By volunteering with Contact the Elderly you can find enjoyment and fulfilment in helping to make a real difference to the lives of older people who are isolated from family and friends.
Studies show that volunteering can improve both your mental and physical health, boost self-esteem and help you become more socially connected.
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Christine, who worked as a successful PA for a Civil Engineering firm in the city , has lived alone most of her life. After her sister and close friend passed away, she was told about Contact the Elderly and applied to ‘Be Our Guest’ immediately.
“I really wanted to go out and meet some new people. I’m so glad I joined. I never would have met Seb and Neil.”
Volunteer Driver Seb began volunteering with us two years ago after seeing an ad on the tube.
“Both my Grandmas who I was very close to had recently passed away and I thought it sounded nice. I have a car and it doesn’t take up too much of your time, you just make it part of your life.”
Seb was partnered with Christine and the two hit it off straight away. One Sunday, he couldn’t pick Christine up so asked his old school friend Neil if he could cover for him. Neil turned up to Christine’s house with a big box of chocolates and the rest they say is history.
The trio now regularly play scrabble together over a gin and tonic and have been on trips to the theatre and beach. Next year, they are planning a trip to Queens – Christine loves tennis and has played since she was a young girl.
“They are both jolly lovely and have become like my Grandsons. They even set me up with an IPad which has opened up my world. I can email my friends all around the world and play the Australian lottery!”
“Christine has become our friend. Volunteering is incredibly grounding and Christine has become part of our lives. We absolutely love spending time with her. I’d recommend volunteering with Contact the Elderly to everyone.”