Vol­un­teer helps vul­ner­a­ble el­derly

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Name / which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with?: Chris­tine Dodg­son, Age UK Cheshire East – café as­sis­tant at The Hub in Con­gle­ton. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer?: Volunteering be­came a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion af­ter be­ing a par­tic­i­pant of var­i­ous Age UK Cheshire East ac­tiv­i­ties. What do you en­joy most about your role there?: Meet­ing peo­ple from all walks of life. What has been your fun­ni­est mo­ment while you have been volunteering?: My first cus­tomer or­dered a cup of cof­fee and I duly pre­pared a tray. How­ever, when I took the tray to the ta­ble, I re­alised that I had for­got­ten to pour the cof­fee and I had taken the cus­tomer an empty cup! Luck­ily we were able to laugh it off as a ‘se­nior mo­ment’. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: There are so many lovely places in and around Mac­cles­field but one of my favourite places is to walk along the canal, away from traf­fic noise, watch­ing the boats and wildlife. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day?: Be­ing busy but not too busy to en­joy life. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on?: To New Zealand with my daugh­ters. We did a grand tour of both is­lands and we en­joyed a get-to­gether with our rel­a­tives. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: don’t crave a rock star

Ilifestyle. I think that I would sup­port com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, es­pe­cially older peo­ple who may be suf­fer­ing through cuts to ser­vices like meals on wheels. It would be nice to think that ad­e­quate sup­port was avail­able for older peo­ple to re­main in their own homes where they have their roots. More steps also need to be taken to al­le­vi­ate lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion for this age group. Another area of con­cern is the fact that there are many dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple and young car­ers who need a help­ing hand to en­able them to have more chances in life. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: Look af­ter your health and en­joy each day. Don’t dwell on mis­takes, they are merely the things that make you stronger. What was your first job?: Part-time af­ter school job on a sweet counter. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: Clas­si­cal mu­sic. What is your favourite TV show?: Coun­try­file.

What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: El­iz­a­beth Is Miss­ing by Emma Healey. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: To be re­garded as a per­son with in­tegrity. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: My fam­ily and close friends. What does Age UK do?: As a lo­cal char­ity, Age UK Cheshire East sup­ports peo­ple aged 50+, their fam­i­lies and car­ers in the bor­ough of Cheshire East through the pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port. We pro­vide 21 ser­vices sup­port­ing 11,000+ older peo­ple per an­num. With over half the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of Cheshire East now over the age of 50, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has never been busier. Our mis­sion is to im­prove later life for vul­ner­a­ble, iso­lated older peo­ple in our com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion, ad­vo­cacy, friend­ship, prac­ti­cal sup­port and ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port health and well­be­ing and con­tin­ued in­de­pen­dence. Ev­ery penny that we raise is spent lo­cally on a wide range of ser­vices that make later life more ful­fill­ing for older peo­ple. Chil­dren’s Crafts at the Mu­se­ums Where / when is it?: Tues­day at West Park Mu­seum 2pm-4pm; Wed­nes­day at The Old Sun­day School (Her­itage Cen­tre) 1.30pm-3.30pm; Thurs­day and Fri­day at the Silk Mu­seum on Park Lane 10am-12 noon. What does it in­volve?: On Tues­day, Au­gust 18, at West Park Mu­seum – make Egyp­tian Shabti fig­ures to take home. On Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 19, at The Old Sun­day School – have fun weav­ing in our gallery. The cost of both these events is £2 – par­ents to ac­com­pany chil­dren. On Thurs­day, Au­gust 20, and Fri­day, Au­gust 21, at

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