It’s not too late to make your New Year’s Resolution count

It’s not too late to make your New Year’s Resolution count

Local older people’s charity and care provider Brendoncare is appealing to people to make their New Year’s Resolutions count this year, by pledging to make a difference to the lives of older people in their community. New Year diets and gym memberships may be fading already, but it is never too late to volunteer.

In all of Brendoncare’s homes, volunteers take on a variety of roles, working alongside staff and providing support to residents. There are volunteer opportunities in every home for people interested in leading or supporting activity sessions, or simply spending time chatting with residents as a companion. Some of Brendoncare’s homes would also be keen to hear from people with specific interests such as gardening, playing piano, massage, or fundraising, and there are also some opportunities for people willing to help at mealtimes, with shopping or as a walking escort.

Brendoncare’s clubs all rely on a team of dedicated volunteers, who cover a wide range of responsibilities, including organising a programme of activities, book-keeping, co-ordinating transport and helping members to and from taxis, and making teas and coffees. There are opportunities for volunteers in many of Brendoncare’s clubs throughout Hampshire and Dorset.

Brendoncare’s Volunteering Manager Julie Lamont says that becoming a volunteer is the perfect way to make a difference, not just to your local community, but to yourself as well: “Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people, improving confidence and self-esteem, gaining experience and learning new skills. Volunteering has definitely enriched my life – I’ve had the privilege of meeting many amazing people, and I would heartily recommend volunteering to anyone who has time to spare and loves talking to people.”

So why not make 2016 your year to make a positive contribution to the lives of older people in your area, and to yourself as well? With a minimum age limit of 16, and no upper limit, Brendoncare’s volunteers come from all walks of life.  Anyone interested in volunteering with Brendoncare will find more information on the charity’s website http://www.brendoncare.org.uk/volunteers. Telephone enquiries are also welcome on 01962 852133.

Brendoncare was recently re-accredited with the Investing in Volunteers standard, an award the charity has held since 2009.

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