Meet The Team
“It was a huge weight off our shoulders when you said you were able to come in with us”
Please see below biographies and contact details for the amazing team and trustees we have managing things at North Lanarkshire Disability Forum.
Lorraine Van Beuge
T: 01698 275 710
M: 07427 202 201
Hi, my name is Lorraine Van Beuge and I am the Project Manager for North Lanarkshire Disability Forum. I have worked with NLDF since 2008. Within that time my role has changed greatly. I started as an administrator and my role was very reactive. Through working with groups and meeting many people with different disabilities, I felt there was a gap in the services North Lanarkshire was providing, such as support around applying for benefits. There are organisations available, but their support was limited and didn’t offer the chance to talk things through or ask for more than one support at each appointment. I felt that was a flexibility we could offer so I started the Practical Assistance for Everyday Living (PAFEL) project.
T: 01698 275 710
M: 07428 312 202
Hi, I’m Laura Jamieson and I’m a Community Connector at North Lanarkshire Disability Forum. I joined the team in January 2019 and I work with people and their families who are not entitled to a Self-Directed Support budget or whose needs are not being met by statutory services. Normally we would have a chat about what is important to you, and what you would like to do within the community. Lots of people just want to get out and meet new people to talk to. After finding out about your interests and things that you had done previously and would perhaps like to try again, I would get a list of groups and activities together for you to try.
Laura Finnan Cowan
SDS DEVELOPMENT WORKER
T: 01698 275 710
M: 07309 258 058
Hello, my name is Laura Finnan Cowan and I am the Self-Directed Support (SDS) Development Worker at North Lanarkshire Disability Forum. I started work at NLDF in July 2020 and have been working on developing ways to support people online. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen more people rely on online and digital as a way to stay in touch and entertained. We host one regular weekly Zoom Chat at the moment. We hope to continue to develop and support new online groups and activities over the next few months. The work I do is very important to me. I believe that everyone should be included if they want to be. I really hope our work helps people learn new skills, feel more confident and feel part of the community.
Hi, my name is Jen Worrall. I am a trustee and the secretary of North Lanarkshire Disability Forum. I am a disabled person who has no sight and I am on the waiting list for a guide dog. I also had a kidney transplant ten years ago. I bring that knowledge and life experience to the Disability Forum. I got involved with the Disability Forum because I want to help other disabled people in North Lanarkshire. I want to help raise awareness of disability and the challenges that can prevent independent living. Being part of the Disability Forum means I get to learn from other disabled people. I get to know their experiences and they get to learn about mine. I also get new opportunities to be involved in the community.
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