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Who We Are

Who We Are 2020-08-02T13:12:10+01:00

Elevating Parent Carers of Children & Adults with Special Learning Needs

Our organisation is called “Lifted” because our aim is to “elevate parent carers who have a child/adult with special needs”. We strive to make a positive difference and improve the health and well-being of those carers using the service.

Offering 1-1 support, guidance & advocacy and assistance with completing forms.

Hosting special calendar events, lunches, days out and craft sessions.

More About Lifted’s Services

Meet the Team

EMMA GERRARDCentre Manager
Emma is the Centre Manager and Parent Support Worker/ Champion.

She is a Psychology graduate who brings a wealth of experience to Lifted. She has a strong determination and commitment to develop successful projects that serve the local community.

Her background includes youth work, careers advice (with a specialism in special educational needs and disabilities) and project development and management.

A mum to twin boys herself, she is passionate about supporting others and refuses to be defeated.

She will always take the time to listen to others and isn’t afraid to challenge decisions in order to secure the correct outcomes for families.

Contact Emma
I started accessing Lifted’s services in 2014 as a parent-carer for my young adult son, who has Down’s Syndrome, and my two teenage girls. I then became a trustee about a year later and started as a project worker for Lifted in April 2016. Prior to that, I was a project worker for Barnardos for 10 years.

My role in the centre is to provide support to parents and carers on a daily basis and to organise events for Lifted.

Aside from my work at the centre, I also take part in the Manchester Local Offer Parent Champion programme, which involves supporting parents and carers to get information from the Local Offer. I am also involved with various parent participation forums run by the Manchester City Council as well as various online forums.

Contact Sue
JORDAN NAVARROICT Support / Administrator
I’m father to an energetic young boy with autism. Proudly Filipino even as I’ve lived in Manchester for nearly a decade, I try to embody the bayanihan spirit and give back to this lovely city by helping out wherever possible, particularly within the SEND community.

Aside from being the centre’s ICT guy, I also participate in Manchester’s Local Offer Parent Champions programme and work actively with Manchester Parent Carer Forum.

Contact Jordan

Our Trustees

Hiya I’m Kurt.

I’m a father to a son with Noonan’s Syndrome. We’re from the Wythenshawe area and lived in Manchester all our lives.

I try to keep a calm and open mind, and try and give back to the community by helping out whenever I possibly can.

People say I can talk a lot. But with that, im a good listener too.

I enjoy other people’s company… and especially at the Lifted centre, as everyone is treated as equals. We all have something to deal with.

CHRISTINE DARBYChairperson / Trustee / Volunteer
Christine joined Lifted in 2011 as a parent-carer of a young adult who has a learning disability and mental health illness.

As a volunteer in the centre, she supports parent-carers who come to the drop-ins, helps with events as well as with housekeeping and decorating the centre. Christine also gets involved in all fundraising activities for Lifted.

Christine is very good at making carers laugh and she makes everyone that comes into the centre to feel welcome.

Christine became a trustee in 2014 and is currently our charity’s Chair.

John is one of Lifted’s founding charity trustees.
ANITA MULVEYTrustee / Volunteer
Hi. Having been a parent of two children with disabilities I have more understanding of the role of being both a parent & carer. This has given me more insight into the needs of other parents with similar situations.

I’ve been coming into the Carers Centre for several years now. I started coming
into Lifted to socialise with other people who are going through the same struggles as me. It’s nice to know you’re not alone.

Lifted provides a cosy warm and friendly environment for us to be able to help each other. I have a big sense of humour and enjoy getting people to laugh with each other. I also provide a listening ear for parent-carers to share their worries. By being part of Lifted, I’ve built up strong friendships with some really amazing people who, like me, sometimes need to feel they are not alone.

In my role as a trustee, I help to organise different events in the centre and also carers’ lunches and days out. I also attend network meetings with the staff.

IAN TAYLORTreasurer / Trustee
Ian is one of Lifted’s founding charity trustees.

Our Volunteers

Mary volunteers at the centre as an adviser.

Latest News

GMAC Parent Seminars

October 13th, 2020|0 Comments

The Greater Manchester Autism Consortium (GMAC) Parent Seminar Facilitator team have developed two FREE online seminars for parents of children and young people with autism. The two seminars are Managing Anger and Sensory Needs. Both are

Free Family Learning Courses

October 5th, 2020|1 Comment

We have been shared the following free parent courses by Manchester Adult Education Service: Confidence Building This course will help you to understand what confidence and self-esteem mean and how you can improve your own and

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Successful Carers Emergency Fund Application

August 29th, 2020|0 Comments

We recently received great news that a parent we supported has now received their emergency carer's grant. Source: There is funding available to support carers during the Covid-19 pandemic. These include: A cash grant for