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...