Announcing our new Chief Officer – Christine Aspin

Charity News 31 January 2024

We are very pleased to be able to share some exciting news with you all. After an extensive search and interview process, we are delighted to inform you that the Board of Trustees has appointed Christine Aspin as Chief Executive Officer of Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre (WLCC).

Christine started her new role with WLCC in January, bringing with her a wealth of experience, and a profound commitment to supporting carers and reinforcing the important objectives of our Charity.

Christine said, “I began my journey working in Carers services almost 30 years ago, where I started as Carer Support Worker for Crossroads Care, a Carers Support Charity in Bury. Over the years I have developed and extended carers services nationally working with several Crossroads and Carers Trust charities.

With my extensive knowledge and experience both as a carer for a family member and of supporting unpaid adult and young carers and their loved ones, I have a true empathetic understanding of the daily challenges and issues carers face. I believe the people supported and their carers should be at the heart of everything we do at WLCC, and I am passionate about ensuring suitable, quality, creative support solutions are available to all that may require them. This includes finding innovative ways to reach out to carers who are hidden, who may not recognise themselves as carers and/or carers who are so heavily involved in their caring role, they struggle to find time to connect.

In light of the many ongoing challenges in Social Care, I want to ensure sustainability of the Charity to continue to serve unpaid carers and help relieve some of the pressures that they are under. I will be looking at imaginative, efficient and effective ways of working to deliver support that will give positive outcomes as well as adding social value within our communities. By using an effective and evolving communication strategy I will strive to ensure that carers have a strong voice in the development and shaping of our future services.

One of my top priorities as the Chief Officer of WLCC is to support the teams of staff and volunteers to ensure that they are in the best place possible to deliver outstanding services to unpaid adult and young carers. I also want the teams, including the Trustee volunteers to be open and honest with me, share their experiences and knowledge to help me to be the best I can. By building great relationships and trust within an effective, successful and knowledgeable team we can work together to build on WLCC to succeed even further in the future and meet the needs of even more unpaid carers.”

I hope you will join us in congratulating Christine and sending her our very best wishes and support.