Christine volunteers at Brendoncare Froxfield, and sums up her experience of volunteering in just three words: Joy, Purpose and Fulfilment.
Helping with activities such as sewing, knitting and gardening, Christine says she enjoys helping people to live life to the full, and found a purpose in life through volunteering.
“Like many folk, I enjoyed retirement to the full, doing all those things that had not been possible whilst working.
After a few years, I began to feel I needed to work again, but did not want to be tied down to the restrictions of paid work. I was getting bored, but more importantly, I felt I had no purpose in life. Volunteering came to mind, but what type?
After exhausting most ideas, I realised that what I wanted was to help others who were not as fit and capable as me, to be able to enjoy life as much as possible. I went to Brendoncare Froxfield nursing home, and was immediately taken with the home and the friendly welcome from all the staff.
My first duties were to run a Sewing Club! This was very successful and we made cotton water bottle carriers which were sold at the Summer Fayre.
As time passed, I had to adapt to the skills and potential of current residents. The Knit and Natter group was formed, and has proved equally successful. ‘My ladies’, as I like to call them, have knitted bonding squares and baby blankets for Neonatal units. Each week we have a good laugh as well as knit! I have also run a small group for gardening, where we planted tubs for the summer.
Volunteering for me in three words: Joy, Purpose and Fulfilment.”
If Christine’s story has inspired you, view the current roles available at Brendoncare and learn how to join our team.