Not all heroes wear capes

At Wilderness we are so proud of our colleagues, who go above and beyond to ensure we provide outstanding care for our children every day.

It takes a very special team of people to change a child’s life, and at Wilderness the compassion, commitment and creativity of our colleagues is truly humbling. They are superheroes.

We love to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues across the organisation for the amazing work they do with, and for, our children. This is why we recently introduced our Wilderness Heroes employee recognition scheme.

Each month, our colleagues have the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams from across the organisation who they feel deserve recognition for their outstanding practise and dedication, and for the way they embody our CARE values. The winning individuals and team each month are celebrated with gift certificates and prizes.

We love reading all the nominations as they show not only the fantastic work our colleagues do, day in day out, but also how much respect and admiration our colleagues have for each other.

Here are some excerpts from some of the most recent nominations:

“Carol is always there to help. As a new Senior myself, I know she is always at the end of the phone, and we are all so grateful to have her here  – our little star with a big heart!”

“Helen supports of all her colleagues in the business. It is amazing she has time for everyone. She always focuses on the positive. In her role, she is always there to support her team whilst giving us the opportunities to develop and grow in our areas”.

Our team nominations are often a particular privilege to read, as they show how people from across the organisation all pull together to support each child and make sure they are happy, safe and achieve fantastic outcomes:

“I can’t stress enough how in awe I am of every single one of the team who supported this child; of their resilience, commitment and investment in his future. Despite being really reluctant to be here when he joined us, he now says that for the first time in his life he feels safe. The team were also praised by Ofsted in their recent inspection, who said they have done an outstanding job and they were blown away by the team’s commitment to this child.”

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and to all of our colleagues who work tirelessly every day to be the heroes that our children need.

If you feel you could be a hero for our children too,  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