Volunteering at Mill House

I’m Christina, offered to volunteer at Mill House in Chipping Campden when my own Mum moved into a Care home. I saw how important activities are, especially to people with dementia.

I have learnt so much both from the residents and from the hugely useful ‘Living In My World’ dementia awareness course that Caring Homes offer along with E-learning    and workshops on essential topics including manual handling and safeguarding.

I started volunteering because I wanted to find out more about how to offer effective activities to residents in care home settings.

The first lesson I learned was the huge scope of activities. Working alongside Paul Dixon and Julie Wood I have seen how small gestures like an impromptu dance or song with a resident, or walking a resident around the garden, are as important as the big scheduled activities.

Often all a resident really wants is some one-to-one time, and one thing I feel privileged to have as a volunteer is time. If I want to spend an hour or more just talking to a resident who has recently moved in and is feeling unsettled then I can happily spend that time with them without feeling I should be somewhere else, fulfilling other tasks. I know residents are always very pleased to know I can stay as long as they want me there. In a busy world it’s a real luxury! Volunteering has allowed me to learn new skills, gain experience and meet some really lovely people, both residents and staff. It has led to paid work with the activities team at Mill House and as an external craft session provider and also to the beginning of a change in career. I am now working to towards gaining enough relevant working hours to enable me to apply for a MA Art Psychotherapy course. That will mean many more hours volunteering, which is fine by me!

Mill House

Home Manager

Maggie Spooner

Address

Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
Gloucestershire,
GL55 6DR

Contact
0808 223 5524
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