Lisa’s ready to take on big role to help others

Lisa Jackson, the new Oakham coordinator for Age UK, pictured in her office at Voluntary Action Rutland.'Photo: MSMP301013-010ow
Lisa Jackson, the new Oakham coordinator for Age UK, pictured in her office at Voluntary Action Rutland.'Photo: MSMP301013-010ow
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A passionate woman is ready to step into big shoes as she takes over the running of a regional branch of an elderly care charity.

Lisa Jackson has taken on the role of Oakham co-ordinator of Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland.

She replaces Sue Bamber, who held the position for 15 years and was responsible for setting up and helping run groups such as Rutland Befrienders, Rutland Carers Support Group and New Horizons, a support group for elderly widows and widowers.

Lisa has years of experience organising children’s activities for Lincolnshire County Council but admits that her latest venture is very new to her.

Lisa said: “I’ve co-ordinated children’s groups before but this is something totally new to me. I’m looking forward to the challenge and all the different aspects to the job.

“I’ve been learning as I go along and Sue has been watching what I do to make sure I’m on the right tracks.

“It’s a role that has a real sense of achievement.”

Age UK hosts a number of lunches each week for the elderly, organises a whole array of physical activities and offers a befriending service for any elderly person in Rutland who feels lonely or isolated.

Lisa is keen for people to put themselves forward as volunteers in the befriending service.

For more information and to join, call Lisa on 01572 770324.

For further details about Age UK, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/leics.