On the 18th of December 2013, Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteer Jeanette Eason attended the Rotary Club of Brighton’s Christmas Lunch. There she was presented a Community Service Recognition Award by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Mr Peter Field. As a dedicated and reliable volunteer for the NCS, Jeanette was deserving of this award. Below Sean de Podesta, NCS Service Manager, explains why.
“An absolute star!” This is how a woman supported by Jeanette described her. Other words to describe Jeanette? – caring, can-do, competent, energetic, reliable, intelligent. Jeanette began volunteering with the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in 2007 when she lived near our office. We are a good neighbour scheme. Jeanette was not able to follow our usual pattern of volunteering, but was happy to help when she could – which was often. Over the last six years, she has been our “go-to” volunteer in complicated or demanding situations requiring patience, understanding and tact (for example, someone has a specialist appointment in Guildford, or needs to write a letter to social services, or needs a person to explain things to the doctor) and has assisted more than 30 older people – often on a regular basis.
Jeanette’s volunteering has not ended with her care and support for scheme members. She serves on our steering group, and has helped in the office, interviewed new volunteers, attended conferences and given talks for us. She is the ideal volunteer: if you ask her to do something and she says yes – Jeanette is a woman who likes to say yes! – then you know the job will be done, and done well.
Could you be a volunteer like Jeanette?
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