Mill House’s youngest volunteer wins Pride of Cotswolds Award

Mya Hyndman, aged 10, is Mill House’s youngest volunteer and has been hosting weekly activity sessions for the last year helping colleagues to provide the best dementia care for residents within the multi award winning nursing home in Chipping Campden.

Inspirational! The only word to describe Mya, who as a volunteer hosts a whole evening of activities and entertainment once a week. Key to Mya’s success is her absolute warmth and kindness, it literally shines from her, every resident no matter what their ailment gets a great big hug, and all say they feel better for it.   

Last week Mya was announced as ‘Child of the Year’, for her passion, dedication and commitment at the Pride of Cotswolds Awards with judges stating, “Although every child shortlisted was amazing, Mya had given her time for almost a year week in week out, this showed long term commitments to the volunteering she does and the lengths she will go too, to ensure she puts others first.”

Mya, who faces her own challenges as she overcomes the social difficulties she has faces due to ADHD, absolutely glows with her positivity when hosting each evening event at Mill House. The team support Mya and meet with her regularly encouraging her to present her ideas and plans, resulting in her now running her own activities with the residents.

Discovering that she had been shortlisted came as a big surprise after copious nominations were made by families, friends, associates and work colleagues who wanted to celebrate and acknowledge Mya’s and the teams many achievements made without a thought of personal reward or public recognition. Those nominations resulted in Mya’s and two Mill House colleagues being shortlisted for not one but THREE awards in this years’ Pride of the Cotswolds Awards.

A shocked Mya, said, “I come to see the residents every week because I love doing it. It’s like I have dozens of extra grandparents.” When she went on holiday recently she missed it so much she came in for an extra week to make up for it!

Mill House colleagues Paul and Julie, who lead the activities programme for up to 45 elderly residents were both shortlisted in the ‘Health Carer’ category and were absolutely delighted that their youngest volunteer Mya aged just 10 won ‘Child of the Year’.

What makes our colleagues and Mya truly deserving of the recognition is that they were nominated by colleagues, residents and relatives who were keen to see each one put forward for their compassion, their selfless dedication and their professionalism.

The teams’ positivity radiates throughout the home and connects them with their community. The benefits of intergenerational interactions are much talked about, but it is a vital part of life at Mill House with young volunteers and school children building strong bonds and links with residents at the home. Mill House are the only nursing care home in the area to be associated with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, and now have 15 and 16-year-olds who are not just volunteering but are gaining their Duke of Edinburgh award through their involvement with Mill House.

Following their own shortlisting Julie and Paul, health and wellbeing leads at Mill House said, “We were delighted to be nominated. We are very much a team so it’s amazing that we have been recognised. We are immensely proud of our activities and home and are pleased that our work to really offer residents the best dementia care, whilst keeping them at the heart of their community has been recognised.”

The awards were presented at a glitzy awards ceremony hosted at The Forest Green Rovers Football Club, well attended by all finalists and sponsors.

Mill House, set in the beautiful market town of Chipping Campden, offers a full range of residential, nursing and dementia care support – including long-term care, trial stays, short-stay and convalescent care. Every colleague within the home receives Caring Homes’ unique award winning ‘Living in My World’ dementia training which is accredited by City and Guilds. It highlights the importance of meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with dementia, as well as addressing clinical aspects of care.

At Mill House, we deliver residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 45 elderly residents in a friendly and supportive environment.

If you would like to find out more about life at Mill House, what is happening at the home, events, or to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5524 or email manager.millhouse@caringhomes.org

Mill House

Home Manager

Maggie Spooner

Address

Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
Gloucestershire,
GL55 6DR

Contact
0808 223 5524
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