We are a small committed team who work closely together to ensure the smooth operational running of the charity. Here is a short biography on each team member:
I am the Director of the Charity and have been working at the Association of Carers since 2009. My role is to oversee the work of the Charity and report directly to the Trustees. I have previously worked as a Residential Manager of a home for people with a learning disability. I enjoy, when not working; reading, running and also teaching yoga.
I am the Service Manager and I started working here in 2012. I have seen our team and area double in size from Hastings and Rother to the whole of East Sussex in this time. The area I cover is Bexhill, Pevensey, Herstmonceux, Polegate, Eastbourne, Seaford and anything in between. I am involved from the original referral to the assessing of the families and finally to the matching. In my spare time I like to walk, cycle and when possible spend time with my grandchildren.
I have been a Services Coordinator since November 2014 and now cover the Rural Rother, Wealden and Havens area of the county. I am married and have four adult children. I used to work for a European NGO and as a Children and Families Social Worker.
I have recently become the Volunteer Manager with the Association. I joined in September 2014 as Charity Administrator, later I changed roles to Services Co-ordinator including Computer Help at Home Co-ordinator. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking, going to the theatre and eating out. I have two rescue cats and a stray who comes to eat twice a day!
I joined the team in June 2015 as Charity Administrator. I have previously worked as an administrator for a community education project and an IT tutor. I enjoy reading, computers, walking my dog, and knitting.
I joined the team in March 2016 as a Coordinator. My role is to assist the volunteer manager to recruit, train and support volunteers in their roles. I also support service delivery by responding to referrals, assessing families and matching them with volunteers. In my free time I enjoy running and attending various different kick-boxing classes.
I joined The Association of Carers in January 2017 as Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator.
My job is to make sure that as many people as possible get to learn about what we do and hopefully join us, either by making use of our services or volunteering, or both! I also ensure that enough funds are raised to keep our fantastic charity running smoothly.
I used to work as a community broadcast journalist. I am married with four children and I spend most of my spare time with my horse and two dogs.