Army beneficiary in volunteers appeal

Barclays Digital Eagle Liam Senior shows Abbeyfield House residents in Alnwick that technology such as iPads can be easy to use and fun during International Older People's Day.
Barclays Digital Eagle Liam Senior shows Abbeyfield House residents in Alnwick that technology such as iPads can be easy to use and fun during International Older People's Day.

One of this year’s Jam Jar Army charities is on the hunt for more volunteers to support its valuable work in Alnwick.

An Abbeyfield spokeswoman said: “We love your jam jars, we really do. The money that is being raised through the Jam Jar Army will make a real difference to Abbeyfield House residents and our joint winner, the Hedgehog Trust.

“But we don’t just want your full jam jars. We need you too.

“There are a range of ways that people can volunteer with Abbeyfield.

“We welcome people from all backgrounds, whatever time they have to give, and we value the skills and experience that volunteers bring to our organisation.

“When you volunteer with Abbeyfield, you know that you are impacting directly on the lives of older people.

“Have you ever thought about doing something completely different? Perhaps you’d like to give back to your community, learn a new skill, improve your CV or simply make some new friends?

“If so, volunteering with Abbeyfield could make a real difference to your life – and to the lives of older people.

“Our volunteers bring an incredible range of skills and experience to Abbeyfield, which is a real bonus for our residents.”

“We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.

“It doesn’t matter whether you can volunteer on a regular basis, or just from time to time – we have a range of volunteering opportunities that can fit around your busy life.

“We encourage young volunteers too, but, if you’re under 14, we ask that you volunteer with an adult. If you are over 14, but under 18, we’ll ask your parents to give their consent.”

Examples of ways you can support Abbeyfield include becoming a befriender – popping in for a regular visit to have a chat and a cup of tea; keeping residents up to date by reading the newspaper or a book to them; sharing a skill by running an activity; or sewing a dementia blanket, if you can’t volunteer face-to-face.

Contact Abbeyfield House on 01665 602058 or abbey fieldxc@btconnect.com if you want to get involved.