Meet the Team

Mike Seaton

Chief Officer

Mike moved to Cumbria in 2005 and joined South Lakeland Carers in May 2016. He has worked within the voluntary sector for over twenty years, with the YMCA movement, the Methodist Church, Brathay Trust and most recently Springboard, a support service for people living in South Lakeland impacted by domestic abuse.

Mike hopes to be able to contribute his experience to continue the success of SLC by safeguarding its financial future and working with the team to develop the services and support its offers.


Diane Barker

Adult Carer Support Worker

I am originally from Manchester and have worked for most of my adult life in London.  In 2005, I returned to the North to be nearer my family.  Shortly afterwards, my elderly father in law came to live nearby and I became his Carer – this gave me an insight into dementia and the difficulties Carers face.  In 2013 I qualified as a Social Worker.  Since qualifying, I have worked for a children’s charity in Barrow and then for a short while with Adult Social Care in Kendal.

I joined South Lakeland Carers in February 2016, and thoroughly enjoy my role as a Carer Support Worker.


Emma Bennie

Administration Officer

My work involves dealing with the finances, organising the counselling appointments and helping with Young Carers’ administration.  I really enjoy working here as everyone is so kind and helpful.

I previously worked in an administration role for an outdoor education centre near Windermere.  I have lived near Kendal for 4 years and enjoy walking around the Lake District in my spare time.



Janice Benson

Fundraising Officer

I am South Lakeland Carers’ fundraising officer and have been in post since January 2013.

My work involves writing grant bids, researching funding bodies who could support us and looking at the different ways we might generate income. I previously worked for business consultancy, and in arts project management and fundraising.



Marian Graveson

Carers’ Review Officer

Born and bred in Kendal I have spent my career in Apprenticeships and Learning & Development for large National Companies before setting up my own company 4 years ago.

I still run my own small business making Baking Kits, I also help new small businesses set up their social media strategy and run a number of Facebook Pages for other organisations.  I am on the committee of the Lakeland Businesswoman’s Network (LBN) and Company Secretary of the Kendal Farmers’ Markets.


Rebecca Jones

Adult Carer Support Worker

I first became aware of South Lakeland Carers when I was 15 and I joined as a young carer. Since then I have completed a Foundation degree in health and social care. I have also trained as a holistic therapist.

I joined South Lakeland Carers as an Adult Carer Support Worker in September 2009. My role is to support unpaid carers looking after their family, friends or neighbours.

Support like this enables carers to feel less isolated and it helps them to look after their loved ones for longer than if they had no support. During my time here I have also worked as a holistic therapist and really enjoyed this aspect of my work.

Amanda Millburn

Lasting Power of Attorney Development Officer

I have been involved with South Lakeland Cares for a number of years, as a service user, volunteer and more recently as part of the fundraising team. My current role is to look at the feasibility and development of new services and explore business development and fundraising opportunities.

Originally I hail from South Manchester and moved to Kendal in 1998, wanting to bring my family up in a rural location and be near all that the Lake District has to offer.

My recent work background was in project management and service improvement roles, mainly in the NHS.

Nicola Nelson

Young Carer Support Worker

I am from Kendal and I joined the Young Carers Team in November 2016. I have been busy visiting schools and meeting our many Young Carers whilst also having fun at our Young Carers Social Group.

I have previously worked at a local nursery school, trained as a nurse, specialising in Learning Disabilities, and taken time out to travel the world. I have spent many years working for a charitable housing association and supported vulnerable young people, families and adults in the South Lakeland area.


Lisa Robinson

Young Carers Team Leader

Originally from the North East, I moved to Cumbria in 1996 and began my career in social care near Ambleside.

I joined South Lakeland Carers as a Young Carer Support Worker in November 2015 and my role is to identify, assess and support young carers throughout South Cumbria.

I have worked in various social work fields including mental health, substance misuse, learning disabilities and homelessness over the past 20 years but my real passion is in working with children and young people.

Outside of work I enjoy lots of creative hobbies and I’m a regular volunteer at a local animal rescue centre.

Holly Cragg

Young Carer Support Worker

I am pleased to have joined South Lakeland Carers as a young carers support worker. My role isto support young people who provide care for family members. I qualified as a social worker in 2012 and since qualifying I have worked in a variety of settings as a social worker and support worker. I have worked in fostering, learning support and residential care work, all of which I have enjoyed. In my spare time I take a keen interest in alternative therapies and beauty therapy and have done additional qualifications in both areas.

Sharron Lewis

Sitting Service Coordinator

Although originally from the South West, I have lived in the Kendal area for the past twenty four years. I am really pleased to have joined the South Lakeland Carers Team as one of the Sitting Service Coordinators and extremely excited about the new role ahead. I have spent most of my professional life working as a Dental Hygienist and often heard the difficulties that my patient’s faced when they became long term Carers. I have had experience of being a Carer and I understand the importance of being well supported when in that position, enabling you to provide the best care for your loved one. I also volunteer for the Sitting Service.

I love to spend my free time out with my mad English springer spaniel walking or running around our gorgeous Lakeland Countryside.

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Nicky Woods

Sitting Service Coordinator

I am originally from Fife in Scotland but moved down to the Lake District in 1990 to work at Y

MCA Lakeside and have never gone back. I live in Windermere with my husband and children and, as well as this new role within SLC, I work part-time in a local café. Prior to that, I worked for 5 years in Theatres at Westmorland General Hospital.

My Mum was a full time carer for my stepfather for 5 years and it was during this period that I became very aware of the impact this was having on her, both physically and emotionally, over time and the need that arose for that ‘bit of extra support’. I am absolutely thrilled to have secured this new shared role as Sitting Service Coordinator in this last month because it gives me an opportunity to be part of the solution to help make a difference to individuals who find themselves in this very challenging domestic situation.

I look forward to getting to know lots of you over the next months as we pull together under the umbrella of South Lakeland Carers!