Disability Advisor and Receptionist

Jean started volunteering on retiring 14 years ago and is still going strong!!

Her background is Secretarial, being Private Secretary to a Company Director, Private Secretary to The Dean of Lincoln and working as Secretary to 4 Assistant Directors in the Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department, plus the Director when his Secretary was on leave.  She later moved out to the Divisional Office where she worked for the Divisional Surveyor and ran two satellite offices at Aubourn and Market Rasen.

On retiring in 2001 she started work for Victim Support as a Magistrate’s Court Witness Service volunteer.  This role entails supporting victims and witnesses by providing a pre-trial meeting to answer any worries or questions they may have and then supporting them on the day of the trial in Court.  She also supported people in  the County Court.  After serving for 14 years with Victim Support she resigned in June 2015 when provision of the Witness Service was taken over by Citizens Advice.

In 2003 she decided to take on more volunteering and started work with VCS as an Advisor (at that time it was known as The Volunteer Bureau).   She works two full days a week – one day as an Advisor,  talking to people on a 1:1 basis regarding volunteering opportunities and carrying out referrals,  and one day covering  reception,  greeting visitors, answering the telephone and making bookings.   She also processes ‘Do-It’ on-line applications.  All applicants then receive a monthly follow up to check on progress.  During the past year she has set up spreadsheets to record statistics for Volunteer Placements and responses to a Volunteer Questionnaire.  On occasion she accompanies Dianne Slapp when she gives presentations to local companies.

In 2005 she joined the Lincoln Association of People with Disabilities (LAPD) to help implement access to public buildings for disabled people in order to comply with the new Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

In 2007 she started working for 3D Youth Services as a Mentor for children affected by domestic violence – a job she loved but unfortunately, after receiving  the prestigious Queen’s  Award for Voluntary Services, they had to close down in 2012 due to lack of funding.

She now works for with West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service (WLDAS) as a Mentor supporting women recovering from severe domestic abuse.

Jean’s interests are:  Tennis, Formula 1 and Rugby Union

Proudest Moment:    Being  presented to The Queen and  Prince Philip in 1980