Steph has been working for VCS since early 2008 where, as Project Support Officer, she was instrumental in helping set up the North Kesteven office. She was promoted to Project Officer for volunteering development, leading on a strand within the Transforming Local Infrastructure project and also leading on a 3 year project on Employer Supported Volunteering, which came to an end in March 2015. Through the project Steph worked with local businesses across the west area of the county, including larger brands such as Barclays, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, to support their staff to engage in community action. Steph also led our Supported Volunteering Project to support people with additional needs into volunteering.
Steph supports our Sleaford team of volunteer advisors, runs the Volunteer Centre and works with local community groups to develop new volunteer roles, recruit and manage volunteers. She also regularly visits Sleaford's high schools and other agencies to engage young people in social and community action.
Steph has gained a wide range of skills through her role at VCS including supporting and managing volunteers, volunteer development, reporting and event planning and management. She has built excellent working relationships with local voluntary and community groups in the North Kesteven area.
Before joining VCS, Steph worked in the private sector for most of her working life, mainly in customer service roles, and spent over four years as a Commercial Assistant within a builders merchants; being responsible for implementing pricing structures for customers and liaising with suppliers to create special deals on products. Through these roles she has gained experience in quality customer service, administration, organisational skills and managing people.
Steph has NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Advice and Guidance, ILM Level 3 in First Line Management, AIM Awards Level 2 in Voluntary Sector Management and an Open Awards Level 2 in Information & Advice. She has volunteered for a variety of organisations, including the Prince’s Trust, Sleaford Community Cinema, Sleaford Carnival and more recently has fundraised for LIVES, the National Autistic Society and Grantham Autistic Information Network (GAIN).