The Impact of Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to our work and we could not achieve what we do without their involvement. They make such a difference and put smiles on the faces of residents and club members every day.

For many, old age can be a lonely time and loved ones may live some distance away. By giving just a small amount of your time, you can help enrich the lives of local older people. You may have a few spare hours or you may wish to gain valuable experience by volunteering in a care environment. Whatever your reasons, we want to hear from you.

“We are lucky to have volunteers working in all areas of Brendoncare, giving their time and expertise in so many ways, whether entertaining residents in our homes, leading activities in our community clubs, or providing much needed telephone support to those at home. Their energy and enthusiasm is invaluable and allows us to make such a positive difference – we can’t thank them enough!”

 
Marianne Wanstall, Chief Executive

Who volunteers for us?

There’s no such thing as a typical volunteer. We have students, parents who want to keep busy while the children are at school, people who can’t work for medical reasons, people who are retired and want to stay busy. Ages range from 14 to 90+ and they provide a wide range of services, with commitment varying from one hour a week to many hours each week spread over several days. However much time is given, it is fully appreciated.

Where do people volunteer?

Each of our care homes has a dedicated team of volunteers who support staff in the provision of social activities and general interaction with residents, both of which are vital to their wellbeing.

Our extensive network of clubs across Hampshire and Dorset are run by volunteer teams, who provide regular meeting opportunities for people who live independently in the community. During the coronavirus pandemic, our volunteers have also been keeping in contact with club members at home, providing telephone calls, written communication and support with virtual services.

We also have some volunteers who carry out specific tasks for us from our central support office in Winchester.

Our volunteers are the best there are, and there are always opportunities for more to join us.

What can you expect?

As a volunteer, you will support the work of Brendoncare, meet new people, learn new skills and revisit old interests, and do something worthwhile and inspiring. Most of all, you will have fun, and we hope you will be proud of the fact that you are making a difference to the lives of older people in your communities.