Lynda has been running craft and quiz sessions at Castle Farm and the Grove for over a year now. The sessions are really popular and have become ‘craft and crack’ as well as craft and quiz sessions – a good opportunity for the residents to meet and socialise.
‘When I first started volunteering at Abbeyfield I asked what people would want. The residents said they wouldn’t mind doing some crafts. And so, because I used to be a Girl Guide, I brought the crafts along and adapted the activities for older people.
What I like volunteering at Abbeyfield is the mix of people. I was used to doing volunteering with children, so it took me a while to get used to older people and also people with a bit of memory loss. You get to adapt, and then once you get to know how people’s minds are working and how people are mobility wise you can adapt a craft and it works out ok.
The advice I would give to people who are thinking about volunteering is – think about what you have to offer, think about how what you can offer can be adapted for older people, and don’t be put off by coming out of your own comfort zone. My comfort zone was children, and I’ve come out of that comfort zone big time! It’s been a challenge for me, but it least it now means I can work with young, old and different abilities. Come out your comfort zone and challenge yourself!’.