Profile – Occasional Volunteer

Occasional volunteers are people with specialist skills and talents or interests that come in to the come as a one-off or occasionally.

Occasional Volunteer Profile – Isobel

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Isobel (right), our organiser Helen and PAT dog Darcy

I wanted to be able to contribute in some way to Kennington Memory Club, having had the experience of my own mother’s decline with dementia. I know that the Club gives members a safe, stimulating change of surroundings from their homes and also invaluable relief to their carers.

Volunteering includes getting involved with the activities, chatting with members, helping with serving the hot lunches, making tea and coffee, and setting up and clearing up afterwards.

The members sometimes have great tales to tell about their lives and experiences which can put a new perspective on their characters and personalities. They certainly enjoy themselves and there can be lots of laughter. They go home relaxed and cheerful and the carers can seem positively reinvigorated by their few hours of respite. Contributing to all this makes the time spent volunteering so worthwhile. So why don’t you join us – new volunteers are always welcome and needed!

I have also started taking my registered Pets As Therapy dog, Darcy, to Kennington Memory Club occasionally. Her visits are much appreciated and she revels in the attention and stroking she gets as a PAT dog.

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