We have a wonderful team of people supporting us here at Calderwood House, Egremont. Here’s what some of our staff have to say:
The best thing about Calderwood House is that we are one big happy family right from the directors all way down to the staff and the residents .So it always a pleasure to come to work.
I was homeless and if it was not for Calderwood House. I don’t know if I would be alive today so this project means so much to me to give back to people what it has given me and to see how it changes people lives and help them back into the community.
Janet Fairclough – Support Worker
I’m originally from Lancashire and lived in Cumbria for 13 years now. I’ve always liked working within the community and helping others from young people to the vulnerable I love working at Calderwood house as this gives me the opportunity to help others and make a difference to people’s lives.
Rebecca Irving – Support Worker
My background is predominantly mental health in which I have nine years experience. I progressed on towards the issue of homelessness in West Cumbria and worked in this sector for two years, before apply for the role of support worker at Calderwood House. I am very proud of the fact that we prioritise ex service personnel, many of whom suffer from silent illness such as PTSD. I love the whole ethos of Calderwood House, the work we do and the difference that we make to the people and their lives.
Carla Munkley – Support Worker
My background is in Business. I spent six years in education, and gained my degree at Aberystwyth University, in 2014. Soon after, I moved to reside in Cumbria, and got my position at Calderwood House on its opening in October 2015. I applied to be a support worker because I have experienced homelessness first hand and knew what affects this could have upon a person’s life. I wanted to be able to help people who found themselves in this situation, and to show that no matter how hard life gets, or what is thrown at you, that there is always someone there who is willing to help. Without supported facilities like Calderwood House I wouldn’t be where I am today, and many people would have nowhere and no-one to turn to. That should never have to happen.
I commenced in post January 2018, and never having worked in the third sector before my eyes have been opened to the to the daily challenges with which we come face to face with and yet as soon as you walk through the doors of Calderwood House there is a feel of warmth and friendliness which greets you. I am proud to be a part of a team who truly strive to make a positive difference for others in our community.