Tell us about yourself

I am a married woman with two teenaged sons and one small dog, they all keep me on my toes. I have been volunteering with Hanover for seven months. I am proud of being able to give my time to help others and I find it just feels natural to be in older peoples’ company. Helping others helps you, as it takes you out of your own four walls knowing you are going to make a positive change no matter how small, you may be the only person the older person chats to all day, and how your small talk can make a real difference to their lives.

Best thing about volunteering?

Making a difference to residents’ lives by swapping our stories and catching up over a cuppa.

Any memorable moments?

The volunteers lunch that was held for us, when the residents baked, cooked and served lovely food for us to enjoy and fussed around the volunteers for one afternoon.

What has surprised you most about volunteering?

That people here may be older but they all seem to keep busy and have really good social lives. The residents are like an extended family

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Home cooked chicken curry.

What three things would you like to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island and why?

A good book collection to pass the time, my music so I can have a sing song and finally, a decent hairbrush, cos the sea air would make my hair go all frizzy!

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