The former co-ordinator of the shopmobility and volunteering charity CIRCA (Centre for Information Resource Care and Assistance) is again to head up the organisation after returning to the island following a period of working in the UK.
Kerry Bell held the position for five years before taking up an appointment in Cambridge as co-ordinator of volunteers for Anglia Ruskin University. After working there for over a year she returned to the Island and has been appointed centre manager.
CIRCA chair Margaret Brown said: ‘During Kerry’s absence Maureen Crawford - who had previously been Kerry’s assistant - stepped into the role and we are extremely grateful for the dedication she showed. However, she is now going into semi-retirement and when we advertised for a new manager Kerry was subsequently appointed.
‘We are really pleased that Kerry has accepted the appointment. The charity wants to increase both its profile and services and we are certain that with her past experience and enthusiasm Kerry will drive the charity forward.’
Kerry said: ‘I am delighted to be back at CIRCA and looking forward very much to working with Government departments, voluntary organisations, private companies and all members of the Island community. I will be promoting the charity positively and proactively to give the best service possible.’
CIRCA is based at the Chester Street car park in Douglas (level 2).
It was established 20 years ago to offer assistance to Manx charities by providing information on areas relating to health and welfare.
Since then it has developed a shopmobility scheme, whereby machinery such as wheelchairs, electric scooters, and walking aids are available for hire. It also acts as a volunteer service which aims to direct would-be volunteers to the organisations most suited to their particular skills and interests.
A further element relates to the compilation of a data base containing details of charities currently operating in the island.