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About Us

We are a passionate, multifunctional team, who are committed to delivering the best care for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities -- and in doing so, make a real difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands people around.

Why GoCarer

For Parents By Parents

We understand the huge difficulties in getting timely and effective support for anyone on the Autism Spectrum.

That's why we started GoCarer. We are a team of autism experts, therapists and carers dedicated to creating the best possible outcomes for individuals and their families. As a specialised service provider, our team combines multiple disciplines through early intervention to develop areas specific to your needs.

We value the critical role that families play in their child's lives. We strive to make parents and caregivers an integral and active participant in the child’s assessment and intervention, from establishing goals in the Action Plan to treatment planning to home programming and eventually to discharge planning.

We are a family-centred service, with transparent pricing and no obligation for any long term commitment.

We Care

We want our children
to be healthy.
We want our children
to explore their interests and make connections.
We want our children
to flourish, and stay healthy.
We want our children
to be able to support themselves one day.
We began GoCarer
to help our own children achieve all these.
And we're committed
to continuing it for you.

Our Leadership

Anzel Lai

Hello! My name is Anzel and I started GoCarer, together with my friend Kingma, to help families like my own who have children with autism. My background as a software engineer means that I spend most of my time building the technology that powers our service.

I believe in always trying to find the simplest solution to tackle every problem, although this is often the hardest approach to take! Outside of work, I enjoy practising Tai Chi, watching TV shows and racing my car on the tracks.

I'm a member of Service User's Advisory Group (SUAG) in Plymouth that contributes to monitoring the impartiality and neutrality of services in the Plymouth Information, Advice and Support (PIAS) gives to parents, children and young people (CYP).

I'm also an active contributor in StackOverflow helping out other developers around the world.

profile for Anzel on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites
Joined in 2016
Kingma Ma

Hello! My name is Kingma and I started GoCarer with my friend Anzel back when we worked together in London. I'm driven to find innovative ways to help people, and my interest is in how technology, leadership and communities can work together to achieve this. I now spend most of my time drinking coffee, talking to people and writing emails.

My background prior to GoCarer is in strategy consulting and then working with the software development and business teams at a leading fintech startup, and I graduated with a MSc from London Business School.

Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, cycle, watch movies, read literature and perform improvised comedy.

Joined in 2016
Mark Edwards
Clinical and Business Advisor

Mark is a medical doctor, originally an anaesthetist, who has worked for over 25 years in the life sciences industry. He was a Global Clinical R&D Director and then Director of Science and Medical Public Affairs at Pfizer, during which he led Pfizer’s global clinical development team to achieve the US/EU registration of sildenafil as a first-in-class treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

His experience has also included the establishment of major R&D projects at the interfaces between academia, the NHS and the biopharmaceutical industry, notably MRC/industry pre-competitive consortia in COPD and RA, and the UK Government's Translational Research Partnership Programme.

Now he provides strategic and applied clinical, scientific and policy advice to life sciences organisations throughout the public, private and charitable sectors. Mark is a Non-Executive Director of the Southwest Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN), Chief Scientific Officer of Clinical Professionals Ltd, Founder and Chairman of The Health Science Business Gateway, and a member of the research boards of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Research Collaborative and the charity, Findacure.

It follows that Mark has well-developed networks throughout the life sciences industries, academia, the public sector and allied organisations.

Joined in 2017
Cara Porter
Speech and Language Therapist

Hello! My name is Cara and I am a passionate Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience in working with Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated complex needs. Throughout my career, I have worked closely with children as well as their social workers, teachers, and other health professionals to develop individualised treatment programmes.

I am driven to provide life-improving advice, treatment, support and care for children and young adults who have difficulties with communication, developmental conditions, early play, eating, drinking and swallowing, by using different approaches and interventions including Lego Therapy, PECS, Attention Autism, Makaton, Social Stories, Smile Therapy, Intensive Interaction, Total Communication and High and Low Tech AAC.

I am a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Joined in 2017
Lauren Flook
Occupational Therapist

Hello, my name is Lauren and I am an Occupational Therapist. I began my career within the arts sector, where I specialised in facilitating inclusive practice. Throughout my career I have worked with a vast range of children and adults of varying needs, with a focus on utilising dance and drama as a means to enable individuals to fulfil their potential. It was during my role as Director of an accessible theatre company that I developed a passion for working with people on the Autism Spectrum.

I have worked as a lead practitioner on a Plymouth wide project, working alongside researchers in schools, to assess the impact of movement and drama on facilitating educational and personal goals for autistic children. As an Occupational Therapist I am driven to improve outcomes for children through providing therapy that is centred around what is uniquely meaningful for the individual child and family. I have experience in utilising appropriate assessments that consider the biological, psychological and social needs of an individual, and deliver Interventions based on supporting function and independence in key areas. Interventions may include providing advice on adaptive equipment, modifying the environment, developing fine and gross motor skills that support daily activities such as washing and dressing and facilitating positive social experiences.

I am a registered member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Joined in 2017

What People Say

"For the first time since starting our autism journey I feel supported. Amazing team of people, I am so pleased to have found them."

- Lauren -

"As a member of staff I found it really interesting how you got young people to take part and how you managed to settle young people in and how you reacted to individual needs!"

- Sonia -

"All was good. Young people did work they normally would not take part in."

- Dianne -

"My child really enjoys coming to the workshops, GoCarer provides a wide range of good activities that capture interests for all the children. The workshops have been really beneficial to my child as it’s given them the opportunity to build confidence interacting with unfamiliar adults and develop social skills to help them work with other children of different ages. These workshops have also helped my child to feel much more relaxed after finishing school, and they’re much happier."

- Parent 1 -

"My son has a fantastic time at the workshops, and really enjoys the craft activities available to him. These workshops allow him to really show his creative side, and gives him the chance to work with different people in a different environment to the classroom, and this has helped him to feel a lot more comfortable at school. Every week he’s really looking forward to coming to the workshop and it’s had a noticeable benefit to his mood when he comes home after the workshops."

- Parent 2 -

"We really enjoy coming to the workshops each week. The staff are very approachable and very friendly. They provide lots of arts and crafts as well as sensory play. My child really enjoys taking part and loves coming to the workshops after school."

- Parent 3 -

"My child loves your sessions so much. The space to be free to create and explore their ideas is so wonderful. A session for all children!"

- Parent 4 -

"We love these sessions! It's the first time my son has asked if 'his thing' is on, and the first time ever he's been interested in coming along to something. He interacts so well with the children in the group, and it's really helped him socialise."

- Parent 5 -

"Amber was great with the children. She understood the children’s needs and the children enjoy and felt comfortable and confident with her. Sensory activities were enjoyed by the children."

- Parent 6 -

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