Archive centreWhitehaven
ReferenceYDSO 18
TitleWest Cumberland Social and Moral Welfare Association
DescriptionMinutes books, administrative records, annual reports
ContextThe West Cumberland Social and Moral Welfare Assocation, a Church of England body (Diocese of Carlisle), served the Rural Deaneries of Maryport, Cockermouth and Workington, Whitehaven, and Gosforth (North). It was affiliated to the Carlisle Diocesan Council for Social and Moral Welfare. Its aims were "to help young people in Trouble, loneliness, or moral danger; unmarried parents and their children; married couples drifting apart; parents in perplexity about their children; and [in] educational and preventive work". In the 1960s its Worker was Miss J.C. Pochin, and its head office was in Whitehaven, at 31 (later, 11A) Lowther Street there. The words "Social and Moral" were by the mid-1960s omitted from the Association's title. The Workington Committee was formed from local clergy and lay members on 5 October 1955, and ceased on 1 September 1971, having helped 4063 persons (an average of 90 a year) in its years of existence. (See DSO/104/4).
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