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We are very excited to announce the appointment of a new senior manager to run our services in the north and west of Cumbria.
Emma Spedding, 37, of Carlisle, manages CADAS’s operations in areas like Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Egremont, Cleator Moor, Maryport, Wigton and Cockermouth. She has also taken countywide responsibility for CADAS’s young people’s services, including its support for young people aged up to 18 with a substance use dependency and for the educational work the charity does in schools, colleges and youth groups.
Emma comes to us from working in the voluntary sector for 15 years, doing youth and community work in a variety of rural community centres, latterly at Brampton Community Centre, north east of Carlisle. She has a keen interest in workplace development and trained as a tutor and assessor in youth and community work.
She says that CADAS had always interested her, ever since hearing a presentation about its work while she was still at school. “My vision is to completely embrace the new technologies at our fingertips to enhance our services so we can reach as many people as possible. The geography in Cumbria is a barrier and the digital transformation gives us a massive opportunity to reach so many more people. We also want to get back to face-to-face sessions when it is safe to do so because people are really missing that contact.”
She said another priority was to recruit more volunteers to help run the charity’s services.
We are delighted and excited to have Ms Spedding join the team. “She bring loads of youth and community experience to the role, which means she was the perfect candidate to lead on our delivery of services to the young people of the county” says Leigh Williams, CEO.
“When mental health is poor, people can turn to drugs and alcohol. The pandemic is only escalating poor mental health among some young people so we know that having strong and solid drug and alcohol preventative education and proactive support when it is needed is key for Cumbria over the next few years.”