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Karen Safe
I started working with carers in 2009 arranging carers forums and respite days and now my role as Carers Support Office covers South Dartmoor – South Brent, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh.  I am always fascinated to hear about people’s stories and backgrounds and in fact only ever read biographical books and true stores.  Therefore having an opportunity to hear about your life in your caring role is always a pleasure for me and if doing so I can offer any assistance or insights with my knowledge of the community and care system, then all the better.

Liz Shouls
I have worked as a Carer Support worker since May 2010 and for Devon Carers since October 2011. Prior to this I worked for 15 years as a qualified counsellor. I have a 40-year career in the care profession in both statutory and voluntary sectors working in the areas of mental health, learning disability and education. I cover the Surgeries in the Newton Abbot area and run clinics for Carers Assessments from Newton Abbot Hospital.

Beverly Dore
I am the Carer Support Officer for Chagford, Okehampton, Hatherleigh, Moretonhampstead and North Tawton areas. I joined Devon Carers as I wished to work within a role where I could offer practical help and support to unpaid carers.  I am keen to be part of the changes within the Care Act and assist with the implementation of these across a sector of people who were not recognised for the huge part in which they play in our society. I am passionate about working alongside Carers -  encouraging, supporting and enabling them in gaining the right support for themselves, to continue to care for their loved ones at home. I believe unpaid carers do a fantastic job, which at times is not recognized and can be thankless.  So I am very privileged to be part of a team supporting them in their journey.

Kirstie Harland
I have been working for Devon Carers for 15 months, my areas of work are Tavistock, linking with Yelverton, Abbey, Tavyside and Lifton surgeries. My background has been within Education, supporting children and families living with Autism, liaising and linking with support services to ensure that the correct and appropriate support was implemented. Working for Devon Carers, I can now appreciate the huge gap within social care and am passionate about finding alternative and creative ways of supporting carers and their loved ones. I am often humbled to be able to be part of the journey made by carers and ensure I offer encouragement and words of praise to such wonderful carers who are often forgotten.

Kim Cox
I joined Devon Carers in 2013 and I am now the Carers Support Officer for Exminster/Starcross/Dawlish areas covering The Barton and Westbank Practices. I offer clinics for carers assessments at these practices as well as drop-ins for advice & signposting. I also offer carers advice by visiting groups in the area including the Dawlish Carers Group, Teignmouth COOL group for mental health carers and the Memory Café in Starcross. I have worked with carers for over 12 years, initially on a project to support working carers in the NHS, then as a Carers Support Worker within a Community Mental Health Team. Prior to this I have worked for the Citizens Advice Bureaux, Social Services and the NHS in Human Resources and staff welfare. I have enjoyed meeting many carers over the years and try to identify through our assessments what will make a difference to you. I recognise how difficult and demanding it can be at times and am amazed at how carers juggle their lives. I look forward to continuing to work with you all as carers.

Sarah Tuhill
Hello my name is Sarah Tuhill. I am the Carer Support Officer covering the Ivybridge area including Ivybridge Health Centre, Highlands Health Centre, Ivybridge; and Catherine House Surgery, Totnes. I have been working for Devon Carers for two years now having previously worked supporting adult carers of other adults since 2009 in Plymouth. I look forward to meeting and supporting carers throughout this area including carers attending clinics at these practices and at local carer groups. 

Alison Alexander

I started working for Devon Carers at the beginning of 2016 in the Southern team. My particular role as a Carer Support officer is slightly different to the other officers as I don’t have a specific area to work in and am not attached to a GP surgery. My peripatetic role means that I work anywhere in the southern team area, which might mean that you see me at a Carers clinic in Okehampton or Tavistock or at a Carers group in Teignmouth. My background is very people orientated and have worked for years as a Registered nurse in many different roles, with children and adults, community and on acute hospital wards. I have also worked as a Carer Support Officer in and around Banbury, Oxfordshire. Carer support is the area that I feel most passionate about, making sure that Carers are acknowledged and supported in their demanding and often difficult lives.

Kirsty Maidment
I started as a Carer Support Officer in May 2016 . I am covering Leatside Surgery in Totnes, Redfern Health Centre in   Salcombe, Chillington Surgery and Dartmouth Medical Centre. I am really enjoying my new role and meeting carers in the area. I find it very rewarding to help and support the carers as they have such a vital role. Before I was with Devon Carers I was working with elderly people living with dementia and other conditions. I do have an interest in dementia as I have had family members that have had the condition, and I like to try and raise awareness of it. I have also worked as a personal assistant working with people with Autism and Asperger’s that needed support with every day and household tasks. I have three children which keep me very busy, and I love to spend time with my family. I also have a passion for holistic therapies and this is a big interest of mine. I also love to read and go out on lovely countryside walks with my dog. Hope to meet some of you at the Totnes Carers group.

Sarah Barker CSO 
I  cover Wembury Surgery, Yealm Medical Centre, Modbury Health Centre & Norton Brook Medical Centre areas. Previously I have worked as an Early Years Practitioner, educating and caring for children between the ages of 0-8 year olds.  I also had a career in retail banking helping and supporting customers to manage their finances. I am very much look forward to meeting Carers and carrying out Health & Wellbeing Assessments because I am passionate about enabling others to find the help and support that they need.    

Jan Howe

Kim Melhuish