Former volunteer Christine Farrell has been appointed Activities Coordinator of the Royal Alfred Seafarers Society.
Christine will help boost the mental and physical development of residents at Belvidere House in Surrey.
Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, Chief Executive of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: “The Royal Alfred is very lucky to have such dedicated and professional volunteers, who visit the home in their own time to support our residents.
“It is wonderful to see one of our dedicated volunteers join the team permanently to share her experience and help lead the Society’s activities programme, which is indispensable in daily life at the home.”
The Society has a team of more than 30 volunteers who work with the 101-strong team of nurses and carers at Belvidere House. Volunteers help with befriending residents, running activities and gardening.
Belvedere House has provided nursing care and accommodation to support elderly, sick or disabled seafarers, their widows and dependants since 1865.
Christine, whose husband also volunteers at the home, has already been volunteering with the Society for 17 years, helping to run activities and events for the 68 residents living at the home.
Her favourite activity is organising concerts and entertainment sessions for the residents, and staff at the home have seen the value of using live music in the home as a tool to stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories.