Make & Mend

Volunteer with our Charity

Charity-volunteering-social-care-make-and-mend-programme.Do you have a manual skill or trade which would benefit our services, helping make them a better place to live or work?

Whether you have green fingers, are a dab hand with DIY, have flair for decoration or are a budding chef, why not put your talents to good use in our services? You’ll be helping us build our communities, making them a great place to live and work.

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    Case Studies

    • Meet volunteer driver, Ray...

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      Ray Brooke, 67, is a volunteer driver at Ferncliffe Road, a Community Integrated Care supported living service in Leeds. Ray tells us more about he found himself lending a much needed helping hand through volunteering

      “I’ve worked all my life as a warehouse man, driving all over the country. During those long days I’d looked forward to my retirement, but no sooner had it arrived, the novelty wore off! I hated having nothing to get up for in the mornings and soon found myself at a loose end. That’s when I started to think about what skills I could offer through volunteering.

      “Lynda, the Manager at Ferncliffe Road, has been a friend for many years and so she suggested that I use my experience and volunteer to drive their mini-bus. I thought it was a great idea and I now volunteer five days a week, taking the guys out to whatever activities they have on; whether it be a few hours at their day centre, an afternoon shopping or even horse-riding lessons!

      “Lots of people ask me why I’m not using my retirement to sit back and relax but that would leave me bored and restless. I love volunteering, it keeps me busy and I’ve made great friends with the staff at the service who all treat me like one of their team. I’ve got a lot of respect for what the support staff do;  it’s a hard job and if I can make it a little bit easier by freeing up some of their time helping out with driving, then I’m quite happy!”

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