It is with regret that we share some sad news.
Chairperson Jennifer Allen resigned in late 2016 due to health issues.
Jennifer showed a valiant display of courage and strength as she continued to share her incredible knowledge and spirit with those lucky enough to meet her. However, she sadly passed away on 28th December 2016 due to a terminal illness.
We are sure we will all have our own fond memories of Jennifer as well as great admiration and appreciation for the effort and passion she showed, dedicating her time to ensure that Carers across the county receive the support that she so strongly felt they deserve.
Jennifer was a Carer for her own mother and as such she understood what it is like to be a Carer.
The Association of Carers was always close to her heart; she had been a Trustee since 2009. We will try to ensure that her spirit and caring nature remains at the very heart of the Association and will pay fitting tribute by working together to ensure the continued success of the Charity.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Jennifer’s family at this very sad time.
Jane was Secretary for the Association of Carers for the last four years and resigned earlier this year. Throughout Jane’s term as Honorary Secretary of the Association of Carers Jane was hard working and committed to the Charity, she also supported the Charity to transfer to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The Charity have recruited Toni Paine (Trustee) into the role.
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 and partner and has recently seen his son marry and graduate from University. His daughter is in her final year at university and Clive is looking forward to attending her graduation ceremony next year.
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. She also manages the Day Centre there. 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 three grandchildren. She enjoys walking, cycle riding and spending time with her family.
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. Toni is currently undertaking a management diploma in Health and social care.
Toni says she has a professional, realistic but empathetic approach which she hopes to use to become a valued Trustee and raise awareness of the incredible opportunity of support and respite that the Association of Carers provides.
Roy says his main skill is his ability to gain the friendship and understanding of most people, Roy has a strong caring attitude towards the elderly and has worked in social work, in Banking and Financial institutions.
Roy has also run a local village Newsagent.
Roy has been a respite and befriending volunteer since 2001, which he finds challenging yet rewarding.
His main interests are his family, reading, walking, sport and logical puzzle solving.
Jean has been a volunteer with the Association of Carers since 2013.
She has previously been a Trustee for Wealden talking Newspaper.
Jean is also a Parish Councilor with a responsibility for various internal and external committees.
John lives in the Wealden area.
He has good interpersonal skills. He has had a professional career and has a good financial acumen.
He has been a volunteer of the Association of Carers since 2013.
Gill has worked in the care sector for 10 years. Gill lives in the Eastbourne area. She is married with two daughters.
Bea has been a director of Co-op Retail Services and a local Councillor at Islington Borough Council.