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Volunteer Stories

Our volunteers' stories are inspiring! They provide an insight into their motivations and the types of activities they've been doing for Age NI.

  • Ken Robb

    Ken Robb, 70, had some free time and decided to volunteer his musical skills to enrich the lives of older people in Age NI day centres.
  • Carole Houston

    Carole Houston volunteers at an Age NI day centre in Ballyclare for older people living with dementia.
  • Natasha Thursby

    Natasha Thursby, 20, volunteers at an Age NI day centre in Belfast once a week.
  • Joan Huddleston

    Joan, 76, is from Belfast and decided to put her past experience as an Occupational Therapist to use through the My Life My Way programme.
  • Charlotte Friars

    Charlotte Friars is in her 80's and has been volunteering at Age NI’s Laurelhill day centre in Lisburn, supporting people to live well with dementia for over 22 years.
  • John Nelson

    John Nelson, 54, is from Newtownabbey and was inspired to be a My Life My Way volunteer, having supported his dad for many years to deal with dementia.
  • Norah Beare

    Norah Beare volunteers at an Age NI Day Centre with her Chihuahua, Poppy.
  • Janis Wilson

    Janis Wilson joined Age NI's My Life My Way project as a volunteer in Larne and met Pearl.
  • Drew Murray

    Avid charity fundraiser and volunteer Drew Murray from Antrim shares his experience of volunteering with My Life My Way.
  • Yvonne McMorris

    Yvonne McMorris from Derry-Londonderry is an Age NI Volunteer Peer Facilitator.
  • Nick Craig

    Nick Craig, Danske Bank Manager in Bangor's Bloomfield branch, volunteered to undertake an epic adventure to Trek the Grand Canyon for Age NI.
  • Des Donnelly

    Des Donnelly, 63 is from Finaghy and says that being a volunteer for the My Life My Way project is a rewarding and enriching experience.
  • Patricia Ulturan

    Patricia, originally from Barcelona, is a retail volunteer at the Age NI store on Botanic Avenue in Belfast.
  • Robert Ferguson

    Robert Ferguson is 81 years old and from Glengormley. He is actively engaged with Age NI in many ways, including as a volunteer with the My Life My Way project.
  • Georgia Galway

    Georgia became aware of Age NI’s work after her mum volunteered at an Age NI Day Centre and decided to give it a try.
  • Niamh Busby

    Niamh Busby, an A Level student from Bangor, started helping out at the Age NI store on Central Avenue.
  • Ann Corbett

    Ann Corbett, in her 60s, volunteers at an Age NI day centre in Dunmurry, every Thursday.
  • Matthew Mo

    Matthew Mo, from Carrickfergus, volunteers with the My Life My Way project, helping people to live well with dementia.
  • Denise Drain

    Denise Drain, from Portstewart, shares her experience of volunteering to encourage more volunteers to support the Age NI Store in Coleraine.
  • Mabel Mann

    Mabel Mann from Broughshane speaks about her personal motivation for volunteering as a way to encourage more people to help out in the Age NI charity shop in Ballymena.
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