We currently have 19 members of staff working for Gateshead Carers who each bring their own unique and dynamic energy to the team. We are always on the look out for funding to support further posts within the organisation in order to strengthen our service, broaden our reach and help more carers across Gateshead.
Steve Cowen – Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Throughout this time he has successfully raised substantial funding to support new carer services in Gateshead. He continues to fight for carers rights and campaigns to get better services for carers in Gateshead.
Brian Pereira – Team Leader: Core Services
Brian originally came to Gateshead Carers to access support but soon became an invaluable member of the team by regularly volunteering his time with the charity. Brian now manages all financial business for the organisation and also assists with IT issues, amongst other things!
Janice Hall – Team Leader: Carer Wellbeing
Janice has a background in law and many years experience of caring for someone. Her passion for the benefits and appeals process has helped many carers to access financial support they would otherwise have missed out on.
Mandy Ramsey – Team Leader: Carer Wellbeing
Mandy is a qualified occupational therapist and part time working carer, proving that she has the right skills and experience for the job.
Laura Ratcliffe – Team Leader: Carer Wellbeing
Laura was the lead for our pilot Befriending Service that aimed to match adult carers with a volunteer befriender who in turn provided one to one companionship and support by visiting the carer for an hour each week. This vital service provided training for befrienders and support throughout the pilot programme which ran until May 2017.
Nikki McCann – Team Leader: Engagement, Development, Innovation
Nikki joined the organisation in March 2016 with an extensive background in PR and Marketing in both the third sector and in education. She is responsible for managing all the charity’s marketing and communication needs.
Giselle Nejady – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator (Partnerships)
Giselle joined us in December 2017 helping us to further develop partnerships in Gateshead, with a particular emphasis on GP Liaison ensuring that we capture and identify carers earlier in their caring journey. Giselles’s background is in Person Centred Planning, supporting people who have learning disabilities to work towards achieving their dreams and aspirations. She also has experience of being a Carer Support Worker.
Paul Forster – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Paul has both worked and volunteered in the health and social care sector all of his working life. He helped care for his father as a child and his mother as an adult, and currently helps to support his disabled brother and his wife. Paul’s interests include history, the performing arts, reading, keeping active, current affairs and travel. He loves meeting carers and is constantly amazed at peoples’ resilience and determination.
Andrea Goodfellow – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Andrea joined the team in 2015 and brought with her a wealth of valuable knowledge gained from her experience working with vulnerable adults and local service providers. Andrea is dedicated to helping people have better opportunities in life.
Denise Hall – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Denise has worked in the field of advice and support for many years, having worked for the benefits agency for 10 years as a decision maker, so has a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge to carry her forward in her role.
Joanne Wilson – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Jo joined the team in 2010 as our support worker for carers of people affected by alcohol or substance misuse. In that time she has helped hundreds of family members overcome difficulties brought on by a loved ones substance or alcohol misuse problem.
Samina Zia – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Samina joined the team in December 2017. Samina is a qualified occupational therapist.
Emma Cockburn – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Emma joined the team in October 2017 and facilitates our wellbeing programme and the allotment. Emma has worked as a group facilitator for over five years and is passionate about the power and possibilities for learning within group work. Emma is qualified to Level 3 in counselling and hopes to complete a Masters in counselling by 2020.
Carole Keith – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator (Benefits)
Carole joined the team in October 2017.
Carol Redpath – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator
Carol joined the team in October 2017 from a background in supporting families with SEND and other difficulties. She enjoys her new role as she gets to meet new people who she supports towards their own wellbeing.
Becci Varnham – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator (Connecting Communities)
Becci works on a part time basis and brings with her a passion for cultural diversity. She is dedicated to reaching hidden carers from minority and ethnic backgrounds.
Charlotte Callender – Carer Wellbeing Facilitator (on Maternity Leave)
Originally from multi-cultural and diverse South Africa, Charlotte is a psychotherapeutic counsellor with a passion for supporting carers from BME and faith communities.
Jessica Fulcher – Administrator
Jessica joined us through the apprenticeship scheme and has flourished so much that she is now our Administrator, dealing with all office administration tasks from handling calls, data input, to dealing with a range of requests from staff and carers.
Chloe Pearson – Apprentice Administrator
Chloe joined the team in June 2017 and fitted in immediately! She is fully embracing her apprenticeship with us and enjoys welcoming carers and other visitors at our reception and assisting Jessica with admin tasks.