Today I did my first volunteering day at Age UK. I plan to do a day volunteering on a Tuesday at the Dementia centre and a Thursday afternoon in the social day care centre.
Today was the social day care which meant everyone was there to ‘get out of the house’ shall we say. We provided them with teas, coffees, lunch and the occasional conversation. Today was one of the hottest days of the year so it was quite uncomfortable for everyone and I think some were regretting their decision to come today but, it was nice to know there is a place to come to interact.
I was praised for ‘getting on with it’ and felt it went well although at first I felt a little out of sorts. I think that people develop a tough skin in these environments and that is something I have to work on if I am going to be a Social Worker.
I do think charities like Age UK are extremely important though and I wish all elderly people had access to the service.-there is a cost involved in the food preparations and transport etc that the elderly people have to cover themselves and I presume that this is quite difficult for some people to afford.
All-in-all a good day and hope that I make a difference to people and garner valuable skills from this volunteering.