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Glenys Thomas and Shirley Phillips

Volunteering Role: LIFT Instructor

Why did you want to volunteer with Age Cymru?

As a member of Milford exercise class started by Age Cymru Pembrokeshire over six years ago I answered the call for LIFT volunteers and attended a four day course in Llanelli in October 2015 with three other members. As we were enjoying the class so much the idea was appealing.

What difference to your life has volunteering made to you?

Being a LIFT teacher has enriched my life in many ways – Apart from the obvious physical, social and mental benefits, the cementing of old friendships and the creation of new ones is probably the main advantage. My confidence and feeling of self worth have been boosted greatly even though I have always been a sociable person

What do you enjoy most about your volunteering experience?

I enjoy having learnt something new with all the rewards stated above and the sense of achievement. The social aspect is most enjoyable closely followed by the improvement in mine and the class’s health and wellbeing. It feels good to be a part of a close unit we have created over the past few years with a great many of our original group still attending.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of becoming involved with volunteering?

If you like people, have the time, commitment and inclination to do any kind of volunteering then go for it as the benefits are substantial

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