vision &
mission statement

Our Vision
We believe every young carer should be able to enjoy their childhood and make a positive transition into adulthood.

Our Mission
To empower young carers to build on their strengths and achieve their aspirations.

Meet the team

We could not do what we do without our dedicated team.

Get to know some of the passionate and driven individuals who make up the Gloucestershire Young Carers team.

Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is responsible for delivering the strategy of GYC and oversees the day to day running of the charity.

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Exciting new opportunities exist to join our dynamic and award-winning organisation at the forefront of developing support services with and for young carers.
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Meet the trustees

Our Trustees are the foundation of our charity. They oversee the Leadership Team’s development and implementation of strategies and policies, ensuring that we are remaining true to the objectives set out by our charity in 1993.

They make sure we are offering the most appropriate and efficient service for young carers and their families.

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Dr Becky Parish (Chair)

Becky has 26 years’ experience in public sector roles in the NHS and is currently the Associate Director, Engagement and Experience for the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. Previously involved in the commissioning of carers’ services, Becky’s interests lie in communications, public engagement and consultation, patient and carer experience.

Amanda Deeks (Vice-Chair & Board link to Youth Strategic Investment Fund)

Amanda retired as Chief Executive at South Gloucestershire Council. Prior to this she worked in a variety of roles across the health service and local government. Amanda has extensive experience of governance, business management and service delivery (including Children’s Services).

Since retirement Amanda has become involved in a number of voluntary sector activities supporting children and young people, homelessness and services for vulnerable people with complex needs.

Paul Winterbottom (Trustee)

Paul is retired Medical Director in Gloucestershire’s mental health services with interests in Mentoring and Service Safety and Improvement and Serious Incident Learning. Paul is currently Consultant Psychiatrist with specialism in Autism Spectrum Conditions.  Paul brings his extensive experience in mental health and learning disability services and offers supervision to GYC ‘Us Too’ sessions for children caring for a family member with mental ill health.

Paul also has a national focus as South West Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Elected Member of the SW Royal College of Psychiatrists Executive Committee.

Rosalind Smith (Trustee)

Ros brings 20 years’ experience in teaching and mentoring at FE college,  and 10 years experience of researching and writing for higher and further education audiences and promotional work. Ros’ passion lies in mentoring young people.  Since retirement Ros has been heavily involved in local fundraising and brings enthusiasm for this area to GYC.

Matt Clifford (Treasurer)

Matt’s background and expertise lies in finance, having worked in the financial services industry for 8 years and is now a Lead Accounting Operations Analyst at GE Aerospace. Matt became a chartered accountant in early 2020 and became Treasurer for GYC in May 2021. He is also a registered volunteer with GYC and loves getting involved in a fundraising challenge, particularly when they’re sporty.

Dr Shanta Nair (Safeguarding Lead)

Dr Shanta Nair is a retired local general practitioner. She worked at Bartongate Surgery for twenty years. She is very passionate about carers’ health and other issues. She did some pioneering work at Bartongate for carers and the practice was selected for an award for an exemplary practice for carers’ clinics by The Royal College of General Practitioners. Shanta is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and a co executive officer of The Hindu Cultural Association, Gloucester.


Get involved...

Gloucestershire Young Carers is dedicated to supporting young carers and with your help we can reach more children and young people across the county.

Do you have a specific skill or experience that would be useful to our team and help us support more young carers in Gloucestershire?

We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available and would love your help.

Group Volunteer

As a Group Volunteer, you will be involved in working with an activity leader/group worker to support young carers at their groups and on occasional day trips and residential.

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Young Carers Activities Volunteer

As a Young Carers Activities Volunteer, you will be involved in providing support alongside our youthwork team to help deliver and engage young carers in various sports/activities.

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Fundraising and Events Volunteer

As a Fundraising and Events Volunteer, you will be someone we can call upon to help us raise money in the community when a fundraising opportunity arises.

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Community Ambassador

As a Community Ambassador, you will be someone that is enthusiastic, flexible and who is willing to consider requests we may have, from helping at an organised events to supporting our campaigns or using their initiative to raise awareness of Gloucestershire Young Carers and the work we do in the community.

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