Do Good. Feel Good. Volunteer campaign launched
Call for keen bakers, amateur musicians, enthusiastic crafters and community minded people to volunteer
OSJCT has launched a volunteer recruitment campaign to encourage people to give time to support their local care home.
The Trust’s volunteers have always played an important role and never more so than through the pandemic, helping to provide companionship, activities, and some normality for care home residents. By becoming a volunteer at OSJCT you’ll play a vital part in the national road to recovery.
Current volunteers for the not-for-profit care Trust use their skills and interests to help residents continue to do the things they enjoy.
Lynn, who volunteers at Athelstan House in Malmesbury, shares her perspective on volunteering at OSJCT and why it’s important to her: “I love doing crafts and talking to people so this enables me to do both and I feel I have a real purpose.”
Catherine Semmence, OSJCT Head of Volunteering, said: “Volunteering with OSJCT is a partnership. Our residents benefit enormously from the companionship and support our volunteers provide. People choose to volunteer for many different reasons and equally there is a lot to be gained from volunteering with us, you’ll hear this first-hand from our volunteers throughout this campaign.”
Research has often found a positive link between volunteering and improved wellbeing. The pandemic has made us all more aware of the importance of taking care of our own mental health and wellbeing. The campaign calls on members of local communities to put volunteering at OSJCT top of their list when considering their intentions for the year ahead. It’s rewarding and will have a positive effect on their life.
Catherine continued: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a keen baker, an amateur artist, a crafter, a gardener, singer, a musician or if you just like sitting quietly with a crossword, playing a game of chess, or chatting with a friend over a coffee. These are all things our residents enjoy doing too. Why not join us and enjoy them together?
“When considering volunteering, care homes aren’t always at the forefront of people’s minds. The campaign asks individuals to put aside any preconceptions they might have about living in care; because the reality is that our homes are filled with laughter and enjoyment with our volunteers front and centre.”
Anyone can volunteer at OSJCT and use their existing skills and hobbies. Whatever you enjoy doing and however much time you can commit, there’s a volunteer role for you.
To find out more about volunteering at OSJCT visit: https://volunteer.osjct.co.uk/opportunities