I started work at EDCCA in April 2015 where I lead a small, dedicated team of staff who have lots of experience and knowledge of the local communities in Easingwold and District. I am responsible for managing the services that the organisation deliver so well and exploring new opportunities for EDCCA to enable us to ensure that local people in need are supported.
I have been involved in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years working for Rural Action Yorkshire, supporting rural communities to find solutions to the issues that they face around lack of access to services and rural isolation.
I also set up and managed a community run shop in the village where I live and am involved in the local cricket club where I helped successfully apply for funding to build a new pavilion and establish a junior membership of the club.
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 ensuring they 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 also as a volunteer and 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 the 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.
I have worked for EDCCA for over eight years coordinating both the befriending scheme and the sitting scheme. I enjoy meeting new people and working within the local community. The services we offer are valuable as they reduce social isolation and loneliness and mean that elderly or vulnerable people can maintain their independence with the help of local volunteers.
I originally trained as a staff nurse and worked in the old Claypenny Hospital for several years
when I moved to Easingwold in 1983. I started work for EDCCA about 20 years ago and I am now the Day Centre Coordinator at Springhill Court where I ensure that clients who attend the Day Centre have a variety of activities and outings to enjoy and can relax in a friendly environment.
I live in Easingwold with my family and have worked for EDCCA for about 2 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.
I have been working for EDCCA since July 2015 as the Finance Officer. This role includes day to day book-keeping, processing claims, issuing invoices and also producing management accounts for the organisation. I am currently studying to be a fully qualified accountant.
I joined EDCCA in August 2017. My role is car scheme co-ordinator. The main part of what I do is taking bookings from our clients and then arranging for volunteers to fulfil these journeys.
Before I came to work here I had spent 5 years working for North Yorkshire County Council as a Leaving Care case worker. I supported young people who had been in foster placements or children’s homes when they left care. Previous to that I worked in various prisons across the North East as a drug and addictions counsellor. The last 7 years I ran the recovery team at HMP Kirklevington Grange.
I studied in York for my degree in Applied Social Sciences and women’s studies with a view to go into research. I was bitten by the criminology bug though and that’s what led to my early career choices.
At home I have two boys, two dogs, two hamsters and various goldfish (and my other half!). If I get any spare time I enjoy cooking (especially baking), walking, and spending time with my friends and family.