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About Essex Carers Support

In 1992, Essex Carers Support was established to support carers across North Essex. Over the years we have grown to cover a larger area and today we are proud to be a registered charity offering help to carers across the county.

How we Operate

We have a Board of Trustees that are made up of  people which includes carers themselves, keeping carers at the centre of everything we do. We have a team of skilled and qualified people working across the county to deliver the best quality service possible.

We work with statutory and voluntary organisations both locally and nationally. We have a great knowledge of health and social care services and support as well as community resources available to you and the individual being cared for.

Our Partners and Funders

Our work is made possible by working in partnership with a variety of organisations and the generosity of our funders.

  • North Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance (Administered by CVST)

  • Essex Community Foundation

  • Essex Association of Local Councils

  • Summit

  • Community Voluntary Services Tendring

  • Catalyst Charity

  • Essex County Council


Meet the Team


Christopher Wetton

Chief Executive Officer 

With over 30 years’ experience in delivering services for people with disabilities and their carers I’ve spent the past nine years in my current role as Chief Executive of Essex Carers Support at the forefront of pushing for family carers to have their contribution to our communities supported and acknowledged, and their experiences used to inform and shape the services that they and the people that they care for use. 

I am passionate about supporting carers to access opportunities to exercise independent choice and control so that they and the people that they care for can live their best lives.

Margaret Andrews

Project Co-ordinator

I originally trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked in the NHS mainly in the field of Mental Health including Older People’s services and then went on to work for the Alzheimer’s Society for the following ten years. I feel that my training as an OT defines my approach as a ‘can do’ person; I always try to look at practical solutions to solving problems.

I’m currently delivering our Community Outreach project and I am also an assessor for the Colchester Catalyst Carers Respite Scheme which can offer funding towards a carer break. 

I’m proud to be part of this small organisation which makes a big impact on the lives of local family carers.  

Stephanie Blackman

Project Worker ​

I’m a Project Worker working on the Time4You project. I have a long background in working to support carers in the community and have a particular interest in dementia.  

I’m a people person and I love nothing more than doing something worthwhile helping others. Giving carers the opportunity to have a break is a dream job and I love hearing the fantastic feedback from carers when they’ve had a break through Time4You!

Karen Petch

Project Worker


I am a project worker on the Time 4 You project. 


In my previous job I facilitated groups for people with Dementia and their carers which has given me an insight into the importance of supporting carers. 


Carers work so hard with such little time for themselves, so being part of a project which gives them the opportunity for some ‘Time4You’ is a wonderful feeling.

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