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About Whitehaven Community Trust


It all began in 1990...

1990 Kerry Maxwell and Rev Jim Baker founded the Whitehaven Youth Trust

1991 The Whitehaven Youth Trust opened as a charitable concern

1993 The Café opened up in the newly renovated Market Hall which helped 16-24 year olds with employment

1997 Bakewell House opened up housing young homeless people

1998 The Whitehaven Youth Trust was appointed manager of the multi storey car park which in turn was successfully built up and sold on to to a major company but continuing to employ the existing security guards 

2000 The Senhouse Centre was opened, promoting healthy living in the local community.

2001 The Whitehaven Youth Trust became the Whitehaven Community Trust as we had diversified and opened up the client base to the whole community.

2002 The Whitehaven Pottery was opened by Henry Sandon from the BBC Antiques Roadshow.

1 Lowther Street was purchased for a new accommodation project

Kerry Maxwell wins the National Social Entrepreneur of the Year award

Tall Ships Project began bringing in the Tall Ships for a 5 week study trail with the aim to have them on a permanent basis

Town Centre Wardens were introduced as a pilot scheme securing long term unemployed men with full time employment 

2003 The Pottery opened and went into production

The Senhouse Centre launched an anti-bullying campaign

2004 1 Lowther street has finished it's renovation

2005 Lowther Street was opened as a hostel for 16-24yrs creating 4 new jobs and accommodation for homeless young people

Whitehaven Pottery Website goes live

2006 Kerry Maxwell wins Women of the Year Award

2007 Big Lottery Fund funding is awarded to the Trust to help improve the mental health of our community and remove stigma towards it

2008 Senhouse cellar is renovated so we can increase facilities to the community

2009 Kerry Maxwell receives n OBE in the New Years Honours

2010 The Trust celebrates it's 20th year helping the local community

2013 Purchased Smith House and converted into 'move on flats' to accommodate those who are ready to leave the hostels but still need support from the Trust

2017 Bakewell house is converted into a Mother and Baby Hostel for young mothers whom have fled domestic abuse and violence with their child

2020 We are leasing a property which contains 5 flat to extend our 'move on' project

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