Why volunteer?

Find out why volunteering with MHLECA is a great way to use your spare time and do something positive.

Here’s what some of our volunteers say about their experience of volunteering with the MHLECA:

I would recommend volunteering to anyone that is thinking about it. I get so much from visiting, the stories I hear are amazing. I have made so many new friends!

Amy Baker, Heybridge

Volunteering has provided me with a great sense of responsibility, the feel good factor of giving something back to the community. And the look of excitement on the faces of the residents when you engage in conversation is priceless!

Geoff Curd, Chelmsford

Makes me happy to see the residents wave and their faces light up when I arrive, I also get told off if they think I have not seen some of them for a while.

Vi Haddow, Colchester

If you would like to know more about the positive impact that volunteers can bring to our friend and neighbours who live in care homes, you might like to read this evaluation report from Essex University (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation) about our Community Visitors project. One of our volunteers has written movingly about her own experience. Why not have a read on what they have to say.

There is also a great deal of evidence to show the mutual benefits to older and younger people when schools and youth groups get involved. There’s lots of information here.

Volunteers expect to make a difference to the lives of others and they certainly do that. But in experience they also surprise themselves when they find out just how much they enjoy themselves in the process!