I started at Croydon Vision as a Volunteer and I loved it!
Also, the transition from Volunteer to Staff wasn’t daunting at all because staff and volunteers are known as a team.
My new role as the office manager is all about welcoming everyone, a friendly face and voice at Croydon Vision and ensure that the day-to-day running of reception goes smoothly. If you have any queries, I am here to help or can point you to the right member of staff who can. I also provide administrative support for team projects such as the excursions and other events.
Drivers and Facilities Manager
My main role is to support the needs of the organisation and management of the transport structure. I aim to make a great first impression and set a positive tone for your journey with us.
As the Facilities Manager, I oversee the operation and maintenance of the building and grounds by responding to members and team needs. I control schedules, manage contracts, develop health and safety standards, and evaluate external contractors.
As an external recruit, one thing I love is that the culture isn’t autocratic. It empowers both the team and members, supporting towards positive development and togetherness.
I joined Croydon Vision as the Member Liaison Officer and excelled in my role. In time, I was provided personal development through coaching, to take on the role of Project Manager.
My role is to bring together the Croydon Vision officers that are involved in changing the lives of our members , making sure that we are impactful, transforming lives using our 5 steps model. I oversee the good functioning of my team, as well as our members’ journey from surviving to thriving. By working together, we make sure that the purpose of improving the lives of our members is accomplished.
I am the Accessibility IT Trainer. I provide training on accessible software and equipment that will empower our members to become independent, considering each person’s unique needs in relation to their ability. I help our members to overcome technological and digital exclusions, and transforming lives, on the journey to independence.
Croydon Vision empowers both the team and members, supporting towards positive development and togetherness and I am part of that.
Transport & Facilities Officer
I am the longest serving team member at Croydon Vision and it is a place that brings me much joy over 14 years.
My main role is to ensure our vehicles are checked daily and are clean and running smoothly. I also ensure members are able to access the vehicle in a safe manner.
I enjoy chatting to the members and believe it is very important to build a positive and trusting relationship with them. Many of our members rely on us to transport them to and from Croydon Vision; to attend activities and to stay for lunch. We are often the lifeline for so many members.
Advice & Advocacy Officer
A few years back, I lost my sight and became a member of Croydon Vision. My journey began and after being skilled up, I started volunteering. This led to an opportunity for employment and now, my main role is to provide a confidential and impartial generalist advice and emotional support where necessary. This covers a range of subject areas including: coming to terms with sight loss, welfare rights, community care, housing and accessing local services etc.
I also promote social justice and advocacy on behalf of members and/or their families as required to ensure our members receive appropriate care and support in line with the legal framework.
Therefore, if you need support, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a friendly, informal chat.
Telephone: 07395247699 OR 0203 871 9484
Since starting at Croydon Vision 2018, I have worked with my team to transform lunch service. It brings me much joy to see many more people having lunch and socialising at Bedford Hall, I love it!
My main duties include cooking tasty food for our members, supporting members through their activities and liaising with volunteers to provide an excellent service.
We cater for all dietary needs and offer an inclusive menu. All food is cooked fresh on the premises using seasonal ingredients wherever possible.
A key part of my role is making sure that food hygiene standards are met in addition to health and safety requirements.
Working Age & Enrichment Officer
As the working age and enrichment officer, I work with those who feel isolated and without support; and show them there is a community that cares for them and ready to work with them. It is my job to support them through their journeys from surviving to thriving as part of our 5 steps model. Where ever you are with your disability and visual impairment, hope is more than important and I will work with you.
Whatever you may want to do in the future, be it employment, education, training or just being able to socialise, I am there for you. I will work with you to facilitate great opportunities and fruitful outcomes.
Volunteer Liaison Officer
My role as the Volunteer Liaison Officer is all about building bridges – linking passionate volunteers with the diverse range of opportunities we offer. I’m here to ensure that the experience as a volunteer is not only seamless but also incredibly rewarding, and that it has a positive impact on the individuals we work with.
I bring to this role a deep commitment, as well as a strong understanding of just how essential volunteers are to our mission. I’m dedicated to creating an environment where all our volunteers, feel valued, supported, and empowered to make a real difference. This could involve onboarding, offering guidance, organizing training sessions, or simply ensuring open lines of communication.
Member Liaison Officer
I started at Croydon Vision early this year and 3 words I can describe it; Inclusive, welcoming, transformative.
As Member Liaison Officer at Croydon Vision, I welcome new members and work with them to create an individualised plan of action and support. I also assist in Advice and Advocacy work, outreach and community engagement, and project management.
I aim to create a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for members and look forward to meeting many more!
Cooking Lead & Outreach Officer
My story requires a day together, chill out with good food and drink. The short version is; I represent what Croydon Vision is about, transforming lives from dependence to independence.
I was a member, grew in skills and became a volunteer (give back) and now, I am so happy to be in employment.
Cookery has always been my passion, sharing joy through food is my ‘why’, but, for a while I let my visual impairment hold me back. Croydon Vision helped me learn to play to my strengths not get swamped by negative thoughts. Now I’m employed as a Cookery lead at Croydon Vision, helping others have their own life changing journey.
I was appointed to serve in January 2018, to drive positive change for the future. A key part of my role is working with beneficiaries; to develop and implement a working strategy; owned by the entire team (including Members and Trustees)
I am keen on developing partnerships; nationally whilst rebuilding relationships with statutory, local businesses and third sector. Throughout my career, I have been involved in business and strategic management, promoting more cross sector collaboration and organisational development.
A particular interest of mine is building organisational resilience, such as financial sustainability and diverse income streams. However, I am equally interested in team development; recognising the value in team growth. My leisure pursuit includes reading biographies, sport and serve as a board member in my community.