Open Arms: Adjusting to Family Life in the Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Elliot at the Open Arms Village

Life has changed dramatically for Elliot Berry since moving to live and work at Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya last February. At 21 years old, Elliot became ‘Dad’ to eleven  boys, rescued from desperate social conditions. Back in UK recently to catch up with family and friends, Elliot confesses to missing the constant noise level of a house full of lively, healthy, boisterous youth back at the village. Continue reading

The Midland – So Much More Than the View!

The Midland, Morecambe

The Midland, Morecambe

Chatting with one of our regular guests, Pauleen MacDonald, and enjoying the view from The Midland on a perfectly clear, crisp winter’s morning over Morecambe Bay to the snow covered Lake District mountains in the background, it struck me that Pauleen’s enjoyment of The Midland had nothing to do with the spectacular view. Despite being born almost completely blind, Pauleen leads an active and independent life, traveling regularly from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe.

I asked why The Midland had become her regular ‘home from home’. Continue reading

Our search for community champions continues

We are planning a special summer garden party for 60 community champions in Cumbria and North Lancashire, and would like our local community to get involved.

Broadcaster Eric Robson will host the event at Low Wood Bay on the shores of Windermere  to celebrate our 60th anniversary.

Low Wood Bay Lawns right on the shore of Lake Windermere

Anyone can nominate someone they feel deserves special recognition for the work they do in the local community.

The community champions could be carers, volunteers in local hospitals, those who give up their time to run local youth groups or people who help protect the environment. They may be people who raise vital funds for local charities or who help organise key community events. Continue reading