Warrington VIP is supported by 5 part time employees, 4 trustees and 18 volunteers and our resident therapy dog Bella.
I am the CEO for Warrington Visually Impaired People (VIP) Charity, l spend my time managing our centre and ensuring our members and future members are supported in anything that will help maintain their independence. I started with the VIP as a volunteer 15 years ago and went from there to become a Home Visitor supporting members in their own home. I feel very privileged and honoured to now manage the charity. We offer a very person centred service to our members or any new potential clients within the Warrington area, l am always available to listen. My door is always open. My free time is spent with Bella, my dog who is always visible in our centre, upcycling and crafts are things l love to do.
Hello, I joined VIP early in 2022 following 15 years working for a family run national security company, and more recently volunteered as trustee for a small Warrington charity called Families United (FUN), is was FUN, along with my son who has a visual impairment, that helped me to discover that my passion was helping people, ensuring they had the required support in place and that they can catch up with friends. When our VIP’s are in our centre, the centre is filled with chatter and laughter, it’s lovely to listen to whilst working away in the offce. In my spare time, I go to the gym, taxi my son & daughter to their various activities and catch the occasional film or theatre show
My name is Abigayle, I work in the kitchen at VIP. I enjoy working at the VIP centre because I feel part of a great team. Along my way in this career I have met lovely VIP members from all walks of life and I find it most helpful working with visually impaired people because I am one myself!
My name is Reece, I started as a volunteer at VIP arranged through a college Internship scheme. As a volunteer, I supported members by offering a cuppa Tea or coffee upon their arrival, I occasionally helped in the kitchen, served meals and assisted with the afternoon activities. Now I work alongside Abi in the kitchen cooking our VIP’s a 3 course lunch, menu planning and keeping the VIP kitchen clean and tidy.
I absolutely adore being a home visitor and find it incredibly rewarding, l have spent most of my life in a caring role. I have worked in palliative care, and as a foster carer for nearly 20 years, the children I’ve fostered remain as part of my wider family to this day, and have gifted me with 8 wonderful grandchildren who affectionately call me bama. Working for the VIP is now one of my most treasured roles as clients become friends, and again become part of my family. I am privileged to be working with a fantastic team and many wonderful volunteers. My mum is visually impaired and VIP has been a lifeline for her, she has made many friends who have similar sight issues and they help and support each other and they love the lunch clubs. I am so proud to be involved with this charity and celebrating their 100 birthday.
Hello, I love meeting and working with people who have a visual impairment, hearing about their rich and diverse lives and most importantly helping them at a time which may be a difficult, new chapter in their life. Being able to guide, nurture and reassure them about what help and opportunities are available is absolutely the most fulfilling part of my job. I have met many delightful people over the years and I look forward to meeting many more.
My name is Amanda and I’m a home visitor for Warrington VIP. I joined the team a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and helping them in any way that I can. In addition, I run a Mums & Tots group and Bereavement Coffee Afternoon with Kings church every week. I’m married, we have 8 children between us and in my free time I enjoy walking, going to the gym, paddle boarding and baking.
After spending 22 years working in education, I semi-retired in July to work for the Visually impaired. The Blind Society was a refuge for my late father when he became partially sighted in his 70’s. During a difficult time, the support and care provided by the society was invaluable. I now have the chance to give back some help and support to other partially sighted people.
As you can see from my pic, l am adorable, l love being part of the VIP team as l get lots of cuddles off the VIP’s and I love to sit under the table when its lunch time. I make every one happy and l miss it when mummy leaves me at home. My main role is for giving cuddles and strokes to our VIP’s which l thoroughly enjoy, so it never feels like work.
A charity trustee makes decisions that will have an impact on people’s lives and ensures the longevity of the charity. It is an important role to undertake and Identifying with your members is one of the essential tools for ensuring the decisions taken for the running of the charity benefits its members. VIP have 2 board members with a visual impairment, a former mayor and a local councillor as trustees, all 4 trustees bring a wealth of skills and experience to the governance of VIP and the support of the VIP community.
We have a team of 18 volunteers supporting our members and the running of the charity. They Drive our minibuses, assist in the kitchen and assist our members with their lunch and activities.