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Charity Registration No: 1085861    

Cumbria Family Support

Making a difference for children and families since 1993

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  Charity Registration No: 1085861    Registered in England No: 4151545                                                                                                                      


The Office,

Mardale Road,


CA11 9EH                  Tel: 01768 593102


Carlisle West Children`s Centre,

Wigton Road,


CA2 6JP                      Tel: 01228 227348


C/o CFS Carlisle Office

Carlisle West Children`s Centre

Wigton Road, Carlisle,

CA2 6JP                     Tel: 07927 559446

Jane Taylor - Trustee
I have spent my working life with young people, formerly teaching French at the Universities of Manchester, Oxford and Durham and as Principal of Collingwood College where I was responsible for 1200 students. Whilst in Durham,  I was Chair of Governors at Easington Academy, a college in a very much deprived former colliery town. I am currently Vice-Chair of Governors at Ullswater Community College, and Chair of Trustees for the Vinaver Trust.

Karen Morland - Chairperson

I have been a Trustee for Cumbria Family Support since  November 2010 and currently hold the role of Chairperson.  I am a great believer in early help to prevent crises in all areas of life but particularly for families, as crises can and, do, have a devastating, lasting impact on their lives . 

My work background has included being a partner of a retail business along with administrative and managerial roles for local businesses. The transferable skills gained throughout my career  have continued to provide me with budgetary, decision making and human resources knowledge, all skills required as a Trustee of the charity. 

Nick Mark - Trustee

I am a minister serving the United Reformed Church in Cumbria living in Carlisle and looking after 4 churches at Bewcastle, Brampton, Carlisle and Penrith as well as being Ecumenical Officer for my denomination in Cumbria. I became a Minister in 2002 and served in Felixstowe and Chesterfield before coming to Cumbria.  I am a volunteer Police Chaplain and Chairman of the Carlisle Christian Aid Group. As a Trustee for CFS my hopes and expectations are simply to be able to serve for an organisation which really helps  families in the communities I serve, with the challenges of our complex world.

Allan Bluckley - Trustee

I am a Trustee of Cumbria Family Support because I share its values as a community based voluntary organisation, which works successfully with public and voluntary sector partners, to support vulnerable children and their families.

My working experience was in local authority children’s and adult social care services.  I was Deputy Director of Social Services in Rochdale, and then Cumbria. Following retirement, I served as a Non Executive Director of Eden Valley Primary Care Trust, and NHS Cumbria, and Chair of Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Dot Metcalf - Vice Chair

I am recently retired from a long and varied career as a practitioner and then manager in Social Services. This included experience of the voluntary sector as well as working for various local authorities.  I have strong belief in the importance of providing support through to families in difficulty and volunteering as a trustee at CFSA enables me to continue to fulfill a long term commitment to children's welfare.

Christine Renouf - Trustee

I retired two years ago after a career in social care in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. I worked in the Probation Service for 22 years which included secondment as an Inspector to HM Inspectorate of Probation. In the voluntary sector I worked for the NSPCC for 13 years managing their internal Inspection Unit and then the National Child Protection Helpline and ChildLine. In 2010  I was appointed Chief Executive Office of the National Youth Advocacy Service. Throughout my career I have seen the tremendous value of family support and I feel privileged to be able to support the work of CFS as a Trustee.

Dr Venetia Young - Trustee

I trained as a GP in the late 1970s and worked in Carlisle and Eden, most latterly as a Partner at the Lakes Medical Practice in Penrith. I also trained as a Family Therapist in Manchester and subsequently worked in Mental Health in Cumbria in a variety of settings: CAHMS, Adult Psychiatry and as a founder member of the psychotherapy department at the Carleton Clinic in Carlisle. I combined my role as a GP Mental Health Lead with Safeguarding Lead GP for Adults in Cumbria CCG. I have co-authored a book called “Ten Minutes for the Family” and written many articles on mental health in primary care.