find out about us
Rachel Holliday set up Calderwood House in 2015
Inspired by the belief that no one is born into this world wanting to end up on the streets, and that it can happen to anyone overnight for many different reasons. It might be a veteran who has trouble adjusting to civilian life and ends up lost in the system, an ex-schoolteacher with marriage problems, someone with a drug or alcohol addiction, a person experiencing mental health problems, a teen who has fallen out with family…… the list goes on.
You can read Rachel’s story here, including her journey from homelessness to being named as Cumbrian Woman of the Year, and founder of another inspiring social enterprise which supports survivors of domestic abuse.
How did we cope?
Adapting to Covid-19
We have always encouraged our residents to socialise and to get outside to mix in our local community. They often support us at our fundraising events, and we’re always proud when our residents and staff are wearing our uniform and on hand to chat to people about what we do and how we make a positive contribution to the area.
During lockdown we were faced with some big challenges. Not only did some of our staff fall ill with the virus, but we also had to ask all our residents to effectively self-isolate in their rooms. It was at this point that we changed our policy on TVs in the rooms, and we provided this company along with Wi-Fi, Netflix and a range of puzzles and distraction to everyone in our care. Here’s to better times ahead.
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