Calderwood House shortlisted for lottery funding

By Ken Powell Egremont’s Calderwood House, which offers accomodation to the homeless community and particularly to ex-service people, has been shortlisted as one of only five projects in the region […]

By Ken Powell

Egremont’s Calderwood House, which offers accomodation to the homeless community and particularly to ex-service people, has been shortlisted as one of only five projects in the region for the BIG Lottery ‘People’s Project’. If successful, the homeless project could recieve up to £50,000 to build further on much-needed work.

Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

But the staff at Calderwood House need people to vote for them on The People’s Project website and are hoping that locals will support the work they’re doing. Rachel Holliday, Director of CalderWood House, commented: “It is absolutely vital that we work hard to make our own money to keep the doors to CalderWood House open for the homeless. Gone are the days where endless grants could support organisations like us. The key now is to be ‘self sustainable'”.

The People’s Project aims to put local communities in charge of where lottery money will be spent in local areas. Calderwood House is the only project in West Cumbria to receive a nomination and has enjoyed the support of local dignitries such as Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, who said: “It is truly wonderful to hear that Calderwood House has been shortlisted for the BIG Lottery ‘People’s Project’. The amazing work Rachel and her dedicated team do within the community is invaluable and makes a real difference to the most vulnerable people in our community.” He added: “I urge people to show support by voting online and spreading the word about the nomination any way they can.”

The project is based at the former Egremont Police Station and is a new innovative way to tackle homelessness and povery in West Cumbria. the premises have been converted into ll beds of ensuite accomodation for members of the homeless community with ex-service men and women prioritised. The staff provide on-site training, education and life skills to the residents.

You can vote for Rachel and her team by going to the link below:

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/it-always-seems-impossible-until-its-done

The website opened to votes on Monday 29 February and voting is possible until noon on Sunday 23 March.

Take a look at their promotional video for The People’s Project below for more details or go to www.calderwoodhouse.co.uk