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Essex Respite and Care Association

Central to your Mental Wellbeing

Meet the Team

Our dedicated team of support workers all hold an enhanced CRB Check.

Kevin Edwards

Kevin Edwards

Manager/Support Worker

I am privileged to manage our charity as well as work on the front line as a support worker. I enjoy many different activities from snooker, bowling, swimming, shopping and walking. I have a small family and enjoy a good laugh.

Jemma

Jemma Pollack

Office Manager

I started working for ERCA in February 2016. I previously worked in asset administration for fifteen years. I enjoy spending time with my family, travel, cooking and reading.

Francis Mower

Francis Mower

Support Worker

I started working for ER&CA in 2010. I enjoy playing cricket and I have become a level 2 coach and a qualified umpire. I also enjoy swimming and I am an avid reader.

Robin Taylor

Robin Taylor

Support Worker

Hi, I'm Robin and have so far had a very interesting six years with Essex Respite where I really enjoy meeting the variety of people we support. I have travelled, spent many years living abroad as a semi-pro musician and had a number of jobs to gain experience. My main interests are music, photography, all the arts, language, social history, technology, walking and the outdoors.

Kenny Knowles

Kenny Knowles

Support Worker

My name is Kenny and I have worked with Essex Respite for 16 years and love the work. Outside of work, I enjoy playing the drums, guitar and piano and song writing. I also enjoy visiting National Trust properties and anything to do with the countryside and wildlife.

Sharon Hilling

Sharon Hilling

Support Worker

My name is Sharon Hilling, I started working for Essex Respite in 2015, previously I have been working in care, supporting people in the community. I enjoy cooking, sewing, swimming, going for walks and animals. I also run the local Brownie group and looking after my family.

Felicity Grover

Felicity Grover

Support Worker

My Name is Felicity Grover. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 18 year career in adult support. Working with people is fascinating and I am grateful that I have the chance to do it. We can all learn from each other regardless of our current situation in life.

Martin Bagshaw

Martin Bagshaw

Volunteer

I started volunteering for ERCA in summer 2013 as an office assistant, also designing graphics for the charity and updating the website. In my free time, I like to go rock climbing and skateboarding.

Crystal Pannel

Crystal Pannel

Support Worker

I have worked for Essex respite for over 18 years. I live with my husband, two children, 5 cats, 1 puppy, 2 tortoises, a Guinea pig and a multiple number of goldfish. I enjoy walking, cooking, gardening, reading, yoga, going to the cinema and theatre and love spending time by the sea.

Judy

Judy Bill

Support Worker

I have a background in care. I really enjoy my role as a community support worker. When I am not working I enjoy buying and selling antiques, listening and watching live music, reading and photography of the great outdoors.

Karen

Karen Mallet

Support Worker

My name is Karen Mallett and I started with ERCA December 2014, how time flies when you are enjoying your work! I have worked in Social Care for the past 20 years which has included the fostering of challenging youngsters, community support of people with learning disabilities and complex mental health needs. I am now employed with ERCA who supply the community with a very valuable service of supplying respite care for adults who have mental health challenges. This can be a very rewarding job at times particularly when I can make a positive difference to an individuals life, by helping them to enjoy a particular thing, be it a drive out, a bite to eat, a shopping expedition, seeing a good film or maybe just a good old chat with a cuppa. In my spare time I look after my animals; hens, cats and a dog so my spare time is busy, I also love DIY, decorating and gardening and holidays abroad when we can find the time!

Michelle

Michelle O'Sullivan.

Support Worker

Hello I'm Michelle O'Sullivan.I started working as a support worker for Essex Respite in 2016, previously I have worked as a LSA supporting children with special needs. Outside of my work, I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with family & friends.

Sophie

Sophie Robinson

Support Worker

Hi I'm Sophie! I love being with people and seeing how I can support them to make a difference to their lives for the best. Whether it's something small or life changing, if it helps someone or gives someone some hope and comfort then it is worth doing! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and learning new skills.