A team of approximately 50 volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds, who share a common desire to improve the quality of life for local people who find themselves isolated mainly, but not exclusively, for reasons associated with advancing years.
The Management Committee
Andrew Thompson (Chair)
Has lived in Islington for 15 years and has worked in City recruitment for longer than that. He joined FCV as a befriender 5 years ago and remains as keen as ever to support people, who often have had extremely interesting lives which have become restricted through the limitations that come with age. He joined the Management Committee 4 years ago and became Chair two years later.
Anna Coates (Vice Chair)
‘I am 84 years old. I ran my own business until I was diagnosed with MS. I made contact with F & C Volunteers in 1985. It changed my life, I could be useful in helping very lonely and vunerable people in having a good quality of life. I send birthday and Christmas cards to over 170 people each year. I phone most of them once or twice a week. I have helped on our Lunch Club, setting up shopping trips in fact anything that helps us continue this valuable service.’
Lesley Tadman (Treasurer)
Betty Landers (Secretary)
‘I always had the desire to volunteer and am pleased to say I have spent thirteen happy years with F&C Volunteers both in the capacity of cook at the Lunch Club and as a befriender.’
‘I became a volunteer for the organisation in 1973 and later that year took over the role of Volunteers’ Organiser. I then trained to be a social worker. I am now retired and still live in Islington. I am really pleased to be able to spend more time with FCV again. I think it offers a quite unique and special service to isolated and vulnerable people in the community.’
Though born and bred on the Welsh border, Dorothy Stannard has lived in Islington for some 25 years, not far from where her great-grandfather had a corner shop in the 1930s. She started volunteering for the FCV two years ago, cutting her teeth at the twice-weekly Lunch Club and then joining the Committee.
‘I joined the charity in 2004, initially as the Outreach Worker to research the unmet needs of older of isolated residents in the EC1 area and am now the Volunteers Organiser. I work closely with our dedicated team of volunteers to maintain smooth delivery of all our on-going services which include our wheelchair accessible transport for the less able in the community, our twice-weekly Lunch Club and befriending. I recruit and place new volunteers, arranging CRB checks and access to training courses. As well as assisting our existing clients as needs arise, I deal with new clients referrals, visiting clients in their homes to explain the range of support services we offer, then organising delivery of these services. I work with local sheltered housing blocks, other community groups and with our much-valued corporate supporters.
I’ve lived in Islington for 26 years, and was myself a volunteer for a number of years on the management committees of 2 local community groups and on a user consultation committee at the former Middlesex Hospital.’