At the My Home Life Essex Community Association we rely on the generosity of volunteers who give their time and talent to help older people living in residential care homes to live life to the full.
As volunteering with us is flexible, and we have people visiting care homes across Essex, this can mean that we don’t get to see each other as often as we might like. So to say a big ‘thank you’ we met recently for an evening of celebration and to catch up on our news.
We surprised our Community Visitors by presenting each of them with a Gold Award Certificate in recognition of their sterling work. They have been part of our successful project which places volunteers in care homes to support the residents and everyone connected with the home, and they act as an extra pair of eyes and ears to help the homes to build on their strengths.
As one of them said:
I didn’t expect to receive an award and I’m really bowled over. I think I speak for us all when I say that we volunteer because we love it, I get so much from my few hours a week and have met some lovely people.
Also, we said farewell to our friend Tom Cooper who had been a trustee of our charity from our early days. He’s been a staunch supporter and, among other things, was the author and presenter of some fun monologues which helped us to tackle the concerns that people have about residential care.
With his wife Joan he is now busy providing a day centre for older people in their community, so our loss is Burnham’s gain. We wish Tom and Joan well and we’ll keep in touch.
Debbie Tanner, our Development Officer said:
We’re proud of all of our volunteers and everything they do to help older people who can no longer live independently. We’re always looking for new recruits to join us and if you’d like to find out how you can get involved then please contact me or call me on 0845 017 1095. You’re sure of a warm welcome.