Not many 20-year-olds would choose to volunteer with older people but that’s exactly what Lauren Brown, a volunteer at Rogers House in Wigmore, has been doing since she was 15.
“I started volunteering at Rogers House for my work experience when I was at school, I did two weeks and loved it so much that I decided to sign up as a volunteer and stay.
“I knew I wanted to work in administration in the future so figured it would enhance my CV, which it definitely has. I have learnt a lot of new skills and potential employers have commented on my volunteering role during interviews.
“I love volunteering here, it’s so rewarding and I’m always treated as part of the team. I love the relationship between the staff, volunteers and residents, the residents are very happy living here and it shows in the atmosphere around the home.
“I chose an office-based role as this was what I wanted to do in the future, it’s a different side to the care industry but I definitely appreciate what carers do all day, every day.
“I do think more young people should volunteer, it really opens your eyes to an industry and whether you want to work in that sector.”
Whilst Lauren mostly helps out in the office, she recently put her skills learnt on her health and beauty therapy course to use by offering residents of the home a day of pampering along with a fellow student.
“I love spending time talking to the residents and hearing their stories, I lost my nan five years ago but feel like I have gained quite a few ‘grandmas’ here.”