AWW ‘Summer of Fun’ kicks off in style

This week at AWW saw the launch of our ‘Summer of Fun’ events for our staff with an evening of paddleboarding and pizza by the lake.

On Monday night a group of our intrepid colleagues headed to the shores of Derwent Water to learn some new skills and have fun together in the stunning surroundings of the Lake District. Members of our teams from across care, MDT, Head Office, and even our CEO, threw themselves into it (quite literally in some cases) and had a fantastic evening full of laughter and adventure.

This event was the first in a series of exciting taster sessions which our Outdoor team are offering this summer to all colleagues across AWW.

These sessions provide opportunities to participate in outdoor activities to all members of the AWW team, whether they have no previous experience or they are already avid outdoor enthusiasts.

Outdoor adventure has always been at the heart of our care at AWW, and we are delighted to offer a taste of the outdoors to our colleagues, which we hope will inspire them to join the children they look after in their outdoor adventures in the future.

The sessions also provide a vital opportunity for our colleagues to relax, socialise and have fun together. The wellbeing of our teams, and the relationships they share with each other, are of the highest importance to us at AWW. By coming together to take part in these activities, whatever their role, job title or level of skills, our teams are able to strengthen existing bonds and form new ones.

“It’s a great chance to catch up and have a laugh with colleagues from across the organisation in a relaxed environment. It’s also a safe space to try outdoor activities for people with all levels of experience, as well as a chance to chat to the Outdoor team about all things outdoors, from borrowing kit to gaining qualifications”. Mark, Outdoor Activity Manager

We were particularly delighted to welcome 3 new colleagues to the event who have only just joined the AWW team, one of whom told us:

“If Carlsberg did first days at work…….thanks for the great opportunity to get out on the lake, get a bit out of my comfort zone and meet some new colleagues, and of course for the pizza”.

To encourage our colleagues to enjoy and explore the outdoors even more, we offer all staff the opportunity to borrow any of our huge stock of outdoor equipment to use with their family and friends.

We are really looking forward to future events, which include climbing and a BBQ, bushcraft and whittling and mountain biking. We would like to thank Mark and the Outdoor team making our Summer of Fun possible.

If you would like to join the AWW team, we would love to hear from you.  Please find our current vacancies here.

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police