Our Team

Adult Carers' Team

Alan Phizacklea, Benefits Advice Worker

Alan Phizacklea

Benefits Advice Worker

Email: alan.phizacklea@blackpoolcarers.org

I deal with benefit enquiries helping carers of all ages. I assist the carer and the person they care for, to access benefits to which they are entitled, to fully maximise their income. I  also assist clients to challenge benefit decisions including disallowance and sanctions through the reconsideration and appeal stages.

Alex Sweeney, Parent Carer Family Support Worker

Alex Sweeney

Parent Carer Family Support Worker

Email: alex.sweeney@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with families who have a child with additional needs and/or challenging behaviour, I offer both emotional and practical support to carer and child. I work on the Managing Challenging Behaviour Course where we offer support and strategies in managing challenging behaviour, I also deliver Behaviour Workshops for cared for children and Resilience Workshops for siblings.

Amy Williamson, Family Support Worker

Amy Williamson

Family Support Worker

Email: amy.williamson@blackpoolcarers.org

I work on the Family Focus Project. I support young people aged 5-18 who may be offering emotional and practical support to someone suffering from mental ill health or a substance misuse problem. I will work with the whole family offering intensive support to both adults and children living within the household.

Ann Hollis, Hand in Hand Project Administrator

Ann Hollis

Hand in Hand Project Administrator

Email: ann.hollis@blackpoolcarers.org

Along with general administration tasks, I facilitate the Parent Carers Advisory Group working to highlight the hard work parent carers are involved in.

Anne Wright, Dementia Carers Support Worker

Anne Wright

Dementia Carers Support Worker

Email: anne.wright@blackpoolcarers.org

I am a Dementia Carers’ Support Worker offering advice, support groups and training courses to carers and their families looking after someone living with dementia. I help carers prepare and plan for the future whilst leading fulfilling lives themselves.

Camilla Ball, Young Carers' Respite Coordinator

Camilla Ball

Young Carers' Respite Coordinator

Email: camilla.ball@blackpoolcarers.org

I support young carers aged 5-16 to live a better life, raise their aspirations and help them with any issues that they may be facing. I also help to run the respite activities and youth clubs with my colleague Amy Cookson.

Carla Talbott, Carers' Community Navigator (Mental Health)

Carla Talbott

Carers' Community Navigator (Mental Health)

Email: carla.talbott@blackpoolcarers.org

My role is to provide information and support for carers of people with a mental illness. I offer emotional and practical support in the form of peer and one to one support enabling these carers to look after themselves and continue caring.

Dawn Maher, Adult Carers' Lead

Dawn Maher

Adult Carers' Lead

Email: dawn.maher@blackpoolcarers.org

As Lead Adult Carers’ Worker, I manage the team of Adult Carer Support Workers as well as Social Work and Counselling Students. I also develop and co-ordinate the support we offer to adult carers and manage a caseload of my own.

Domonic Chadwick, Young Adult Carers' Support Worker

Domonic Chadwick

Young Adult Carers' Support Worker

Email: dom.chadwick@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with Young Adult Carers aged 16 – 25. My role is to support carers of this age with Employment, Training and Education. I also arrange age appropriate respite sessions including trips and activities away from the centre. As well as this, I am a leader for the Duke of Edinburgh programme here at Beaverbrooks House.

Duncan Campbell, Hand in Hand Project Support Worker

Duncan Campbell

Hand in Hand Project Support Worker

Email: duncan.campbell@blackpoolcarers.org

I support parent carers with children up to the age of 25 who have disabilities. We offer practical and emotional support and hold peer support activities/groups.

Faye Atherton, Head of Services

Faye Atherton

Head of Services

Email: faye.atherton@blackpoolcarers.org

I oversee all services within the Centre and also look after our lovely building.

Hannah Fletcher, Family Support Team Leader

Hannah Fletcher

Family Support Team Leader

Email: hannah.fletcher@blackpoolcarers.org

I manage the Hand in Hand project which supports parents who have a child with a disability or an additional need, and the work experience project. I am also the Student Co-ordinator, responsible for co-ordinating the students and ensuring they have a valuable learning experience when on placement with us.

Helen Hay, Work Experience Coordinator - Learning Disability

Helen Hay

Work Experience Coordinator - Learning Disability

Email: helen.hay@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with 16-19 year old students with learning difficulties and disabilities and co-ordinate their work experience placements. I assess each student’s strengths, abilities and aspirations and find them a suitable placement within local businesses which will help to develop their skills, confidence and awareness of work opportunities available.

Helena Brown, Adult Carer Support Worker

Helena Brown

Adult Carer Support Worker

Email: helena.brown@blackpoolcarers.org

I support people caring for someone with dementia. I provide one to one emotional support for carers, assessing their needs and making referrals to other agencies as appropriate. I also provide Dementia Awareness Training for carers, helping them to understand the condition, explaining the things they might encounter and provide opportunities to share experiences in a supportive environment.

Julie Swift, Charity Administrator

Julie Swift

Charity Administrator

Email: julie.swift@blackpoolcarers.org

I have an extremely varied role within the admin team including accounts and payroll.  I also take all the bookings for respite activities and will probably be the first person you speak to when you call!

Kay Soper, Support Services Manager

Kay Soper

Support Services Manager

Email: kay.soper@blackpoolcarers.org

I help to raise awareness of the charity by creating all our promotional material including Caring Times magazine, leaflets and posters for each service. I also manage our website and database, coordinate IT support and organise fundraising events including Cash Quest for Carers and our annual Charity Ball.

