It’s the final day of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ve been sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We hope you’ve enjoyed them and perhaps been inspired to have a go yourself. There are over 370 opportunities in Milton Keynes so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy!
Dick Evans helps to run the Age UK Milton Keynes lunch club at Radcotte Lodge every Wednesday and also supports various fund raising events for the organisation throughout the year including supermarket bag packs, singing events at Peartree Centre or lunch clubs, providing refreshments at fetes and so on. Not only that, Dick helps to lead chair exercises during the winter and coaches short mat bowls to the residents of The Limes in Newport Pagnell on Thursday afternoons.
After being made redundant just over 3 years ago and unable to find employment Dick’s wife Rosemary saw an advert for volunteering at Age UK Milton Keynes. Over the last 3 years Dick has made many friends at the lunch club, to the extent that he has become a big part of their lives and they have become part of his. Dick says that he has observed real friendship among the members that is invaluable and comforting to them especially during times of sadness or when someone sadly passes away.
Dick says he gets tremendous satisfaction when he helps out with singing, along with the other members of his band, at residential homes of all types. He says “to see the people singing along is reward in itself and a joy to see them enjoying it.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org