WLCC team


Staff


Catherine Leyland

Catherine Leyland

Office & Facilities Manager

Hi, my name is Catherine and I am proud to be the Centre’s Office and Facilities Lead. My role is to manage the office and facilities on a daily basis, I also have a great team to lead. Alongside this role I also assist in delivering one to one support to our carers and support our triage team. I have worked at the centre for a number of years and being a carer myself I find it fulfilling and rewarding to share my knowledge with others, I have also learnt a great deal along the way.

Mark Leyland

Mark Leyland

Reception / Carers ID Badge Officer

Hello my name is Mark Leyland. I was a Volunteer at the Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre for a few years helping carers with social media and general tablet/iPad training.

My previous volunteering and my current position as a Buddy Project Worker were and are both rewarding. My role involves assessing carers and the cared for to see if they are suitable for the Buddying Service.

Jill Woosey

Jill Woosey

Carers Case Officer

I’m Jill and I am one of the Carers’ Case Officers here at the Carers Centre. I have been with the charity for 3 years but I started as a Buddy Project Worker before changing my role last year. I have worked in education previously, but my main background is in the care sector. I am here at the centre to provide any support that our carers need to make their caring roles a little less challenging.

I am here if you need a listening ear or just a cup of tea and a chat. When I am not working, I like to keep myself fit and healthy and watch my boys play football at the weekends.

Lisa Kirby

Lisa Kirby

Carers Assessor Lead

I started working for the Carers Centre in May 2015 as an assessor and became team leader in 2018. We have a team of 7 assessors covering the Wigan and Leigh Borough. The role of an assessor is to assess the needs of unpaid carers through an assessment. This is just a chat and a chance to discuss any concerns or issues when caring for a loved one. We can meet carers face to face or we can assess over the telephone. We offer support to carers in various ways, this can be information and advice, reducing isolation, training to support them in their caring role or grants and budgets depending on eligibility.

Andrea Molyneaux

Andrea Molyneaux

Carers Assessor

I have worked at the Carers Centre for 6 years.  Prior to this I worked for Wigan Council supporting people with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

I am a Carers Assessor and this involves talking to carers about their caring role, how it affects them and talking over ways things could change or improve to help the carer to manage better where possible.

It involves offering advice and information, providing a listening ear, signposting and referring out to different services including referring to the Carers Centre.

I enjoy my job and hope that the support we offer makes a difference to people’s lives.

Susan Haywood

Susan Haywood

Carers Assessor

I joined the Carers Centre in June 2015 and had previously worked for Wigan Age UK and before that for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

I am part of a team of five carers assessment coordinators. The assessment aims to identify any support needs a carer may have and address those needs where possible, by providing information and referring on to relevant services within the centre or externally.

I enjoy working with carers and knowing that I’ve helped to make a positive difference in their lives. I find my job very rewarding.

Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie

Carers Assessor

I joined the Carers Centre in June 2015 and had previously worked for Wigan Age UK and before that for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

I am part of a team of five carers assessment coordinators. The assessment aims to identify any support needs a carer may have and address those needs where possible, by providing information and referring on to relevant services within the centre or externally.

I enjoy working with carers and knowing that I’ve helped to make a positive difference in their lives. I find my job very rewarding.

Sarah Cusani

Sarah Cusani

Carers Assessor

I joined Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre in February 2019. Prior to joining I was a qualified Social Worker within Adult Services having worked for Wigan Council and of late Lancashire County Council. I am part of a team of six Carers Assessors. The aim of the Carers assessment is to identify any support needs a carer may have and address those needs where possible, by providing information and referring on to relevant services within the centre or externally.

I enjoy working with Carers and knowing that I’ve helped to make a positive difference in their lives.

Diane Wiltshire

Diane Wiltshire

Carers Assessor

I joined Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre in March 2019. Prior to joining I have worked as a Support Coordinator for the Stroke Association for 5 years and also worked for Riverside Housing and Sefton Council. I am part of a team of seven Carers Assessors. The aim of a Carers Assessment is to identify any support needs a carer may have and address those where possible, by providing information or signposting/referring to relevant services.

I enjoy working with carers and I am passionate about trying to make a positive difference to their lives.

Sue Edwards

Sue Edwards

Carers Assessor

I have spent many years in social care and really enjoy enabling people to have a great quality of life regardless of their personal circumstances. I am a qualified Garden Designer and love being outdoors, I have a special interest in therapeutic gardens, as well as garden history. I also make bead jewellery in my spare time and find it very relaxing. Enjoying my day and enabling others to improve their mental health and well-being is what gets me up in the morning.

