Sara Jacson MBE (Chair)
Sara Jacson MBE has been a trustee of Cedars Castle Hill for a number of years now. During this time she has undertaken the POVA course and read widely about Dementia and age related problems. She has organised conferences on Spirituality and Dementia for practitioners and others working voluntarily in residential and nursing homes. During her position as Vice Chair of the Trustees, Sara had the role of “human resources”, dealing with disciplinary matters for staff. She is also available as a listening ear if there are problems for staff in either home. She believes that a well trained and motivated staff is essential if the best care is to be the norm for Cedars Castle Hill.
Other voluntary work includes chairing Toby’s Shaftesbury Young People’s Project and the Friends of the North Dorset Women’s Refuge as well as being the Religious Affairs Trustee on the Board of Shaftesbury Abbey. She is consulted regularly for advice and information on setting up advice and information projects for young people and has recently chaired a small steering group to set up Nightstop in Dorset – an emergency service for young people needing accommodation.
Sara lives in a nearby village where she edits the quarterly newsletter and is secretary to the Village Hall Management Committee and the Millennium Group – a community development project. With her husband Edward, a retired Anglican clergyman, she runs a small conference /retreat centre at their home which is set in a beautiful valley water garden. Two young grandchildren ensure that life always remains interesting. In 2009 Sara was awarded the St Aldhelm Cross by the Rt. Revd. David Stancliffe, Lord Bishop of Salisbury in recognition of the work she does ‘beyond the call of duty’.