Volunteers blog from Mill House

Hi there.  My name is Jennifer Hyndman, I am 31 and I am currently a volunteer at Mill house Care Home in Chipping Campden

I am a real ‘people person’, the life & soul of the party, always with a smile on my face and ALWAYS up for fun & mischief. Especially with the residents.

If you come to Mill House, I’m sure you will hear me before you see me as I am often singing & dancing or doing whatever I can to brighten up someone’s day.

A little bit about me.  I was born in Plymouth in 1987 and lived there until 2014.  When I then moved to Maidenhead in the November of 2014. Spent several years there, until 2017 when I moved into the beautiful Cotswolds. And me and my daughter Mya have not looked back since.  I love the countryside and enjoy the greenery and beautiful views.  Especially when I take Buddy my almost 2-year-old Collie Cross Lurcher out for walkies.

I have an amazing 10-year-old girl called Mya, she was born in 2008.  She goes to the local school and She is very bubbly and confident. 

So naturally when I moved into the area, I was eager to work in the local care home Mill House as I am overall passionate and caring. 

I have been at Mill House since September 2018.  I currently attend the home on Monday afternoon for bingo or films, and a Tuesday and Thursday full day supporting the activities team as much as possible. 

I love volunteering at Mill House, it reminds me of the caring work I did when I was back down in Plymouth for 6 years. Volunteering is so rewarding as I know that when I am sat by someone’s bed talking away or just simply holding hands, brushing their hair, being by their side or even just being present makes me feel and know that I have made someone’s day or that moment in time a happy, or peaceful time. It’s so Important for the residents to know that they are not alone, I am always around on the days I am in for a chat and a cuppa, or some fun activities or 1:1’s.

I enjoy asking the residents what they would like to do for the week and enjoy including all who wish to be involved.  Whether its singing, dancing, reading or watching a film together.  Or just having 10 minutes quietly, having a conservation led by them. 

On a sunny or rainy day, I enjoy taking residents out on the mini bus with my colleague ,  to places such as the garden centres,  Broadway tower, coffee shops and more. 

Being a part of Mill House, is truly amazing. I have made some amazing friendships and caring relationships with the residents.  Getting to know each resident individually is the greater honor & privilege and something I enjoy so much!  Hearing about their pasts is always amazing as I can always learn something new from the residents There is never a day that I leave, without knowing I have succeeded within the home.

I’m Mya, Jennifer’s daughter, I am 10 years old. I have a boyfriend called Taylor, a dog called Buddy and often help my mum out when she goes to Mill House.

I enjoy living in Chipping Campden and go to school at St James and Ebrington. I do performing arts at Pauline Quirk Academy and I am also excited to be a Queens Attendant for Scuttlebrook Wake. I am a bubbly, fun and caring person. I like gymnastics, singing, dancing and netball.

I like spending time with the residents because they make me laugh and I think I make them laugh too. I enjoy chatting or reading to them and singing of course!

When I grow up, I want to be a teacher and fundraiser, because I am inspired by my teachers and want to help people.

I like everything about going to Mill House and the residents are a big part of my life now.

Thank you xx

Mill House

Home Manager

Maggie Spooner


Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
GL55 6DR

0808 223 5524
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