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Training Investment Pays Off For Kerrie Eastaugh At Diss Opticians Diss opticians A Stodel, now part of wider family firm Dipple & Conway, is reaping big returns from a policy of identifying and nurturing talent throughout the business. Former Diss schoolgirl Kerrie Eastaugh, who has qualified as a clinical assistant, is among four new appointments. Educated at Diss High School and Sixth Form, Kerrie Eastaugh joined Dipple & Conway as a receptionist three years ago from a Diss firm of accountants.

Presented with the option to train as a clinical assistant, she jumped at the chance. It means she is now qualified to carry out pre-screening tests with clients before the optometrist takes over for the examination. “It was an opportunity to invest in my future,” said Kerrie. “I did in-house training with our optometrists and then did an external training course to get my qualification in optical practice support.”

Neil McDonald has been appointed practice manager. His responsibilities involve working across the three practice premises, at Diss, Swaffham and Norwich.

Dudkiewicz is now a qualified dispensing optician. The Conway brothers are delighted to reward the loyalty and progress made by key team members.

Optometrist Alison Blake has joined Dipple & Conway from a prestigious private eye hospital. And former trainee Maciek

“Watching them progress is fantastic. Dipple & Conway has always promoted from within where we can,” said James.

Kerrie has also trained as an optical hygienist to work with the dry eye laboratory equipment – technology Dipple & Conway introduced to the East Anglian optometry industry recently. “Kerrie has risen brilliantly to the challenge and is a real asset to the practice, combining her new skills with her receptionist duties,” said James Conway, who who co-owns the business with his brothers Damian and Robert.

Waveney Foodbank Helping those in need. Since April 2013 Waveney Foodbank (a Trussell Trust foodbank) have helped over 1200 people in South Norfolk and North Suffolk by supplying 3 days of emergency food to people in need, these people found themselves in a crisis situation and they had to make a choice between buying food and paying bill or heating their home. Many people in work, are finding it increasingly harder to make ends meet, some are between jobs and can be left waiting up to 8 weeks for welfare payments to arrive others may be elderly or disabled and have had a large unexpected bill or they might just be finding things a bit tough. Many parents also skip meals to ensure their children are fed properly some even go without food so their pets don’t go hungry. We have however noticed an alarming rise in the numbers of people using foodbanks living in rural locations. Foodbanks can be hard to access due to a lack of transport and from people not knowing who to ask for help.

Many people are unsure how to request help from foodbanks, we can only accept referrals from an approved agency these include Citizens advice bureaus, Housing associations, Local Clergy, Social Services, disability charities, and many Schools, Doctors and health visitors, to mention only a few. If you are unsure about who to contact phone us on 0845 2691078 (2p a min) we can advise you more We can in some circumstances even deliver food to some people who are unable to travel to a distribution centre. If you wish to help Waveney foodbank by donating food or helping us with day to day running costs, please take a look at our website : www.waveney.foodbank. org.uk. We also need volunteers to help with all aspects of the Foodbank... please feel free to send us an email with your contact details to info@waveney.foodbank.org.uk

April 2014

Diss & Attleborough - April 2014  

Dispatch Magazine for Diss and Attleborough

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