A long standing volunteer at Sibleys Orchard, Pam, tell us about her experience.
We often write about how important our volunteers are and the impact and role they play in our houses and homes, but also how much our residents and staff appreciate their time and dedication to helping us alleviate loneliness in older people.
We heard from Pam Batten, who has been a long standing volunteer at Sibley's Orchard for more than 20 years.
"I have been a volunteer at Sibley’s for more than 20 years, which is not as long as our brilliant hairdresser, Dianne, who has been making our residents look lovely for more than 40 years!
"I think the length of time many of us have been involved with Sibley’s is an indication of what a friendly and pleasant atmosphere there always is there. It always feels like going into a family home.
"We have coffee mornings usually on a Friday and I often call in on other days, as does Dianne, to see how they all are, especially if any of the residents have been ill. We sometimes have a quiz, talk about current affairs and the old days. I always feel very comfortable and at home with all the residents and staff and it is always a pleasure to visit."
Lena, Sibleys Orchard House Manager said "Pam is a valuable member of Sibleys and is a long standing volunteer. She is a very cheerful and upbeat person so instantly lifts the mood every time she enters the house. She's is always willing to help with any trips or activities and the residents love to take part in her quizzes."
The benefits of volunteering
If you're considering volunteering, there are so many benefits that it has on the community and the individuals that you help, but these benefits can also extend to the person who is doing the volunteering.
Volunteering is important because you're helping a worthy cause, and ultimately dedicating your time to people in need, as well as having an impact on the wider community.
Connect with others
Volunteering helps you to meet new people and can also help people who are feeling isolated or depressed by getting involved with and feeling part their community. You can feel connected to the community you're helping and also might make some new friends, which can help make you feel happier and increasing your self-esteem and wellbeing.
Boost your confidence
Volunteering can help boost your confidence by providing you with the chance to learn a new skill or try something new and build up a sense of achievement.
Making a difference
Knowing that you're having an impact on people, communities and society in general makes you feel good.
Provides a sense of purpose
If you have a regular volunteering placement and knowing that you're making a difference can help you find a sense of purpose and feel like you're part of something bigger. Also, helping others can help give your life some new meaning and help keep you mentally stimulated.
Working as part of a team to achieve something can be rewarding and it's fun. Doing something different allows you to get out of your comfort zone and can give you something to look forward to.
Interested in volunteering at Abbeyfield?
We have so many great opportunities to help older people in your community.