Manna House

"Manna House works for the benefit of the public in South Lakeland, providing advice, advocacy and a drop-in support centre for those who are homeless, vulnerably housed, lonely or needing help."

Staff and trustees

Welcome to our staff and trustees page, where you can read a little introduction from a few of the members of the Manna House team:



Andrea Aldridge has worked all her life in the charity sector.  She’s been a carer, trainer, trustee, school governor, service user, volunteer, manager, fundraiser, researcher, and grant maker in the US and UK.  She is a wife and mother of three, as well as an adoring chicken owner.  Andrea loves her work at Manna House, where she is the Acting Chief Officer, and feels privileged to work with the staff, volunteers and clients here.

Penny Severn is the Outreach and Development worker here at Manna House. She’s been a part of the Manna House family since 2009 taking up this post in 2012. Penny spent time living in Africa teaching AIDS awareness in Malawi before going to theological college to train in church ministry. After spending more time working with the homeless than she did with her theology she decided to train to be a social worker, specialising in homelessness. After qualifying she became our resident social worker. Penny lives in Kendal and is married to Matt, a town councillor and has a cat called Bilbo.  Penny is currently on maternity leave after the arrival on 7 May of the tiny and gorgeous Molly.

Kenny Mayo is a Support Worker at Manna House, he works front of house making sure that our clients have their basic needs – like showers and food – met. Kenny first came to Manna House July 2007, having become a Christian and gained qualifications as a fitness instructor.  Kenny learned to read and write and extended his skills in numeracy at college a decade ago. He has since studied counselling with CADAS and at Kendal College, volunteered with us, and then started employment with us. He’s been in this role for 4 years and has his level 3 in homelessness. Kenny is married with two girls and a little boy and also has two girls from a previous relationship who have both blessed him with a grandchild each.

Angela Powis is a Client Advice and Support worker specialising in benefits advice. After a varied career including catering, special needs support and child minding, I more recently completed a post grad in advice and guidance.  I was then based in job centres and outreach centres on various Back to Work contracts supporting clients into work and education. Here at Manna House I enjoy encouraging clients in our garden as well as making the odd pudding or two for lunch. The main thrust of my job however, is to make sure clients are getting the benefits they are entitled to and liaising with DWP and other agencies.

Jonathan Brook has been involved with Manna House since it was set up in 2002. He was one of the founding trustees, before becoming its first director in 2003. Jonathan enjoys delivering change and seeing people and projects move forward.  Jonathan has a background in administration and project management. Away from Manna House, Jonathan is involved in a number of church and community activities. For recreation he loves being in the outdoors. Jonathan is also an aviation enthusiast and keen amateur cook. Jonathan is married and has three daughters.  He shines his expertise on us part time now as our fundraising consultant.

Lesley Campbell is our Housing Advisor Maternity Cover, who will be with us from May 2016 through March 2017.  Originally from Middlesborough, Lesley has been in Kendal for the past three years.  She comes to Manna House with a first degree in Psychology and Counselling and a Master’s degree in the field of Criminology.  Lesley has already made her mark on our service with her thorough and kind approach to work and her positively ‘Can Do’ attitude.  Lesley’s knowledge of Housing law and the resources available is top notch and we’re lucky to have her with us! The one thing Lesley said she’d like you to know about her is: she’s proud to be a single parent and is so proud of her daughter Jade!

Marc Kelly is our Kitchen Manager.

Colin Greaves is our Chair.

Mal Wadsworth is our Trustee.

Marilyn Molloy is our Vice-Chair.

Harriet Kelly is our Trustee.

Paul Rodman is our Trustee.

Tony Wade is our Treasurer.

Zsuzsanna Fabian is our Financial Assistant.


  • Manna history

    Manna House began in 2003 at The Shakespeare Centre in Kendal. Due to an increased demand for our services, we moved to larger premises here at Castle Lodge in April 2011.
  • Contact us

    Manna House
    Castle Lodge
    Aynam Road
    LA9 7DE
    01539 725534.
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