This year Brunelcare welcomed over 300 corporate volunteers across 39 events, with an additional 52 individual volunteers providing a helping hand and building positive relationships with those in our care.

Every minute a volunteer gives us is invaluable and can have amazing benefits for those they spend time with, helping to alleviate loneliness in the older generation and improve their mental health. We encourage a variety of volunteer opportunities, be it corporate volunteer days, or individuals who dedicate regular hours to our organisation, such as our volunteer Clive who this year has volunteered at Brunelcare for over 35,000 hours.

This year our volunteers contributed to life at Brunelcare in a myriad of ways, including:

  • Taking our tenants and residents on days out
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Leading activities and clubs
  • Gardening projects
  • Organising and promoting events
  • and, most recently, putting up Christmas decorations in our care homes

Particular highlights this year include Brunelcare’s partnership with UWE’s international students, who helped raise funds for our tenants at Colliers Gardens by planning, setting up and promoting Colliers’ annual summer fete. This partnership was a first for Brunelcare, proving mutually beneficial as it provided us with extra support while helping international students develop their skills. It has proved successful all round and we look forward to continuing this relationship next year.

Tenants Eleanor and Elizabeth, who run the fete said: "It was lovely to have help on the stalls this year and it was so nice to see the students. They were such a help and thanks to them the Fete was a real success."

All volunteers we welcome are integral to helping the older generation combat loneliness. With 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK, and over half a million older people going at least five days a week without speaking to anyone, the positive impact volunteers can have by building relationships with those in our care is truly rewarding.

Lesley Hobbs, Manager at our Deerhurst Care Home, who regularly welcomes volunteers, says: “The impact volunteering has on the people who live with us is huge. It enables them to be part of all the many activities and get outside more, they provide company and friendship, they make people feel part of the wider community and feel valued.”

Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us in 2019, we are looking forward to welcoming more volunteers in 2020. To find more about volunteering with Brunelcare, click here.

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