Common Purpose is 30

What will your generation's legacy be?

Join Cumbria30

Cumbria30 is creating a connected community of young leaders – it’s your opportunity to tackle a real social challenge facing Cumbria and shape its future.

In 2037, Cumbria celebrates 30 years of Cumbria University, a university that is in Cumbria and for Cumbria; and is dedicated to fostering sustainable futures within its wider communities. 2037 is also the year in which Cumbria has committed to achieving net-zero.

Cumbria30 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Cumbria to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, they are the generation who will shape Cumbria ahead.

Cumbria30 is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. Click here to see other legacy programmes around the world.

By doing Cumbria30 you will:

  • Learn skills and tools to practice leadership in your own context including team building, problem-solving, and communications
  • Build connections with your peers and established leaders from across Cumbria
  • Earn a micro-credential
  • Receive free, personalized, online coaching from Know You More

If you're a young leader aged 18-25 from Cumbria, apply for this free online programme here!

Jane Beardsworth, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England

"Arts Council England is delighted to be working with Common Purpose to offer this opportunity to young creatives in Cumbria. This is part of our work to support a strong cultural sector in the North of England, ensuring that young creatives have opportunities to develop their leadership styles, think big and connect with peers from across the area to wrestle with the challenges of the moment."

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Why take part?

Cumbria30 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation's legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Cumbria.

What happens on Cumbria30?

You'll join a group of up to 100 people in Cumbria to tackle a pressing challenge your county faces. This year's challenge is: "How can we act together to transform Cumbria into a cleaner, greener place for all by 2037?"

You'll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You'll test, refine and present them to leaders in Cumbria.

Cumbria30 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across Cumbria, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.


When? TBC

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25.

How much does it cost? Cumbria30 is free.

Application Process

The application process for Cumbria involves answering a question which reflects your passion for leadership and your county. The question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Cumbria.

Angela Jones, Executive Director, Economy and Infrastructure

"Cumbria County Council are delighted to be supporting Cumbria30. The County Council believes that all young people should have a voice and have a greater influence in the decisions which will affect them. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly diverse group of young people to come together as a connected generation to share their views on the challenges and opportunities here in Cumbria. We are looking forward to hearing from our future leaders."

Volunteer for Cumbria30

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Cumbria – sharing their insight and, in the process, seeing their county through the eyes of the next generation. We need speakers, panellists, mentors, and immersion hosts. If you want to be a contributor, sign up below.