Careline’s Unsung Hero
Careline Community Service worker Lyn Barker has been commended as an Unsung Hero for her tireless work helping elderly and vulnerable people.
Lyn, who has worked for the Careline Community Service for over 20 years, despite intending to retire in 2003, was commended by Foundations (The national body for Home Improvement Agencies and Handyperson Services) after being nominated for an Unsung Hero award. In the last 10 years alone Lyn has saved the Service over £820,000 to help continue their work keeping elderly and vulnerable people safe and well and living independently in their own homes.
At the age of 48, Lyn trained to become a sheltered housing warden and whilst in this role spent time installing community alarms in homes across Norfolk. She also trained to work in the call-handling centre. At the age of 60, Lyn retired from her role as a warden, but she has continued to work for Careline Community Service on a part time basis, cleaning, testing and reprogramming all of the Careline personal alarms and related equipment that is returned to the office. This allows the alarms to be reused, rather than new ones needing to be purchased, helping the service to remain affordable for clients.
Careline Community Service manager Emma Boore nominated Lyn. She said “Lyn is reliable and dependable, committed to her role, her responsibilities and her colleagues – her input to the success of the team has never been underestimated. Lyn provides a positive approach and wears a constant smile each time she comes into the office
She has a true ‘glass half full’ perspective on life that rubs off on everyone who meets her.
One day, and hopefully not in the near future, Lyn will decide to take her full retirement and leave a massive gap in the team to fill.
Careline Community Service would like to use this nomination as an opportunity to thank her on behalf of the team, the Home Improvement Agency, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and the thousands of elderly and vulnerable residents that she has supported over the years.”
Now aged 71, Lyn has been married to Roy for 52 years, and loves to travel the world in her time off, providing a regular source of stories and goodies from the places she visits on her coach holidays for her colleagues.