To mark National Volunteers Week 2017, we thought we’d profile just a couple of our wonderful volunteers here at Abbeyfield Newcastle.
Paula has been with us as a volunteer since earlier this year, and she runs our Film Club at The Grove where residents can come and watch a film, enjoy some refreshments, and have a film post-show discussion.
“I answered your advert looking for Volunteer for Film Club” says Paula, “and, to be honest, I think the ad really made the difference as it wasn’t something that I would have thought about doing, but the role really appealed to me.” When Paula was little she would often visit older people’s homes with her mum who is a care nurse, and she used to love meeting older people and hearing their life stories. “The residents are really fascinating” she says, “I love hearing their stories, that’s really important.”
Paula is a film academic who is excited about sharing the cinema experience with our residents, and how it can be both mentally stimulating and enjoyable. She’s looking forward to working with residents as they begin to programme for the film club themselves, trying out new films including the classics, but also short films and documentaries. The film club volunteer role came at a real turning point for Paula: “It’s a two-way process: as the residents get something out of it I very much get something out of it too.”
Wilf has been with us as a volunteer since earlier this year, and he helps out in the garden at The Grove. He helps Helios our gardener with keeping our garden in shape, mowing the lawing, watering the plants and making compost.
“It’s lovely here” says Wilf, “the people are really nice and I enjoy talking to older people and their stories. They’ve lived their lives and you can learn a lot from them.”
Wilf started volunteering just to get out of the house. “I enjoy helping people and I would like to work in care. When you come here the residents are interested in life.”
Watch this space for more volunteering at Abbeyfield Newcastle stories at both The Grove and Castle Farm.