I joined The Anchor Society as Administrator in 2017 and was delighted to return to a sector that is closest to my heart. I have always had a huge respect for older people and recognise the many challenges they experience in later life, including loneliness, physical and financial hardship; a situation which has been exacerbated by longevity and changes in strategy regarding social care.
I have been extremely impressed by the diverse approach Anchor has adopted to supporting older people in need; by way of emergency grants, visiting and befriending, appropriate housing, employment projects and innovations in technology, as well as their partnership strategy. I believe that I bring the skills and experience required to effectively support the Trustees in their activities.
I grew up in Devon and before moving to Bristol managed a Nursing Home for the elderly and chronically sick; a post I thoroughly enjoyed. In 1994 I was offered a post as Practice Manager of a private clinic in Bristol and decided to relocate with my family. I later spent a number of years working in the financial sector, where I was able to develop my administrative and accounting skills.
In addition, I have committed to supporting local initiatives through volunteering when possible; previously at St Peters Hospice and for my local parish and currently at our village community shop.
(In July 2022 Catherine became our Grant’s Officer, her role being to administer our emergency grants programme for older people in need.)