Kelly Anderson, Hand in Hand Project Support Worker

Kelly Anderson

Hand in Hand Project Support Worker

Email: kelly.anderson@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with parents who care for a child up to 25 years of age, due to their additional needs. Support can be both emotional and practical to help ensure a better life for these carers.

Kerry Dalton, Young Carers' Lead

Kerry Dalton

Young Carers' Lead

Email: kerry.dalton@blackpoolcarers.org

I am the Lead Worker for the Young Carers Team, providing the whole family with emotional, practical and social support. We help parents access the right support and work together with the whole family to build on their relationships.

Liam Quinn, Respite Coordinator/Social Media Advisor

Liam Quinn

Respite Coordinator/Social Media Advisor

Email: liam.quinn@blackpoolcarers.org

My role is to assist the Respite Coordinators providing respite for Young Carers ages 5-16 as well as shadowing family support workers to gain a greater knowledge and understanding. I also promote and raise awareness of the organisation on Social Media platforms.

Louise Herd, Finance Officer

Louise Herd

Finance Officer

Email: louise.herd@blackpoolcarers.org

I play a key role in the smooth running of the organisation through the provision of accurate and timely financial information.

Malgorzata Czeczko, Family Support Worker

Malgorzata Czeczko

Family Support Worker

Email: malgorzata.czeczko@blackpoolcarers.org

I support children and young people aged 5-18 who care for someone affected by mental ill health or/and substance misuse. I offer support and help for the whole family in many different aspects including emotional and practical support.

Matt McMurdo, Compliance Officer

Matt McMurdo

Compliance Officer

Email: matt.mcmurdo@blackpoolcarers.org

I’m responsible for data protection, specifically focusing on the GDPR laws arriving at the end of May. It’s my job to ensure that Blackpool Carers Centre is moving towards complete compliance with the new laws and dealing with most of the data we hold on our database.

Matthew Meehan, Communications Lead

Matthew Meehan

Communications Lead

Email: matthew.meehan@blackpoolcarers.org

I manage all communications within the organisation and externally with stakeholders and service users.

Michaela Goodridge, Young Adult Carers' Support Worker

Michaela Goodridge

Young Adult Carers' Support Worker

Email: michaela.goodridge@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with young adult carers aged 16-25. I help by offering  emotional and practical support to young adult carers. I also run regular respite sessions for Young Adult Carers who are also often attending college and/or are in employment. As everyone’s caring role is different  and all the support we offer is person centered.

Michelle Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Email: michelle.smith@blackpoolcarers.org

I lead a value driven, professional team with passion and a strong vision. Privileged to be working with inspiring individuals who keep me focused. Enjoying the opportunity to raise aspirations and ‘grow our own’ young people. I use my experience of financial management and fundraising to ensure that every penny is spent on improving the lives of carers. Sadly enjoy governance!

Nigel McMurdo, Operations Director

Nigel McMurdo

Operations Director

Email: nigel.mcmurdo@blackpoolcarers.org

I manage the support staff, hold everything together, make sense of the chaos, develop others and help shape service provision.

Rachel Lambert, Young Carers Champion

Rachel Lambert

Young Carers Champion

Email: rachel.lambert@blackpoolcarers.org

As Young Carers Champion, I help to raise awareness of Young Carers and the support our charity gives, through public speaking. I will also be assisting the Mayor’s Charity Team with fundraising throughout the year.  In addition to this, I support other members of our team with administration duties.

Samantha Kirkbride, Senior Respite Co-ordinator

Samantha Kirkbride

Senior Respite Co-ordinator

Email: samantha.kirkbride@blackpoolcarers.org

I help relieve young carers aged 5-16 from their caring role at home, by organising trips and activities. This respite increases their confidence and self-esteem and enables them to socialise with their peers in similar situations to themselves.

Sophie Abbott, Young Carers Support Worker

Sophie Abbott

Young Carers Support Worker

Email: sophie.abbott@blackpoolcarers.org

I support young carers aged 5-16. Practical, social and emotional support is given where needed to ensure a better life for each young carer.

Tara Bragg, Administration Support Assistant

Tara Bragg

Administration Support Assistant

Email: tara.bragg@blackpoolcarers.org

I provide administration support to all teams across the service, so my tasks can vary day to day.

Terry Hodkinson, Head of Business Development and Fundraising

Terry Hodkinson

Head of Business Development and Fundraising

Email: terry.hodkinson@blackpoolcarers.org

My role here at Blackpool Carers Centre is to develop links with local businesses.  I work with these businesses to strengthen relationships, support each other through corporate donations, help with our fundraising events and demonstrate the business’s Corporate Social Responsibility.  I am happy to come and have a chat or do a presentation to explain what support we offer to our carers and how you can get involved either as staff or a business.  We couldn’t do all that we do without local support.

Tom McMurdo, Head of Governance and Income Generation

Tom McMurdo

Head of Governance and Income Generation

Email: tom.mcmurdo@blackpoolcarers.org

My role involves Human Resources, Income Generation and Governance.

Tracy Taylor, Footcare Technician

Tracy Taylor

Footcare Technician

Email: tracy.taylor@blackpoolcarers.org

I carry out dedicated and accessible foot care tailored to suit your needs from the comfort of your own home. Treatments include a cleansing foot soak, nail trim and file and relaxing foot massage using moisture enriched creams.

Vicki Daley, Volunteer & Training Co-ordinator

Vicki Daley

Volunteer & Training Co-ordinator

Email: vicky.daley@blackpoolcarers.org

As Volunteer Co-ordinator, my role is to recruit, train and retain all our amazing volunteers which are required and very much needed to deliver the Centre’s objectives. Volunteering roles range from assistance in the Pantry and Reception to assisting and supporting Youth Clubs and activities as well as a vast array of functions that the Centre delivers.