreadyMental Health First Aiders and we hope to bring you more Mental health courses throughout 2020

GCS MEDICAL LTD joined us again in November for Accredited First Aid and safeguarding training-








WE WIISH YOU ENOUGH...Enough joy to balance the sadness, enough food to nourish you, enough shelter to keep you warm and enough support to see you through through the year ahead


Our Brew Monday Coffee Morning for Samaritans was Monday, Jan 20th At Hensingham 


CONGRATULATIONS to everyone attending (and passing) their Mental Health First Aider Training Jan 25th & 26th.


It was lovely to have you all!



CONGRATULATIONS to everyone attending OUR FIRST BSL 1 CLASS; we hope you all do well in your exams!


Well Done to everyone studying First Aid in the February Class with GCS Medical... if you've passed, certificates take 3-6 weeks to arrive




During the Covid-19 closures, we offered the venue to store PPE, with volunteers collecting and redistributing any PPE items to those in need as soon as they came in.


Can we take this opportunity to thank you all for your generosity (including those pictured here),what a difference to made to local care homes, funeral staff, ambulance staff, palliative care workers, GP surgeries, food bank staff, carers, shop workers, transplant drivers and so many more!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Lorna and Louise for running their first ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) as Facilitators (Aug 8th and 9th)!

And CONGRATULATIONS to everyone attending and completing the 2-day course!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone attending and completing the County Lines Course at Hensingham (Sept 5th)

HUGE THANKS to everyone attending our FINAL AGM AS A CIC... Don't worry, that just means we've now submitted our application to become a registered Charity!

Staff, Volunteers and Service users all joined in World Suicide Prevention Day, Lighting a candle for all those lost too soon and all those still struggling.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone completeing the Virtual Great North Run- and huge thanks to Kirsty and Janine for fundraising for us 

Go Sober for October Fundraiser launched

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone completing their ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) including volunteers and staff from Always Another Way, Healthy Hopes and Together We

World Mental Health Day Oct 10th 2020

Our Silent Footprints Baby Loss Group attended this years online Remembrance Service, for those who have lost children in pregnancy, at birth or infancy

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our BSL 1 Sign Language Class on completing their Qualification!

Volunteers from Always Another Way gave their time to help Harrington Youth Club revamp and repair it's building

Huge thanks to Steve Hewitson for donating top soil to help with our Gardening project!

-Keep an eye for current events and projects so you don't miss out -

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