ESSEX RESPITE & CARE ASSOCIATION

MEET THE TEAM

team members

Sandra Barsley

Sandra Barsley

Support Worker

Judy Bill

Judy Bill

Support Worker

Neil Blake

Neil Blake

Senior Support Worker

Martine Chumbley

Martine Chumbley

Support Worker

Lena Dey

Lena Dey

Co-Manager

Lisa Hall

Lisa Hall

Support Worker

Kenny Knowles

Kenny Knowles

Support Worker

Emma McTurk

Emma McTurk

Admin

Crystal Pannell

Crystal Pannell

Client Liasion Coordinator

Jemma Pollack

Jemma Pollack

Co-Manager

Susan Strathern

Susan Strathern

Support Worker

Robin Taylor

Robin Taylor

Senior Support Worker

Hayley Williamson

Hayley Williamson

Support Worker

Members of the board

Essex Respite and Care Association’s Board of Trustees is responsible for making sure the charity is run in the interests of the people it is there to support.  They set out strategic direction and oversee the management team of the organisation. We have six Board Members and we are hoping to recruit more trustees over the next year.

Hazel Ruane

Hazel Ruane

Chairman

For a period of almost 25 years, Hazel was coordinator of the Rethink Mid-Essex Carers’ Support Group. The group offered advice and support to carers of persons affected by mental illness.

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Hazel has been a voluntary member of the Board of Trustees of Essex Respite Care Association since it was formed in 1995. She has also spent five years as a governor on the North Essex Mental Health Partnership Trust and in this capacity she was able to ensure that the difficulties experienced by carers and people with mental health problems were represented. In addition to this, Hazel is a carer for her son.

Dr Sourangshu Acharyya

Dr Sourangshu Acharyya

Trustee

Dr Sourangshu Acharyya MBBS MPhil MRCPsych, is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist, who spent over 40 years as a psychiatrist, becoming a consultant in 1988. He served the NHS in both South & North Essex & from 2001 was the Consultant Psychiatrist for the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (Christopher Unit) in Chelmsford.

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Dr Acharyya joined Essex Respite Care Association being most aware of how over the years, the support for people suffering from mental disorders were progressively being reduced due to progressive under-funding of NHS mental health services across England, affecting NHS mental health services in Essex most severely.

Apart from his main interest in mental health & mental disorders, his interests include art, music and poetry. He would state, as currently people’s “ biodata” are important, that he is a black man, his country is the world, his religion: to do good.

Lewis Conquer

Lewis Conquer

Trustee

Lewis is a retired business consultant who joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 following the death of a close relative who suffered from dementia.

 

Geoff Page

Geoff Page

Trustee/Treasurer

Geoff is a retired Local Government Finance employee. He originally came to ERCA in the year 2000 through Community Service Volunteers as his past financial background could be of use to the charity.

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Geoff is committed to supporting the community and he is also a Trustee of Chelmsford Citizens Advice Bureau. Geoff thoroughly enjoys cricket and is a life member of Essex County Cricket Club.

Eric Smart

Eric Smart

Trustee

Eric joined the board in January 2012. He has been a trustee for many charities over the years and is currently involved in that capacity with charities involved with…

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drama, a local charity promoting Scotland and its way of life and a local radio station as well as Essex Respite Care Association.

Eric is also the chairman of a Limited company which is a wholly owned subsidiary of a national charity and he is a director of a local children’s nursery. Eric’s working life was in the financial services sector, first in branch banking, moving into merchant banking and ultimately into Pension Fund investments where he was an investment manager and latterly an executive director in charge of client services and client audit. Eric has a passion for travel and theatre and as well as having served time onstage, he now regularly directs shows for local amateur societies.

Why become a Trustee?

Being a trustee can be very rewarding. As a trustee you have the chance to support and shape the work and strategic direction of an organisation, and you can make a significant difference to a cause that matters to you. As a trustee, you are part of a team and will have the opportunity to apply your unique skills and experience while learning from others. Working closely with a passionate team of people who have different perspectives is often one of the most enjoyable aspects of the role.

If you are interested, please call us on 01245 353855 or email us at: e.respite@btconnect.com

Count on us

We strive to provide excellent support

Support Individuals with Mental Illness

Social & Therapeutic Activities

Attending Medical Appointments

Help Achieve Personal Goals

Support & Respite For Carers

Get in touch

Call our confidential support line on 01245 353855.
Our office is open 9am to 2pm Monday - Friday

Making A Difference

ERCA commit to continually trying to support the client in bettering their life

ERCA invest time and energy in what is and in what can be

ERCA staff strive to be uplifting and motivating

Make a difference

ERCA commit to continually trying to support the client in bettering their life

ERCA invest time and energy in what is and in what can be

ERCA staff strive to be uplifting and motivating

Person Centered

ERCA support clients to work towards their goals

ERCA support clients to take control over their lives

Clients have choice over the support they receive

ERCA welcomes and listens to any client and carer feedback

Dignity & Respect

ERCA treat clients and their carers with dignity and respect regardless of their culture, religion, age, race, sexual orientation and disability

All staff accept and respect clients and their carers' confidentiality and individuality

ERCA respects a client’s right to make their own decisions and choices about how they want to be supported

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