Our Story

East Renfrewshire Carers Centre was formed in 2001 by a group of local volunteers who wanted to improve information, advice and support to carers and young carers.

Since this date we have continued to work with East Renfrewshire Council and have established the Carers’ Centre as the main voluntary sector service specialising solely in supporting carers and young carers.

The Centre is governed by a Board of volunteers who oversee all governance of the charity and have the responsibility for managing and supporting the staff and volunteers of the Centre.

Our dedicated staff team provide a high quality service providing a range of emotional and practical supports to carers as they face the many challenges and difficulties that often come with caring responsibilities

Our Team

We’re a small team of eleven based in our two offices in Barrhead and Giffnock as well as throughout East Renfrewshire in the community.

The Centre consists of the manager, the Adult Carers team, the Young Carers team as well as support staff.

If you’re interested in joining us at the Centre click below to check for any current vacancies on GoodMoves.

Mark Mulhern

Centre Manager

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Claire Caird

Service Coordinator

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Karen Guthrie

Information and Development Worker

I provide information & advice to unpaid carers, as well as practical assistance and specialise in health and wellbeing. The best thing about working at the Carers Centre is helping others. In my spare time I swim, do yoga and paint. I love to travel and like meeting friends for lunch and a glass of wine.

Christine McKenzie

Information and Development Worker

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Lorraine Nelson

Information and Development Worker

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Adele Brown

Young Carers Information and Development Worker

At the moment I am working with young carers and parent carers to provide information and advice around their caring role. I love the variety of people I get to work with at ERCC. I enjoy travelling to visit different countries and hope to do that again soon.

Sarah Bentley

Young Carers Information and Development Worker

I provide practical advice, emotional support and peer group activities for Young Carers in East Renfrewshire aged between 8 and 25 years. I also support Adult Carers. My favourite part of working at the Centre is all of my colleagues. Outside of work
I enjoy holidays on narrowboats, making jewellery, hill walking, gardening, reading, seeing films at the Glasgow Film Theatre & meeting friends in Southside cafes.

Kevin Dailly

Young Carers
Education Worker

My role is to raise awareness of young carers and the young carers statement in schools. This involves speaking at assemblies and attending meetings in schools among other things. I also support young carers in school through one to one meetings. I love being able to work across all of the schools and being part of a hardworking and supportive team. I enjoy going to the football, swimming and hillwalking as well as a good binge on Netflix!

Anna Houston

Young Carers
Support Worker

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Bushra Sharif

BAME Carers Information and Development Worker

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Allison McWhirter

Administration and Finance Coordinator

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Ryan Coelho

Digital Information, Advice and Communications Worker

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I love all the online things that the Carers Centre have organised.
I get a chance to get out more and meet new people at the young carers project.
The support I get from young carers help me deal with people at school who make fun of me.
I can talk privately to a young carers worker who really listens to me.

Our Awards and Funders

The Centre Board, staff and service users are all very grateful for the financial and practical assistance provided by our funders and supporters below.

The majority of the funding we receive is from East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, which is itself a partnership with the local authority, East Renfrewshire Council, and the area health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

BBC Children in Need, Shared Care Scotland and The Robertson Trust also significantly contribute to our operations.

Carer Positive

Exemplary Employer

Carer Positive Award

We're proud to have been recognised as a Carer Positive employer at the 'Exemplary' level. This means we've put measures in place to support unpaid carers working at the Centre.
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Scottish Charity Regulator

Registered Charity

Registered Charity

As with all charities in Scotland we are registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Our charity number is SC033142, based at the Barrhead Centre, 8 Carlibar Road, Barrhead.
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