The first week of June marked Volunteers’ Week, which gave us a chance to thank volunteers across our services. Without these volunteers, we simply wouldn’t be able to support as many older people as we do.
The teams from Visiting Friends and Bernard Sunley care home in Woking hosted a BBQ to thank their volunteers during the week. They were blessed with beautiful weather and enjoyed delicious food and drinks, whilst socialising with one another and members of the team. Sandra Smook, Manager of Visiting Friends, said: “We appreciate the work of our volunteers so much – without them we simply wouldn’t have a befriending service in Woking. It’s wonderful that we could use this BBQ to thank our team of dedicated volunteers who make such a difference to the lives of so many older people in Woking.”
At our Day Care service in Malvern, the team and clients thanked their volunteer Elizabeth Kennard with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, certificate and a card. Elizabeth visits the service weekly to give clients hand and foot massages.
Our homes Moor House in Staines and the Old Vicarage in Oxfordshire paid thanks to their volunteers by hosting tea parties with volunteers and residents.
Sally McLachlan, Volunteering and Engagement Manager at Friends of the Elderly, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers at Friends of the Elderly. Our volunteers support all areas of the charity – from processing grants applications and writing birthday cards through to one-to-one befriending in the community and in our homes and services. We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in volunteering and we can work together to find an opportunity to best fit the person and the local requirements.”
To find our more about volunteering opportunities at Friends of the Elderly, click here.