Find out more about our committed and passionate volunteers, staff and trustees.
We have occaisional openings for administration volunteers within our Carlisle Office. Please call 01228 543354 to check availability if you are interested.
We have a team of 20 volunteers supporting our Penrith Shop working on the shop floor, making collections and in the stockroom. Contact Sarah Dent on 01768 840679 to enquire about volunteering in Penrith or simply pop into the shop.
We have a team of 20 volunteers supporting our Carlisle Shop working on the shop floor, making collections and in the stockroom. Contact Sarah Dent on 01768 840679 to enquire about volunteering in Carlisle or simply pop into the shop.
We have a team of 15 volunteers supporting our Appleby Shop working on the shop floor, making collections and in the stockroom. Contact Fiona Boyes on 017683 53494 to enquire about volunteering in Appleby or simply pop into the shop.
We have a team of volunteers supporting our Wigton working on the shop floor, making collections and in the stockroom. Contact Helen armstrong on 016973 45533 to enquire about volunteering in Wigton or simply pop into the shop
Currently the Chair of CEMind, I have a life-long commitment to improving mental health services, both in my career and in my voluntary work. My background is in working in and managing community mental health services in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and, since moving to Cumbia 20 years ago, I continued to work part time as a Mental Health Commissioner and as a lay member for Mental Health Review Tribunals. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to continue to promote good services and raise awareness about mental health issues in our local communities as a Trustee. Now retired I enjoy walking, gardening and grandparenting and being involved in village life.
I have been a Trustee for Carlisle Eden Mind for approximately three years, prior to that I worked for Cumbria County Council for thirty nine years. I have worked in several Depts but spent most of my working life in the Treasurer’s Dept. and Social Services, which was later, changed to Adult Social Care. In the Treasurer’s Dept. the majority of my work was spent on Social Services doing budgets for Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health. In later years finance was devolved out to the relevant Dept’s and I was transferred to Social Services. In that time I spent a good deal of my time on Mental Health and for the last ten years I became a Contract Manager where I also spent a good deal of my time on Mental Health Services. On retirement I was asked if I would be a Trustee for Carlisle Eden Mind and the rest, as they say, is history.
In the past I have been involved with various organisations on a voluntary basis, including serving as a magistrate. I moved to Cumbria three years ago. My personal experience of mental health issues mean that I feel an empathy with CEMind and its aims and commitment to the local community, as well as the wider area, so I was pleased to be asked to become a Trustee. I have experience and skills in finance, administration and property – although my life experience as a career woman, a working mother, a single mother and now as part of a reconstructed family are, I feel, my most important qualifications.
I have spent almost 30 years in the publishing industry – in London, the Midlands and in Cumbria – and also volunteering in many different ways for the communities that I have been part of during that time. Recently I have been looking for ways to volunteer in the mental health sector – such a huge and urgent area of need and one which has touched the lives of family members and friends – and was delighted to be accepted as a Trustee of Carlisle Eden Mind earlier this year. I hope that my background in communications and business networking will be a useful addition to the Board.
I have spent the majority of my career focusing on business management for both public and private sector organisations. I often work with organisations when they are aiming to change the way they operate to achieve greater efficiency, effectiveness, and economy – for example, improve customer experience, reduce operating costs, or comply with new regulations. I aim to share what I have learned with CE Mind to make sure our hard-earned funding achieves maximum benefit. The people of Cumbria never cease to make me proud and privileged to live here. The fells, the lakes, the coast – they're an added benefit.
We have an established team of volunteers accross a broad range of roles. Working with supportive colleagues, volunteering with us is a great opportunity to build your confidence and give something back to others.
Call us on 01228 543354 for more details about our roles.