Carers Northumberland was established in 2008, originally there were two separate carers projects running in Northumberland, Carer Link which was based in Belford and Carers Together which was based in Ashington. A steering group consisting of carers, representatives from the local authority, the healthcare trust, and the voluntary sector was formed to look at how the two existing projects could be developed into a countywide service for all carers in Northumberland. Carers Northumberland was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity in 2008 with a board of Trustees and with funding from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the Northern Rock Foundation and the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund.
Today our core funding is from Northumberland County Council Adult Services, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group. In addition to our core funding we have project specific funding from The North of Tyne Combined Authority and Northumberland County Council Children’s Services. We are also supported by various charitable trusts, individual and group donations to carry out our work.
The Board of Trustees are responsible for the governance and ensuring that the charity meets it’s aim and objectives. The Chief Executive Officer, Debra Blakey, is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the service and the leadership of the staff team.
Julie Danskin – Chair of Trustee Board and portfolio lead for Quality
Dorinda Jack – Vice Chair of Trustee Board and portfolio lead for Development
Stan Cooke – Vice Chair of Trustee Board and portfolio lead for Carer Engagement and Involvement
Peter Stonell – Trustee and portfolio lead for Finance and Funding (Treasurer)
Val Hodgson – Trustee and portfolio lead for Policies
Anne Moore – Trustee
Paula Robertson - Trustee
Sheryle Cleave - Trustee
Our staff team:
Debra Blakey – Chief Executive
Lisa Mordue – Service Delivery Manager
Anne-Marie Johnston – Young Carer Service Coordinator
Karen Lightley – Young Carer Activity and Link Worker
Laurie Wilson – Finance and Administration Assistant
Naomi Carr – Carer Information and Advice Worker
Hannah Corcoran – Carer Information and Advice Worker
Dan Mackay – Carer Information and Advice Worker
Aleshia Burt - Business Administration Apprentice
The charity’s patron is Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland.
Our Vision is to improve the lives of unpaid carers in Northumberland
Our Mission is to be a well- known, respected and sustainable organisation providing accessible, first class, carer focussed support, in local communities across Northumberland.
Our Values are: