Our volunteers make Abbeyfield Newcastle such a special place; whilst our staff are hugely committed and care deeply about the residents, there is no doubt that the volunteers bring an entirely different element to the houses.
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 the teams of volunteers we can call on. 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 Newcastle has some of the most generous volunteers in the country, many of whom have been involved with Abbeyfield for a number of years. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience.

Meet Claire…. Our volunteer and activities coordinator

Clare Murphy Morgan Volunteer and activities coordinatorClaire Murphy-Morgan has just joined us in September.  She has a background in the arts, and when she is not with us she divides her time between her role as Managing Director for Monkfish Productions, an arts organisation based in Newcastle, and part-time study of post-graduate psychology at Northumbria University.

Claire has considerable experience of working with volunteers in the community, and is looking forward to being part of the Abbeyfield team.

Claire says: “I am very excited to be joining Abbeyfield Newcastle.  I am passionate about supporting older people to have fulfilling and enriching lives, and to combat loneliness and isolation.  Volunteers are absolutely key to achieving this, whether it’s helping to run activities in one of our homes, simply calling in to spend quality time with a resident, organising events or supporting our residents to get out and about.  It’s also reciprocal: volunteers get an enormous amount out of volunteering too.”

Over the next few months, Claire will be consulting with residents on what activities they have enjoyed, and what other activities they might be interested in.  She will also be working with staff and current volunteers, building on the previous good and attracting some new volunteers to Abbeyfield too.

You can contact Claire at c.murphy-morgan@abbeyfieldnewcastle.org.uk