“My name is Kevin, I am 18 years old, and I volunteered at The Old Parsonage for almost two years. I am currently a student, studying at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh. My aspirations are to become a Paramedic, therefore I needed to gain relevant experience and I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives while doing so, hence the reason for volunteering at The Old Parsonage.
“When volunteering, I helped out with activities, events, lunches and I was able to have a chat and offer some company to the residents. In all the stories of residents’ lives, I have learned that no matter what your background is, you can achieve anything you put your heart and mind to, and persistence pays off in the end.
“During my time here, I was lucky enough to be able to win the first ever ‘Brendoncare Young Volunteer of the Year’ award in 2014.”
How our volunteers make a difference:
“Our residents tell me that they look forward to seeing our volunteers, they have a good rapport with them. They make the residents’ day more fun, normal and exciting as they bring the outside world in to the home and they bring their families and news of what they have all been doing. A different perspective. All of our happy band bring something different from a chat and a stroll around the garden to helping make craft things to helping residents with things they may not be able to do as well as they used to.”