Volunteering is good for the soul

When experienced knitter, volunteer Carole Mardon, put out a call for wool donations for her Bupa Eventhorpe Care Home knitting and colouring-in group on Neighbourly, she didn’t think she’d find another volunteer in the process.

Being a skilled knitter herself, Christine Wallace answered the Neighbourly request and went to drop off the wool at the care home, she liked it so much that she became part of the group.

It’s been almost three years since Christine joined the group and she says she still “loves to be part of something special”. The group meets on Monday afternoons and after popular demand, was extended from one hour to two. The residents who knit, use their skills to create garments, scarves, beanies, and blankets. Those who can't knit or have had a stroke can colour-in adult colouring books. Christine said she’s seen real improvements in social and concentration skills amongst the group of almost 20 residents.

“One resident has a background in teaching and you can really see those encouraging and supportive skills shine,” Christine explains.

Carole says those thinking about volunteering need to be sociable, have patience, and a sense of humour.

“Volunteering is good for the soul and we both get so much out of it. We’re surrounded by delightful people who have many stories and points of view to share,” Carole says.

The residents look forward to seeing the Carole and Christine each week and the group’s conversations range from knitting experiences, to news events, and even the latest on the Royal Family. This week is National Volunteer Week and Bupa Eventhorpe Care Home Manager Jibeesh Chacko says it’s heart-warming to have the two volunteers give so much of their time to the residents.

“They both bring smiles to our people and they make a positive difference every week. We can’t thank them enough,” Jibeesh says.