Time to Change West Cumbria is a community interest company, or CIC, with the aim of tackling homelessness and poverty in West Cumbria. We take a broad approach to working with homeless people where we not only provide a roof over their heads but we encourage them to develop life skills through volunteering in the local community and contributing to the running of the accommodation we provide them with. Equipping homeless people with new skills and attitudes helps them plan a better future with an increased chance of finding and holding down a job as well as learning how to manage their own journey and take control of their lives again.
Time to Change are on a mission to identify areas of need in the communities where we live and enact positive change by developing both self-sustaining solutions and emergency responses. We started with Calderwood House, a 10-bedroom hostel that houses and supports homeless people in West Cumbria, but we have no intention of stopping there. Not only do we sell Calderwood Coffee and candles, but we also have a whole list of other projects being implemented in West Cumbria and several more in the pipeline.
Our projects are varied and are aimed at those most in need in our local communities. We provide aid to those who cannot access Calderwood House, we offer a helping hand to those with legal issues and support women escaping abusive relationships. We care for new mothers who may be struggling and help families in need of a break. Our Emergency Fund is available to those in imediate need and provides vital resources to those who can’t otherwise afford them. In addition to all this, our planned future projects include being able to provide women only accommodation and a support scheme for those who have been marginalised by society.
It’s all very well describing the work we do, how we do it and how we support people, but it’s much easier to show you. Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to stories from those we have helped and hear firsthand how the vital support we offer has widened the opportunities available to those in need in West Cumbria. The individuals we care for with our community projects are treated with respect and kindness at all times and this is so important to both them and us. Everybody deserves a chance of a better life, a chance to change, to improve, to learn and to be the best they can be. We faciltate the start of that journey and are very proud of the difference we have made to so many people.
Time to Change wouldn’t be able to do half the things we do without the support and backing of our local communities. The generosity of individuals, community groups and businesses in West Cumbria has enabled us to continue to grow our Calderwood House project as well as numerous other initiatives that support those in need. To be able to continue caring for people who need it most, we rely on your continued support and generosity.
There are many ways you can get involved and help keep Time to Change moving forward. From a one-off donation to regular donations by direct debit, legacy gifts or corporate fundraising for us, every penny donated goes straight back into our projects, helping to provide life-saving support for many. Other ways you can contribute include taking action and joing our cause and volunteering for us. We rely on volunteers, in addition to residents, to help run Calderwood House, to sell our fundraising coffee and candles and to spread the word at events. Other projects such as the McKenzie Friend Support Service wouldn’t be possible without the time given by volunteers. Help us continue to do what we do best by joing our mission for change.