Volunteer helps vulnerable elderly
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