Pam Signs off after decades helping people in need

Pam Beswick, chief executive of Signposts, who is standing down after 18 years
Pam Beswick, chief executive of Signposts, who is standing down after 18 years

PAM Beswick is stepping down from Signposts after 18 years in her post and handing over the reins to new chief executive John Heath.

She has faced considerable challenges during her time with the organisation but is now taking time to pursue other interests.

She said: “I’m retiring from Signposts but I’ll still be a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Lancaster Farms, a member of Lancaster and District Kids Trust and director of Young Lancashire.

“It will give me more time to pursue my own personal interests and not to be working 24/7.”

Since Pam joined the organisation 18 years ago, Signposts, which provides information, advice and help for a range of issues affecting families and individuals including homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, childcare, HIV and Aids, and welfare, has remained busy and committed to the people it helps.

She said: “Right from the start, Signposts seemed to just hit the spot.

“It has faced considerable challenges in terms of the work it does and the principles to empower the community.

“It’s very much what people actually want which is a critical success factor.”

Signposts not only has a base in Morecambe’s West End but has main offices in Preston and Cumbria.

Pam said: “We had 65 employees and volunteers at the high point.

“However, we are not immune from the effects of the recession and we’ve had to downsize this year and next year.

“It’s the name of the game. The key message is we are continuing to open for business.

“However, it puts emormous pressure on the staff team as they are being asked to do more with less.”

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