Diane BarkerDiane Barker

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 BennieEmma 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

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.

Justine Berry ReceptionistJustine Berry


I joined the South Lakeland Carers team as Receptionist in March 2013.  Alongside meeting and greeting Carers and visitors to our offices, I also carry out many other administration tasks, most importantly the Relaxation Therapy appointments, which many of our Carers appreciate and look forward to.

Each season I put together our Newsletter, keeping over 900 Adult Carers up-to-date with South Lakeland Carers’ news and events.  I love working for South Lakeland Carers – I get to work with some of the most thoughtful and friendly people!


Suzanne Duckworth

Carer Support Worker

I joined South Lakeland Carers on 8 October 2014 having previously worked within Therapeutic Dementia Support Services.

I have a particular interest in supporting Carers of people with dementia, although my experience enables me to support all Carers.

I work 28 hours per week from Monday to Thursday and look forward to working with the Carers of South Lakeland.

Benita Finch Operations ManagerBenita Finch

Operations Manager

I joined South Lakeland Carers in April 2009 having previously worked in the Civil Service. I manage the Adult & Young Carers Services and the staff within those teams. It is my responsibility to ensure that we do our best to meet the needs of Carers in South Lakeland. I am passionate about ensuring that Carers are recognised, valued and supported to enable them to continue caring. I am privileged to work with a highly professional and dedicated team who truly care about supporting Carers

Joss Hardistyjoss

Working Carers

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.


Becki Jones Carer Support WorkerRebecca 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.

Malcolm Nicholas Carers Support WorkerMalcolm Nicholas

Carers Support Worker

Originally from Kendal, I returned to live here in 2008 from South East London and became a Carer Support Worker. I was employed by Making Space to work with the Carers of people with serious and enduring mental health difficulties, and latterly I was involved with the setting up of Caring Together, a Carer-led charity which runs a support group for mental health Carers.

Prior to this I had worked as a probation officer, in Nottingham and South East London, for 26 years.

In July 2014 I transferred to South Lakeland Carers where I hope to maintain the focus on mental health issues, which are still often surrounded by stigma and ignorance.  I already have strong links with Community Mental Health Teams and other local mental health services and I will be working closely with them.

My leisure interests include running and I have the great privilege of supporting Burnley FC. I am a qualified and registered social worker and also a Carer.

profile picLisa Robinson

Young Carer Support Worker

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.


Mike SeatonMike


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 - Carer Support Worker

Julie Whiteley

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.

GlenysGlenys Williams

Assistant Support Worker

I have been a volunteer at South Lakeland Carers for over 4 years helping with administration and Carers’ support and now I have joined the staff as an Assistant Support Worker.

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