Information & Support for Carers in Kirklees

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Meet The Team

Meet Our Team

Heather Ellis- Carers Count Service Manager

Me and Ann Marie share the role of Service Manager for Carers Count. Although their role is managing the project, they both have a very ‘hands on’ approach to the service and you will often see me at the groups, events, training sessions etc. So if you have any questions at all about the service, please let me know., Before that I was working for Age UK and have worked face to face with the public in an Advice role for the last 11 years. I am happy to be managing an excellent team but outside of work I enjoy walking, relaxing and socialising, not to mention being an auntie to a number of children both belonging to family and friends. Oh and I love a good bit of Karaoke!!! 


Ann Marie Brabiner- Service Manager

I started initially at Carers Count in 2015. My key role was GP engagemnet worker. This mainly involved offering training and support to health & social care professionals across kirklees. Improving carer awareness and letting professionals know about support locally through Carers Count. In September 2017 I was pleased to take the role as Part Time Service Manager. I currently work Wednesdays to Fridays each week and please feel free to give me a call if you need any information about the service or have feedback to help us improve what we do. I enjoy the role very much and supporting Carers in Kirklees is very important too me. In my spare time I really enjoy the outdoors and walking my dog called Champ.
Helen Dean- Carer Awareness Officer

I joined Carers Count in October 2017. My role is to work in partnership with GP Practices and other health professionals to raise awareness of the issues carers face in their caring role. I provide support and training to staff in identifying carers and signposting them to us, in order that we can ensure they receive all the help and support they need.

I also raise awareness of our service by speaking to groups and organisations and attending events.

I feel privileged to work for such a worthwhile organisation and find my role extremely rewarding.


Sue Purdie- Information and Advice Worker

Hello. My name is Sue Purdie and I am one of the Information and Advice Workers for Carers Count. I am married and have two adult daughters.
I joined the team as I really believe that Carers deserve as much help as possible. Having cared for and supported several older member of my family whilst I was working and my daughters were younger, I know how difficult it can be to juggle the many roles which a carer may be required to undertake.
Our service will ensure that Carers are aware of the help and support which is available for them and by doing this we hope to make life for both the Carer and the Cared For person as stress-free and fulfilling as possible. My background is originally as a Medical Secretary, a role which I undertook for 24 years. After this I studied at Huddersfield University and then worked for Age UK in Wakefield for two years in a project in partnership with Carers Wakefield and District, a role which I found very rewarding.
When the Carers Count service was set up I took the opportunity to be able to work in the area where I live and I am looking forward to working with the team to support Carers in the Kirklees District.


Debbie Neary- Information,Advice Worker & Group Worker

For the past two year I have been working as a coordinator at Carers Count on the Time For Me Project. I have now been given a wonderful opportunity to further develop my skills and experience by working within the information and advice team, supporting carers with general enquiries. I will also be helping out at some of the groups, events and carers trips. I am looking forward to meeting you all and being able to sit and chat in a warm and welcoming environment.

Ros Walters - Information & Advice Worker

I joined the Carers Count team in February as an Information and Advice Worker. I have previously worked as an advice worker in a variety of settings and am pleased to be part of a dedicated team providing support and advice to carers .



Nicola Moffat- Specialist Information and Advice Worker

My name is Nicola Moffat and I am employed by Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees (a partner of Carers Count),
as a Specialist Information and Advice worker for Carers Count. I mainly advise and give information on welfare benefits
- informing about benefits, assisting with applications and appeals and performing calculations and benefit checks. Prior to my role here at Carers Count I was a volunteer adviser with Kirklees Citizens Advice Bureau which I did for four years and thoroughly enjoyed.
Outside of work I enjoy camping (when we have good enough weather!), reading and watching US drama series on Netflix which I can’t get enough of! Recently I visited Berlin and learned quite a bit about the history of the Berlin Wall which
I found fascinating.

Louise Spencer- Group Worker

Hello I am a Carers Count group workers – Pop along to one of the groups to say hello, I would love to see you there. I facilitate the carers groups and training courses we offer around Kirklees.

Amina Bulbulia- Group Facilitator

My name is Amina and I am a Group Facilitator

For the past 14 years I have been working in the Batley area. I was previously employed by the Indian Muslim Welfare Society and the Purlwell Community Project as Project Manager.

I have had vast experience of working with community groups of all ages. Our group meets weekly at the Scout Hall, Purlwell lane, Batley. Service users enjoy activites, daytrips, informative courses and gentle exercise.

Rehana Patel- Carers Advocate

I am a Carers Advocate and have been in this role for the past 6 years. I really enjoy the challenges and the satisfaction of my job as an advocate. I have been a carer and can understand some of the issues faced by carers based on my own personal experience.
I am a mother of two boys and enjoy spending time with them. I like trying out new restaurants, going to cinemas and having a get together with family and friends.

Carol Short- Group Worker

Hi, my name is Carol Short and I am delighted to say I  joined the advocacy team at Carers Count. I passionately believe everyone has a right to be heard, to be listened to on issues around their caring role and to have that role recognised and respected. Advocates can support carers in a variety of ways- providing support at meetings and assessments, supporting people making a complaint, liasing with professionals and accessing and understanding rights and information.  


Lynne Heighway- Administration Worker

Hi my name is Lynne Heighway and I am a Receptionist, Triage and Admin worker for Carers Count.  I am really enjoying my new role here, being part of a team who can help carers improve their lives is both rewarding and worthwhile.  Previously I have worked for Barclays Bank and British Car Auctions, before taking time out to be a full-time mum.  For the last 9 years I have worked in the ticket office at the John Smiths Stadium.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking my dog Daisy, cooking, reading and belly dancing.

Shazia Bi - Administration & Group Worker

Yakub Rawat- Involvement Worker

I have worked for Cloverleaf Advocacy since 2005. I have had various roles within the organisation, starting with Kirklees User Voice which was a Mental Health project, followed by the Teazel project, advising people on benefits and debt and on the Kirklees Local Involvement Network (LINK) as a Development Worker.
At present I am a Coordinator for Operation Demist which is a Mental Health project and Volunteer Recruitment within Cloverleaf. I am also employed as an Involvement Worker on our  Carers Count service.
I am a father of two and enjoy playing and watching football and on occasions play snooker with friends. Guess which team I support? Clue: You’ll never walk alone

Elaine Peaker- Volunteer Co-ordinator

Hello my name is Elaine Peaker and I’m the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Carers Count. My role is to recruit, train and support volunteers who want to help carers. I will then try to match people who might have similar interests.
A volunteer may offer to keep in touch with a carer regularly or may go to the library, cinema or for coffee perhaps on a weekly basis. Whatever carers may like to do in their precious spare time, a volunteer can help to make a difference to that person’s life.
I also work with Volunteering Kirklees for part of the week, the Volunteer Centre is right next door to the new Carers Count offices, so is very handy for meeting new volunteers, and for keeping in touch with both teams.