A community ambassador who has been working with a number of Preston charities has been showing off the fruits of her labour.
Jacky Hohol, 47, has been supporting dozens of organisations in the city in her role as a ‘business connector.’
The network engagement manager at Lloyds Banking Group, has lived in Preston for 25 years and applied for the role through the Business in the Community scheme.
She was successful and since March last year she has been putting her skills to use with a range of voluntary organisations with local businesses.
And now The Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP has visited some of the projects she has been involved in.
Dig In North West, the Armed Force Group Preston and Space Centre, all based in the Ashton-on-Ribble area of Preston, have benefitted from Jacky’s involvement.
Jacky helped team up the Armed Force Group with Preston Council which has enabled them to move into a new base at Ashton Park.
Alan MacLennan, secretary of the groups, said: “I am speechless with admiration. If it wasn’t for Jacky we wouldn’t be here now.”
Meanwhile the Space Centre in Pedder Lane, Ashton, partnered with Dig In North West based in Ashton Park to design a sensory garden, expanding the number of services that the Space Centre can offer to young people.
Jacky said she was pleased to have been given the Preston area to support because it means she can continue when she goes back to her day job.
She added: “It’s the most amazing job, its phenomenal the amount of difference you can make with a few phone calls and drop ins.”
The Office for Civil Society, which is led by the Mr Wilson, was the lead supporter of the pilot scheme that led to the development of the Business Connector programme in 2011.
He said he was impressed by what he saw on his visit.
He added: “This is making a real difference because Jacky has taken on the role with real with real gusto. She has made a huge difference to this part of Preston.”
Meanwhile Hilary Holden of the Space Centre added: “Jacky is an inspiration. She is a great ambassador for the community.”