Read about *Val's experience as a member of One Voice for Age
When Val, 71, attended her first One Voice for Age meeting, she didn’t know quite what to expect. Having looked after her own elderly parents until they passed away, Val wanted to help other older people in similar situations.
So when she saw an advertisement for One Voice for Age in her local paper, she decided to attend a meeting, to see if there was anything she could do to help.
An active member of her community
Now, seven years later, Val is a leading member of One Voice for Age. She also volunteers regularly with the Age UK Sutton team, helping out with administration tasks. Her work is greatly appreciated by staff and members alike.
Val’s involvement in One Voice for Age has enabled her to meet and make friends with new people, to keep up her office skills from the workplace, and to get a better understanding of others’ needs.
“The meetings are very informal and give volunteers a chance to raise any concerns they may have, to report back on what they have been working on, and to have a chat with each other.”
She has also enjoyed the monthly speakers, having heard from the local authority's Public Health department, Cancer Research, Sutton Foodbank and Reminiscence Therapy for people with dementia among others.
“The people I have met, both staff and volunteers all do a fantastic job and I only hope I will be able to continue as a volunteer for a few more years yet.”
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