WLCC team


Staff


Angela Allison

Chief Officer

I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chief Officer for Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre. My career history includes working within the NHS, Strategic Health Authority and a Not for Profits Social Housing Organisation. On a personal level, I have been a parent carer for over 12 years, so I fully understand the challenges from a professional and personal experience that carers may encounter.

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

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.

Lisa Kirby

Carers Assessor Lead

Elaine Burgoyne

Office, Reception & Carers Triage (Support Service)

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.

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.

Catherine Ellis

Volunteer & Befriending Coordinator

Hello, I am the Volunteer and Befriending Co-ordinator at the Carers Centre. I have been involved for nearly 10 years now and enjoy supporting all of our 40 volunteers, they make a massive difference in carers lives. My role involves recruiting new volunteers for the Centre, offering support to the volunteers in their roles and running our befriending and counselling services for carers. I really enjoy offering a listening ear to carers and making sure people get the best experience out of volunteering. I’m always looking for new volunteers in a wide range of roles, who can make their difference to local carers and young carers.

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.

Jill Woosey

Carers Assessment Team

Hi, I am a new member of the team and I feel very privileged to have been selected to work at the carer’s centre. I have only been here since September 2018 to help launch the new Buddying Service as a project worker. As part of my role I have to assess carer’s eligibility for the service then match the carers up with an appropriate Buddy volunteer. I worked in care a long time ago and have the experience of caring for a loved one also.

Mark Leyland

Receptionist/Project 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.

Dionne Carroll

Digital Media Support

Hi, my name is Dionne and I joined the Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre at the end of May 2019. Previously, I have worked for the NHS for 11 years within health and wellbeing as a Health Trainer and Health and Wellbeing Training Officer, which involved arranging self-care training sessions for people who live in Wigan borough and supporting people to improve their health on a one-to-one basis. My last role involved working within the learning and development department as a Mandatory Training Coordinator, providing clinical training sessions for NHS staff and supporting staff to access e-learning using the National Learning System. In my current role as the Training and Support Officer for the Carers Centre I will be arranging training for carers, offering support to carers and arranging welcome sessions for carers visiting the centre. I am looking forward to contributing to improving the quality of life for carers and the people that they support.

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.

Trustees


Philip Humphries

Chair

Nigel Thompson

Secretary

Dorothy Whitaker

Trustee

Paul Walton

Trustee

Frank Wooley

Trustee