Diocese of Carlisle


The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, visits the Barrow Foodbank during a tour of the town.

Church families across the county work closely with a number of agencies in a bid to cut down on debt, hunger, homelessness and disadvantage. Bishop James has also previously chaired the Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission - a countywide inquiry considering the impact of Welfare Reform.

Credit Unions

Affinity Credit Union (Allerdale)
T: 0800 086 8766 
E: info@affinitycu.co.uk

Barrow and District Credit Union
T: 01229 870110

Carlisle and District Credit Union
T: 01228 594007
E: cadcul@btconnect.com

Cleator Moor and District Credit Union
T: 01946 817508
E: cmdcu@yahoo.co.uk

Eden and South Lakeland Credit Union (Offices in Alston, Kendal and Penrith)
T: 01768 890065
E: info@edensouthlakeland.com

Whitehaven, Egremont and District Credit Union
T: 01946 66755

The Money Advice Service is an independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money. It provides free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK - online, over the phone and face-to-face.


For a list of all available Foodbanks in Cumbria please click here.

Links and Resources

Nationally, the Church of England has a number of suggestions as to how churches can get involved in the fight against poverty:

  • Join in the End Child Poverty and End Hunger UK campaigns
  • Contact A Church Near You to see how you can get involved in their community work. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, debt advice centre, or one of the many church-led activities in your area
  • Find out what we are doing to create a fairer financial system through the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation
  • Read about the work of Bishops in the House of Lords in making the case for laws and policies that help reduce poverty
  • Learn more about poverty in England and in your area, and about the work of Church Urban Fund in tackling poverty through the Church of England’s local parish network
  • Pray for an end to poverty and economic injustice in our country.