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INSPIRE Awards 2016: 'she's just there for people'

Ros Holley goes out of her way to help others, says the woman who has nominated her for an Inspire Award ...

Ros Holley goes out of her way to help others, says the woman who has nominated her for an Inspire Award.  Sharon Barnard reports ...

“I JUST love being with people,” says Ros Holley, a former community nurse who has set up five key pastoral groups at her church since moving to the Isle of Wight around 10 years ago.

“We had an interregnum at Christ Church, Totland Bay, and it’s often a time when congregations are challenged,” she explains. “I said that we really needed to do more in the way of pastoral care.”

Ros, who along with her husband, previously worked as an Interserve mission partner in Bolton, first of all set up a prayer ministry team and a prayer chain.

She eventually took on the role of pastoral care co-ordinator and got a women’s group and the church’s home groups off the ground.

Then, seven years ago, she initiated through Churches Together in West Wight what has now become a strong youth work ministry. She also organised and produced two successful Roger Jones musicals that brought together many people from across the island.

Now aged 75, Ros is “hoping someone will relieve me of my job” so she can spend more time with her widowed daughter and teenage family. 

Jenny Baldwin who has nominated Ros says: “She really goes out of her way to make people welcome and notices new people at church as well as returning holidaymakers. And she’s been a great friend to me over the years.

“Ros is an inspiration to many within our church – and our neighbourhood. She’s just there for people.”

  • Ros Holley was nominated for an Inspiring Individual Award by Jenny Baldwin from Totland Bay on the Isle of Wight

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