New boss for resort’s ‘unseen’ Army

Steve Hodgkins

Steve Hodgkins

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BLACKPOOL Carers Centre has appointed a new chairman.

Steve Hodgkins, community safety sergeant with Blackpool Police, takes over from Clive Hirst, who has held the post since 2009.

He said: “It is with great enthusiasm I have taken the role of chairman of trustees for Blackpool Carers Centre.

“The level of need and number of carers, both young and older, is only going to increase over the next few years. It is our ethos and mission to identify, help and support as many of those people as possible in the town.

“Carers are one of the most unacknowledged positive stories in this town, we have so many amazing people who care for people within their family unit – we should celebrate this unseen ‘army’ and the town should be proud of its carers.

“My role will be to support chief officer Michelle Smith and her dedicated, passionate and professional team to do exactly that – support, help, celebrate and acknowledge our great carers in our town.”

Blackpool Carers Centre is based on Robson Way, and provides support and services for carers such as supports groups, social events, trips and pamper sessions.

Volunteers are always being sought and there are a variety of roles and chances for local people to get involved.

Visit www.blackpoolcarers.org or call Julie on (01253) 393748.

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