Mike signed up to be a volunteer at Brendoncare Knightwood after his mother, who had lived there, sadly passed away.
Here’s what Mike told us about volunteering at the home in Chandlers Ford:
“My mother spent the last year of her life at Knightwood, and I visited her three times a week, having lunch with her on Wednesdays and Sundays, and supper on Fridays. During that time I found that I quite liked helping the residents take their seats in the dining room, and I also noticed that not only did the carers care for the residents, they cared about them as well.
So towards the end of Mum’s life, I let slip to one of the senior carers that I’d like to become a volunteer after Mum passed away, and my fate was sealed.
I became a voluntary catering assistant, which means I support with the drinks trolley, and my duty morning is one that I enjoy greatly. I find that I care a lot about these elderly people and the reactions I get from them are lovely, especially when one or two say they enjoy my visits and want to chat.
I look upon hot drinks time as treat time for those who like coffee, and give them Machu Picchu Peruvian, which Mum liked. They get Belgian biscuits once a month as well if they want them! I like my duties and the residents, and they seem to like me.
What more could I ask for?”
If Rob’s story has inspired you, view the current roles available at Brendoncare and learn how to join our team.