Volunteers Week 2018- a huge thank you.

Gina Bourne, Day Care Manager

This week is national Volunteers Week, where we get an opportunity to say thank you to the amazing and dedicated people who give up their free time to do volunteering work. At St Andrews House, we have many volunteers from singers to religious groups who like to befriend our residents and generally add to life in our home.

For Volunteer’s Week 2018, we’d like to take this moment to give special thanks to one person in particular who has been a ray of sunshine at St Andrews- our activities volunteer Gaynor.

The Glorious Gaynor

Joining us with a great deal of experience of working in local hospitals as part of the League of Friends and Memory Cafes, Gaynor leads a craft session on Thursdays. As well as organising something fun for our residents each week and bringing in her own craft supplies, she always goes the extra mile and stays for a good chat.

The inclusive arts and crafts sessions she runs for all abilities help our residents with hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and concentration, making her a truly valuable member of the team. In fact, she’s become such a part of life at St Andrews that she even has her own badge and uniform!

Visitor Support

The wonderful items made in the sessions are either kept by our residents, given by them as gifts to friends and family or sold in the foyer of St Andrews to raise money for future activities. If you’re ever visiting us, please take a look at the current creations and if you buy something, know that its for an extremely worthwhile cause.

For all that Gaynor has done in our little community at St Andrews this year, we can’t thank her enough. We would also like to give a special thanks to her husband Stan for picking her up and dropping her off.

Get involved

If you would like to become a volunteer at St Andrews, you can find enjoyment and fulfilment in helping to make a real difference to the lives of older people. Contact ginastandrews@outlook.com to find out how you can get involved.