About Bolton Carers Support

Bolton Carers Support is a registered charity that was set up in 1994 and offers a confidential support and information service to carers. We are an independent charity supporting carers over the age of 18 who live in Bolton or who care for someone living in Bolton. Find out more


We want all carers to feel valued and to receive the information, care and support they deserve.

  1. Carers will be informed, empowered and confident
  2. Carers will have improved health and well-being
  3. Carers will be less isolated
  4. Carers will be trained and supported to care
  5. Carers will be financially better off
  6. Carers will have regular time off from caring
  7. A strong and effective carers organisation

Bolton Carers Support is a well-established, confidential, first point of contact for carers. We meet the individual needs of carers by providing information, advice and emotional support. We engage, enable and empower carers to fulfil their caring role. We care...because you do.


  • listen and give carers time to talk
  • have respect for each other
  • treat carers as individuals
  • encourage carers to support each other

We are

* non-judgemental • inclusive and non-discriminatory • professional • friendly, approachable and trustworthy • committed to providing the best service

We also

* go the extra mile • strive to improve • support each other in our work • show integrity in our work • work as a team

We currently have 8 members of staff

Georgette Kay, Chief Officer

Georgette supervises the staff team, oversees Bolton Carers Support’s development and supports the trustees. As Chief Officer, Georgette ensures that the organisation achieves its goals (as set out in the Strategy / Action Plan), develops policies and procedures to ensure the service is well-run and effective, secures funding and sets up new areas of work. As Company Secretary, Georgette is responsible for filing Annual Returns and Accounts with the Charity Commission and Companies House. georgette@boltoncarersupport.co.uk

Bev Strang, Carers Information and Advice Service Officer

Bev produces the Carers Contact newsletter, the Fact-sheets and all our information materials. In addition, Bev keeps the website up-to-date, works on the Carers Helpline dealing with enquiries from carers and health / care professionals and provides Information and Advice appointments at Thicketford Centre. bev@boltoncarersupport.co.uk

Melissa Taylor, Health Linkworker

Melissa is responsible for raising awareness of carers’ needs amongst health professionals and works on specific initiatives to provide better information and support for carers. As part of her job, Melissa updates the Carers Noticeboards in many GP surgeries, and ensures information is widely distributed  to health professionals via a bi-monthly e-bulletin called ‘Caring Matters’. Melissa splits her time between Bolton Carers Support and the Clinical Commissioning Group. melissa@boltoncarersupport.co.uk or melissa.taylor2@nhs.net

Peter Harmer, Activities Co-ordinator

Peter arranges a regular programme of short breaks for carers, and additional breaks for carers to attend with the person they look after. The role also involves co-ordinating a varied programme of workshops, short courses and learning days on a wide range of topics – some are caring related, while others are for relaxation or personal development. Special events are organised for Carers Week and Carers Rights Day. peter@boltoncarersupport.co.uk

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