Volutneer Case Study – Linda
Linda is 69 years young and lives alone. Although she has a few health problems this doesn’t stop her from being active and thinking about her own wellbeing. Previously she’d had a career as a carer before joining Age UK North Tyneside as a volunteer 20 years ago.
When Linda found herself without employment, it was her Career Advisor who suggested doing some volunteering and suggested Age UK North Tyneside to help her to gain new skills.
Age UK North Tyneside gave Linda the opportunity to visit their Wellbeing Centre in Wallsend to do some volunteer work and share activities with the customers. Linda loved it.
By becoming a volunteer Linda has gained lots of new skills such as attending training for different courses and meeting new people. Volunteering has also helped to boost Linda’s confidence and gives her some social time with others. It allows her to keep her hand in with baking, gardening, crocheting and doing other activities such as arts and crafts which she thoroughly enjoys.
Linda said, “As a volunteer I enjoy attending the Wellbeing Centre. It gives me pleasure meeting new people and doing activities with the customers, it also helps me with my own wellbeing as living on my own can be lonely at times. I have now volunteered for over 20 years and hope to volunteer for many more years, you can’t get rid of me that easily.”