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.
'I contacted Age NI after I read an article about the My Life My Way project, and I think at the time I was very conscious of lots of media discussion about the loneliness that many older people feel in today’s society. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had given a speech in which he said that ‘each and every lonely person should have someone who could visit them and offer companionship.’ I felt that I could do my bit for my local community.'
'Age NI says that older people in Northern Ireland feel more isolated from their local communities than ever before, and that isolation is felt acutely by many people living with dementia. I see the volunteering I do as just being a good neighbour really. It takes up less than 2% of my week and you don’t need any particular skill or expertise, just some basic training, a little of your time and being yourself. I'm already thinking about donating more time to the charity.'
'We are all growing older and I hope that there will always be volunteers to support projects like My Life My Way. When you volunteer, you don't just give back, you get back too in so many ways. It's a truly fulfilling experience.'
Age NI Volunteer
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