Celebrating our volunteers: Dionne


It’s Volunteers Week 2018 and we are showcasing some of our volunteer’s stories here on the website. Every single volunteer is important to us but we hope these stories will inspire you and if you are interested in volunteering with us check out our Volunteering section here

Dionne is one of  our Cocktails In Care Homes Volunteers, here she answers a few questions set by our Project Co-ordinator, Sarah Watson.

Why do you volunteer?
I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like with my own grandmothers because they live so far away, and I know how much joy they get out of spending time with people, particularly in the evenings.

How did you find out about Cocktails in Care Homes?
I spotted an ad for Cocktails in Care homes in TimeOut on my morning commute last year, and thought it seemed like a fantastic project.

What keeps you coming back?
I really enjoy the parties and get spend time with some great people. I love hearing their stories.

Which care home party do you normally attend? and any memorable moments
I used to work in near Westminster, and Norton House was the closest party. I’m now working in East London, and visit the George Mason Lodge parties – both are great homes with amazing residents and staff.

Can you tell us about a memorable moment from one of the parties?
One of my most memorable moments is when the Royal Academy of Music were playing at one of the parties. All of the residents seemed really happy and relaxed listening.