Meet the SFC team
We thought you'd like to meet the people behind the Support for Carers service, including our telephone advice line. As you'll see, our team are all very experienced when it comes to supporting carers.
Pat Wilkins, Service Manager
Pat has worked with and supported carers for 15 years within the statutory and voluntary sectors, mainly in Bedfordshire and more recently in Derbyshire where she worked with GP practices on behalf of the NHS. Pat says: "In my experience carers face many hurdles and their own health can suffer. I am very passionate when it comes to ensuring that carers have the right support and information to support their own health and well-being."
Jacqui Mowson, Delivery Officer
Jacqui has been supporting carers in the Harborough District for the last seven years, which has given her a very good understanding of the everyday problems that carers face. Originally from Essex, Jacqui has lived and worked in Market Harborough since 1989.
Gurjit Sangha, Delivery Officer
Gurjit has lived and worked in Leicestershire for over 20 years at a variety of organisations. Most recently, Gurjit has been involved in community development work at Oadby & Wigston Community Action.
Nicola Tate-Bohannon, Delivery Officer
Nicola has worked in both community mental health outreach and residential support for the past 12 years. This varied experience has given her an insight into some of the difficulties and issues carers and the cared for face. “Caring contributes a vital role for both the cared for and the wider community, the value of which should be respected and recognised by supportive services.”
Jackie Williamson, Delivery Officer
Jackie is passionate about bringing carers together and bringing her ideas and enthusiasm to the team. "Having been a carer myself, I understand it can be isolating and how, without the right support and information, it can be frustrating and your own health can suffer."
Hannah Currington, Delivery Officer
Hannah has previously worked in the NHS and in education, and started her career at VASL three years ago as our Young Carers worker. Now enjoying working with adults as well as under-18s, she has a particular interest in mental health. "Caring for someone with mental health difficulties presents unique challenges, not least the fear of stigma that families can face. It's really important that carers are able to access non-judgemental, understanding advice from the SFC team.”
Adele, Delivery Officer
Over the last 15 years, Adele has worked within statutory and voluntary sector agencies in a variety of roles. Adele says: “My roles have provided me with a vast insight into the everyday difficulties carers and the cared for experience and, the importance of personalised support to meet the needs of everyone holistically."