“I had to give up driving about three years ago, but I can do written work – so I manage the local social media pages.”
Clive lives in a rural part of Wales and suffers from diabetes, which limits how much he can get around. We first met Clive as a customer and recipient of Meals on Wheels. But although the meals were a great help, they didn’t stop him feeling lonely and isolated.
So instead of asking for more help, Clive volunteered his time instead. Today, he runs his local Ceredigion and Powys Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s a wonderful way to keep in touch with the busy world of social media, and help other people just like him. He enjoys it so much, he’s keen to become a Befriending Volunteer too.
“Without Royal Voluntary Service it would just be down to me, we’d have to cope on our own. I’m really grateful.”
Ewing, Janet’s son and carer
Janet is 89 and housebound. She suffers from multiple health problems.
Her son Ewing had no choice but to give up work and care for her full time, but he needed some extra support.
Getting in touch with Royal Voluntary Service changed both of their lives. Volunteer Sandra now visits once a week to spend time with Janet. Sometimes they do a jigsaw puzzle, sometimes they chat – whatever Janet feels like. Not only is Sandra great company for Janet, her visits allow Ewing a precious few hours to himself.
“I went to meet Sheila in June and we haven’t stopped talking since.”
When 90-year-old Sheila found herself struggling all alone, she got in touch with Royal Volunteer Service. She had lost her husband of 60 years, her son and her daughter – there was no one else to turn to.
When we introduced Sheila to volunteer Vanessa, life took an unexpected turn for the better. They clicked immediately, and whether it’s having a cup of tea and a chat, or popping to the garden centre – they do it together. “She’s not a carer,” Shelia explains, “she does what a friend or sister would do.”
“I’ve always been musical and I love the social side of being part of a community choir. I so believe in everything that Royal Voluntary Service is trying to do for older people and it was great that I was able to help through my choir.” Karen, volunteer
Karen, a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer, has been singing in Côr-Merched Cantabile Ladies Choir for ten years and with their annual summer concert approaching, Karen thought it was the perfect opportunity to ask if proceeds from the ticketed event could go towards the charity she’s most passionate about. The choir were delighted to raise money for Royal Voluntary Service and raised a fantastic £310 from ticket sales and collection buckets at the concert.
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