Silver Chain volunteer finds reward in helping
SILVER Chain volunteer Kate Rudman says it is rewarding to help those in need.
Each week she visits Sheila, who is living with dementia, and provides respite for Sheila’s husband Brian, her primary carer.
“Sheila says she enjoys my company and looks forward to me coming every week,” Kate said.
“We get on well and have a good laugh. I think she feels comfortable with me and tells me about her family and memories.”
Kate said it was extremely rewarding.
“It’s nice to be able to help where I can and do something positive, even if it is small,” she said.
“I am fully aware that as Sheila’s disease progresses, things will get more difficult for her and those who care for her.
“But at least for now she is happy.”
Silver Chain used National Volunteer Week this week to thank its volunteers, who “epitomised the theme of this year ‘making a world of difference’”.
Kate is part of Silver Chain’s community connections volunteers who reach lonely and isolated people.
To find out about volunteering opportunities, or if you or someone you know could benefit from volunteer support, call the volunteer team on 0437 254 862.
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