Special recognition for care home volunteers

Volunteers at Meadowside care home in North Finchley have been recognised by the chief executive of service provider The Fremantle Trust, Steve Flanagan, for the valuable contribution they make to day-to-day life at the local charity and care provider.

The Barnet-based care home, which provides high quality, specialist support for older people and those living with dementia, has 12 volunteers within its team, including Amanda Diaz, who has worked at Meadowside since it opened 20 years ago.

Service manager, Rachel Sohorye said: “Our volunteer appreciation event was fantastic and an opportunity to show how much we value the contribution made by each individual.

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“Helping an older person who is no longer fully independent is an incredible thing to do and brings communities together.

“Residents living with dementia can also experience ‘butterfly moments’ by interacting with volunteers – while the memory may be fleeting, the associated feeling will always remain. That is a very special thing.”

Rachel is passionate about encouraging volunteers to be part of the wider team at Meadowside. She has worked hard to develop relationships with organisations like The Royal Mencap Society in the local area, who support three volunteers at Meadowside gaining valuable work and social experience.

Jonathan Scott-Laws, employment co-ordinator at Royal Mencap, added: “We have a great relationship with the team at Meadowside and our volunteers find the work they do extremely rewarding.

“People become volunteers for a number of reasons, but often it is an integral part of their personal wellbeing. We believe volunteers in the care sector are an extremely valuable resource and an investment in time well worth making.”

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