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Making friends for life through volunteering

Lynne is one of our volunteers making a difference in the Harrogate area. 

Last updated: 11 June, 2020

Eva is 95 years old, profoundly deaf and partially sighted. Her niece and main carer, Margaret, lives outside the area and is currently self-isolating. At the beginning of the pandemic, Margaret was concerned about Eva’s welfare as she had no food in the house and was not managing well.  

She was also unable to speak to Eva on the phone due to Eva’s hearing loss.  We arranged for volunteer, Lynne, to call round to the house regularly. Lynne writes her side of the conversation on a whiteboard. Eva then tells her if she needs anything. 

Lynne’s in contact with Margaret to let her know how Eva is. Margaret said: ‘Eva wouldn’t normally like to receive help from anyone but she thinks the world of Lynne. I’ve been able to sleep better knowing that Lynne is keeping an eye on Eva. I cannot thank Lynne enough!’ 

Lynne says she has made ‘two friends for life’ in Margaret and Eva and feels rewarded that Eva has come to recognise and trust her. 

We think this shows the wonderful connections people make through volunteering. Why not give it a go! 

Anna Woollven
Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP)

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