Volunteer: I knew I could contribute
Name / which organisation are you involved with?: Pat Black, Age UK Cheshire East. I work as an assistant at The Hub in Congleton. How did you become a volunteer?: I was shopping one day in November 2014 with a friend and I saw an advert which was very eye-catching. I knew I could contribute. What do you enjoy most about your role there?: enjoy working as a volunteer because the staff are friendly, I enjoy selling good quality products at a pocketable price, I enjoy satisfying customers and I appreciate their custom, it’s value for money and all goes towards a great local cause.
IWhat has been your most funniest moment while you have been volunteering?: I think seeing the goods we sell, trying to establish how some donations work, is plain guesswork at times which is very funny. Where is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: My favourite place is the town centre where I can walk around the shops and call into the Age UK furniture showroom as I am in need of bedroom furniture. Ideally how would you spend every day?: On each day I enjoy doing my daily duties housework etc. I love to read and enjoy popping into the library in Congleton. What was the best holiday you have enjoyed?: I went to Belfast and I have had a short break in Dublin, I loved Ireland because of the culture, hospitality of the people and the memory of my father who was from Belfast. If money were no object what would you do?: I will still remain volunteering for Age UK Cheshire East, as I’m appreciated, I enjoy it and its very handy as its near to my home. What one piece of advice would you give?: I would advise that you look after your health, don’t smoke or drink too much, and come shop at Age UK Cheshire East, as there is something for each and every one of you. What was your first job?: I worked for a local company as a PBC operator in the electronics industry Siemens in 1985 after I left Sixth Form at 17 years of age. What is on your CD / MP3 player?: U2 favourite track ‘Unforgettable Fire’. What is your favourite TV show?: Songs of Praise – each Sunday teatime. What are you reading at the moment?: The Holy Bible. What is your biggest inspiration?: I use my own initiative but I would say my late father and my lovely sister who’s always calling in on me and tells me to ‘lose weight’. Who would you like to invite to dinner?: Clive Owen, actor and a brilliant one at that, only problem is he doesn’t live in Macclesfield. ●● 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 more than 11,000 older people a year. 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 in Cheshire East.
Text LONE00£3 to 70070 to help the millions facing later life alone. ageukcheshireeast.org www.facebook.com/ AgeUKCheshireEast
●● Pat Black is a volunteer with Age UK