Jayne Bentley

Jayne Bentley

A short Story


As well as being the oldest trustee of The Journal Project, I am a proud mum to one grown-up and very successful daughter.  I am also a qualified social worker and have experience, both personally and professionally, of the ups and downs of the roller coaster called life.

Professional Background

I left school at 16 with no idea about what I ‘wanted to do’, and spent the first 10 years of my working life in admin roles, mostly in accounts offices despite being absolutely hopeless at Maths!  Shortly after my daughter started school, I decided to embark on an Open University degree as I was able to do it whilst working full-time.  It took 6 years of late nights, early mornings and lots of tears and coffee, but gaining my BA in Humanities is probably my second greatest achievement - my daughter is my first, obviously.  By sheer coincidence, I moved to an admin job in Social Services at around the time I finished my degree, and eventually landed a job as an unqualified social worker, and finally, I knew what I ‘wanted to do’.  I took a career break to qualify as a Social Worker, and since then I have practised in adult social care and loved every minute.

I’m Crafty

I admit it, I’m not artistic, but I am extremely crafty.  I spend the majority of my spare time creating things, whether it is sewing, knitting, paper-crafting, or whatever else I happen to have discovered and must try immediately.  I usually have at least 5 UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) on the go at any one time.

Old and New

I am passionate about history, many different aspects of it.  And I am passionate about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new experiences.  So I combine the two.  I have had some fantastic adventures finding out about the past and exploring the present in some wonderful places. I usually have at least one adventure in the pipeline, and another in the planning stages, and I always, take one of my UFOs with me to finish.