Christine’s story

Christine lives in Winchester and discovered volunteering after retiring from a career in teaching, latterly as an Assistant Head Teacher.

After several years of volunteering in information and advice roles, Christine joined Brendoncare in 2019, where she uses her skills and experience, to inform Club members about benefits and Brendoncare’s Access Fund. The Fund offers financial help to enable those on low incomes to attend Clubs. This has given Christine ‘an enormous amount of personal satisfaction’.

When the pandemic started in March last year, and with all Clubs temporarily suspended, Christine turned her hand to telephone support, joining a team of volunteers keeping in regular contact with members at home.

Each week Christine calls several members who live alone: “The telephone support service is a very good way of interacting with people. It’s become a two-way thing. We’ve been on the end of the phone for each other all these months. Checking people are OK is really satisfying.

Brendoncare has a very good, personal way of supporting volunteers. As well as regular catch ups over the phone, they send little pick-me-ups in the post, including regular newsletters. The ladies I support receive these too and we love discussing the puzzles and word searches together.

I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone who enjoys talking to others and who has a bit of time to spare. You get so much satisfaction from helping people.”

If Christine’s story has inspired you, view the current roles available at Brendoncare and learn how to join our team.