Paddy Porter who runs the volunteer house committee at our care home Abbeyfield The Grove in Gosforth told readers of the Journal newspaper why she volunteers and why she would recommend that other people volunteer as part of this week’s National Volunteers’ Week 2014.
Paddy is one of an army of volunteers at Abbeyfield Newcastle who make our care homes and sheltered supported homes the lovely, caring places that they are.
In fact, volunteers lie at the very heart of Abbeyfield and quite simply, it wouldn’t be possible for us to continue the work we do as a not-for-profit organisation if it wasn’t for them. Whether it’s pastoral activities, fundraising, organising events or even helping to renovate and landscape our gardens, the support of local people from all walks of life is integral to our success and to the happiness of our residents.
There are over 10,000 volunteers who give additional support to those in Abbeyfield homes across the UK, and here in Newcastle we have some of the most generous volunteers in the country, many of whom have been involved with Abbeyfield for a number of years.
Thanks Paddy for shining a light on the sterling work of our volunteers and highlighting why you volunteer and the benefits you gain from it as well as the huge number of benefits you bring.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at one of our four homes, please contact us. No matter how old you are, what skills you have or what limited time you can offer we would love to hear from you.