//Director of Policy & Engagement
Lynne has worked within the voluntary sector in Staffordshire for 20 years and has been at the Beth Johnson Foundation since 2002.
Having completed a degree in Law & Politics as a mature student, Lynne took a different path from the one expected and, having been influenced by her voluntary work at a refuge for females who experienced domestic violence, began working to support people in vulnerable situations e.g. homelessness, young people leaving care and adults experiencing mental distress.
A growing interest in older people and ageing brought Lynne to BJF and she has been involved in the development of projects that formed the basis of the Mid-life Programme (concentrating on adults aged 50 – 64). Those projects included work around health and wellbeing, and enabling people aged 50 and over to access opportunities for employment, education/training and volunteering.
In 2010 our mid-life programme was merged with our later life work to form the Positive Ageing Programme, which Lynne leads.
BJF is at the forefront of a life transitions approach to ageing as evidenced in Lynne’s 2013 report ‘A life course approach to promoting positive ageing’.
//Development Worker-Linking Generations NI
Lynne Bennett started working with Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI) in November 2012 as a Regional Development Worker.
She has been working with age groups ranging from pre-school to the older generation for the majority of her working life, in a variety of settings both in Northern Ireland and London. She holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Studies.
Lynne's most recent position was with AGE North Down & Ards as a Safety of Seniors Project Officer, supporting older persons to keep safe and feel less isolated. This was achieved through a combination of daily telephone support calls and regular safety roadshows working in partnership with a broad range of other support organisations. She also worked with and supported local community groups, schools and churches in developing and delivering intergenerational initiatives over the past 4 years.
//Link Worker - Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) South Staffordshire
Caroline started work in the voluntary sector as a PA to the chief exec for SCVYS (Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Service) in 2008 and quickly developed her organisation and management skills and was successful in securing a role at Chase CVS. At Chase CVS she worked as the Community Liaison Officer developing community networks across Cannock Chase, making community members aware of services and agencies available to reduce isolation and promote independence. Caroline then went on to coordinate the Community Wellbeing Project, creating alternative day opportunities for people in their local communities, acting as a point of contact for community members to be signposted to services and agencies available, as well as coordinating volunteers and supporting them to operate the groups independently.
After leaving the voluntary sector for twelve months she worked as a care and befriending coordinator within the private sector, broadening her knowledge of social and health care and the issues people face.
Caroline joined Beth Johnson Foundation in September 2014 and is currently a Link Worker for our Macmillan funded Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) South Staffordshire.
//Project Manager, Rheumatology
June joined the Beth Johnson Foundation in 1997 as a Day Group Coordinator. In 2007 she became a Health Improvement Coordinator, developing the now well established ‘Active in Age’ programme which has trained over 300 people to deliver community led physical activity sessions. June also developed a Falls Prevention Programme for NHS Stoke on Trent and has written several consultation reports for local authorities. In 2010 June gained a Masters’ Degree in Community Practice and Promoting Public Health at Staffordshire University.
In 2013 she was seconded to the Haywood Foundation, based at the Haywood Hospital in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. There she set up and developed the Patient Information Education and Resource Centre (PIER), manned by volunteers, which provides patients, their families and carers with access to information on arthritis and related conditions.
//Link Worker - Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) North Staffordshire
Amanda joined the voluntary sector in 1998 as an administrator for a small local community development project. She soon became involved in project planning and delivery, and by 2000 had progressed to the role of Charity Co-ordinator.
In 2001, Amanda joined the Media Action Group for Mental Health as Senior Administrator, quickly adding event planning and volunteer co-ordination to her duties. She was project lead for a number of initiatives before finally accepting the role of Chief Officer in 2006. She spent 12 years with the organisation, designing and delivering a range of activities and training programmes that supported people with mental ill health and empowered them to challenge the stigma that unfortunately accompanies such diagnosis, as well as undertaking work promoting public awareness of holistic approaches to health, such as the local Living Well and 5 Ways to Wellbeing campaigns.
Amanda joined Beth Johnson Foundation in May 2014 and is currently a Link Worker for our Macmillan funded Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) North Staffordshire.
//Senior Link Worker – Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) Stoke-on-Trent
Collette began to work in the voluntary sector in 2006 as an Administrator for Brighter Futures and progressed to Administration and Office Supervisor and Health and Safety Officer after gaining a NEBOSH qualification in 2008.
In 2010 Collette began working as a Community Buddy in Chesterton and Cheadle for Staffordshire Moorlands Community Voluntary Service supporting volunteering and employment. She then worked as a volunteer with the SMCVS encouraging adults who had been on long-term Incapacity Benefit to enrol in training, joining Saltbox in 2011 as a Networker for CareLink, working to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. She also became an active member in the Campaign to End Loneliness and developed a passion for the vision to develop Stoke on Trent into an Age Friendly City.
Collette joined Beth Johnson Foundation in March 2014 and is currently a Link Worker for our Macmillan funded Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) Stoke-on-Trent.
//Volunteer Co-ordinator - Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP)Following university Ruth started her career working in recruitment, recruiting Doctors into locum positions across the north of the United Kingdom. She then gained a position in Human Resources at Leeds City Council and worked for the organisation for 14 years in a variety of roles within HR, recruitment, and organisational development.
During this time she gained her CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) qualification and is a chartered member of the organisation. She has experience of recruitment, training, policy development, and sickness management.
In her last 4 years with Leeds City Council she worked in a team that managed the sickness absence of employees, dealing with cases of both long and short term absence, supporting and working with to help them employees to return to work.
