The Whitehaven Community Trust – COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Since 1998, Whitehaven has provided homeless hostel for young people aged between 16-24 years. Its aim is to provide safe and secure accommodation with housing related support to vulnerable young people with a range of varied and complex needs, the ultimate goal being for the young person to move on into permanent, stable accommodation, taking with them the skills and knowledge required for living independently and successfully managing their own tenancy.

Cost of the project



Cumbria, UK

COVID-19 had a huge impact on Whitehaven’s service. It found it extremely difficult to look after its young people in the difficult time, as they were all confined to their rooms. Both their staff and residents were very anxious at this time.

Phase 1

LandAid’s £9,670 grant enabled Whitehaven to continue to provide its support services, and allowed its staff access to PPE to maintain their safety.

Phase 2

This £20,000 phase two grant helped repurpose and improve the kitchen area and laundry room at Whitehaven Community Trust. The grant also enabled a large laundry room next to the kitchen to be turned into a large dining area with seating so that family teas and arts and craft activities could re-start with social distancing.