Meet Steve Burrell
Started working at Blesma:
2 June 2021
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Blesma Support Officer London and South East: Steve Burrell
Steve Burrell brings to Blesma a wide range of very relevant experience, having worked for Blind Veterans UK as a Community Support worker for Hertfordshire for 3 years. This role involved working with veterans who had either lost their sight in service, or years after due to various eye conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Before that he served in the Army for 22 years, and in the last 12 years of his service worked in the Army Welfare Service providing support to soldiers and their families, including everything from low level counselling to working on child protection cases.
Steve's experience at Blind Veterans UK led him to Blesma, where he hopes to use his skills to assist the width and breadth of our Membership. He is a keen amateur cook and loves to dabble in new recipes, and also hosts his own local pub quiz.
Have a question or need advice?
Your local Blesma Support Officer (BSO) is here and on hand to help provide advice and support; practical, emotional or financial. Please contact them in the first instance whenever you want to get in touch with Blesma.
Outreach Officer London and South East: Jess Linge
Your local Outreach Officer plans events and meet-ups, encouraging Members to get together in their local area.
Jess joined Blesma in March 2020, a few days before the Covid-19 lockdown was implemented. Though her previous role as an Insolvency Administrator may seem a far cry from Outreach work, Jess has grown up with Blesma in her life. Her father has been a Member of Blesma for over 25 years, so she has first-hand knowledge of the difference Blesma has made to him and her family’s life. Having the understanding and empathy towards our Blesma members is something Jess provides and to be given the opportunity to help others in the same way is something very important and close to Jess’ heart.
Whilst her start was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, she threw herself in and straight away was running virtual activities, picking up the phone, checking in with Members and ‘meeting’ them all from afar. Following the ease in lockdown restrictions Jess has since been able to organise physical activities for our Blesma Members, from Climbing up the O2 in London, trips to the Chatham Historic Dockyard to relaxing River cruises. In her spare time Jess is a keen golfer and therefore is looking forward to planning further activities with Members and helping them to find new passions and hobbies through these.