"When you are homeless you lose your voice. You take a back seat. You are like at the back of a room and you just see life going on around you. But here you can begin to be heard. You can go back into community. I can get back to where I was. This place will definitely let me do that."Ian, who moved on from Calderwood House to his own flat (July 2021)
From homelessness to housing recovery
Welcome to Calderwood House, a ten-bedroom hostel based in the old police station on Egremont Main Street. Our mission is to provide an innovative solution to homelessness and unemployment in Copeland.
Our team provides round the clock support to our residents. We work closely with Copeland Council to support the “Everybody In” campaign and to strive for zero homelessness in the area. There are particular challenges for ex-military personnel who can struggle to adjust to civilian life, so we also prioritise access for them.
Calderwood House provides an en-suite bedroom and team support for up to three months, and is an abstinence-based project with regular drug and alcohol testing on site. With the right support and each resident’s own commitment, we help them into permanent accommodation and employment. Our outreach worker ensures that they are assisted and encouraged as they move forward to the next step in their lives. We are very proud to be a self-sustaining, independent project which is well supported by our local community.
We are funded by corporate social sponsorship, rental income and fundraising as well as through sales of our blend of Calderwood House Coffee which is now available to buy online. Grab yourself a bag here and tell all your friends!
If you are homeless and in need of support, your first step is to contact Copeland Council Housing Department which you can do online here.