The hard work and achievements of care home volunteers throughout Wiltshire were recently celebrated by one of the county’s top care home providers – The Orders of St John Care Trust – during a special awards ceremony on 5th October.
The Trust’s annual Volunteers’ Day event, which took place at The Beechfield Hotel in Melksham, saw 90 volunteers from OSJCT’s county care homes attend and receive certificates for their ongoing dedication and commitment to older people living in care.
As part of the day, OSJCT’s Trustee for Wiltshire Judy Wright and Chris Poole, Wiltshire Assistant Operations Director were in attendance and spoke highly of all those being commended.
Mr Poole said: “We consider our volunteers to be one of our biggest assets and really appreciate their willingness to give up their time for the benefit of our residents. We’re extremely lucky to have such a selfless group of individuals willing to spend a bit of their spare time — from organising a day out or leading a weekly game of bingo to simply having a natter or lending a listening ear.
“We look forward to Volunteers’ Day every year because it’s the perfect opportunity to thank these amazing people for all the time and effort they spend enriching our residents’ day-to-day lives”
Among the 90 volunteers celebrated on the day was Anne Sillars – a 30-year volunteer from Athelstan House Day Care Centre in Malmesbury, where she helps out in a variety of ways, including chatting to residents and serving meals and drinks.
Other volunteers recgonised during the ceremony included Anne Price, who has been volunteering at Ridgeway House in Royal Wootton Bassett for the last 25 years, and Barbara Compton, who has also volunteered for 25 years at Ridgeway House, helping with trips and outings.
Chris added: “Many people may not realise it, but an hour every week or two can make a tremendous difference in our residents’ lives, as it helps build a sense of community and encourages social inclusion within our homes.
“I think all of our volunteers would agree that spending time in our homes offers a fulfilling experience hard to find elsewhere, and we encourage even more of our neighbours to get involved.”