LAKE DISTRICT group accommodation & woodland
SUBSIDISED STAYS FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
ROOKHOW RETREAT AWAY FUND
Rookhow is a registered charity. By staying here you will help to support our charitable work. We give 5% of every booking to our Retreat Away Fund to enable disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to stay at Rookhow for a reduced cost. We also provide groups with support to find other charitable funding to stay with us.
"Beautiful stay for all the group. Lots of walks in the grounds, searching for the Gruffalo and bears. We sat in the yurt for bedtime stories and ate smores. We played family games, card games and enjoyed magic tricks! The families had the opportunity to connect with each other and find some space to breathe. Thank you from all of us!" Family Action Barrow- Mums Minds Matter
"We wish to express sincere thanks to the Quaker Mental Health Fund for making this possible. The facility was perfect and enabled our residents to take time out from their extremely busy routine. Together we are stronger - this is a great example of partnership working to help our communities." The Well Communities
"We are in deep appreciation about being able to run some of our wellbeing days for our young people at Rookhow. Rookhow in itself is a place where healing takes place effortlessly due to its beautiful setting and its atmosphere.”
Rookhow was initially granted £10,000 from the Quaker Mental Health fund UK to subsidise stays for mental health groups. This was so successful that Rookhow trustees have decided to donate 5% of their booking income to enable more charitable groups to stay at Rookhow and local Quaker Meetings and individuals have helped to continue the fund.
Contact us to find out more or click below to donate to the Retreat Away Fund.
GROUPS WHICH HAVE BENEFITTED SO FAR
Always Another Way- LGBTQ+ youth group Whitehaven
Anti-Racist Cumbria- 2 youth groups
Autus Cumbria- support for young autistic people in Cumbria
CADAS (Cumbria Alcohol & Drug Advisory Service)
Cancer Care Refresh- peer support group young people
Cannock Chase Welcomes Refugees
Creative Recovery- therapeutic work with people with drug & alcohol dependency
Family Action Barrow
Furness Multi-cultural forum- refugee support
Global Link- refugees living in a hotel in Morecambe
Home 2 Work- long term unemployed Cleator Moor
KEY youth project, Milnthorpe
Lakes Malayalee Association- families from Kerala living in Barrow
Lancashire Youth Challenge
Lighthouse Community Mental Health Hub
Love Barrow Families
Marsh Community Centre- young group, Lancaster
Mind over Mountains
Morecambe Bay Academy- targeted support for pupils with mental health issues
Newbridge Learning Community, Wigan
PANAH Women’s refugees (North Cumbria)
PiNC (Pride in North Cumbria)- support for LGBTQ+ young people
Project 6- support for people affected by substance misuse in Yorkshire
Safe Passage Young leaders- UK-wide young refugee & asylum seeker leaders & campaigners
Safety Net- therapeutic work for people dealing with trauma
Sanctuary Cookalongs- sharing cooking refugees from Preston
Scouts Carlisle (123rd group)- scouts and young explorer leaders
Springfield Domestic Abuse Support
Vision for Adventure- adventure activities for people with visual impairments
Vulture Club- drug and alcohol addiction recovery
Wave Forward (formerly Well Minds)- support for young people with mental health problems
We Be Kids- families group and adults group (Pendle)
Well Communities- support for people with alcohol and drug dependencies
WE WILL youth mental health campaign Maryport
Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project
Wise Up Workshops- creative activities for young people, Morecambe
Worldies Official CIC- encouraging marginalised women into the outdoors
Participants from CGL (Change Grow Live, St. Helens) talk about their stay at Rookhow and what it meant for them.
Rookhow is grateful to the following grant making trusts for supporting Rookhow's development:
Colton Parish Council for funding the commissioning of a new wooden carved sign for Rookhow by 2 local young woodcrafters, Kez and Jack.
Rusland Valley Community Trust for contributing to paying for our bat survey.
The Inlight Trust for initial funding towards the bat survey, French drain and for our ongoing development work.
Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) Covid-19 Response Fund for our weekly online Zoom cafe.
Quaker Mental Health Fund UK for helping set up the Rookhow Retreat Away Fund.
Roselands Trust Fund (through CCF) for a grant towards making the Meeting House accessible to community groups.
Historic England Emergency Heritage at Risk Covid response fund for renovations to the Meeting House floor and chimney rebuild.
Southall Trust for a contribution to accessibility and outdoor provision.
All Churches Trust, Lakeland Disability Support and Beatrice Laing Trust for our plans to install an accessible toilet and ambulant shower in the Meeting House and make the entrance and access in the building more accessible.