Meet the Team

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    Sam Morris


    I love making a difference! I am a people person and enjoy working with different people. I enjoy coordinating and developing the Service meeting challenges head on!

    I never sit still! I am a qualified Counsellor and volunteer in different roles. I enjoy walking and cycling.
    I love spending time with my family.

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    Gillian Ingham

    Finance Manager

    I love helping to look after the Charity’s finances. I am a spreadsheet guru!

    My husband, family and dogs are my life. When not working, babysitting or dog walking I enjoy relaxing in front of the tv watching films and box sets, just relaxing.

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    Yasmin Khalil

    Head of Services

    I have been working for the Carers Service since 2009.  I initially started as a learning disabilities carers advisor.  I later moved into a generic advisors role supporting carers with different caring roles.  In 2019 I retrained as a benefits advisor supporting carers to complete their benefits forms.  Since 2023  I have been managing the advisors team. The knowledge and experience I have gained throughout the years both professionally and personally has enabled me to support and empower carers, which has been very rewarding.  I am bilingual and speak Punjabi & Urdu.

    I have a busy life with work and my own caring responsibilities so when I get the chance I try to relax as much as I can.

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    Wendy Cooke

    Office Manager

    I am really happy to be working for a charity that strives to make such a difference, caring can be so difficult at times so to be able to support carers in such a variety of ways is amazing.

    I have 3 children, a lot of pets and am a qualified counsellor but when I am not working or busy at home I enjoy walking with our dogs, playing badminton, camping or occasionally open water swimming, although not in winter!

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    Anna Frankland

    Darwen and Rural Carers Advisor

    I really enjoy being able to travel around some of our more rural and scenic areas meeting new carers and also being part of our great team.
    My interests mostly involve activities with my children like going for walks, crafting and bike rides.

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    Susan Lloyd

    Mental Health & Wellbeing Advisor

    I have Level 2 British Sign Language.

    I have been a volunteer with the Carers Service for over 2 years as Counsellor and helping with Support Groups before coming to this role.

    Some of my proudest achievements are passing my Level 2 in British Sign Language and Signs of God Training; becoming a licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England and gaining accreditation after my BA Hons Degree in Counselling.

    My family, friends and faith are very important to me.

    Most people think I have a good sense of humour and I do love to laugh.

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    Emma Forrest

    Benefits Advisor

    I have worked within the charity and voluntary sector for a number of years. I was really happy to join BWD Carers Service in October 2022 to support carers with their Welfare Benefits.

    Outside of work, I have a pretty busy life and can usually be found standing on the edge of a sports pitch somewhere (spectating and not playing)!!! I enjoy getting out in the fresh air and lots of dog walking.

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    Kulsum Chishti

    Activities Co-ordinator & Older Carers Advisor

    I speak Urdu, Katchi, Gujarati. My job is so creative; I get to bring lots of fun and supportive activities to the carer. It’s lovely to see carers get a break and begin to explore their own self development. I love to see carers gain skills that empower and help them through life.

    Best of all is seeing carers have a good time, laugh and get that valuable time for themselves.
    I love anything to do with nature, gardening, walking, being outdoors. I am definitely a foodie, I love cooking and eating.

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    Kiran Sadiq

    Volunteer Coordinator & YAC Advisor

    I speak English, Urdu & Punjabi
    I really enjoy supporting others in developing their skills and getting back into employment through volunteering and training opportunities. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I’m making a difference in the community.

    I enjoy travelling, love scenery, shopping and spending quality time with family and friends.

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    Isma Sajid

    Generic Advisor

    I speak English, Punjabi and Urdu. I enjoy sharing information and keeping carers up to date with what’s going on with the service, from activities to events and also what’s happening in other local services.

    I enjoying travelling and looking at nature. I’m also involved with the community and like to know what information is available for parent carers to access.

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    Rashida Ahmed

    Admin Officer

    I speak fluent English, Urdu and Punjabi.
    I’ve been with the service for four years. I started with the service as a carer, then a volunteer and within months became one of staff members. I enjoy every minute of my job, find it very rewarding and to be a member of a great team, it’s like having a second family.

    I love spending quality time with my family and watching reality programmes.

Now you’ve met the team, find out more about what we provide here

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