Our Volunteers
The heart of Loughton Voluntary Care is its dedicated army of volunteers.  Currently LVC has over 50 volunteers,  doing jobs as varied as answering the phones,  driving clients to medical appointments, visiting clients at home,  accompanying them shopping, and facilitating training groups for getting online using tablets and iPads. We design our interventions around the availability of our volunteers, as well as the needs of our clients – with some volunteers giving regular times each week, and others contributing what they can when they can.  Each service we offer is managed by a volunteer Section Leader, who develops and manages the services and supports the volunteers working in these areas.
Every volunteer is interviewed by a the relevant section leader, provides two character references and is DBS checked if they will engage in regulated activity, such as driving or visiting Management oversight is provided by the LVC committee who are also all volunteers. LVC committee members are nominated by volunteers and must be voted on through the AGM LVC is a registered charity and is regulated by The Charity Commission.
LVC Committee Members
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Co-ordinator: Janet Thomas My volunteering with LVC began in 1990 finding myself in Loughton with a new baby and not knowing anyone.  At first I was involved in what is now the Good Neighbour Scheme – collecting shopping for a gentleman in Staples Road and a working out by pushing a Silver Cross pram up the hill in The Drive.  Both activities were good for me and I began to feel that I belonged in Loughton.  When I returned to (part-time) teaching I kept up volunteering, heading up the Scheme, devising the Escorted Shopping Scheme, visiting and delivering fish and chips every Friday evening to another housebound gent.  I joined the committee in 1994, becoming Co-ordinator in 2012. Apart from teaching, latterly pupils with severe learning difficulties, I worked in social work for two years in Hackney. Since becoming Co-ordinator my focus has been on promoting social inclusion for older people whilst maintaining our much appreciated transport service.  There is a marvellous team of volunteers at LVC;  by working together and with local partners we are providing a secure raft of support for the older residents of Loughton.
Chairman: Carey Adams A professional administrator with 40 years’ experience, currently working part-time at Queen Mary University of London as Operations Manager for a new, China-based Joint Educational Institute, Carey is a qualified Company Secretary with a Masters in IP Law. Most of her career has been spent in university administration, but she helped to develop a spin-out company, ApaTech Limited, where she worked for ten years as Administration Manager and Company Secretary. She has considerable experience of corporate compliance and finance, human resources, technology transfer, health and safety and facilities management. Carey is married to John and they have two children, one at University and one in the sixth form. She enjoys tennis and squash and spends much of her time with a racket in her hand (or a glass of wine). Carey has an elderly mother living in Loughton, so is acutely aware of many of the issues facing LVC’s clients.
Treasurer: June Bachell After a Grammar school education I started work in the Guardian Assurance Co. I then went to a firm in Mincing Lane to work an accounting machine. A huge monstrosity well before the advent of computers. I gave that up to have my first child. After two children I decided I wanted to be an accountant so started the exams. I tried to get a job but was rejected on the grounds I had no experience. The Royal London Insurance were willing to give me a start. So with the intention of gaining my experience and leaving - I took early retirement some 21 years later!!! I joined the U3A in 2007 and was promptly seconded to the Treasurer. I took over 3 years later and held the position for a couple of years and then stepped down. My love of figure means finance has always been my background. In 2002, after retiring, I volunteered for Cancer Research UK in the Loughton shops to help twice a week and to be their bookkeeper; I am still doing it! Since volunteering for LVC in 2015 I’ve been involved with the Games group in Loughton library playing scrabble (love the game) and Rummikub; it seems to be settling into a nice group. Let's hope I settle into LVC's treasurers job just as well.
Member: Laura Watson Laura grew up in Loughton and moved back to the area in 2014, when she joined LVC.  She has 10 years experience working with the World Bank in Africa, Bangladesh and Nepal, and 15 years of management experience in financial services. She has been a volunteer driver, and helped to set up the Silver Surf Club.
Committee Members: Peter & Pat I have been part of Loughton Voluntary Care for over 30 years, and when I joined in 1984 the title was Loughton Community Care. The Government later decided to start Care in the Community so this voluntary group changed to its present name.   In those days we had no office so each duty officer's private telephone number became the hotline number when they were on duty.  We had a bag of files delivered to the next Duty Officer for each shift. I joined as our sons were growing up, and both my parents who I had looked after for some years had died and I could do little for my mentally disabled nephew who was living in care after my sister died.    I drove for the organisation until recently as well as continuing one morning a week as a Duty Officer. When my husband retired twenty plus years ago he joined as a driver and would drive clients to the London hospitals as well as locally.
Every volunteer is interviewed by a the relevant section leader, provides two character references and is DBS checked if they will engage in regulated activity, such as driving or visiting Management oversight is provided by the LVC committee who are also all volunteers. LVC committee members are nominated by volunteers and must be voted on through the AGM.
Going the Extra Mile in Loughton for over 40 years
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