Meet the Carer Support Team

Amina Jappie, Carer Project Lead


Wendy Hall, Carer Project and Training Officer (North Essex)

Wendy has been supporting those accessing EPUT Services along with their families and friends, for over 19 years.

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Carpentry.

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
Theatre and Foraging.

 

3. What three traits define you?
Honesty, being approachable and creativity.

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
You’re beautiful, and believe in your gut instincts.

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
Working with a diverse group of people.

 

Kelly Miller, Carer Project and Training Officer (South Essex)

 

Kelly has been supporting children, teenagers and adults living with a disability and their families for over 8 years.

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Surfing, I love the idea however failed miserably on my first attempt!

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
Indoor – rock climbing, I find it challenging and exhilarating.
Outdoor – Visiting theme parks and finding the biggest scariest rides.

 

3. What three traits define you?
Understanding, playful, humorous.

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
It gets better!

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
I really enjoy meeting different people and getting to know everyone’s quirks. No two days are ever the same.

Loraine Pocklington – Carer Link Worker (Southend Borough)

Loraine has been supporting those accessing EPUT Services and their carers for over 27 years.

 

 

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would have loved to have worked in farming when I was younger, and totally different now I would like to train in phlebotomy.

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
Indoors: I like knitting, crocheting, crafts and cooking.
Outdoor: I love walking our dogs and exploring our lovely countryside and spending time in our caravan. I love family time; they often share our time away and adventures.

 

3. What three traits define you?
Helpful, understanding and I value every day.

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Just believe in yourself.

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
Working with patients and carers has been rewarding; there is never a dull day, every day is different. I love meeting so many different people and appreciate that everyone needs to be valued, and our support is invaluable. To be told “thank you for all your support you have made such a difference” is a great feeling.

 

Christine (Alex) Burt-Allen – Carer Link Worker (Basildon and Brentwood)

Alex has been supporting adults living with Dementia and their carers for over 20 years.

 

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Personal level – Not to be so hard on myself.
Academic level – To extend my knowledge and to learn new skills, such as Counselling.

 

2. What’s your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
Indoor – Reading, family, animals.
Outdoor – Walking, gardening, sports, family.

 

3. What three traits define you?
Loyalty, honesty and hard work.

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Anything is possible with perseverance, determination and hard work. Believing in yourself, having the confidence to take that extra step and embrace new challenges. Travel and gain as many life experiences as you can. Always treat people how you want to be treated yourself.

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
They share the same vision as myself; wanting to improve the lives of people and their carers, to help them achieve by empowering them and promoting their independence. Giving them the tools to control their own lives, being open and compassionate and to working in a person-centred way.

 

Shelley-Ann Joseph – Carer Link Worker (Rayleigh, Rochford and Castlepoint)

 

Shelley has been supporting those accessing EPUT Services and their carers for over 2 years.

 

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Midwifery.

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
Indoor – Baking,
Outdoor – Swimming.

 

3. What three traits define you?
Reliable, open-minded, brave.

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles – it empties today of its strength.

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
The incredible people I work with and the wonderful people I get to meet through the job.

 

Samantha Blaxill – Carer Link Worker (Colchester and Tendring)

 

Sam has been working as a qualified counsellor for over 6 years, and has experience in supporting children in a therapeutic home setting.

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
How to dance – I have 2 left feet!

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
Indoor- I enjoy cooking for my family and friends.
Outdoor- I love camping and exploring new places.

 

3. What three traits define you?
Non judgemental, Brave and to be kind.

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
You can achieve anything with a little self belief and you are beautiful.

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
Meeting new people and being able to support people.

 

Paula Edmondson – Carer Link Worker (Chelmsford and Braintree)

 

Paula has been developing her career for over 25 years; including working as a Registered Nurse, a Clinical Manager and providing dedicated support to unpaid carers in supporting their loved ones.

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would learn to play the piano. I have tried in the past with no success!

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?
I enjoy reading and long walks

 

3. What three traits define you?
Kindness, Integrity, Fairness

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Enjoy life, have fun, take time for yourself and believe that you can achieve anything if you try

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?
Working as part of a fabulous team and getting to meet and know new people every day.

 

Charlotte Stone – Carer Link Worker (Harlow, Uttlesford and Latton Bush)

 

Charlotte has developed her career for over five years; having completed a Psychology Diploma and working with a mental health charity, supporting adults and their mental health. 

60 Second Interview

1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

To play the saxophone – I recently got one for my birthday and can’t wait to have lessons and start to play…although my family may disagree!

 

2. What is your favourite indoor and outdoor activity?

I love attending music gigs, both indoors and outdoors!

 

3. What three traits define you?

Empathetic, Honesty, Respectfulness

 

4. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Make a bucket list and achieve those goals as life really is too short!

 

5. What is your favourite thing about working at EPUT?

Supporting carers is extremely rewarding. I enjoy the variety of the role and working with like-minded people to achieve the same goal…and making a difference.