About Us

‘There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life’

Mary Rose McGeady

About Us

West House is West Cumbria’s leading care and support provider for adults and children with learning disabilities.

Our vision is for children, young people and adults with learning and other disabilities in Cumbria to live a fulfilling life, in the way they want and with the support they choose.

Below is a short film taking you behind the scenes at some of our services;

Our History

Created in 1986 as a partnership between the NHS, Social Services and local charities such as MIND and Impact Housing, West House soon established itself as a care and support provider specialising in helping people feel and be a part of their local community.

People are at the centre of West House

West House became an independent Industrial and Provident Society in 1996. Since then the organisation has continued to grow whilst still remaining true to its vision of creating better lives for people. We are now one of the largest voluntary organisations in Cumbria.

West House is a major employer in Cumbria with around 400 care and support staff.

We support over 200 adults and over 150 children at home and in the community. 

West House is a charitable membership organisaton, with around 60 shareholding members. Our membership comes from 3 groups: people who use our services, family carers, and supporters. The membership elects 12 people to represent them on the Management Board. This Board elects two Co-Chairs to lead the organisation, one of whom will always be someone who uses our services.

We are currently undertaking a Strategic Review, to improve the services we deliver at West House.  You can see our Plan on a Page here: Transforming West House