Lorna is based in Tedworth House and works on our programme supporting wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans. She talks to us about her role at Step Together, as well as sharing a few interesting facts about herself!
Who has been the most memorable client?
Probably a very young and high spirited soldier, whom I shall call Andrew. Having served in the Army myself for 16 years, I recognised the type of character he was –friendly and really enthusiastic but would, on the spur of the moment, choose to do something which would get him into trouble. His early home life had not given him the best start and he found himself in quite serious trouble with the law as a young adult. The army provided him some stability and he felt that after his medical discharge he would like to try and help young people avoid a similar rocky start. He volunteered as an Assistant Team Leader on a programme for disengaged young people, which then led to him being employed by the same charity. What I found most memorable about Andrew was that he embraced the whole concept of volunteering. He knew that each DBS check would throw up some questions about his past, but he wasn’t put off.
What is your proudest moment at Step Together?
I don’t have one particular proud moment. I am always thrilled when clients volunteer – especially those who you think aren’t really that enthusiastic when you first meet them. I feel proud when someone calls out of the blue saying that one of my old clients had recommended Step Together to them because we really can do amazing things.
What do you wish other people knew about Step Together?
That the Volunteering Project Managers, across all the projects, just don’t give up. They are so resourceful and if something doesn’t work first time they will find a way to make it work.
You’re happiest when?
I am happiest sitting in a green field overlooking the sea - either first thing on a sunny morning when no one else is up or on a warm evening. Not reading, nor talking nor listening to music. Just sitting there and breathing. It really doesn’t happen very often, I think that’s why I like it so much.
What three words would best describe you?
I asked my children. They said, in this order, Kind, Creative and Practical.
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
That I was the Mayoress of the London Borough of Harrow in 1996/1997. A year which saw me get married, move house 3 times, have a baby and then when my son was 2 weeks old, deliver to a packed Council Chamber the closing Mayoral Speech that my Father (The Mayor) had mercifully written the night before he died.