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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.

Amy Cookson, Family Support Worker

Amy Cookson

Family Support Worker

Email: amy.cookson@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.

Amy Gunniss, Family Support Worker

Amy Gunniss

Family Support Worker

Email: amy.gunniss@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. Each young person’s caring role differs from family to family, as does the impact on the young person, the support we offer is tailored to each individual families need.

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, Adult Carer Support Worker

Anne Wright

Adult Carer 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, Adult Carer Support Worker

Carla Talbott

Adult Carer Support Worker

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.

Dominic Chadwick, Digital Reach Worker

Dominic Chadwick

Digital Reach Worker

Email: dom.chadwick@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with young adult carers aged between 16 and 25 with the aim of improving their digital skills. They can then use these new digital skills to help them in their caring roles and future career opportunities.

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!

Karen Cooke, Carers' Hospital Project Worker

Karen Cooke

Carers' Hospital Project Worker

Email: karen.cooke@blackpoolcarers.org

I work with carers and their families within the hospital setting. I work with ward staff, social workers and other professionals promoting early discharge and preventing re-admissions by providing the carer with emotional and practical support fulfill their caring role.

Karolina Dabrowska, Hand in Hand Project Support Worker

Karolina Dabrowska

Hand in Hand Project Support Worker

Email: karolina.dabrowska@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.

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.

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, Young Carers' Champion

Tara Bragg

Young Carers' Champion

Email: tara.bragg@blackpoolcarers.org

As one of two Young Carers Champions, I help to raise awareness of our charity. In addition to this I am also part of the Admin Team and provide administrative support  across all the different teams within the organisation

Terry Hodkinson, Head of Business Development and Fundraising

Terry Hodkinson

Head of Business Development and Fundraising

Email: terry.hodkinson@blackpoolcarers.org

My role involves talking to different organisations and people from all walks of life, who are willing and able to help us by volunteering. I then support with any training necessary. The Centre has lots of volunteering opportunities, including front of house, reception, administration and helping at various, age specific support groups and activities. We are so grateful to anyone that can spare any time to volunteer for us. If you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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.