Ruth returned to Staffordshire following the birth of her daughter and started working for the Beth Johnson Foundation in September 2016. Ruth has gained the Macmillan Volunteering Quality Standards since joining and is currently the Volunteer Co-ordinator for our Macmillan funded, Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP).
//Programme Manager - Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP)
Kath qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist, and for 20 years worked for the North Staffordshire health service where she specialised in Older People and Mental Health care groups.
She then joined the Organisational Development team working to implement change and developments in services. Whilst in this post she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice. Kath is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory.
She joined the Beth Johnson Foundation in June 2010 as a Project Co-ordinator for the Dementia Advocacy project, providing advocacy to older people with dementia within the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Borough of Newcastle.
In 2012 Kath was part of an OPAAL initiative piloting advocacy for older people affected by cancer in the north of the county. The success of the pilot lead to funding by Macmillan Cancer Suport to extend the pilot to cover all of Staffordshire. Kath is now the Programme Manager for the new Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP).
//Finance and Business Support Manager
Brian has over 30 years of financial experience in a variety of fields: in practice, auditing, industry and, for the last 13 years, the third sector and related businesses.
His most recent work experience was with Housing Associations, prior to that Brian spent 12 years at Groundwork, initially with focus on the financial aspects of the business but latterly in a broader role encompassing strategy, policy and facilities.
He joined the Beth Johnson Foundation in August 2014 as Finance and Business Support Manager.
//Regional Development Worker - Linking Generations NILynn graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2005 with a BSc Hons in Psychology and from university moved into the Community and Voluntary Sector and has 13 years experience.
Starting as a support worker in a Charity supporting Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities and moving onto roles involving training and project delivery.
Her most recent role as Parental Engagement Coordinator for Parenting NI which involved coordinating the CYPSP Parental Participation Project. This involved networking and building relationships with key stakeholders to maintain effective partnerships to progress the best practice dissemination when designing and delivering services for parents.
Also, co-coordinating training and parental participation exercises to give opportunities to contribute.
//Regional Development Worker – Linking Generations NI
Ken Irvine joined Linking Generations NI in November 2013. He has a background in community work, counselling, education and training. His formal education was in theology, counselling and training delivery. He is a recognised trainer for the British Safety Council and for the Institute of Leadership & Management. His last position was Head of Professional Development for CIH, the Professional Body for Housing.
He is the Vice Chair of the Board of a Housing Association, as well as the Chair of the Audit Compliance and Risk Committee.
His interest in training and education led him to be a voluntary board member of Asset Skill, the Sector Skills Council for Housing and Facilities Management. He is chair of the Fountain Cancer Support Group and a member of Safezone, an organisation that works with the town centre Management of Bangor to ensure people get home safe after nights out.
//Dementia Advocacy Manager
Prior to working at BJF Betty worked in the health service and joined the Foundation in 2001 as a Coordinator of the Advocacy Dementia project for seven years, later becoming the Manager of the project. During this time Betty obtained an MA in Gerontology. She also holds a diploma in the advocacy qualification.
The Foundation was successful in gaining funding which enabled Betty to manage the Advocacy Support Project and as a direct result of this project, the lack of appropriate supervision for supervisors of advocates was highlighted. Betty, with support from Kay Steven, developed an accredited OCN level three supervision training module for supervisors of advocates. Betty presently carries out the training for the OCN level training for supervisors.
Betty is currently Treasurer on OPAAL’s board.
//Communications and Project Assistant - Linking Generations NISimon Maltman started working for Linking Generations NI in September 2018. He will be assisting with many exciting new projects. Sharing some of the organisation’s good practice through social media is another area of this role. Prior to this position, Simon worked for thirteen years as a support worker and then manager with adults with learning disabilities. He was chosen to be a ‘Care Ambassador’ through the NISCC, to promote social care as a positive and rewarding career option.
Simon is also a published author and musician.
//Project Co-ordinator – Dementia Advocacy for Stoke-on-Trent
Jane worked for the NHS before joining the Beth Johnson Foundation in 2002 as an administrator. Since then she has held various posts including support worker on the Health Improvement Project and project co-ordinator on the ‘Volunteering for Health Project’, (a 3 year Department of Health funded project to promote and support volunteering within Health and Social Care placements for adults 45 – 65 suffering from minor mental health problems). Since 2009 Jane has taken up the position of Project Co-ordinator for the Dementia Advocacy project, and provides advocacy to older people with dementia within Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Jane is a qualified advocate completing the Level 3 certificate in Independent Advocacy (Providing Independent Advocacy to Adults) qualification in 2012.
//Manager – Linking Generations Northern Ireland
Vicki graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2005 with a BA in Sociology and Social Policy. She started in finance/administration, working in a community centre in an interface area of East Belfast, going on to become leader of the older people’s group and helping out with the after-schools, youth club and the summer scheme.
She joined the Foundation as a part time Intergenerational Worker and progressed to full time employment as Northern Ireland Intergenerational Project Co-ordinator with the Centre for Intergenerational Practice, raising awareness of the practice, offering training and support for groups to become involved in its initiatives, and managing two intergenerational small grants schemes (grants and support for groups undertaking intergenerational projects).
Angela has enjoyed continuous employment since leaving school, working in office environments that included electrical, engineering and travel, as well as being office supervisor for one of Marks and Spencer’s largest suppliers.
Angela has been part of the Business Support team at the Beth Johnson Foundation for 15 years. Her duties include Reception, Travel/Accommodation, Finance, Health & Safety, GDPR and is Clerk to the Board. She also maintains the BJF website and social media sites.