Jean Holmwood – Chair of the Trustee Board
Jean has been a volunteer with the Association of Carers since 2013. She has been a trustee and treasurer for the Heathfield & District Volunteer Centre and, until recently, was a parish councillor in Heathfield for 10 years, with a responsibility for various internal and external committees. She cared for her late husband for many years during his disability, and joined the Association of Carers after he died, as she realised that such a service was vitally important to carers. Sadly the Association of Carers were not in Jean’s area, at the time she needed them, however they moved into the Wealden area soon after, and Jean became a volunteer. She says that she loves her volunteering role and gets so much back from helping others. Jean became chair of the trustees this year, after we had been without a chair for some time, since the untimely death of our much missed previous chair.
Clive Whitehead – Treasurer
Clive is a fully qualified accountant and has been running his own practice for a couple of years, which has continued to expand. His interests are all sports, he is a keen cyclist as well as enjoying playing 5 a side football. He has a close relationship with his children as well as his partner. His other interest is his parrot a yellow crested Amazon, who is very entertaining as well as demanding.
Carol says she has been working in the care industry all her working life and at present she is a Deputy Manager at a nursing home for complex mental health needs. Carol is passionate about caring for people and has gained a lot of knowledge and skills in interacting and caring for others, assisting people to resolve issues and generally supporting others to improve their quality of life. Carol feels that her skills would prove to be very useful in being a trustee. Carol has two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys walking, cycle riding and spending time with her family. Carol is standing down this AGM but wishes to stand again.
Toni has worked within Adult Social Care since 2008 in various roles including support worker, activities co-ordinator and in her current role as Day Service Deputy Manager. Toni said she is committed to ensuring the highest standard of personalised care is provided and will work with service users, relatives, staff, other healthcare professionals and agencies to make this possible. Throughout her career she has acquired various practical, managerial and administration skills whilst gaining various diplomas in Health and social care and a management diploma in Health and social care. Toni says she has a professional, realistic but empathetic approach and is committed to helping get Carers the support they deserve. Toni has been a Trustee since 2015 and wishes to continue to utilise her skills to raise awareness of the incredible opportunity and support that the AOC provides. Toni’s aim in life is simply to help people and make her daughter proud.
Chris is the parent of a 47 year old man who has severe Learning Disabilities and requires support with all aspects of his personal care and day to day activities. He has therefore been a carer for most of his adult life.
He has also been a volunteer for two local Mencap groups and, before retirement, was Manager of the Complaints Dept at The District General Hospital in Eastbourne.
Chris says that, whilst he appreciates that all carers face a variety of challenges, he believes that his background gives him a considerable insight into the rigours of providing day to day care both on a physical and emotional level.