King’s Lynn’s caring Lucy meets the stars

Lucy Bains with Sandi Toksvig at the Woman of the Year Awards ANL-151022-104434001
Lucy Bains with Sandi Toksvig at the Woman of the Year Awards ANL-151022-104434001
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Lynn social worker Lucy Bains has been nominated in a Woman of the year competition in recognition of her work supporting the homeless.

Ms Bains is an enhanced service co-ordinator for Genesis Care and Support in Lynn working not only with the homeless but other vulnerable people.

King's Lynn social worker Lucy Bains with Nicole Kidman at Woman of the year lunch ANL-151022-104115001

King's Lynn social worker Lucy Bains with Nicole Kidman at Woman of the year lunch ANL-151022-104115001

Trade union activist Jo Rust nominated her to attend the high-profile lunch on Monday.

The lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel, in London’s Park Lane, was attended by a range of celebrities including Lorraine Kelly, Sandi Toksvig and Nicole Kidman.

The Women of the Year Lunch and Assembly is held every year and is designed to celebrate the achievements of ordinary women across the country.

Sandi Toksvig, OBE, is president of Women of the Year.

She said: “Women of the Year has celebrated the wonderful achievements of women since 1955.

“Everyone involved is incredibly proud to see so many extraordinary women carrying the torch of those who came before.

“The remarkable women who make up the attendees and winners at this year’s Lunch are being recognised for their strides in making the world a better place.”

Ms Bains, 31 from Lynn’s North End, said: “It is always nice to know that someone has noticed the effort you have put in and it’s great to think I have been acknowledged for my work both inside and outside of Genesis.

“Anyone can become homeless so I feel it important to break down barriers and misconceptions.

“I believe that everyone has the power to write their own story.”

Ms Bains has worked for Genesis since 2009 and at the Merchants’ Terrace scheme since 2011.

The scheme offers accommodation and support to 21 single homeless people over the age of 18, and has four emergency beds.

The service aims to support clients to gain necessary skills to move on and maintain independent living, working on a personalised robust support plan and risk assessment tailored to individual needs.

She added “I am privileged in my job; it allows me to support people who are often at their most vulnerable and make a difference to their journey which is incredibly rewarding.”

Genesis Housing Association has some 33,000 homes under its control in the South Easst and East of England and deals with more than 4,500 people requiring care and support services.