FCV Dorcas is a Registered Charity (no 268511) managed by the Board of Trustees. This board is responsible for running and overseeing the organisation, while a Management Committee manages the core activities.
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.
“‘I am 84 years old. I ran my own business until I was diagnosed with MS. I made contact with FCV in 1985 and it changed my life. I could be useful in helping very lonely and vulnerable people have a good quality of life. I send birthday and Christmas cards to more than 170 people each year and 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.’
“I always had the desire to volunteer and am pleased to say I have spent 13 happy years with FCV both in the capacity of cook at the Lunch Club and as a befriender.”
‘I became a volunteer for FCV 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, and I am really pleased to be able to spend more time with FCV Dorcas 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 FCV two years ago, cutting her teeth at the twice-weekly Lunch Club and then joining the Committee.
Pamela previously served as Trustee and Treasurer of Dorcas Befriending Project where she has volunteered since 2002. “I have been deeply touched by the way in which so many of our volunteers have formed lifelong friendships with their clients (myself included!). Over the years I have met so many elderly clients who have told me how much they look forward and appreciate the weekly visit from their befriender – it makes it all worthwhile.”
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