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Age UK Barnet chairman Julia Hines looks back on years as chairman
It was speaking to her children that inspired a Barnet mother to apply to lead an elderly people's charity.
And as she comes to the end of her six-year stint as chairman of Age UK Barnet, Julia Hines said she has had an "amazing" time.
The 46-year-old took on the role at the charity in 2007 after seeing an advertisement.
She was inspired to apply after her children told her about their citizenship lessons in high school, where they had been taught about the importance of volunteers.
“I have learnt loads from being chairman. It’s been exciting and challenging but I’ve had an amazing time. I have learnt so much from this experience.
“It’s really rewarding and I’m really proud of all the volunteers who help to make this such a success.
“The volunteers are incredible and without them, we wouldn’t be able to run the charity in the way we do.”
Former solicitor Ms Hines will remain on the Age UK committee as a trustee and her position as chairwoman will be taken over by Jonathan Fenton.
The service has provided art groups, exercise classes, benefits advice sessions and quiz nights for older people at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, for 20 years.
But it is now due to give up its lease on the premises, owned by Barnet Council, in the hope that the new tenants will still allow the charity to operate from there.
Chief Officer at Age UK, Mark Robinson, said: “The centre isn’t actually closing and we hope we’ll still be able to run activities from there.
“If the new tenants don’t want us operating from there we would have to find somewhere else, though we hope that won’t happen.”
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