Older volunteers

A lot in the news this morning about older people who are isolated, and the importance of developing voluntary schemes to visit them because formal Carers have little time to stay and talk. Certainly this is important, but what about older people themselves volunteering.

Our church could not function without a good number of volunteers in their 70s and 80s, doing significant amounts of work, including pastoral visiting but also preaching and leading worship, catering and much more.

I was rather saddened by an interview with an ‘old'(!) lady (72) who was saying how lonely she was. Perhaps she has health issues which stop her yeti out of her home, but many of my most faithful volunteers are that age or older. One lady in her 80s, herself not in brilliant health, has just offered to be one of those who are on a rota to welcome people into our newly re-developed church building which we plan to keep open every day.

However old you are, volunteering is good for you.


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