The Settlement is the only dedicated Community, Arts and Learning Centre in West Cumbria. Our aim is that "Individuals and communities will grow and be transformed by adaptable and flexible involvement in the creative and environmental activities which we will provide."Our projects are open to the community as a whole. Experience has shown that the benefits of embracing people with differing abilities and issues are: Groups become less isolated and focus less on their own issues/problems. General community cohesion is enhanced. Links between different groups are improved. We therefore aim to encourage participation of the following groups: over 55s, families, people with moderate mental health/physical health, those on low income or unemployed, under 16s, people suffering isolation.