Young carer staff team
The young carer service employs a dedicated staff team
Chris James, Lead Officer for Young Carers/Young Adult Carers
I joined the Young Carers team in September 2020 to cover maternity leave. For a long time I have had an ambition to work with York Carers Centre and after a number of periods volunteering with the Young Carers Team I finally got a chance! I believe in equality and I am dedicated to working with young people and adults to help them take opportunities to meet their potential. I like to think of it as showing them ‘the staircase to the stage’!
Will Preston, Young Carer Support Worker
I started working with young carers in 2020 and already feel like I’ve been in this job for years! You will see me during the LAFFS youth club sessions and the amazing activity days we do over the year. I also support some young carers on a one-to-one basis and carry out young carer’s assessments. I enjoy working with young carers as, being a carer myself, makes me realize how important the role is and the challenges that come along with it. I’m a very social person and love helping others in any way I can. I’m a big football fan, in which I support the mighty Arsenal. I also enjoy running and find it a great way to relive stress. If I’m not doing sport, you’ll find me either binge watching a Netflix series or managing my local football team.
Hannah Crosby, Young Carer Support Worker
I started working with young carers at the start of Summer 2018, however I volunteered with York Carers Centre for a number of years before this. You are likely to see me at youth groups and all the amazing, fun trips in the holiday.
I also support some young carers on a one-to-one basis and carry out young carer’s assessments. I love working with young people and strongly believe that every child deserves the best opportunities. I strive to achieve this in my role and spend time advocating for young carers rights as well as supporting them to be a vehicle for change in their own lives. I love trying new things (especially adventure activities), binge watching TV series and spending time with my cocker spaniel and friends and family.
Leah Nicholson, Young Carers and Young Adult Carer Support Worker
I joined the Young Carers team in September 2020 – some of you may have already seen me at virtual LAFFS and in 1:1 sessions. I am a York St John graduate with a Youth and Community Work degree and have been lucky enough to volunteer and work alongside young people from all across York. I love working with young people and believe that every young person should be given the equal opportunity to succeed and do amazing things! I am passionate about making sure that young people’s voices are heard and taken seriously. I love being silly, having a laugh and going on adventures. In my free time I enjoy travelling, both watching and being in shows at theatres, going on walks and am a big Marvel and Star Wars fan.
We also have a team of volunteers who support regular events, trips/activities.
All volunteers have regular supervision and have been interviewed, DBS checked, and are fully trained in safeguarding and child protection.