Our Team

Chief Officer Di Watkins

I joined EDCCA at the end of September and am keen to bring my experience and knowledge to further improve the excellent services that EDCCA provides.

I have has worked in the Public Sector for most of my working life in various Government Departments including the Serious Fraud Office, Home Office, HM Prison Service and latterly North Yorkshire Police. I have volunteered for several years as a Lion and more recently at Alne Hall. I am looking forward to developing EDCCA with our experienced team to help our existing and new clients.

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 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.

Jackie Bullough

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.

Anne Banks

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.

Helen Beck

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 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.