Bridges Volunteer’s Week Case Study

With the help of volunteering, and the help of the project, I wouldn’t be the person I am now or where I am now. 

Meet Activity Support / Working Age Dementia Group Volunteer Margaret.

Margaret started volunteering for Age Matters over 12 months ago, helping out at the Community Engagement Centre with the Extend Classes, the Knit and Natter Group and the Working Age Dementia Group.  She also helps with Film club events and on Day Trips.

Margaret says “before I joined Age Matters, I applied for volunteering and my self-esteem was low, but since I’ve been doing the volunteering, I was able to talk to people, my self-esteem started climbing and that’s when I wanted to do a bit more, so I decided to go on the project [BBO].  With the help of volunteering and the help of the project, I wouldn’t be the person I am now or where I am now.  Without realising it, they’ve helped me a hell of a lot.  I have got a future, and not as before, I was thinking, I’ve got no future, I’ve got no hope, no life.  But coming here does give people a future”.

Margaret goes the extra mile to help everyone that comes into the CEC, sitting and chatting to people, making refreshments and ensuring that everyone feels welcome.  Margaret has built on her existing skills and has visibly grown in confidence since becoming a volunteer with Age Matters.  She has become integral to the ongoing success of the activities at the Community Engagement Centre and the staff and clients really appreciate her ongoing support.

“I have got a future, and not as before, I was thinking, I’ve got no future, I’ve got no hope, no life.  But coming here, does give people a future”