Our Team

Rachel Tungate:  Project Manager

I have lived most of my life in Essex, my childhood, was spent with my parents and brother, in a small country ‘chocolate box’ village, where I have fond memories of my friends and I spending summer days out on our bikes, going from house to house when we had run out of food!!!   When I was 12 years old my parents moved to Benfleet, which is where I have continued to live with my own family.   I completed my secondary and further education in Benfleet.

During my career I have always enjoyed studying, in-fact I do not think a year has gone by where I have not studied!! I have never been a natural academic and I have always had to work really hard to get to where I want to be and to achieve the best results possible.


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Gina Stickings:  Senior Team Leader

I have been married to my husband Kelvyn for 52 years, and have 4 children, three grandchildren and a little dog called Belle. I love Animals, Art, Music, (I have joined a local Choir which I love and I didn’t realise I could sing) I achieved a GCSE grade B in Art and Design at the age of 50.

As a youth worker I have supported young people in Essex for 27 years, and the last 15 years I have lead Young Carer groups, in Basildon Borough. During that time I have I have been involved in a diverse range of work including youth centres and delivery of targeted programmes for young people at risk of offending and young carers.

Due to personal circumstances, Gina has made the decision to step down from Kool Carers.  All the young carers, families and staff team wish her well.

Rachel  would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support of Kool Carers:

Charlotte Emily / And Then Charlotte Said
Rotary Club of Wickford
Honeypot Children’s Charity



Community Involvement Team







Nevendon Neighbourhood Agreement
Hansford Brown
Rotary Club Of Basildon
Essex Youth Service










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Animal Workshops Mobile Zoo





Mushroom Theatre Company
Essex County Council