Val Potter – Chair
Val lived in the new town of Washington in the North East in the 1970s where the churches engaged directly with the economy, helping people to cope with the closure of shipyards and mines. Working as an educational psychologist she encountered families struggling to cope with balancing work and family life, or basic financial problems.
When Val moved to Oxfordshire the local science research establishment was a major employer and one year her church held an ‘Industrial Festival’ instead of a Harvest Festival, to celebrate the contribution of science and technology to peoples’ lives.
Val moved to Dorset in 1990 and worked as the Dorset County Ecumenical Officer for 18 years, helping the churches to work together to serve their local communities. This included a wide range of social and community projects and assistance with setting up chaplaincy services to the Police, local authorities and a group of supermarkets. As funding for local services falls, the churches are seen as increasingly helpful partners in meeting local need and many are rising to the challenge. They are also learning to use their voices to challenge some of the decisions and priorities they see.
Val believes the churches need to listen and learn from those in different fields of work and have distinctive insights and strengths to offer to those situations and it is a pleasure to encourage and support this work through IBEX.
Contact Val Potter, Chair, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org