AN HOUR a week is all it can take to make a difference to an elderly person’s life.
And as national volunteering week gets underway, a South Elmsall nursing home is hoping people will spare some of their free time.
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at Warde Aldam Nursing Home - the main one being spending time with the 60 residents by playing card games, reading, going out for walks, shopping, or talking.
But there are other vital roles available as well, such as gardening or being a handy-man - all of which are invaluable to the home, which is on Westfield Lane.
Volunteer Eileen Linley, 53, of Meadow Croft, Hemsworth, decided to give her time after taking voluntary redundancy.
She said: “It really is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. To see that I can make someone’s day is just amazing. I really love it.”
She started by just talking to residents and before becoming more hands-on helping care staff. Mrs Linley said: “I love coming away knowing I have helped and made a difference to people’s lives.”
Volunteering at the home was only introduced this year, when Methodist Homes Association, which relies on the support of volunteers, took over the running of the home.
Lynda Dunn, the volunteer co-ordinator at Warde Aldam, said the help of the volunteers was invaluable.
She said: “Whatever skills someone has got they will always be welcome here. Every person makes such a big difference to the lives of the residents. New faces and new conversations really brighten up their day.”
To be eligible, volunteers need a reference and a police check.
There are currently six people giving their time but there are more due to start later this month. Contact Mrs Dunn on 01977 643697 for details on volunteering.