brief history

Brief history

Carers Trust Hillingdon started life as Hillingdon Carers in 1988 as a Carer Support group managed by Carers National Association (now Carers UK). By 1995 there were just two members of staff.

In 1996, the organisation became independent of Carers National Association, appointed its own Management Committee and registered with the Charity Commission as charity no: 1082297.

The organisation was growing and the team had two full-time workers – a Development Officer and an Asian Carers Support Worker. They were joined by a further two staff – an Administrator and a Bengali Support Worker. This growth prompted a move from small offices in Belmont Road, Uxbridge to our current Uxbridge High Street location, although there was no Advice Centre at this point.

Young Carers services were the next addition to the growing organisation and, in 1997, the team was joined by a Young Carers Support Worker.

The current Advice Centre was a lighting and electrical shop for many years but was taken over by Hillingdon Carers in May 2005 and officially opened by Princess Anne, the patron of the then Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

In 2020, we rebranded to Carers Trust Hillingdon, a network partner of the national Carers Trust Charity. The team now has 19 staff and the organisation is on its fifth Chief Executive:

  • Jean Templeman 1988 – 1997
  • Caroline Leighton 1997 – 2000
  • Bernadette Ziaziukowska 2000 – 2007
  • Claire Thomas 2007 – 2014
  • Sally Chandler 2014 – Present
  • Jean Templeman 1988 – 1997
  • Caroline Leighton 1997 – 2000
  • Bernadette Ziaziukowska 2000 – 2007
  • Claire Thomas 2007 – 2014
  • Sally Chandler 2014 – Present
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