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Neighbourhood Care Services

Cumbria County Council wants to help more people retain their independence and control over their lives. 

The council believes the best way to achieve this is by recognising that each community in Cumbria is unique and each neighbourhood has the skills and knowledge needed to make lasting changes to people's lives. 

Managed by the Cumbria Community Foundation and funded by Cumbria County Council, the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme (NCIP) provides a range of practical help and advice services for adults of any age, but in particular for older people.  Its aim is to provide people with support and advice on issues such as:

  • handy person support for minor DIY tasks such as changing light bulbs, mowing the lawn or shopping;
  • linking to friendship groups through good neighbourhood schemes and telephone contact for those who are lonely or isolated;
  • helping people to join in with social and leisure groups in the local community;
  • helping people to set up their own support such as finding and paying for equipment and support services;
  • hearing-aid maintenance and support 'drop ins';
  • short-term support after a spell in hospital; and
  • support for carers

Volunteering Opportunities

If you would like to become involved in the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme (NCIP), and are able to give some of your time and skills to help people in your community, a range of volunteer opportunities and roles are available. Training and ongoing support will be provided.

For advice on any of these services or to volunteer, call:

0844 967 1885 for Carlisle, Eden, Barrow and South Lakeland.

0844 384 3843 for Allerdale and Copeland or contact your local Adult Social Care office.