Meet The Team

To contact anyone from the team, please call 0117 958 9980 or use the ‘Contact Us‘ form.

Kama McKenzie, Young Carers Service Manager 

Hello, I’m Kama and I’m the Service Manager for the Young Carers Team. I joined the Young Carers Team in July 2016. I have been working with young people (including young carers) since ever I was a young person myself! I love working on any job that makes a positive difference to young peoples lives. I am a parent carer for my eldest son.

I am slightly obsessed with the colour purple (you can always spot me because nearly all my clothes are purple) and I enjoy spending time with my family.

Carol Carter, South Glos Senior Young Carers Development Officer

I’m Carol and I’ve been working at Carers Support Centre since 1997. I support young carers and their families in South Glos offering one-to-one support and group activities.

In my spare time I enjoy the theatre, going to concerts and have a soft spot for musicals. I am also a carer for my Mum.

Ali Karavias, Bristol Senior Young Carers Development Officer (Maternity Cover)

Hello, I’m Ali the Bristol Senior Young Carers Development Officer. My background is in supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. I have worked in schools, CAMHS and the community over the last 5 years, and as someone with a personal experience of caring, I am incredibly passionate about supporting young carers!

In my spare time I love to explore new places, and cook for my friends and family. I am a sun-worshipper, so you’ll often find me in the garden with an ice cream in hand!

Martine Johnson, Bristol Senior Young Carers Development Officer (Maternity Leave)

Hello, I’m Martine and I’m delighted to have joined the team in Bristol. I line manage the Bristol Young Carers team to improve the health, well-being of Young carers and safeguard the interests of children and young people adversely affected by their caring roles for family members. My working days are Tuesdays-Fridays.

I’ve previously worked with young carers and their families for many years. My passion for working in this area stems from personal experience of being a young carer myself. I feel this has given me a good insight into understanding the needs of young carers but also recognising how amazing you all are!

In my spare time I enjoy being out in nature exploring new places, whether it’s climbing hills or walking along beaches. I also love going to festivals in my campervan.

Julia Hutchinson, Bristol Young Carers Key Worker

Hi my name is Julia and I am excited to be working as the Young Carers Key Worker for Bristol. I have a background as a secondary art teacher and have recently qualified as a art therapist and have worked with young people in both education and mental health. I am passionate about seeing young carers fully supported in education and life.

In my spare time I enjoy watching Netflix series, being in cafes and travelling to new places. I am also an artist and so enjoy all things creative.

Simon Hall, Bristol Young Carers Key Worker 

Hello! I’m excited to be joining the team as the Key Worker for the Bristol area. I have a background in working with young people (including young carers) in a variety of settings. I have also worked as a carer for children and was a young carer myself, and I believe this has given me a good understanding and appreciation for all the incredible things you all do.

I’m also a qualified music therapist and love to spend my free time playing guitar and flute, including in a local wind band. I love staying active and particularly look forward to any chance I can get to go snowboarding. However, I’m also known to spend a weekend on the sofa binge watching TV or playing games.

Chris Chart, South Glos Young Carers Key Worker

Hello I’m Chris, I have been working for the Young Carers Team since 2017. I started working with young carers in Bristol and in July 2019 moved to work with young carers in South Gloucestershire. My background is in youth and community work and working with young people and families.

Outside of work I am a keen gardener and love being in the outdoors.

Vicki Houselander, Young Carers in Schools Development Worker

Hi I’m Vicki, I’m really excited to be part of the Young Carers team and feel passionate about making a difference to Young Carer’s experience in education through the Young Carer’s in School Programme.

My background is in youth work and I have had great opportunities and experiences working with young people and their families including running a youth centre, supporting a youth board and working as a Family Support Worker.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and being outdoors.

Young Carers Engagement and Involvement Activities Co-Ordinator [Vacant]

Katie Long, Young Carers Sessional Key Worker

Hi, I’m Katie, I joined the team in June 2018. I have a background of working and volunteering in support services for adults and am really excited about taking the knowledge and skills I have built over the last ten years to work with Young Carers. I am passionate about helping Young Carers to  have a voice and to access life’s opportunities.

In my spare time I enjoy growing my own vegetables, cooking, walking and having a great time with my friends.”

Sammie Blanchard, Young Carers Sessional Support Worker 

Hi, I’m Sammie, I have been volunteering with Young Carers since May 2016 and started as a Sessional Support Worker in January 2018. I love working with Young Carers.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, going to the cinema and spending time with my family and friends.

Zoe Morgan, Young Carers Service Operational Support.

Hello, I’m Zoe and I joined the Young Carers Team in 2014 as an Apprentice to complete  my Level 2 NVQ Apprenticeship in Business & Administration. Following the completion of my Level 3 qualification in April 2018, I was lucky enough to join the team as the Young Carers Service Administrative Assistant and have since progressed as Operational Support.

In my spare time I enjoy watching TV series and listening to music. You could say I’m slightly obsessed with cacti, unicorns and tea!

Lauren Anthony, Young Carers Administrative Apprentice

Hello, I’m Lauren and I’m excited about completing my apprenticeship as I really enjoyed business studies in school. On completion of my apprenticeship, I’d like to have a future career within the Young Carers Team.

In my spare time I enjoy relaxing at home, listening to music and caring for my two guinea pigs; Gerald and Clive.