No Act of Kindness is Too Small
At Avery, we are pleased to welcome volunteers who share their time and talents with residents across our homes. Much of their time is spent befriending residents, supporting with activities, or simply enjoying each other’s company over a cup of coffee and a chat. Residents at Ascot Grange look forward to weekly visits from eight-year-old Theo, son of Danni, who works as a Dementia Care Assistant at Ascot Grange Care Home in Ascot. He spends time playing games, listening, talking and laughing with residents in what they call ‘Theo Therapy’. Danni has described her immense pride as Theo also recently completed the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis in aid of Dementia UK.
Over at Westbourne Tower Care Home in Westbourne, residents have received weekly visits from volunteer Sandra for 13 years. Each Tuesday, she plays the piano, taking special requests and encouraging everyone to sing along. Sandra spends time chatting with residents individually and has over 1,000 musical pieces in her repertoire. When she recently celebrated her 82nd birthday, staff and residents threw her a surprise party and commented, “We always enjoy afternoon tea and cake around the piano with Sandra.”
At Dukes Court Care Home in Wellingborough, a team of volunteers from ‘Tenerity’ provide an extra pair of hands during the home’s activities and events. On Wizard of Oz Day, volunteer Sarah served refreshments to residents and guests before joining in with themed games. Resident Diana explained, “It is always nice to see the volunteers. They join in with everything and are always up for a laugh; they are so friendly.”
The team at Sonning Gardens Care Home in Sonning have built an invaluable link with their local Oak Bank Secondary School, with student volunteer Angel keeping resident Olive company as they painted together during a still-life art session. Angel completed a week’s work experience at Sonning Gardens, stating, “I have learnt so much and formed friendships with residents. My confidence has grown, and I have enjoyed taking part in the activities each day.”