ISOBEL LAFFERTY, BCAc
Isobel is a 71-year-old committed to the Jedburgh Lunch Club, catering for the elderly by providing a weekly two-course meal, with transport provided if required. Most members have mobility problems, are suffering dementia, or are in danger of isolationism.
Attending the club enables friendship, socialisation and the opportunity to enjoy a freshly cooked meal. Isobel’s influence is huge, she is driver, helper at functions and also mentor for families in need – having offered support and guidance to one young mother unable work, who has now gained confidence and is employed as a carer.
The lunch club is completely self-funded, non-profit making and independent of outside agencies. On all lunch club days, those that need assistance with their meals are catered for, made welcome and made comfortable. Any problems can be identified once they are collected and Isobel takes appropriate action, either contacting a carer, social worker or GP. This is an important point of contact for many of the elderly as several of them have no family living locally and will ring Isobel to inform her they are unwell or in need of help.
Isobel is considered THE person that people turn to in the community, nothing is too much trouble
Nominated by: Myriam Barker