Joe Cobb

Joe Cobb

Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, I am the Volunteer and Befriending Co-ordinator at the Carers Centre. I have worked in the charity and voluntary sector for over 22 years with a wide range of experience in community work and supporting volunteers. I look forward to being able to work closely with Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre’s volunteers and to develop further volunteering opportunities, to make a positive difference to both the volunteers and the carers supported by them.

Lisa Fletcher

Lisa Fletcher

Digital Media Officer

Hi, my name is Lisa Fletcher and I joined Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre in October 2020 as Digital Media Officer. I feel very proud to have joined the team, they are undoubtedly an invaluable resource for carers in the local community. Having spent the last 7 years creating compelling content for Social Care, I am bringing my passion and enthusiasm to the team, working collectively to make a difference to the lives of carers.

I have also worked as a Local Government Officer, a Befriender, and a Volunteer.

The Centre dedicates time to connecting and communicating with people with a digital media presence across many platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Together, as team, we have a strong commitment to championing the vital role carers play in our communities – both supporting carers and the people they care for.

It is important that we understand and deal with the things that matter to carers.

Elaine Burgoyne

Elaine Burgoyne

HR and Finance Officer

I have worked for the Carers Centre since April 2009 when it was just in the planning stages and I am very proud to have been part of its growth.

I am the HR and Finance Officer so day to day I make sure everyone gets paid.

I have some ancestry on Frederick Street as my great great grandmother used to live here so it’s nice to walk the same path.

Peter Wild

Peter Wild

Young Carers Team Leader

I’ve been involved with young carers for nine years, having started as a volunteer and trustee, and I also worked as a development worker for six months.  I’ve been a Young Carers Support worker since May 2015.  The core of role involves Young Carers assessments, long term support for young carers and their families, alongside running and brokering respite and training opportunities for young carers.  As well as numerous “other duties as appropriate. ” 😉   I currently lead on liaison with partners providing additional respite opportunities such as STEAM, Wigan Athletic and Be Well’s HAF project.   Alongside this core role over the years, I’ve led several young carer residentials, undertaken staff training in schools and other organisations and well as Young Career awareness assemblies to around 5000 pupils.

I continue to be humbled by the love and dedication Young Carers bring to their role, and it has been an honour to see so many fantastic young people grow into amazing young adults.  I continue to learn from my dedicated Young Carer colleagues Claire, Angela, Nicola, Katie, and Brook; our incredible volunteers; and staff in the wider Carers Centre.

Angela Hill

Angela Hill

Young Carers Team

I am looking forward to getting to know the young carers and their families and helping and supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

In my previous roles I have worked in both primary and high schools with children aged 3-16 years. I am also a volunteer counsellor for Childline.

Claire Thorpe

Claire Thorpe

Young Carers Team

Hi, my name is Claire. I started with the Charity as a Transition Support Worker supporting young carers aged 16-24 in February 2020. Safe to say it wasn’t a normal way to start a job as a month later Covid hit, and the world changed. I am really enjoying the challenges that come along with the role and promoting knowledge of Young Carers across the Wigan borough and making a positive difference.

I also work alongside the Young Carer Activity Co-ordinators to help plan the activities for the young carers.

Brooke Taylor

Brooke Taylor

Young Carer Activity Co-ordinator

Hi, my name is Brooke and I started with the Young Carers Team in July 2021 in the new role as Activity Co-ordinator where I plan, organise and leading the activities sessions for our young carers groups. I have worked in the charity sector for over 11 years which has helped me to gain all my experience so far. I am also finishing my final year at university studying Music with Community, music which allows me to bring a whole different set of skills to the activities. So far I have loved every second working with the young carers and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smiles of the young carers in the sessions seeing how helpful the break for them can be.

 

Katie Grundy

Katie Grundy

Young Carer Activity Co-ordinator

Hi, I’m Katie-Ann and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work alongside the team as a Young Carers Activity Coordinator from October 2021. I am currently also a university student studying to achieve my social work degree. Having gained a qualification in Health and Social Care prior to attending university, I know I can bring with me to the team, my passion, dedication and new ideas to support young carers within activities they take part in. From a personal experience, I know what it can feel like to be young and under pressure when trying to balance education and family life when a family member is unwell. This I feel I understand why it can be so important for young carers to have a safe and fun place to unwind whilst being alongside others. This is what I will be working to promote and achieve as a Young Carers Activity Coordinator at the Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre.

Trustees


Philip Humphries

Chair

Kulwant Bartram-Paddan

Trustee

Sue Lewis

Trustee

Dorothy Whitaker

Trustee

Paul Walton

Trustee

Frank Woolley

Trustee

Zain Bokyo

Trustee