Going the Extra Mile

Exceptional volunteers bring joy and laughter to Carnarvon House in Burton Joyce, making a world of difference in residents' lives.

Sarah Selby, the daughter of a resident, is one such volunteer who helps to arrange regular coffee mornings, to which the wider community are invited. 

Sarah says, “Residents expressed their desire for a greater choice of activities post-pandemic, but they were still understandably apprehensive about going out. We agreed that coffee mornings, to which people in the village could come to, would be a nice idea. 

“They are always well-attended and are still popular with both the residents and other older people in the neighbourhood.” 

Sarah collaborates with fellow volunteer, Sue Keefer – also the daughter of a resident – on these monthly coffee mornings. While Sarah advertises the coffee mornings in the village, bringing lots of friendly faces through the door, Sue is always happy to help with serving the drinks and greeting visitors. 

Sue says, “I enjoy talking to the residents and having a laugh with them! It’s nice to provide some company and it is very rewarding knowing that the residents enjoy the coffee mornings and spending time with me.” 

Christine, who lives nearby, is a recurring attendee at the coffee mornings, which provide her with an opportunity to socialise on a regular basis. 

“These events are necessary for people who live on their own,” she explains. “I’m 92 and I will always come whilst I am still able to. It’s a reason to get up in the morning.” 

John, another guest, added, “It’s always nice meeting up with folks. There is a nice village community spirit, and it gives you the opportunity to connect with friends. 

“The Carnarvon House coffee mornings are one of the bonuses of living in Burton Joyce.” 

Sarah and Sue also help to ensure that residents can retain their independence, often volunteering to accompany them to local events. 

Sarah also makes sure that all the information that prospective residents might need is readily available. By regularly updating a folder containing the facts and figures older people and their families would need when considering Carnarvon House as their new ‘home from home’, Sarah helps them to make an informed decision. 

Senior House Manager, Tricia Hopcroft, says, “This is an amazing initiative and deserves a huge thank you. 

“Both Sue and Sarah bring so much joy and laughter to the house, and all our residents and staff really look forward to seeing them.” 


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