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Clive Hirst, Patron

Clive Hirst



The first 30 years of my life were spent as a teacher in deprived areas of the country. I chose to work with disadvantaged children because this is where the need is greatest. The problems of young carers were very evident and I was delighted when Carers Centres emerged to cater for the needs of young and older carers.

A career change enabled me to work in the voluntary and social enterprise sector. I have been a supporter of Blackpool Carers Centre from the very start. My job at The Council for Voluntary Service involved me in the first stages of planning for a Carers Centre in 2003. By 2008 I was selected as a Trustee, a post I occupied for almost 7 years. In the 4 years between 2009 and 2013 I was proud to lead the organisation as Chairman. My support for the Centre has not diminished, and I became a Patron in 2016.

Blackpool Carers Centre has enjoyed phenomenal success over these years, providing much needed support to more and more carers of all ages. Phenomenal success has been delivered by phenomenal people including staff, volunteers, Trustees and Patrons. Hundreds of businesses and private individuals have made their contributions and we no longer need to explain what a carer is.

Clive Hirst.

  • National Social Enterprise Place Ambassador
  • Chair of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Society for the Blind
  • Director of Social Enterprise Solutions
John Barnett MBE DL, Patron

John Barnett MBE DL