New Trio To Lead Home-Start Aberdeen Board Of Trustees

22 January 2015

Family support charity Home-Start Aberdeen has appointed a trio of experienced health and business leaders to head up its board of trustees. The strengthening of the charity’s board coincides with its ambitious drive to recruit additional home visiting volunteers to fulfil the needs of referred families on its waiting list.

New chairperson Roberta Eunson has over 40 years’ NHS experience. Prior to retirement in 2011, when she first joined the Home-Start Aberdeen board of trustees, Roberta held the position of nursing services manager with a professional lead for health visiting. She will be supported in her role by former chairperson, Yvonne Wright, who will share the position of vice chairperson with management consultant Harry Yorston.

As a divisional lead nurse for complex care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Yvonne brings a wealth of relevant healthcare knowledge and management experience to the board. Fellow vice chairperson Harry Yorston has served on the Home-Start Aberdeen board of trustees since 2013. A self-employed management consultant with 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, he provides the charity with general business management and planning input.

Georgette Cobban, scheme manager, Home-Start Aberdeen said: “The entire Home-Start Aberdeen team is greatly excited about these three new appointments. We desperately need to increase our efforts in 2015 so that we can provide vulnerable local families on our waiting list with the support they require.

“Over 80 per cent of our referrals now come via health visitors and Roberta’s knowledge of the health visiting sector will be invaluable as we continue to grow. Yvonne and Harry, along with our remaining trustees, will provide vital advisory support in terms of our strategic direction and service development.

“As with all of our volunteers, Home-Start Aberdeen’s trustees give up their own time to work tirelessly to assist local families. We simply could not operate without their input.”

Home-Start Aberdeen has been providing friendship and practical assistance to vulnerable and isolated families in the city for the past 28 years. Families in need of the charity’s services are referred via health visitors and social workers and receive weekly support in their own homes from trained home visiting volunteers. For further information about Home-Start Aberdeen’s work, or to find out more about volunteering, telephone (01224) 693545 or email admin@homestartaberdeen.org.uk.

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