Local volunteer realises her love for helping others
BEFORE becoming a volunteer four months ago, Margaret Bennett had no idea just how important the job was.
"There are lots of places that wouldn't be able to do what they do without the help of volunteers," she said.
"I didn't realise just how enjoyable it would be."
In August, Warwick- born Mrs Bennett applied to volunteer at The Oaks nursing home, the same one her mother, Elspeth Lucas, had spent the last three years of her life before her passing in June.
"Before I chose The Oaks I had to think to myself 'do I want to go back there', but it wasn't a hard decision... I'm loving it," Mrs Bennett said.
Of a Monday and Tuesday morning and all day Thursday Mrs Bennett heads along to help run activities such as bingo, craft and choir.
"Without volunteers I don't think there would be as many activities for the residents," she said.
"Because it's a high care facility the nurses are tied up caring for residents.
"Our role is different, we're there to say hello and listen to their stories - it's the social side... and it's really interesting listening to what they have to say.
"What I like about volunteering at the Oaks is that you never know what you're going to get... with work you'd get up, have a shower, go to work and it was all very set out.
"Here you just take it as it comes and go with the flow."
Despite being in an environment many would consider challenging for no pay Mrs Bennett said the work is busy, not hard.
"My mother had dementia so I had some idea of what I would be working with," she said.
"I always thought when I finished work I'd look into doing volunteering, and now that I have, it's something I'll keep doing for as long as I can."