Our Team


Chief Officer Di Watkins

I have been chief officer at EDCCA since September 2018. Since then I have been working hard with the team to raise the profile of EDCCA in Easingwold and beyond. During the Covid Pandemic we worked especially hard to organise the delivery of prescriptions, shopping, meals on wheels five days a week and telephone befriending. In 2021 we have also played a major role in organising volunteers to help with the Vaccination Clinics. As a Charity we wouldn’t be anything without our amazing volunteers. Hats off to them. I look forward to taking EDCCA forward out of the pandemic and to exciting projects and activities to come.





Helen Lambert

I work at EDCCA as the Volunteer Services Co-ordinator. My key tasks are to recruit and support volunteers through the volunteer induction process.  I carry out DBS checks, taking up references and ensure volunteers have all the information and support they need to volunteer for the organisation. I also promote the work of the organisation at various events and publicise the volunteering opportunities available at EDCCA.

I have worked for EDCCA since 2000 both as a member of staff and as a volunteer. I have undertaken a variety of roles; setting up the befriending scheme, running a pilot project to support young families, working on the community car scheme and also co-ordinating the Volunteer Centre.

I am a local resident and enjoy having a role that involves me in my community. I have always enjoyed working with people and began my career as a primary school teacher. I am a keen artist and studied for an art degree before working in the voluntary sector.

Helen Beck

I live in Easingwold with my family and have worked for EDCCA for about 4 years. My job is to coordinate the Meals on Wheels Scheme which operates in Easingwold and the surrounding villages twice a week and supplies hot, nutritious meals from Clarks Bakers in Easingwold. The meals are delivered by EDCCA volunteers.

I also volunteer as joint organiser for the Knit and Natter Group who meet once a month at Springhill Court and knit items which we donate to various charities.


Christine Cookman MBE (Chair) Stillington
Paul Dack (Treasurer) Easingwold,
Mrs Kate Barugh Easingwold
Mrs Diane Gallon Easingwold, Friends of Springhill Court
Mrs Maureen Johnson Tollerton, Easingwold Over 50s Forum, Malton Carers’ Forum
Dr Stuart Parker, Easingwold York Cancer Action  Retired local GP
Cllr Shirley Shepherd Easingwold, Easingwold Town Council, Easingwold Community Library
Linda Frances Easingwold
Janet Guy – Easingwold