|Hi, I’m Sallie, Project Manager. I’m the founder of Connects & Co. I was a Young Carer for my brother and Mum, as well as having children who were carers. I would like to introduce you to my wonderful team:|
Our Project Workers bring specific skills and talents to the team.
|Connie organises the groups for Norwich and also helps out with the Dereham project. This means that she is responsible for making sure that everything happens around groups and outings for the Norwich area. She supports the Cadets and provides training for them and runs iConnect. Cadets were founded from her volunteering. She is a former Young Carer and one of our first clients.|
|Oli is out Project Worker for Dereham. He also helps with Norwich project and is a former Cadet. He is involved with iconnect for our Young Adult Carers. Like Connie, Oli is former young carer but also received care himself. He understands what support Young Carers and Young Adult Carers need.|
|Phil is a regular face. A former emergency offshore trainer for Petans Limited and a retired fire fighter and crew manager for Norfolk Fire Service and is a minibus driver. When we go camping or do residentials he’s your man, especially when it comes to canoeing|
|John, our resident hippy, is our longest standing volunteer. He keeps us chilled and hangs out with us all and offers drum and bass skills as well as art and crafts workshops.|
|Faith-Leads our Young Adult Carer Parent Group and the Cadets scheme. Also one of our former Young Carers. She left us to go off to university but is back home to be a Mummy. Her heart has always been with Connects and so she is greatly enjoying being part of the Team.|
|Alex is one of our main Minibus Drivers. He supports Sallie and Phil so they get a break. He is quiet and quirky and likes cheese.|
|Amy – Is a newly qualified nurse and one of our original Dereham Young Carers. She was also a Cadet and is now one of our regular Volunteers.|
|Nikki Supports our Norwich groups. She is a former Young Carer who we used to support so she knows the ropes. Having a background of working with children, she is great at rounding us all up for new games and activities.|
|Josh-Volunteers with all our groups in both Norwich and Dereham. He is a lead with First Aid due to his other voluntary role serving vulnerable young people and adults in the night economy in Norwich.|
|Katie-Escorts on the minibuses and supports all of our Norwich groups and residentials when needed.|
|Cadets/Mini Cadets Although these guys are Young Carers that we are currently supporting, they volunteer their time to support younger carers.
They are like big brothers and sisters. They help us run all our sessions from running the tuck shop to escorting on the minibuses as well as coming alongside youngsters who are new and feeling shy/nervous. They are the voice that feeds back to us what our Young Carers want and need. They support both the Norwich and Dereham groups.
A BIG THANK YOU TO: Volunteers who give their time and expertise, and to all of our funders!