Volunteers Week 2019 – Celebrating our Volunteers: Susan


It’s Volunteers Week 2019 and we asked some of our most regular party go-ers what motivates them to be involved in the Cocktails project. Thank you all for sharing your stories and for your commitment and dedication to Cocktails! Every single volunteer is important to us. We hope these stories will inspire you and if you are interested in volunteering with us check out our Volunteering section here.

Susan tells us about her time on the Cocktails project:
“I have been a regular attendee at Elgin Close in Shepherd’s Bush but have visited Roseberry Mansions in Kings Cross, Norton House in Westminster and most recently Lawnfield House in Kilburn.

I have always loved the older generation and being partly brought up by my Grandma have always enjoyed listening to all her stories. I then found Cocktails in Care Homes which allowed me to listen to so many other people’s stories and realise how much you have in common with someone who may be triple your age. Age is certainly just a number.

I keep coming back as the older generation can be overlooked and I know my Grandma has struggled with loneliness. The chattering, laughter and general happiness which is emanated from the residents at the parties makes it worth coming back every time!

Most memorable moment for me has to be meeting the lovely Lenny who also happened to be Scottish, from my home town Dundee and enjoyed a G&T.  We chatted a lot about all the places we both knew and some of our favourite pubs. I was also able to show him some photos of what it looks like now which he loved!”

Thank you Susan! We couldn’t do it without you!