Young volunteers making time at The Abbeyfield Society


Duke of Edinburgh-care industry newsAugust 12 is International Youth Day and the theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Youth Civic Engagement’.


At the Abbeyfield Society, the national charity that strives to improve the quality of life for older people, many houses and homes across the country welcome in young volunteers through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.


At Abbeyfield House in Solihull, a pupil from nearby Solihull School lends a hand every week with activities for the residents.


Susan Butler, Volunteer Coordinator at the house, said: “Although he’s only 14, our young volunteer has made a great impression on both our staff and our residents.


“He helps out with afternoon teas, coffee mornings and planting raised beds in the garden but sometimes just making time to sit down and share stories with our residents can be enough to make their day.”


Knowing the value that young people can bring to, and the extra dimension they can add to a resident’s experience, the Abbeyfield Society is looking to further welcome more young volunteers through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme with both organisations celebrating their 60th anniversary next year.


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