Rebecca Allen

Young Carers Support Worker

I joined the Young Carers Support Team in September 2016 as a Social Work student on placement from University. On completion of my placement, I was offered the opportunity to remain at South Lakeland Carers in the role of Young Carer Support Worker. I was thrilled to take on this role as I am particularly passionate about working with children and young people.

I am originally from Kendal and spent my teenage years not far away in Sedbergh before returning to Kendal and starting a family of my own.

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 I am thoroughly enjoying my new role as a Carer Support Worker.

Emma Bennie

Administration Officer

I am delighted to have joined South Lakeland Carers as 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.

Joss Hardisty

Employment Liaison Officer and Adult Carer Support Worker

I joined South Lakeland Carers as a part-time Employment Liaison Officer in March 2015 and have now been offered the additional role of Carers Support Worker for two days per week.

I am looking forward to my new role and getting to know the Carers I will be supporting.  My working days in this role will be Tuesdays and Fridays.

Rebecca Jones

Adult Carer Support Worker

My name is Rebecca Jones. 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

Fundraising 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

Adult 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.

Stephana Shepherd

Sitting Service coordinator

I worked with South Lakeland Carers a number of years ago as an Adult Carers Support Worker, it is wonderful to return to Carers this time managing the Sitting Service. I was involved with this service many years ago and it is great to be back looking after a service I care deeply about.

I am originally from Northern Ireland and having been living in Kendal since 2008. Although very happy and settled here I do love returning to visit my beloved Emerald Isle.

Mike Seaton


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 is very excited to have joined South Lakeland Carers and 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.

Julie Whiteley

Adult Carer Support Worker

I am originally from Kendal but have moved around living and working in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. I am now very settled living in the Lune Valley.

I previously worked for an Advocacy Service in Lancaster, ensuring people had their voice heard and that they were listened to by Health and Social Care professionals. My goal was to empower people to speak up for themselves.

I am looking forward to my new role as Adult Carer Support Worker and getting to know the carers I will be supporting.  I feel it is vital that carers are acknowledged for the unpaid work they do and that they are supported to continue in their role.

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