The past year has been a strange one with lots of restrictions placed on us about who we could meet and where. But one good thing came out of it!
We have been able to extend our reach, particularly to those who are lonely and isolated, across the UK and not just in the Midlands. We have recruited volunteers from across the UK using Zoom to recruit, train and support our volunteers.
Kanta lives in Slough and is currently a volunteer with AmbaCare’s Living Well with Dementia Project.
She wanted to be involved in the project as she had found it had become increasingly stressful to care for her mother who had been diagnosed with vascular dementia three years ago.
Her mother has now sadly passed away, but Kanta is determined to play her part in easing the burden for carers with practical support.
Our volunteers are invaluable – we couldn’t do what we do without them!”
She says that when she was caring for her mother, she felt there was very little support to help her cope with the practical aspects of caring for someone living with dementia in her community. She cited the lack of Gujarati speaking volunteers which she said was essential because her mum was no longer able to speak or understand English.
Kanta, like all our volunteers on the Dementia Project, has a wealth of lived experience of caring for her mother which has been invaluable in being able signpost individuals to local information and support services which can meet their personal needs.
Ruth Chauhan, Health & Wellbeing Specialist at AmbaCare Solutions, manages the volunteers. Ruth says, “I can’t tell you how important our volunteers are to us in delivering our projects. There just aren’t any words to describe the benefits they bring.”
“Take for example our project to support people living with dementia. We have a team of volunteers, recruited from the local community, all of whom have lived experience of the challenges of supporting someone living with dementia.”
“Their insight and lived experience gives them credibility when discussing issues. However they are all aware of the boundaries and are trained to support, enabling people to find their own solutions, rather than telling them what they should do.
“Our volunteers are invaluable – we couldn’t do what we do without them!”
AmbaCare Solutions is committed to promoting and supporting volunteering opportunities within our organisation.
Our volunteers tell us that we have helped them not only to develop their existing skills and learn new skills but they have said volunteering makes them feel good about themselves and has increased their self-confidence.
They enjoy the feeling of doing something positive with their spare time. Many of our volunteers have gone on to full time employment.
We are excited to be moving forward with additional health and wellbeing projects across the UK.
Very soon we will be actively seeking to recruit more volunteers who share our vision of delivering life enhancing solutions to enable people to ‘live their best life’.
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