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Laura and Darrell - empowered by volunteering

“Volunteering has helped me more than I can ever put down in words” says Laura, Sheffcare’s volunteer of the year for 2017.

“I started volunteering to become more confident with leaving the house as I was struggling quite badly with social anxiety, which often led to periods where I would isolate myself from others for days on end. A counsellor I was seeing suggested
that I looked into volunteering to give myself a reason to leave the house each week and to start off my journey on the road to recovery.

“Volunteering with Sheffcare gave me the opportunity to build my confidence in a non-pressured way in a workplace environment. By volunteering I have not just built up my confidence and self-esteem but I have also made friendships with the staff and residents which I know will last many years. 

“I am now working part-time which I don’t feel would of been achievable without all the support I received
from Kathryn (the volunteer co-ordinator) and other staff members at such a difficult time in my life. I would recommend volunteering with Sheffcare to anybody as there is so much to gain!” 

Darrell is a committed volunteer who helps maintain the gardens and grounds at Housteads - a Sheffcare home in Handsworth.

Darrell has made a big difference to the grounds and gardens and has become part of the Housteads family.

“I enjoy having jobs to do at my own pace. It is really nice to think I've done something worthwhile with my time, but the overall feeling of helping in some way, to enrich the lives of the elderly residents is a special experience. The volunteering has an impact on my life by making me a better person and as given me a goal in life to raise money for dementia and Sheffcare both are great causes.”

Sheffcare is charity with over 400 older people living in its homes. Often residents don’t get many visitors and volunteers give residents company and stimulation. After all, days can feel long and a friendly face showing an interest is very welcome. Some volunteers share their hobbies with residents – but simply bringing a warm smile and a friendly nature makes a big difference to our resident’s day.


To volunteer with Sheffcare contact:

Kathryn Rawling - 07947 622426  |

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