We have a wonderful team of support workers here at Calderwood House who work hard to help all our residents in every way. Part of their role is to provide the welcome and environment that allows each individual to develop a sense of identity and self-confidence during their time here. This helps them to build on their skills so that employment and moving on to their own accommodation becomes a real prospect for them. The team are also proud to be a big part of the local community and can’t wait to be able to get back out there once Covid restrictions begin to lift.
Stephen Pettit – Hostel Manager
I manage Calderwood House, and having been a support worker when I first worked here, I know what I ask of my team and what the challenges are that they face. I manage an amazing team of dedicated people, and they are the spearhead of my support.We’re helping people off the streets, helping them to find their identity and self-worth again, and helping them to get ready to join the community with their own accommodation. We now support them with outreach help when they go, which stops people spiralling back into the homeless cycle. I’m proud that we make a real difference as a team.
Allana Donaldson – PA to Hostel Manager
I started working at Calderwood in April 2020 and I am employed as PA (Personnel Assistant) to the Centre Manager. I have always enjoyed working for companies who make a difference within their community and the work the staff with residents and the homeless community is amazing.
Janet Fairclough – Support Worker
Janet is originally from Lancashire but has lived in Cumbria for many 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
Rebecca’s background is predominantly mental health in which she has many years’ experience. This role led Rebecca towards the issue of homelessness in West Cumbria and had worked in this sector for two years, before applying 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
Carla studied Business gaining her degree at Aberystwyth University, in 2014. Soon after her graduation Carla moved to Cumbria and applied to be a Support Worker at Calderwood when it first opened in October 2015. “I applied to be a support worker because I have experienced homelessness first-hand and knew how this can affect 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”.
Debbie Paisley – Support Worker
Debbie has been with us for some time, and now that we are unable to take the coffee van out to the community which was a big part of every day, she is providing support work and a listening ear for our residents. Debbie is looking forward to getting back out into the community as she misses raising awareness of Calderwood House and the service it offers, as well as providing support to the residents when they socialise and start to feel comfortable within the community.
My background is working as a youth worker and working with children and young people in various settings such as youth clubs, education, and the housing sector. I am currently studying my MA in Social Work. My role at Calderwood House is as Outreach Support Worker, I work with ex-residents who have moved on to ensure they are coping with living independently, I support with things such as finances, mental health and physical well-being and making referrals to external agencies when and where appropriate. I also work with current residents who are due to move on in preparing them for this move, this includes ensuring that they all of their finances in place, they have all household items that they need and ensuring that the transition from secured living to independent living is a smooth one. I enjoy working for Calderwood House because I am passionate about helping those who need it most and making a difference in a person’s life. The team is supportive and encouraging always willing to support one another.