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

Anna Senir


Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
GL55 6DR

0808 223 5524
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely