Meet the Team

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    Sam Morris

    CEO

    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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    Clare Hobley

    Head of Services

    I love working with such a great team who are really dedicated. I started off working with the service as an adviser and it’s been really useful to have this understanding to apply to my management role.

    In my spare time I love cooking vegetarian food. I also enjoy going for walks, spending time with my family (and cat!), listening to music and being in nature.

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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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    Rizwana Mayat

    Office Manager

    I speak English, Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi
    It comforts me knowing that someone is there for the carer. Caring for a loved one can be one of the most isolative situations. I’m glad the carers can share their problems with us and not face them alone.

    My spare time is taken up by baking cakes, watching boxsets and spending time with my daughter and family.

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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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    Michael Strahan

    Drug and Alcohol Advisor

    I get to meet new people all of the time, along with being able to work with a fantastic team. Every day is different and I am always learning on the job. It might sound cheesy, but supporting people who are in need gives me great job satisfaction.

    I have been kickboxing for around 22 years in order to try and keep myself fit. I am also very much in to music, and general socialising with friends and family.

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    Sonia Stevens

    Older Peoples Carer Advisor

    I’ve worked with and supported older people for many years and I find it so satisfying. My aim always is to support, inform, advise, and advocate for a carer and to provide empathy.  I also feel that it is important to try to support older people to sustain their independence.  And if I have managed to be able to do this – this is my reward!

    I just love my grandchildren, I have two wonderful granddaughters who I look after in my spare time – it keeps me on my toes!

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    Vicky Bentley

    Carers Advisor

    Currently some of my time at the service is spent as a generic carers adviser but I also work with the Young Adult Carers.

    The best part about working at the service is the relaxed friendly atmosphere of the service and the building we work in.

    At home I’m mum and also chief dog walker for our two dogs, Ted and Ron.

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    Parveen Awan

    Carers Advisor

    I speak English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi
    I like working with carers because I am a carer myself. I enjoy working with diverse and wide-ranging groups of people, providing empathy understanding and compassion. I have been with the service since 2005. I come from a teaching background.

    I enjoy time with my family, gardening, walking and just being in nature.

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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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    Yasmin Khalil

    Benefits & Carers Advisor

    I speak Punjabi & Urdu. I like being able to empower carers by sharing the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years as a carer myself.

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

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    Kulsum Chishti

    Activities Co-ordinator

    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

    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

    Media Coordinator

    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.

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