Barbara’s story

After working for more than 25 years at The Old Parsonage, Barbara joined the volunteer team at Brendoncare Otterbourne Hill.

Barbara, now retired, lives in Otterbourne, and having worked as a theatre Sister and then in childcare for some years, she then joined the team at The Old Parsonage when it opened. She stayed there for 25 years.

I loved it, the home was like a family, everyone working together to provide the best care for the residents, encompassing all the values of Brendoncare.

It was a privilege to look after so many lovely people. Working as a nurse, you were often busy, so I quickly realised the important role that volunteers play in the residents’ day. Befriending residents, helping the Activities Coordinator with craft, art, entertainment, trips out, doing the flowers every week, helping in the garden – so many things that bring colour to the residents’ lives.

It was exciting to learn of Brendoncare’s plans for a new care home, Otterbourne Hill. Residents were fully involved in the move, even choosing their room and furnishings.

After I retired, I continued to visit residents from The Old Parsonage, and I was pleased to join the volunteers at Otterbourne Hill. I help at the Coffee Morning in the Community Hub on Mondays, and it’s very exciting to see how the Hub is reaching out to people from the Mews, the care home and the local community.

The volunteers also support Brendoncare in fundraising, continuing with the Summer and Christmas fairs. I think I have run the toiletries stall for more than 20 years!

All is done to help others, but in the end, I feel you receive more than you ever give.”

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